Painting, You’re Doing It Wrong

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“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

An exceptional piece by an exceptional man. I share in this opinion completely.

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Pullman Philip 2

Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering art of any kind, and are perfectly happy and live good and valuable lives, and in whose homes there are no books…

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Cronin & Moore: Challenging One’s Psyche

Fantastic review. Refreshingly insightful!!

by A. Yanina Gomez, Ph.D.

Since the first time I was introduced to the artwork of Jennifer Cronin and Jennifer Moore, I was intrigued with the bold conversations taking place in their work. Both artists are currently on exhibition at White Rippled Gallery. in Hammond, IN. The exhibit titled “Reality of a Common Fantasy” explores how similar both artists define and portray reality, fantasy, familiarity and mystery. It is on view until June 6, 2014.

Untitled (Self Portrait #2), Oil on canvas, 42" x 72", 2008 Untitled (Self Portrait #2), Oil on canvas, 42″ x 72″, 2008

Untitled (Self Portrait), Oil on canvas, 84” x 48”, 2008 Untitled (Self Portrait #1), Oil on canvas, 84” x 48”, 2008

As I entered the gallery, I found myself between two powerful life-size paintings created by Jennifer Cronin. I could not help myself but to think about what Sigmund and Anna Freud would refer to as “projection” (i.e., defense mechanism). Is Cronin challenging each viewer to identify something about the self that may…

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