Monthly Archives: May 2016

La Vie en Rose

“Painting puts me back together again.”

This painting was done by the one and only Joan Mitchell. Several months ago when I was looking into all of her work, this one instantly caught my eye. La Vie en Rose is made up of four panels. Mitchell created this painting after an abusive relationship with a former husband came to an end. She worked from feelings of love and death. Viewing Joan Mitchell’s paintings allows viewers to to have more sensitivity for what a person is about. Each of her paintings are unique, personal, and engaging.

La Vie en Rose, 1979. Oil on canvas.



Gerhard Richter

Who was Gerhard Richter?
Gerhard Richter was a German artist. I’m not quite sure what art movement he would be categorized in, but he did paint many abstract paintings. His approach to creating these paintings was different just like Pollock’s. He would use large pieces of glass to drag the paint across his canvases. The evolution of Gerhard Richter is very interesting and I recommend looking into his work.



When people hear the word vision, there are several definitions that may come to mind. Vision could mean being able to see something with your eyes. The word vision could also reference an anticipation of what your future holds.

When I think of the word vision, I think of my future. So for my future, I envision myself being a wife, a mom, and a graphic designer. I envision myself living in either Chattanooga or close to Nashville. I think it is good for people to have a vision for their lives. It gives you something to strive for. If there is no vision, it would be harder to be successful. People that have no vision have given up on themselves. Continue reading Vision

Bonjour Julie

One of my favorite pieces from Joan Mitchell is titled Bonjour Julie. 

I would have never discovered this painting if it weren’t for one of my art professors. He mentioned that The Birmingham Museum of Art had one of her paintings and I knew that I had to see it. When I walked into the room, it was the first thing that I saw. It is massive. It’s made up of three panels and it took up a majority of the wall. This painting is so captivating and the image doesn’t do it justice.

This is an image of one of Joan Mitchell's paintings.
Bonjour Julie, 1971

Where can the art be found?

When I first became familiar with all the big names that were associated with Abstract Expressionism, my first thought was, “Where is all the artwork today?” Before then, I had never had the urge to visit an art museum. If you ever want to find where the artists’ work is located, visit some of the well-known art museums such as The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Another option would be to visit their websites and browse their collections.

Who was Joan Mitchell?

“That’s why I paint, because I don’t exist anymore.”

In one of my recent art classes, my professor assigned each student an artist that we were to do a presentation on. I was assigned an artist by the name of Joan Mitchell and ever since then, she has been my favorite artist.

My professor told me that she was associated with Abstract Expressionism, but I had never heard of her before. When I hear “Abstract Expressionism” I immediately think of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. So when I was given this artist that I had never heard of I was very excited to do some digging.

Joan Mitchell was known as a second generation abstract expressionist. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and later moved to France to kick start her career. It was in France that her paintings started to become more abstract. Many people were against her because she was a female abstract expressionist. Back in those times, it was more accepted for an the artists to be male. Most of her paintings are large scale panels. When asked if painting was suppose to be about an experience, her response was “I don’t know. I don’t care. It’s just a rectangle with a lot of paint on it.”

I could go on and on about Joan Mitchell, but then this would be a really long blog post. In your spare time, I would definitely recommend researching her and her work. A great documentary to watch on her is Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter. 

Mark Rothko

When I was first introduced to Mark Rothko’s work, I didn’t understand it. I thought, “How is this even considered art? He painted two colored shapes.” But as I continued to study his work, it grew on me.

Mark Rothko is another artist that is associated with Abstract Expressionism. Though he refused to be categorized within any art movement, he was closely associated with the Abstract Expressionists. He is also considered to be a Color Field painter. Rothko created a new form of abstract painting. Most of Rothko’s well known paintings are those consisting of fields of color and light.

His paintings allow viewers to ponder and be held captive by the depth that the painting encompasses.