|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
|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
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 the pages of American Artist magazine, I am reminded that I am part of an
artistic 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 American Artist for bringing us
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!