Q: What’s on the easel today?

Work in progress, soft pastel on sandpaper, 38" x 58"

Work in progress, soft pastel on sandpaper, 38″ x 58″

A:  An untitled piece that I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks.  I like that there’s an “Art Brut” thing happening here.

Comments are welcome!

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New York Artist Barbara Rachko www.barbararachko.com shares her perspective on pastel painting, photography, and the creative inspiration she finds in ancient Mesoamerican civilizations, mythology, and travel to remote places, like her new favorite destinations, Bali and Sri Lanka.

Posted on October 19, 2013, in Art Works in Progress, Black Paintings, Creative Process, Inspiration, New York, NY, Pastel Painting, Photography, Studio, Working methods and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hi Barbara, What does Art Brut represent to you? Why do you like it? How does it connect with your life experiences?
    all the best,
    Laurel

    • Laurel, this particular “Day of the Dead” figure always has reminded me of something Jean Dubuffet might have made, particularly the way it looks at this stage in this particular painting. It’s the color and the rawness, I think. I have a long-standing admiration for Dubuffet and Art Brut. On my last trip to Paris in 2011 I was thrilled to finally visit his house and museum. Thanks for asking. I hope all is well with you.

      • Color and rawness, I understand. But you are a refined and educated woman. How does this connect with your life? People questioned my interest in Central Asian subjects, as I’m not from that region. My love of their textiles stems from my parents’ involvement in the fashion industry. The rich colors are emblematic of my zest for life. The pairing of female subjects is a metaphor of the importance I place on women’s friendships. Forgive me if I’m prying into parts of your private personality. thanks, Laurel

      • Laurel, there is no connection beyond what I’ve said. I am an admirer of Art Brut and my comment applies only to this particular image of a work in progress. I don’t see the rest of my work as having anything to do with this style.

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