Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Edgar Whitney's on Location Set Up...


Dear Wes, Here is a piece of blog:
(Blogspot Photo and text by Frank Webb)

This image shows Ed's gear used on location. The right side shows a masonite panel that sits on folding legs and is within reach of Ed from his seat on a 16 inches high campstool, At top center is his palette box that has only a two inch alley between color banks for gathering color. This palette was originated by Eliot O'Hara and the idea is that the painter should mix color on the paper and not so much on the palette.You will notice that the palette is separate from the box and is slanted in two directions to keep sullied color from the mounds of fresh paint. This box was made by Grumbacher and I believe it was item no. 964. The palette box shows an array of brushes. His workhorse of a brush is shown at bottom, center. It is a two inch flat squirrel hair, Grumbacher Mottler. The rectangular, cellulose sponge is used for adjusting the amount of charge in the brush by touching the sponge after charging. Ed's water pan is shallow. This facilitates his banging his brush on the bottom to speedily clear away the paint in his brush.
Not shown in this picture is Ed's painting board which he usually placed on top of his half sheet painting bag. This was placed on folding legs and was therefore level with his gear to his right. In future blogs I expect to show other images that might help to focus on the production and the aesthetics of watercolor.
On a philosophic note: One day Ed asked me to shared my shortest definition of art. I thought a moment and then replied,
"Embodied meaning"
This was a quote from Louis Reid. Ed then shared his favorite shortest definition which was from Santayana,
"Pleasure objectified"
Conversation with Ed was often peppered with quotes and aphorisms.

3 comments:

Ruth Ann Greenberg said...

Dear Wes:

This site is great. i am not sure if my messages have coming through so sorry if I am repeating.
I have always been a fan of Ed Whitney's books and style. I tooks workshops with his disciples, Tom Lynch and Tony Couch. Judi Wagner is terrific as well. keep up the good work
Regards,
Ruth Ann Greenberg
Bethesda, Md. former vice pres. of Washington D.C. watercolor association

Ruth Ann Greenberg said...

Dear Wes:

I love the blog!! The info on Ed Whitney is priceless. I would love to read more anecdotes about him.

Regards,
Ruth Ann
Ruthanngreenbergart.blogspot.com/

Wes Waugh said...

Ruth Ann, thanks for your feedback. The site is quite young and I look forward to a lot more activity and contributions over this summer and fall. Interest is certainly picking up as I hoped it would re: visitors. Please share with your friends and fellow Whitney admirers, that is how we will generate more good content and images.

Whitney Demo on the Rocks, Kennebunkport 1979

Whitney Demo on the Rocks, Kennebunkport 1979
photo courtesy Shirley Langraf