This book is from a series of books about Canadians. As such it is an excellent introduction to Emily Carr. It was written by someone who initially "dThis book is from a series of books about Canadians. As such it is an excellent introduction to Emily Carr. It was written by someone who initially "didn't like Emily Carr. The paintings, that is." but then came to admire both her and her work. Walking in the forests of British Columbia, he felt as if he was "seeing it through her eyes. Those paintings that I used to frown at and dismiss had somehow imprinted themselves on my consciousness, in such a powerful manner that what I saw before me now was less a forest of trees and leaves and more a work of art, half nature, half Emily Carr."
As a biographer, Lewis did a good job of examining his sources. He tried to keep to the facts and if speculation was used by others, he mentioned this and remained objective to offer more plausible reasons. This book does not always follow in chronological order but shifts, at times, to various themes in her life such as being a woman, the loves in her life and her religious beliefs. The book might have been more effective if a continual time line had been used.
I have other biographies written about Emily but have not read them yet, preferring to read her own accounts of her life. Her paintings say a lot of who she was and what her motives in life were. My suggestion for anyone interested in getting to know Emily Carr is first to reflect upon her art. I believe she discovered something that nature itself teaches all man, " For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20. Emily saw the invisible attributes of God and captured them on canvas. Her paintings are alive and vividly demonstrate the reality that says, "There is a God!"
This is a historical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti from when he was a 13 year old seeking an apprenticeship to his death at the age of 89. As a smaThis is a historical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti from when he was a 13 year old seeking an apprenticeship to his death at the age of 89. As a small child, he lived near a stone quarry and was taught as a stonecutter how to use the hammer and chisel. He learned that the stone is the master not the carver. For although Michelangelo is most well known for his Sistine Chapel, it is marble sculpture that he loved. I admired Michelangelo's courage to be different. He loved the beauty of the male body. Contemporaries robed their statues but he returned to the Greek nude. Also, he was not content to just copy what he saw; he desired to put emotion into his work.His love for his mother who died when he was six, is reflected in his madonnas. The colossal David, portrayed in his decision to fight Goliath, shows both courage and fear. I also liked his perfectionism. An aquaintance of his commented that Michelangelo hadn't left anything for future artists to improve upon. However, Michelangelo surpassed even this praise. His last sculpture of the descent of Christ from the cross was roughly finished but the sculpture still showed the anguish of that moment. Polish and flawlessness are not prerequisites for great art. This last sculpture prophecied of the abstract which would follow some day. It would be advantageous to have taken an Italian art history course before reading this novel as names are plenteous. I also wondered at times, whose thoughts were being recorded-Michelangelo or Stone's? This is a problem with historical novels where truth is mixed with imagination. I was comforted to know though that Stone had access to Michelangelo's letters and the bibliography is extensive. As well, I did find some grammatical errors such as the longest sentence I've ever seen. I did not like the graphic dissection chapters though I did gain a respect for the pioneers of anatomy. Despite this lack of flawlessness, I found that Stone is a genius in recreating men in their own time and culture. I felt as though I was back in Renaissance Italy following this famous Tuscan. Stone spent considerable time researching Michelangelo and there is clearly a deep understanding for the art and the artist flag...more
This book gives practical ideas on developing creatively. The author, Julia Cameron, recommends daily writing as many other books on writing do but shThis book gives practical ideas on developing creatively. The author, Julia Cameron, recommends daily writing as many other books on writing do but she also encouraged her readers to set an artist's date with them self every week. I was doing pretty good with this but discovered there was only so much of my time to go around plus I like doing things with others. I won't forget her advice though and will be open to opportunities. The chapters revolve around recovering the artist within yourself. Tasks are given at the end of each of these chapters to reinforce this growth. ...more
**spoiler alert** I wrote this a a few decades ago. It was the book that made me appreciate and admire van Gogh and his work. I visited his art galler**spoiler alert** I wrote this a a few decades ago. It was the book that made me appreciate and admire van Gogh and his work. I visited his art gallery in Amsterdam and it was breathtaking.. "This is a biography of Vincent van Gogh. I really liked it and now I feel I understand how an artist achieves greatness. His life is one grief after another-heartbreak, degradation, poverty and finally, insanity. The search for his life's purpose led him through art dealer, minister and evangelist, but he failed in them all. Impoverished in a mining village, where he was dismissed as an evangelist because of his "madman" appearance, he took to sketching the inhabitants. A new passion arose in him-ART. No one believed in him, they thought his paintings crude. Except for his brother Theo, he supported him, both financially and emotionally. Vincent went to Paris to live with Theo where he discovered Impressionism. He became friends with Impressionist painters: Lautrec, Gaugin, Seurat. Longing for a bright sun, he moved to Arles. There he did his best paintings but paid for it with his mind. Contrary to the tale of Van Gogh cutting off his ear for the lady he loved- he did it in a moment of insanity and gave his ear to a prostitute who was fond of his well-formed ears. Van Gogh shot himself at the age of thirty-sseven. ...more
Well, being an Emily Carr fan, (so much so, that I named my first born, Emily), I really enjoyed going with her on canoe trips to Indian villages andWell, being an Emily Carr fan, (so much so, that I named my first born, Emily), I really enjoyed going with her on canoe trips to Indian villages and sharing the totems. ...more
Emily Carr writes not only of her natural growth from a child but also of her growth creatively. I did not realize how much desire it takes to be an aEmily Carr writes not only of her natural growth from a child but also of her growth creatively. I did not realize how much desire it takes to be an artist. One doesn't merely pick up a pencil or a brush and there one is! That is probably what my own experience in art school was about. An art teacher asked me how much I was willing to work at this. I replied by pursuing no further. Art to Emily Carr however was an obsession and a lifelong pursuit. In the end, she captured the spirit of Western Canada within the woods she loved so much. I wonder if I would've befriended this rebellious painter in life as I did by her writing. "Why, I didn't know you went to art school in San Fancisco and England. Nor that you were a close friend and correspondent with Lawren Harris." I was entranced and a bit intimidated.
