(Ideally speaking, as a matter of course. So, my first work of arguable genius was about a crew of upper middle class white kids in high school that’re too bored and smart for their own good, spending a lot of time drinking cheap wine, smoking cigarettes and vandalizing underdeveloped subdivisions, lamenting the oncoming burden of adulthood. Go figure.)
The other component to a successful creative writer, according to this professor, was the cultivation of discipline. Write, write, write. Create something every day, find a process that works and revisit it daily, if not several times a day. Eliminate the internal editor/critic with a work ethic that’ll either silence that bastard/bitch’s voice, or at least make you partially deaf to it. Personal voice and, if exceptionally lucky, some confidence to match is, ideally, the end result.
So, nothing short of a thrill to come across Carol Marine’s collection of paintings in the comfortable environs of The Wally Workman Gallery on Sixth Street, in the heart of Clarksville. Her work possesses a careful, keen sense of perspective (and discipline to match, when I discovered her blog, whose address is posted below).
But there’s a great balance here that combines the exactitude of shape and depth of her chosen subjects and a playful attitude towards interpretation of color that makes these small canvases live and breathe. I found these works filling me with a desire to experience the other senses that would have come with being at the easel in front of that vase, that flower, that legal pad with spectacles laying across it.
Ms. Marine draws the viewer so compellingly into the world of the mundane and provides such a playful realm of possibility while doing so, and I think that’s the highest compliment I can pay to an artist devoted to working with the undeniably static component of inanimate objects. I have been wholly indifferent to work similar as this in the past, and her painting has made me realize that there’s probably a whole realm of possibility worth looking into, from 12th and 13th century religious imagery to Van Gogh and Manet and oh, hell, there’s too many to count. Gotta have my assistant put this task of my ‘things to do’ list…
I encourage a visit to the gallery space. While no visual art can be experienced to its fullest effect in a digital/online sense, with Ms. Marine’s work, it’s especially the case.
One last mention, to nod at the notion of discipline mentioned earlier…the artist created a discipline of a painting a day for many moons (the work would start at $100 on eBay) that has been documented on her blog.