|Paris by Danny McCaw, 24 x 16.
Not to be a whiner, but I don't have an artistic legacy to build on. So far as I know, no one in my family is an artist or has any particular leanings towards painting or drawing. That's why I'm so enamored with the idea of being part of an artistic dynasty. Imagine having a big brother or sister who would have "all the answers" and could show me the ropes and teach me the painting techniques I should know.
I'm not too proud to admit that I'd love someone to take me under his or her wing, because even now I find myself searching for how to take the next step. And I think there is something really special about the idea of learning about and exploring and sharing art with someone I love or a member of my family.
|Orange and Yellow on Red Relief by John McCaw, 40 x 30.||Still Life by Dan McCaw,
36 x 24.
Even though I may not have my own legacy, there are plenty of artistic legacies out there to inspire me. Think of the Wyeth family–the only lessons Andrew ever received were from his father, and Jamie acknowledges that his grandfather's work and palette greatly influenced him.
Betye Saar's two daughters are both artists and they have worked collaboratively with their mother in the past and done group shows together. Oil painting is the legacy that contemporary American artist Dan McCaw shared with his two sons, John and Danny. He privately taught Danny for a number of years, and all three share one website. They work in different styles, and yet come together over their mutuality with art and present themselves as a family of artists.
But when I look through resources like Oil Painting with the Masters, I am reminded that I am part of an artistic legacy and that there are great artists out there willing to share their artistry and exchange ideas for the good of that painting legacy. Not one bound by blood ties or locale, but by passion and creativity. Thank you for being part of that legacy with me, and thanks to our shared desire to continue creating art for bringing us together.
P.S. Are you part of an artistic legacy? Or inspired by one that you know of? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!