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?


Feathers of cobalt blue

Artist Gizem Vural, who is from Istanbul and lives in New York City, is featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Audubon magazine. She has been busy creating images of blue jays. The cobalt blue plumage wooed her. “This specific hue that the blue jay has mesmerized me.”

“For inspiration, Vural looks to abstract artists such as Paul Klee, Agnes Pelton, and Julie Mehretu. John James Audubon is a new influence, creative and otherwise. ‘When I found out about his work I fell in love. I have so much interest now in birdwatching.’”


Jeff Bridges, actor and artist

One of the most unique websites out there is I came across it years ago, when hearing him talk in an interview.

He uses an old drawing pad and stylus. Basically, the text is handwritten, and he includes many drawings and photographs. It is remarkable for its originality. He is an original.

I encourage you to explore it. There are all sorts of hidden gems, including photographs from his time on film sets.


“This is what you need to do to fight the pain and change your life and history.”

I love learning about people’s histories. Their backstories are often amazing. Such is the case with Onicas Gaddis. Even his name must have a story.

Art saved my life,” says Onicas Gaddis.

As a child, he was stuck in the foster home system, a constant cycle of not knowing where he would be living next.

“Every home I got transferred to they said, ‘Just give him a pencil and paper and he’ll be all right.’”

He prizes spontaneity.

“Onicas Gaddis taught himself to draw, and he learned how to paint from abstract expressionist Sarah Carlisle Towery, an alumnus of Black Mountain College whose family launched the Alabama Art Colony.”

Many artists, like me, share elements of his story.

“Sometimes I’d think, ‘Am I going to buy a sandwich or a canvas?’ — and then I’d think, ‘I can go hungry another day.’ But every now and then, when I only have twelve cents in my account, I’ll sell a painting.”

His family background is fascinating.

“Gaddis’ uncle, S. M. (Sylvester) Wells, is one of the now-legendary Florida Highwaymen — a group of largely self-taught African American painters (including one woman) who, from the 1950s through the ’80s, forged a collective identity, and a living, traveling and selling their natural Florida landscapes.”