Thursday, March 25, 2010

I've Been Interviewed!

Well, you just never know what will happen in a day! Today I was interviewed by a German Journalist who is making a documentary about CT and was visiting the Florence Griswold Museum as part of that. He asked if they knew any CT artists he could interview and they called me. The documentary will air on Deutschlandradio Kultur a sort of German NPR! I never thought I would be doing this when I woke up today!

So with no time to prepare and no idea what I would be asked I drove over to the museum. It turned out to be a interesting experience. We talked about what I find inspiring in the landscape in Connecticut, what I'm trying to say with my work, why I create art, and most difficult of all what people in Connecticut are like. Well gosh, I've never really thought about that! I said they are thrifty, practical, conservative in their tastes and more liberal in their politics. I hope I haven't offended anyone!

I brought some glossy postcards of my work and we talked about this painting, Peace in the Valley that was worked up in the studio from a plein air done just a mile or two from the museum.

Peace in Valley, 20x24, acrylic on linen



Here's the plein air study.....


Lord Creek Farm, 6x8 acrylic on panel



I talked about the endurance of the land, the wild loneliness of the marsh, and the comparison of the American landscape, only recently cutivated and developed, compared to the European landscape with its Roman ruins, medieval castles and monasteries and ancient cultivated farmlands. We talked about the art colony that grew up in Old Lyme at Miss Florence's boarding house and how my work is part of that thread and how I enjoyed the time early in my career at the artist's colony on Monhegan Island.

It's a very unusual experience having someone ask you probing questions about who you are as an artist, what your work is about and how it fits into the grander picture. Enriching, but unusual!

3 comments:

Roxanne Steed said...

very cool!

AutumnLeaves said...

Gosh, Jan! What a way to start the day, eh? You should be so proud; I know I am proud of you and we've never even met! Love both of these paintings, by the way. I think I like the plein aire study the best...I so love trees!

Jan Blencowe said...

My apologies to Cheri, I accidentially deleted her kind comment while trying to post it from my iPhone.

Luckily, I was able to retrieve it from the e-maiul alert I get for comments ans so I can share it with you all here:

Cheri has left a new comment on your post "I've Been Interviewed!":

Jan, I love the fact that you woke one day and here was this lovely surprise, but so deserving! What a treat for the interviewer to see into your inspiration, talent and your paintings... congrats!