Is there an artist, past or present, whom you admire and want to get to know?
If you’ve gone to art school or had English as your major, it is likely that you were introduced to artists, poets and writers, some with whom you felt an affinity. Once you graduated and moved on, did you lose track of this favored creative?
Whether or not you went to art school or had English as your major, why not choose an artist that you admire as your “mentor” of sorts? Follow his or her career, become so familiar with their art, their process, their life that they feel like a friend.
One of my favorites, not especially because of her art, but mostly because of her creative lifestyle is Tasha Tudor.
(Click the play arrow and then click on “Watch this video on YouTube” above and it takes you directly to the video.)
Viewing this short video, you might think that Tasha Tudor lived in the 19th century. However, she was born in 1915 and died recently, in 2008. She illustrated children’s books. She lived in Vermont, off the grid, making her own clothing and keeping a garden that photographers have loved to photograph. One published book being Tasha Tudor’s Garden, by Tovah Martin (author) and Richard W. Brown (photographer).
For me there is something romantic about her lifestyle. Though I can see it is a labor intensive life, it is an inspired one. Living close to the earth, experiencing the natural rhythms seems to be an integrated, ethical and grounded way to live.
And yes, it seems like a thing of the past. That someone could create that lifestyle in these times doesn’t seem possible.
Have you found and followed an artist or writer’s career? Or looked to one for your own inspiration? If so, what about this artist’s life attracts you? Why have you claimed them as your “mentor?”