Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Thanks to everyone who participated: all the people who came to The Altered Page to see the responses, readers who left comments, the artists who provided answers, and the bloggers who posted about The Pulse. The Artist Survey will be a regular feature of my blog and I will be asking a different set of 7 questions to a group of artists twice a year. I will put out a call in advance to find interested participants before the next round. If there are any questions for the artists that you would want to see included in the next round, please feel free to email them to me to be included (thanks go out to Maralena Howard of mcdc3s for this suggestion). In the mean time I have many, many other ideas for The Pulse. And there will be a new project posted soon.
So, what did 48 artists, 7 questions, and 336 responses tell us about our community? Well, for one thing, many draw outside of the lines. So many artists couldn't limit themselves to 1 answer and as a result, some artists listed multiples and some gave no response at all. Some people do not look at blogs and websites -- and for some it just might be their day job. People's opinions were often as varied and unique as their artistic styles. Some trends did emerge however.
Favorite blog seems to be Dispatch From L.A. followed closely behind by Michelle Ward. Go-to website...Flickr with Etsy in second place. Today's favorite color, as astutely noted by Michelle in the comment she left, was definitely red. However green was close behind and won the award for most shades -- lime, olive, sage, emerald, and cool soothing grass green! Barbara Kleinhans was responsible for that last shade and boy does that evoke a strong image.
The two most popular items on our studio tables right now were both classic tools: paint and brushes. The artist whose table that I most want to see is hands down James Michael Starr. I mean how many people have both a bust of Rachmaninoff and a 1918 Wizard Pencil Sharpener on their table!
The most varied number of responses were given to the question about favorite tool or technique. While computer was first, camera, scissors, paint, and pens were tied for second. New school versus old school. Variety was also evident regarding inspiration. There were only 2 artists who were listed as an inspiration for more than one person: Andy Goldsworthy and Michelle Ward. And in addition to Michelle, other artists that were both particpants and listed as inspirations themselves included Judy Wilkenfeld, C.W. Slade, and Bridgette Guerzon Mills.
As far as who you would like to take a class with, well if we could get all those artists together for one art retreat, who knows what would happen! Van Gogh and Michelangelo were tied for first choice. Nipping at their heels were Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Michael deMeng, and Michelle Ward. Wow...Michael and Michelle you keep good company! But I think Lisa Hoffman's answer to this question was my favorite response overall: "Mark Twain. I consider him a brilliant artist, but I'd rather have dinner with him and then sit around for a few hours chatting some more, while we drink brandy and he smokes those cigars. That would give me enough creative energy to last a lifetime!!!...class-schmass."