Linda Carson cares about art, and teaching, and teaching art. This is not so much a blog as a growing archive of things she's found it useful to share.
Caution: Linda Carson is not afraid of rude words. Or big words. Or big rude words.
When theatre and art and studio and an interesting review come together, that's a good start to my week. So I'm thinking about Roberta Smith's New York Times review of a new play, Red, by John Logan, about painter Mark Rothko. I'm just name-dropping now to avoid omitting someone terrific: Director Michael Grandage, actors Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne.
Smith had me with this sentence:
"An artist made this place called a studio and then used it to make this thing called art that no one knew was missing or needed until it existed."
The thumbnail here is a test. If you're me or my people you have a weakness for red and for drama. You'll click through quickly to see the slide show of photographs by Sara Krulwich. My newest crushes are designers Christopher Oram (set) and Neil Austin (lighting).
I know a teenager with a whimsical habit of leaving surprises for her future self, such as deliberately tucking ten bucks in a jacket pocket. What an interesting relationship, to consciously be kind to yourself by investing today in things that will benefit you tomorrow.
"Tomorrow you'll wish you had practiced harder today."
Or, by analogy to a more primal motivation . . . Dan Savage, sex columnist, said,
"Your awkward/repulsive stage will pass. In the meantime here's what you need to do: Worry less about getting your 15-year-old self laid and start thinking about getting your 18- or 20-year-old self laid. Join a gym and get yourself a body that girls will find irresistible; read so that you'll have something to say to girls (the best way to make girls think you're interesting is to actually be interesting); and get out of the house and do shit--political shit, sporty shit, arty shit--so that you'll meet different kinds of girls in different kinds of settings and become comfortable talking with them."
What can you do today for your future artist self? Organize the studio? Practice blind contour? Stretch some canvases and get those panels gessoed? Update your portfolio photos?