I finally began classes here in London, hooray! It is very interesting to compare them with Marywood’s because classes here are only once a week; but that means they are quite long. It feels so great to be back in the studios again. This week, I have been consuming so much art. On Thursday, I went to the Tate Modern and yesterday I went to the National Gallery. The museums are extremely different yet were both absolutely amazing experiences. I don’t think I have ever felt more inspired or moved by the power an artist can have.
At the Tate Modern, I was surrounded by art pieces by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Rebecca Horn, Gerhard Richter, and Piet Mondrian. At the National Gallery I saw paintings by Paul Rubens, Leonardo de Vinci, Duccio, Jan Van Eyck, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Paul Cezanne. I saw many others as well but those are some of the major artists showcased. Basically, what I’m saying is that I was in paradise. It’s from my Marywood education that I have an understanding of how seeing these pieces can make me a better artist. I get extremely giddy when I see works that I have studied. To walk up to a painting that you have learned about and have and understanding of, and then stand before it and just feel it’s presence, connects you to the world like nothing else can. Seeing these paintings in person, makes me want to learn, and create, and understand. These experiences will make me a better designer because it will make me a better creator and artist.
They are more exciting in person than in my photos but at least you get a taste of the amazing pieces in these museums.