Last tea…with George

It is a beautiful day today, after a week of rain and depressing overcast skies.  I am thankful. Many days pass and I work and I think of those that have been in my life that have in some way given me some form of inspiration, or instruction that has formed my art.  I found out on Facebook last month, that one of the most important people on my art journey passed away.  I was shocked to see it and immediately felt a deep emptiness…it was late one night when I saw the post, and I ran outside and looked up at the twinkling stars and felt a comfort and relief and a strange understanding.    I believe deeply that we simply transition and if there is anything of us left on this earth, it resides in those that we touched along the way.  George James was a fascinatingly fabulous artist, he basically pioneered watercolor on Yupo paper.  I was so interested in his process when I first heard of him.   I took a class from him many years ago, and was hooked on not only his process but his unending knowledge of design. I went on through the years to take his workshop  over and over when I could just to get a chance to talk with him about process, design and art in general.  He was always so insightful and such a deep thinker on art issues. This man was the most genuine person I  have ever encountered, he had a soft demeanor that veiled a fierce mind.  He was an incredible friend and we kept up off an on through the years, but sadly I did not know his health had deteriorated so much in the last few years. I am sad that  I was so unaware but not surprised that he did not share it . I will honor his memory and his impact on my art for all the days I have left.   I feel so blessed to have been able to have known him and his fabulous art.  He and his wife, Isabel were the loveliest people .  I have said endless prayers for Isabel as I know how difficult it must be for her. Here is  a link to his website :  www.georgejameswatercolor.com

Mississippi Art Colony was this past week. I found myself working on a painting with George in mind. When I am troubled, I often work through it in my painting and working in my studio.   I somehow felt this would be a fitting way to remember him in paint.  He and I both were deeply involved in work that had a narrative, we talked on this subject many times and although this one is less cryptic than most of my work, it is obviously a work built around the things that George employed in his work and that remind me of him. It is  my homage filled with pigmented  gratitude for all that I learned from this wonderful instructor/mentor.  He will be missed but never forgotten.

Last Tea with George by Cathy Hegman

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Last Tea with George by Cathy Hegman

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Little Houses

And spring arrives, often with tempestuous weather, but always somewhere between the thunder and lightening lies the renewal and growth.  My interest in birds, wings, flight, and nests has been an ongoing theme in much of my  work for years.  I believe I became most interested in flight when my oldest child became a pilot.  I had an intense need to know the what and how of flight, in an effort to cling to the last bastions of being a protective mother. I began to deeply relate to the mother birds, especially those moments when their babies leave the nest, how insanely fearful they must be, but they rely on the knowledge of their predecessors for the strength and grace of acceptance of the plan laid out for them. One series that evolved from the birds is Little Houses.  

  This year I am integrating  my little houses series with artists of the past that have meant something to me in one form or another.   

I will have an exhibit in New Orleans at Carol Robinson’s Gallery  this October. I thought it would be nice to give you a tiny insight into the Little Houses series.

The piece I am working on in the studio this month is Little Houses: Red House.   The artist that inspired this piece is Jimi Hendrix and his song Red House, a song that was still popular in the early 70’s, at a very significant time in my life.  I found solace in songs when I was in jr. high and high school, I would love to be able to thank these artists for their music and songs that  shaped and formed my life in ways unimaginable and they continue to do so. Music is a powerful form of art.

 

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Little Houses: Red House by Cathy Hegman 60 x 49 inches

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it in some way helps and interests you about art and painting.

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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The White Rose

I have been working on this painting for the last few weeks off and on.  I am trying to put more definition in my  figure and less definition in the background.

The White Rose

30 x 40

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The White Rose was a group that printed anonymous leaflets and led a graffiti campaign from 1942 -1943 in opposition of Adolf Hitler and his regime and the atrocities they were committing against the Jews.  It was a non violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany. The group was comprised of students and their philosophy professor.  Most of them were arrested and killed. The White Rose members are now honored as heroes that stood up to the Third Reich in the face of certain death.  These people saw the horrors and took a stand, we should all be so brave.  I would like to honor them as well.  I often think about how complacent we can become in life and then I read about people like this and I am led to incorporate them into my work.

I wish everyone a Blessed Easter, and I hope we never forget the sacrifices made for us.

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it in some way helps and interests you about art and painting.

