An acclaimed painter from America’s past

Detail of a woman looking into a mirror from one of Pauline Palmer’s paintings
Detail from one of Pauline Palmer’s paintings

Pauline Palmer, one of the outstanding women artists in AmericaPauline Palmer was an American artist based in Chicago.

In 1919, Palmer became the first woman elected president of the Chicago Society of Artists. The New York Times, in 1938, upon her death, noted that many art critics celebrated her as one of the most important painters in America.

She was known for her portraits, but also did landscapes and still-life oils. Her work was widely exhibited during her lifetime.

Born in 1867, she died in Norway while on a trip to Europe with her sister.


Learning of Judith Scott

Sisters Joyce Wallace Scott and Judith ScottSisters Joyce Wallace Scott and Judith Scott

Learning of Judith Scott
by Tim “Birch” Schooler

Judith Scott, deceased, endured tragedy in her life, and her works of texture, color, and form attest to perception and intuition of her vision. They are multicolored treasures. Since the time when she was born with her fraternal twin sister, Judith Scott had Down’s syndrome. Judith could not hear and did not learn to speak. Before her sister, Joyce Wallace Scott, gained custody, she had lived in an institution for more than thirty years.

Her artworks are ingenious and, often, resplendent works of textile and found objects. Perhaps the gift of her isolation from discourse was her breathtaking ingenuity with colors and textures and found objects.

I partly learned of Scott’s artwork during Ben’s 3-D Materials class through Path with Art.

I will have the biography titled Entwined by Joyce Scott delivered to my home, and I will learn about the tragic separation of the twins. I hope to then read about how Judith Scott overcame her years of isolation, gradually, with Creative Growth, an organization in Oakland, California.

The statement about her at the website of the Edlin Gallery indicates the power of Judith Scott. Amazing that is, since Judith, a vulnerable person, and her work which she discovered and produced became celebrated and treasured.


Forgotten women artists

Marie-Gabrielle Capet, Self Portrait (1784)The wonderful and hard-working Ghaddra sent me this. It is about forgotten women artists, a series by the Journal of Art in Society. In this case, the focus is on a woman named Marie-Gabrielle Capet.

Marie-Gabrielle Capet, who painted the self-portrait to the left in 1783 or 1784, was a Frenchwoman from the city of Lyon.

“She came from humble beginnings, with both parents being servants. Little is known of her childhood, but it seems clear that she demonstrated considerable artistic ability from a very young age…”

I am amazed by her talent. At some point she moved to Paris.

Capet “attracted the attention of one of the great ladies of French painting, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, who accepted her as a student in her studio. Marie-Gabrielle soon took precedence over Adélaïde’s numerous other female protégés. There were nine of these in total, collectively referred to as Les Demoiselles, and they included the talented Marie-Victoire d’Avril and Marie-Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond.”

A highlight for me was a painting by Adélaïde — a self-portrait — in which she included two of her students, one being Marie-Gabrielle Capet.

I encourage everyone to look through the Journal of Art in Society for some great inspiration.

Thank you, Ghaddra, for sharing! Or should I say: ¡Gracias!

I love Spanish. It is such a beautiful language.

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Topic of discussion: What inspires you?

Art by Angela Michaelina

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The topic for the month of March 2021 is the following, an old chestnut to ask creative sorts, I suppose: What inspires you?

To kick things off, I guess what inspires me isn’t exactly an orthodox response: often, the ideas I get for my artwork are from me turning phrases, expressions, unusual remarks, and snippets of lyrics on their heads and creating depictions from that. That is, often times, I like to think of how these bits of words might look literally and create something from that. The words themselves act as the titles of these pieces. Oddly, this process seems to be a reverse of how I write as I don’t create titles to my written works until the body of the work has been completed.

Granted, not all of my visual art stems from this source and process of inspiration. When I find that I am working on an assigned project or something with a loose prompt, I regularly find myself returning to certain subjects that have been constants through out my life and finding ways of weaving those into the works, either overtly or subliminally. It’s fun seeing if and when people pick up on this.

So, how about you? What do you find inspiring? How does it affect you creatively?