|"The house I grew up in" -- Joanne|
Through the magic of the internet, I discovered Jane Filer. Filer's combination of abstraction and whimsy inspired my students like nothing I'd seen before. We used a detail from Filer's "Hillandale Road."
Even the simplest version catches the geometry and the rhythm of the trees.
|geometry of landscape|
This resident layered the watercolors for deeper hues, and added trees at the bottom.
This resident, an artist in her day, had avoided my class, wrestling with doubt and self-consciousness. But Filer's artwork pulled her in. I love the pink she used for the fields.
A woman who usually paints traditional decorative flowers worked on this image for three classes. "I've never done anything like this." Wonderful.
|New Horizons, after Jane Filer "Hillandale Road"|