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Figure with Fish

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Figure with Fish  48 x 36 acrylic 2016 by Cathy Hegman

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Depth of Memory through layers of time…

I have always had a sense of longing to know my past, to firmly place myself in another time and feel how that would be for me.  I have a tapestry that I found 35 years ago in a dusty attic at Frank’s grandmother’s home that hangs in my bathroom today.  It reminds me of a past time that was rich in culture and time honored traditions,yet this tapestry fits quite well in my life of today.  This tapestry in it’s timelessness captivates my mind and queries me to think about my art as somewhat of a tapestry of paint.  Each layer a warp or weft of pigment working together to create an emotional space in which my figures live.

Texture has always been a love of mine ,even when I worked in watercolor, I was constantly finding ways to create texture in my work.   There was something so unfinished in a slick surface for me and that feeling remains today. I  have always wanted something to add interest to my work, to make me want to look deeply into it and perhaps touch it or entertain the thought of entering it.  Through the years working in many  different medias, I still find I am constantly striving to create interest through texture no matter what the medium. I want each piece to have room to breathe in and out, to feel as if it could possibly be as timeless as my beloved tapestry.

Someone at my last show asked me a question that I thought was a good question and I am not sure I answered it adequately. He asked me how do you know when  a painting is finished…I thought about it and with a huge smile I told him when I look at it and I feel if add anything more it will only bore the viewer.  I should have also added there is a point in every painting for me,in which I see clearly what this painting means to me.  It is a pivotal point in the work.  I simply become one with it and I know at that time that I  will not give up on it, no matter how difficult the struggle.

This is a painting that is in progress, I reached this  pivotal point last night. I wanted to post this painting  and write about this point in a painting in my work process.  I am aware of it, but I don’t often recognize it for what it is, or for how important it is in my  work.  My guess is every artist has this same point, even though they might now stop and think about it as anything of import at the time.  

The push and pull of the struggle  in the creation can often wear us down and we blindly attack our work,but in the end; there is this momentous moment when we know it was worth the pain and agony and the parts of whole solidify.  The reward even if only personally, is so sweet. 

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Take care,

Cathy Hegman

 

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Insomniacs IV…

Weight of Balance Insomniacs IV oil and charcoal on paper 2015 triptych 28 x 62 Cathy Hegman

Weight of Balance Insomniacs IV oil and charcoal on paper 2015 triptych 28 x 62 Cathy Hegman

Mississippi Art Colony has ended until next Spring, but memories will be indelibly left in my mind. Deep in the woods with  4o or so artists doing nothing but painting and talking about their art. There is nothing better for someone who spends 97 percent of their time alone in a studio.  I was in heaven for 6 days with my friends. I took oil paint to work with on panels as well as paper.  There is something so mesmerizing about the tactile feel of oils on paper.  I have wanted to expand on my Insomniacs series and I took this past week at Art Colony to get some good beginnings going on paper.  I may leave these as is; or I might add more layers to them.  Only time will tell but for now they have the total feel that I was trying to capture, and that might just be enough.

Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it in some way helps and interests you about art and painting.

Take care,

Cathy Hegman

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End of Summer… 2015

>Rock's Flying Fish Delta Dry Summer, July 2009

The summer refuses to give in to cooler temps.  No rain for the past several months and none in the forecast. Dusty days and hot humid nights make an air-conditioned studio feel divine.

Work steadily continues in my studio.  I start each painting thinking to myself, today I will leave my single figure and move in another direction, only to find the muse is still at work in my head as I layer over the new thoughts and return like a homing beacon to the lone figure.  I simply have not said all I want to say about the weight of balance, or the single lone figure.  For me, there is something so relative and familiar to this single figure finding balance in life. Perhaps too much alone time in the studio emphasizes this feeling, but for some reason, the lone, single, solid, statuary figure reigns heavily in my brush.  This is the most current painting that has reached the varnish stage.

Weight of Balance: Making Friends, plays with not only  my childhood memories of angst of making friends,  but also the abstracted way in which we form alliances and create our own worlds as adults.  Surrounding ourselves with all the things that keep us comfortable and balanced.

On the technical side of the painting, this year my layers are becoming more tactile and having a physical,as well as optical presence in my work.  I am working the figure into and through the background in an effort to give the feeling that one does not exist without the other.

Here is a detail of the painting and the final painting below it.

Weight of Balance: Making Friends detail of figure

Weight of Balance: Making Friends detail of figure

The final painting…Weight of Balance:Making Friends by Cathy Hegman

Weight of Balance :Making Friends by Cathy Hegman

Weight of Balance :Making Friends
by Cathy Hegman

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Cathy Hegman

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