Nicole Arnold

Wild about Art



Nicole's Influence Map


I really enjoyed this class and have enjoyed looking at others' maps.

1.  Peter Rabbit and Tom Kitten struck my fancy as a child.  And I was a HUGE fan of "The Muppet Show" on TV.

2.  By young adolescence, I had graduated from some really (probably terrible) fashion design and onto comics.  I loved Peanuts by Charles Schultz and still do.  I had a whole world of characters called (not so originally) Pretzels, and they looked really similar to Peanuts characters.  :)

3.  Somewhere along late teens/early college, I saw an original Mary Cassatt pastel painting.  This was a major fixation and I spent years painting pastel portraits by commission.  I don't really do that now because I have nowhere near the level of daily calm to maintain a portrait studio without my art being ruined (really active family, crazy hours of my job, etc.).  But Cassatt's poignant, tender relational love stuck with me no matter what I've moved on to.  (I still daydream about painting in pastels again.)

4.  The Snowman film from the early 80s still makes me cry!  I loved the soft colored pencil treatment.  Even though I'm now drawn to brighter colors, the music and characterization of this film still transfix me.  There's a magical quality to it that I would love to accomplish in any art project I undertake.

5.  I still research children's book illustration (illustrated a book a long time ago) and am generally drawn to art that has a stylized sense of shapes.  I've always preferred to paint the way things feel rather than how they look in actuality.  Laurel Long is a favorite artist because of her classic (especially Dutch) Renaissance research/art history basis in her work + her demonstration of movement and emotion through detail and shapes.

6.  Stylized geometry through Celtic design -- this book by Courtney Davis (all his books, really) started a craze to pursue design more abstractly.  I also love the sense of history ancient art provides.

7.  Kandinsky became a favorite after I read about the Bauhaus School and the particular difficulties of his life.  He used bright, uplifting colors and shapes that resonate with music and life. He is truly an inspiration from my adult years.  I've also been attracted to abstract art as I get older (life gets more complicated -- it's nice to break things down and try to understand them).  

I've included a small sample of the type of art I do for Art-o-mat now: heavy on bright colors and geometric shapes.

This class gave me a sense of who I was and who I've grown to be as an artist.  I think what my college professor said is still true, "You don't do dark."  I can embrace the naive + innocent + happy vibe a lot more consciously now because Christine has helped me seen my progression.

Thanks so much for a great class!





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