While instruction from him seemed to put this student on the edge of a razor for each session, his urgings were essential to the serious-minded. "What color do you see in that tree trunk?" "Purple", I hesitatingly replied. "Then paint it that way!!" He was always prodding one to LOOK and COMPARE. He was difficult, proud. " Father Sicilian, mother Jewish". An outstanding painter up against the incursions of modern abstract art . I can still hear his urgings in my subconscious, even though I could be called a rather poor student of his for only a year or two. My mistake was to push his in-your-face instruction away too soon. A greater artist, a greater soul would have stayed the course for at least another year, with the ability to ignore all the melodrama, acidic criticism, and insistent pessimism. With all that, I am indebted to him for the strong start he gave me in painting. One other artist, Solace Loven , also counts Pat as one of her teachers. Corso passed away in 1989, victim of a "routine" hospital procedure.
After Corso, I had several other teachers, nationally known, and a few of which were his contempory artists at the Art Students League. From each teacher, I have gained another way of looking at nature , of turning paintings into art. Here are a couple of experiments inspired by some of my readings :
. At left is actually a painting of sunflowers, despite the presence of "my little teapot". It's an oil on linen, 16x20. Past still life work I have done was a little more "realistic" and perhaps had a tonal mood, but here I was after a little more expressiveness. An artist must paint with emotion, according to the teachings of Sergei Bongart. I have also done a still life with roses, with the same thought in mind. ( I reserve this painting for the next blog opportunity.)