Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dancing With the Undefinable


Last Thursday I wandered into a gallery that housed a few Roy DeForest paintings. He taught the life drawing classes during my college years at Davis. Yes, he did bring in his dogs and posed with them, his wry smile askew. My lessons-learned from him are more about trusting my original thought than about drawing form in light and shadow, as he taught during his somewhat traditional drawing class. He graded on a curve, the only art professor I experienced doing so. He argued openly with us about this, hinting that a prudent artist must be aware that he/she is judged on a curve throughout life. What a hot topic, still!