August 27, 2009 | Alyson Stanfield Deep Thought Thursday: Ghosts B Lancton, Hill Country Ghost. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 inches. ©The Artist If you could study with one artist from the past (deceased), who would it be and why? What would you hope to learn? share this post 42 comments add a comment Reply the famous nemo August 27, 2009 AT 8:03AM they all seemed like a-holes, drunks and womanizers so none Reply Cindy August 27, 2009 AT 8:06AM I’d love to work with Michelangelo. He seems the most accessible of the old masters and I love sculpting, although I don’t get to do too much of it. Reply Lori Woodward Simons August 27, 2009 AT 8:11AM Alyson, the first artist that comes to mind is William Trost Richards – a Hudson River School painter of sea and landscapes in both oil and watercolor. I’ve often copied his works in order to “get into his mind” Secondly and thirdly: Hugh Bolton Jones and his colleague Olive Parker Black. Reply Tina Mammoser August 27, 2009 AT 8:14AM Barnet Newman. I’d be happy to just assist and watch the process. :) His work conceptually changed my painting entirely so I’d really want to observe his process – what he’s thinking, how, drawing and sketching, ways he attempted to address ideas, ways his simplified, what he deemed a failure vs success. Much of it actually would probably be the more verbal/written part that I’d like to experience rather than his visual end product. The theory and conceptualisation. Reply Robert Tinsley August 27, 2009 AT 8:15AM I would like to study with woodcarver Emil Janel. ( http://www.helfenfinearts.com/biogs/janelFset.html ) He was able to capture the character and emotion of his subject with a minimal amount of cuts. I would hope to learn how he planned those cuts. Reply Jamie Ribisi-Braley August 27, 2009 AT 8:17AM Richard Diebenkorn. I would love to watch him mix colors and compose his paintings. He was able to do so many bodies of work in different media and still have a cohesive vision. Reply Rob Kinsey August 27, 2009 AT 8:30AM Not an artist but I would love to have worked alongside Ansel Adams capturing all those great images of American Wilderness. Reply Angela August 27, 2009 AT 8:36AM Wassily Kandinsky, to learn about colour and have a good chat to him about synaesthesia because I think its fascinating. Reply Jackie Jacobson August 27, 2009 AT 8:38AM I’d love to work with Richard Diebenkorn. I see the world so literally, and I’d love to learn to see the abstract all around me. I know that under every good painting is an abstract painting. Richard D knew that. Reply Jean Taylor Towry August 27, 2009 AT 8:44AM I would love to be student of John Singer Sargent, also N.C. Wyeth, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morizot, and Richard Schmidt. In dreams… Reply Angela August 27, 2009 AT 8:46AM I would have said Rothko but I don’t know if I could stand the emotional strain ;-) Reply Bonnielynn Brankey August 27, 2009 AT 8:47AM Georgia O”Keefe………….. My work is nothing like hers, but I admire her spirit and the fact that she was a rebel of the rules, much like I am!. (both in life and in art). I have a video of her life and her art which I watch when I need to be inspired. Reply Forrest Long August 27, 2009 AT 8:58AM He hasn’t been gone for long, but I would love to study with Andrew Wyeth, and even his father, N.C. I have always loved Andrew’s ability to capture people and contain such a story in his paintings. I must admit that alot of my watercolor work is modeled after his style. And he studied with his father and after reading his biography I could see that was such a grea experience for his early years of learning. I can also see the same thing in Jamie’s work too. What a great artistic family. Reply Carla E. Reyes August 27, 2009 AT 9:13AM I would have loved to paint with Frida Kahlo. Not only was her work intimate and imaginative, but she immersed herself in the vibrancy of her native Mexico, surrounded by color, plants and exotic animals, native crafts, and not to mention a group of friends that were historically significant creatives and intellectuals! And though troubled, she and her husband were such brilliant and interesting people… Reply Casey Klahn August 27, 2009 AT 9:19AM What great answers, IMO. I thought @ A. Wyeth, and very much @ Rothko. But, since I don’t paint, I decided on Edgar Degas for his pastels. To mirror “nemo’s” comment, I envisioned van Gogh teaching me, but then his personality (and body odor) gave me pause. Reply Kay Fletcher August 27, 2009 AT 9:26AM Gwen John or Paul Cezanne. Reply nancy August 27, 2009 AT 9:51AM I would love to have studied with Joseph Beuys. It would have changed me in every way. Or Paul Klee & Robt. Rauchenberg. At MA MoCA this weekend, I saw Anselm Kieffer’s new work and found out he studied with Beuys. Masterful, protean work & ideas! Reply Elisha