Friday, September 16, 2011

art, family, Glackens

I worked in my art journal again yesterday after getting home from picking up my sister at the airport and bringing her to my parent's house. This is not an easy time for any of us with the news of my father's cancer having spread. For me, doing art, creating something, helps to calm and center me. It also allows me to work out my feelings in a different way than talking or crying or whatever! I was drawn to work in my art journal yesterday afternoon and this is what happened.

When I started i did not know what I was going to do . . .

These papers were sitting in a box on my desk, leftover from Mary Green's last challenge. I had printed some of the images she gave us on this tan, weathered stationery. These leftover papers seemed a good place to start. I added a copy of ledger page top right below, also from Mary. Probably key to where I went with this spread was that I already had a copy of one of my Great Uncle's paintings printed out and in my scrap box. Click for details -top left page below.

The watercolor paper this journal  is made with is too white for me for this, so I use a walnut stain Distress Ink pad, direct to the page, to blend everything. This I sprayed water on top to really blend the ink and paper.

I typed out a short bit of info about my Great Uncle, William Glackens on the same tan stationery and glued it on the left side. Then I dripped (instead of sprayed) Adirondack espresso Color Wash on both sides of the spread. I also added another painting by my great uncle and a photo of him and his daughter Lenna taken in 1914 to the right side -click for details.

The painting I added is Hammerstein's Roof Garden, 1901. If you click on that link there is a really interesting Audio Guide, courtesy of the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, where the painting is held. It describes the time (1901) and why the painting was important. My Great Uncle was part of a group of artists who believed in painting realistic scenes, not just pretty pictures.

I believe I chose the photo of William Glackens and his daughter Lenna out of the many I have of him because, for one -I am named after Lenna, and two -it shows their loving father-daughter relationship. I did not set out to show this, but when looking for additional images to include in my spread, this is the one I was drawn to.

To finish the spread, I took my jar of Gold Lumiere paint, dipped my finger in and spread a little gold sheen around on parts of the pages. This spread is actually a little sparse for me, but I like it this way and feel that it is finished. This is the last full spread in this journal. I have one 1/2 page spread, to do in this journal.

I would like to share some additional paintings by my great uncle . . . 

Chez Mouquin, 1905  - Chicago Art Institute
The one above is one of my favorites and I have it as a poster.
My son Dallas has seen this painting in person and came back to tell me he did not even know it was at the Chicago Art Institute, but recognized it from the poster I have!
More on the painting above and below here on Artchive.

The Shoppers, 1907 - The Chrysler Museum, Virginia
The central figure is my great aunt, Edith Dimock Glackens, sister of my grandfather, Stanley K. Dimock -my mother's adoptive father. Edith and William were married in 1904.

Lenna Painting
Lenna Glackens, by William Glackens
Above is my namesake, William Glacken's daughter Lenna. Although, I do know she was named after her mother's mother, Lenna Demont Dimock (my great grandmother) . . .
I still like to think of myself being named after Lenna Glackens. She was an artist and a writer too!

W. J. Glackens, 1935

William Glackens died in 1938. I am honored to have art so revered in my family. Thank you for visiting and sharing my story. Lenna Young Andrews, September 16, 2011


  1. Such a RICH history, Lenna. There is art in your blood. I find it all very fascinating. The Hammerstein's roof garden particularly interests me ... I am such a fan of the music which came from that family. It must be incredible to think you carry some of those genes ... think of the possibilities. No wonder you are an artist! xxooDonna

  2. Thank you for sharing the work of your great-uncle! His paintings are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work also! I'm sorry to hear about your father. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  3. Yes, I can easily understand where this spread came from. The paintings are beautiful, I'm going to take the tour the next time I'm in the library. And that Lenna is as cute as the other one.
    I recognized the paper from one of the letters you wrote me. What a wonderful idea to print vintage pictures on top.

  4. These are such great pieces of art - and there's a story to tell - which you've also been willing to share. Art and family do go together.

  5. So sorry to hear about your dad-love and prayers for you and your family!!

  6. It's so cool that you are related to William Glackens, and named after his cute little daughter! His paintings are superb. Artistic talent is clearly in your genes.

    I do hope you get some strength from your sister's arrival.


  7. I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family will all be in my prayers. Please do keep us updated.

    The journal pages are lovely. I think the "sparse" quality helps his art works stand out more.

  8. What an excellent painter he was - I'm impressed! I'm currently reading the Luncheon of the Boating Party, the fictionalized story of the painting by the same name, by Renoir. The Impressionists are my favorites.
    So sorry about your dad. I lost my mother to cancer in 1986 after years of worsening news. My heart is with you.

  9. Beautiful, beautiful artwork, a fitting tribute to your Great-Uncle's talent! How lovely to carry on the name, that is very sweet.
    Sorry to hear the news about your Dad, you know my heart is with you & your family.

  10. Lenna, I am so sorry to read that your father is so ill. I wish you and your family strenght! My mother died of cancer, I know what it is.
    I like the pages you made very much. Such a honour to have a painter in the family! You absolute have inheritate a few genes!
    The paintings are great and remind me very much of the paintings of Auguste Renoir. My favorite painter.
    I was in the USA in 1990 and I special traveled to Boston to see my favorite painting "le bal de Bougival". I was crying when I saw it in real. Pity that the USA is so far, I would love to see it again.

  11. your art is so beautiful.I also commentet on flick.

  12. What a fantastic painter he was, Lenna- those pictures are wonderful, and so allive,- I love that period of painting.
    And I love your family spread, the brownish tones,the storyes they tells-and the wonderful pictures.
    I send you blessings, and warm hugs.

  13. Hi, Lenna! Just popping in to say how much I love this spread honoring your uncle and your namesake. And, thanks for sharing his works of art, too!

    Love and prayers to you and your family during this trying time. Glad your sister is there.

  14. Art clearly runs in your genes! I love how you share your process -- I am fascinated by how different people go about creating their art. Thank you, too, for sharing your family story and your great uncle's gorgeous paintings. So sorry to hear about your father; sending thoughts and prayers his way.

  15. Thank you all for your comments and thoughts about my dad, I really appreciate that. I must add though, that art does not truthfully run in my genes, as my mom is adopted and it is her adoptive father's sister who married William Glackens. I will attest to art being in my family, and supported by my family. That is why I was always encouraged to paint or draw or dance . . . and I am so, so grateful I cannot even express it.
    Thank you for commenting, Lenna

  16. First of all, my heart goes to you and your family. I am alwasy so amazed at your art journal pages. They are so intricate and beautiful.

  17. Wow--thanks for sharing some of your family history with us!

    Alas, I am the only artist in the family. Though I have a cellist cousin...

    These paintings are just beautiful, and how nice to be named after a relative. I was not. :(




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...