Read the following Blog post by the Native American artist, Star Wallowing Bull, which relates an account of the generosity of James Rosenquist and the tangible encouragement he provided to this struggling artist.
Visit the website for the artist (below) and read another slightly different version of Meeting James Rosenquist (scroll down, you will see it below his pictures) and the account, The Wooden Boy, in which he discusses his father and interest in Pinocchio. Look at each of the art works on the site – both the paintings and colored pencil drawings. (Can you find images of Pinocchio and Rosenquist in various paintings?)
Comment on the following:
How do you think the personal connection and encouragement with Rosenquist affected the young artist on both a personal level and artistic level?
What are the artistic similarities and differences between Rosenquist’s work and Star Wallowing Bull’s work?
Choose one work in particular that you find interesting and discuss the balance of the design and overall organization AND the meaning through the placement and relationship of the images. If this is a work that someone else has discussed, add to their insights in a concrete way or disagree with support from the evidence in the work. Your discussion should be grounded in the work itself – not just an elaborate story that has no connection to the work.
Your sketchbook should be a one hour drawing, inspired by the work of Star Wallowing Bull.