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I love my eyesight!…a wee bit more on Degas, a drawing, a play day and…

Posted by on 24 Aug 2012 in Blog, Inspiration, My Art Life, New Artwork, Ruminations | 6 comments

I love my eyesight!…a wee bit more on Degas, a drawing, a play day and…

  Eyesight….   Eyesight – something we sure take for granted…at least I do. Yesterday, my Mum had a cataract operation. It made me think about my eyes and how grateful I am to have my eyesight. As Degas says in a letter to Jeanne Fevre in 1906, “What a blessing eyesight is, my God!”   Continuing to delve into the life and work of Degas (see my previous blog), I was surprised to learn that by 39 years old, Degas was already losing his sight. I knew that Degas was pretty much blind in his later years, but in 1873 he writes to his friend James...

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Degas – his figure drawings…taking a closer look

Posted by on 19 Aug 2012 in Blog, Inspiration, My Art Life, Ruminations | 2 comments

Degas – his figure drawings…taking a closer look

Today, I was flipping through the superb book, Degas by Himself, edited by Richard Kendall. I found I was drawn (hah!) to Degas’s figure drawings especially after life drawing last week on Salt Spring. Most of us are familiar with his more well known paintings and pastels of racehorses, ballerinas and portraits but here were drawings I’d never seen before.   “Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see.” Edgar Degas (1834-1917) This aphorism is sooooo true don’t you think? Okay, check out the drawings below.   Here’s a series of head...

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