Dasenbrock August 27, 2009 AT 10:34AM John Singer Sargent. His watercolors and oils are fantastic. I would also love to study w/ Courbet or Artemisia Gentileshi. Reply Anita Heady August 27, 2009 AT 10:49AM Da Vinci, because he had a heart for engineering and the sciences as well as art…my favorite subjects. Reply Sarah Bush August 27, 2009 AT 11:10AM Very hard to decide, but from the recent past, I’d say, Lenore Tawney and from a bit farther back, Kathe Kollwitz…but I must admit, when I go farther back or think of some of the big name greats, I kind of agree with the famous nemo at the top of the comments list–I think they’d just be mean or indifferent–DaVinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer, Picasso… Reply Zachary Brown August 27, 2009 AT 11:28AM Hands down. Adolph Gottlieb. He was an innovator above all others. Reply Laura Prill August 27, 2009 AT 12:00PM Rembrandt, especially in the later years. He is an excellent example of getting better with age. To me, his portraits glow with an inner light and a compassion for human imperfection. It would be amazing just to see him apply some paint to the canvas. I would like to know how he pressed in and continued to paint through his own personal tragedies. Reply Philip Koch August 27, 2009 AT 12:06PM Just yesterday I returned from a road trip. Went to the Brandywine Museum in Chadds Ford, PA to tour N.C. Wyeth’s studio. Plus they have a great N.C. Wyeth show up right now at the museum of his big oil paintings illustrating Treasure Island. This was a man who knew how to borrow from the tradition of academic realist painting without getting bogged down in it. Would love to learn his thinking about how he edited, selected, etc. And ask him about his shapes, I was in Philadelphia the day before that to visit the Pennsylvania Academy and saw just a beautiful Charles Burchfield oil landscape. Would love to talk with him about how he managed to keep that sense of grounded forms in his fantasy-infused watercolors. And I also visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and saw once again one of my favorite Hudson River School paintings- an oil by Sanford Gifford of a storm sweeping over a mountain range. Would love to talk with him about color. I did my last two blog posts on some of the issues that came to mind while looking at these artists- http://philipkochpaintings.blogspot.com/ Reply kathryn August 27, 2009 AT 3:03PM I would have LOVED to study with both Robert Rauschenberg and Frida Kahlo. Just being able to stand back and watch them passionately create would have been amazing. Reply Roger L Huffenberger August 27, 2009 AT 4:49PM Robert Henri born 1865 1929 The book is called The Art Spirit. Henri was an inspired teacher with an extraordinary gift for verbal communication,with the personality and prophectic fire that transformed pupils into idolators. Quote from the book. I’ve read the book several times and enjoy it every time Reply Faith Te August 27, 2009 AT 11:42PM If I have to choose just one, it would have to be Zoe Mozert. I am so in love with her pastels! Wish I could learn about her techniques and how she creates those smooth skin tones. She’s my hero when it comes to pastels. In addition to Zoe Mozert, I would have liked to study with William Bourguereau, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell…and, out of topic, I know, but for artists who are still active, I’d LOVE to watch Michael Deas work! Reply Sari Grove August 28, 2009 AT 1:28AM My grandfather, a sports photographer…I have heard, cigar planted firmly in corner of mouth, loved by many, attended all the best sporting events, had a knack for capturing that crucial moment in time when a puck landed in a goal or a horse crossed a finish line…Because connecting with one’s past is a path to the future… Reply Dennis M August 28, 2009 AT 2:04AM I would choose Camille Pissarro who taught Cezanne. From what I have read he was a patient & understanding teacher. Of all the Impressionists he was in my opinion the one painter who would reach to other artists and help show them the way. He was a solid painter and I would enjoy watching him out there in the field painting. There are other artists from the past that I could learn from but their temperament precludes anything but a short visit. Reply Tina Mammoser August 28, 2009 AT 3:26AM Hey Rob – Ansel Adams was most certainly an artist! :) Photographers are artists too. Glad to see a few people mention Diebenkorn too. Love him, but hardly anyone here has heard of him. :( Reply Hope Bryant August 28, 2009 AT 7:03AM Hrmmn, not sure really there are too many to count. I supose either DiVinci because of the work he did with both machines and human figures. I have issues with being able to draw human faces still, and that I feel would be much improved. Maybe Burne Hogarth (Dynamic figure book series) or George