As an aside to my own readers, I would like to further comment that I am pleased to have my own pursuits and obsessions.By them, I am a truer friend to myself and to others like Emily.
One of the few books, I have read twice. Oct 28, 1988 when I had a 5 month old no less and five years later. ...more
I started to read this but I found Vincent's letters difficult to understand. He was very detailed and obsessed with every detail of his work. He andI started to read this but I found Vincent's letters difficult to understand. He was very detailed and obsessed with every detail of his work. He and his brother Theo had a close relationship and Theo understood his brother perfectly. They were both in the same world. I will hopefully try again...
Second time around, I made it to page 52 and had an idea to start a blog putting his works together with his letters. I found out that this was already done. Back on the shelf it went. ...more
In House of All Sorts, Emily Carr, Canadian artist, tells of her time while she was a landlady in Victoria, British Columbia. She thought she would beIn House of All Sorts, Emily Carr, Canadian artist, tells of her time while she was a landlady in Victoria, British Columbia. She thought she would be able to earn money and paint as well. Instead for 22 years, she was busy taking care of the tenants' many complaints. It has been said that there were those in Victoria that did not like Emily. They considered her rude. Reading this book, I can see why some would've thought so for in order to be a landlady she developed a tough exterior. She also made frank judgements of people. Some she loved and others she...did not. It was hard not to agree with her appraisals though. In contrast with her struggles with the tenants are the stories of the English Bobtail sheepdogs which she raised and sold during this time. Her love for them and their love back was very touching. It is her softness that shines through in her writings. Her love which responded to the kindness of both humans or animals. ...more
This is a semi-autobiographical book written by Emily Carr about her childhood years growing up in prim and proper Victoria, British Columbia. She ISThis is a semi-autobiographical book written by Emily Carr about her childhood years growing up in prim and proper Victoria, British Columbia. She IS Small. The playful girl who dirtied her dresses while playing Ladies, preferred spending times with animals and sang her heart out joyfully, despite her lack of talent. She is the girl who proudly walked with her Father on his daily route to his job, enjoying the neighbors and Victoria along the way. These are the memories of an observant and attentive Emily. I rue not being willing to mark up this book with its soft feel and new look. The descriptive phrases are worthy of relishing once more. As with the other books by Emily, I feel drawn to Victoria, especially on Victoria Day. One of these days, the desire will carry me over the mountains and across the ferry......more
I bought this first edition hard cover in Toronto, I believe. I kind of shudder to myself to think that YES, I marked it up. Fortunately, I am not a bI bought this first edition hard cover in Toronto, I believe. I kind of shudder to myself to think that YES, I marked it up. Fortunately, I am not a book collector in that sense of the word. Here is my review, again, written awhile ago, after I had just experienced the raw Emily... This was her "private journal" and through reading it, it was like she was alive and I got to know her personally, I got to know things which made me ashamed to know at times ( I just had to think of my own journal and some of the shameful private thoughts I've written out). More than anything else, she wanted her paintings to move people. She wanted to capture the very essence of the landscape-"the God in them" as she put it. She wanted all the parts to move in one orchestrated whole. Oh, how she loved her country-the woods, mountains, space,sky, ocean. She would go on camping trips, alone except for her animal companions (dogs, a rat and monkey!!) to paint, write, look, smell, listen. She made me mourn my own failure to observe and appreciate nature...more