The Artwork of

William Lathrop

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Artist in Residence - 2005
Entry Date: 10/04/2005 - Tuesday

Today I met with two different classes and talked about painting. In each class, I set up a very simple still life - an apple - and painted while I talked about the characteristics of painting: representational versus abstract, color, value, drawing, design and edge. I always enjoy doing this; I have done it as a visiting artist in Florida as well.

This morning's kids were 6th graders I think - they were very respectful, many actually paid attention to my rambling thoughts. Those this afternoon were a year younger, and much more talkative - particularly one young man sitting near me. I had a harder time painting for the afternoon class, difficult to keep my train of thought with so much conversation.

This evening I met with a number of folks from the community to talk about my experience; we met at the visitors' center near Munising Falls. I shared all my paintings, even the flops, and talked about some of the more memorable experiences.

I had a number of expectations before this experience. Among them was that I would have a more intimate experience with the cliffs, and I expected the area to be less remote. I also thought I would be able to publish where I expected to paint each day, so others could join me if they wished. The remoteness of the park and lack of communication infrastructure made this unfeasible.

I was also surprised at how my connection with this wild place nurtured the naturalist in me. I think that will become an important part of my vision as an artist. This was definitely a valuable experience.

All Materials Copyright © William Lathrop, 2007
Last Modified on June 05, 2007