B. Bridgman (another figure and anatomy author) in order to better my anatomy skills. I would also like to study under O’Keef to improve my color work. Reply Alyson Stanfield August 28, 2009 AT 7:24AM All very good! Rob: I had the same reaction as Tina. Ansel Adams is an artist! Tina: The Brits haven’t heard of Diebenkorn. Quel horreur! His was one of the best retrospectives I’ve ever attended. Are they less familiar with West Coast artists? Interesting. Reply Brian LaSaga August 28, 2009 AT 8:05AM I would love to have worked with Ken Danby.He passed away in 2007.He had great vision and a very discerning eye for color and detail.He has been a great inspiration to me over the years. Reply Carla Sanders August 28, 2009 AT 8:08AM I feel that I have studied with Matisse. Books of paintings, Spurling’s bios, the MOMA retrospective I haunted in the early 90s … he gave me permission to do and be so much. Could the man himself give me more? I’d learn to speak French and hang out in Nice, and find out. Reply Miranda August 28, 2009 AT 9:00AM Mondrian… I would love to see his decision-making process and to see how he came to the compositions he did. I know there are other layers in his paintings that show different compositions, which he painted over. I’d love to watch his process and be able to see how the painting became “better” as he made those changes! Reply Wendy Edsall-Kerwin August 28, 2009 AT 10:03AM Lately I’ve been really interested in artists in the Modern Jewelry movement of the middle of the last century. I esp like Calder (he could help me have more fun with my work!) and Art Smith. I’m also interested to see how medieval metalworkers worked, but then I’d probably need to be a man ;^) Reply Dr Wright August 28, 2009 AT 10:11AM I am not particularly artistic but I would love to work with Charles White. He was a friend of my Grandfather’s and I am familiar with his work, but I was a child when I knew him, it would have been fun to know him and his work as an adult. Dr. Letitia Wright The Wright Place TV Show http://wrightplacetv.com http://www.twitter.com/drwright1 Reply Michael Pendergrass August 28, 2009 AT 5:46PM If I could travel in time it would be William Bouguereau, Thomas Eikens, David Siquieros, Norman Rockwell, Robert Henri, Lois Mailou Jones, Andrew Loomis, Henry O Tanner , Charles White, sculptors Rodin and Edmonia Lewis. These artists have influenced my work tremendously. I would love to be the lone witness and just watch them at work and pick their brains. What a wonderful dream. Reply Ken Morrill August 28, 2009 AT 9:05PM I would absolutely love to have been able to work with Andy Warhol. I think he was a brilliant graphics-style artist and marketer. The massive amounts of really cool people he met and worked with would have shut down my nervous system. Having the chance to design an album cover for Velvet Underground, working with celebs to create massive, colorful portraits, and being able to market myself the way he did, pre-web would be sooooo cool. This question has given me a lot to aspire to. As always, thanks Alyson. Reply mary elizabeth August 30, 2009 AT 7:58AM It would have been incredible to study with Rubens. Can you imagine watching him paint the almost palpable flesh on the figures of the Medici Cycle? Or the ornate jewels and lace on his sitter’s 17th Century attire? I would love to have heard his thoughts on technique and composition. Furthermore, he was not only an exceptionally skilled painter, but also a savvy businessman who lived a balance, prosperous and happy life. Artists of all genres can appreciate his achievements. http://maryelizabeth.mosaicglobe.com http://msmary813.blogspot.com/ Reply Julie Greig August 30, 2009 AT 4:31PM I would love to have studied with Caspar David Friedrich, Andrew Wyeth Richard Schmidt and Raymond Ching – they’re all my heroes! They always inspire me to do better. Reply Michael Pendergrass August 31, 2009 AT 4:04PM I also want to mention that I would have enjoyed sitting in on Kimon Nicolaides drawing classes/lecture. His book “The natural way to draw” is one of the jewels in my private library. Reply Jan Yatsko September 1, 2009 AT 7:27PM Georgia O’keefe and Frida Kahlo come to mind, but I choose a contemporary of them, Emily Carr. I would have loved to accompany her and her dog on all the canoe trips that they took up and down the Canadian inlets visiting remote Indian villages to record the totems before the musuems, collectors or nature took them away. Emily and I would learn from each other as we created our paintings or travel art journals on the spot. Share Your Thoughts (cancel) Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * comment Post Comment If a new comment is posted:Do not sent email notifications.Send email notification ONLY if someone replies to my comment.Send email notification whenever a new comment is posted.