04 June, 2009

Hopper's Light

City Sunlight
o/c, 1954
Whitney
Edward Hopper

Sunlight in a Cafeteria
o/c, 1958
Yale
Edward Hopper (1882-1967)



"The only thing that interests me is how the sun hits a white wall." Edward Hopper.

Eighteen Hopper Paintings.
Wikipedia/Hopper.
Alone, Together. Arts Editor.
Museum Syndicate. Mother lode of Hopper Images.

The simpler I try to make my artwork, the more I value past masters who got more and more basic as they progressed. Hopper just wanted the sunlight on a white wall.



Systems Event

This is post #21 of the 30 every day posts goal. I almost missed yesterday when my router went down. I actually made the trek to town and posted from the coffee shop! I envisioned having to give up, but got the systems event resolved this morning. We'll see if my computer can hold on for the remaining few days of this project.

6 comments:

Rose Welty said...

Casey, so glad that you still have a connection. Before I saw your post in my reader I thought to myself, "I'll miss it when Casey doesn't post everyday." Your blog always gives me a broad range of emotion...from touching and funny, to totally bewildered (sometimes, I just don't get it :D).

Casey Klahn said...

Ha, ha. I think you've nailed my personality!

Thanks for reading daily, Rose.

harrybell said...

It's taken me a long time, but I think I'm slowly coming to the realisation that I don't need to over-egg my puddings. My most recent paintings are a lot simpler and (I think) much better for it. If it was good for Hopper - and it was - it ought to be good for me.

Thanks for pointing it out.

Casey Klahn said...

Do you see old Hopper on the side of your bus? With the angulated light - I do.

My problem is that I have been listening to the voice that says I need more detail/content. Shame on me.

harrybell said...

Yes, I felt the shade of Edward Hopper looking over my shoulder when I did the trams. I hope he was pleased.

Don't listen to that voice! It'll only lead you astray.

Casey Klahn said...

But all the other landscapists have detail...

A constant struggle.

On an interesting note, I am pouring over my new big essay/picture book of A Wyeth. Here is a fellow who paints every blade of grass in full focus throughout the canvas.

And, yet, I still find places of affinity with him. In a rather spooky instance, the exact turn of the river that I have been painting repeatedly (from an on site trip)appears in one of Wyeth's pictures. Do do do do (Twilight zone theme plays...)

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