Dear Students and Guests,
This presentation grew out of email discussions that I've been enjoying with a new friend. Mr. Pepper is an old friend of my husband, Steve. Last month Steve suggested that Mr. Pepper check out my website. Mr. Pepper wrote to me to talk about the course and we've been discussing art, artists and the creative process ever since.
Mr. Pepper collaborated with me to build this presentation for you. During construction, we put it on the web site, to discuss it and decide what to add and subtract and what images to use, both from Mr. Pepper and the news. The presentation is now competed. Click here to view Through An Artist's Eyes.
I am very grateful to Mr. Pepper for his generosity - the art work and preparatory sketches used in the show, all the time he spent writing his comments and his fine editorial sense. It's been a pleasure to work with him. Thank you, Mr. Pepper, you're a great partner.
To our viewers, have fun!
Here are some notes on our collaborative process, for those who want to know how the presentation was constructed.
On February 14, 2003:
The first draft of the show is based on three email exchanges between us and 10 drawings and an explanation of the process keyed to the drawings that Mr. Pepper sent me. I spent about 10 hours writing the script, finding the news images used in slides 5, 6, 7, and 8 and integrating Mr. Pepper's drawings with the script. I'm asking Mr. Pepper to supply more information for slides 32 and 36 and to suggest images for slides 3, 4, 25, 26, 31, 32, and 35. The presentation up on the web today has 37 slides.
On February 19, 2003
Mr. Pepper analyzed the show and emailed me a Word document with suggested improvements and corrections to some typos. He sent six new images to use in slides 3, 4, 7, 8, 25, and 26. He wrote a statement for slide 32 and I chose to show a detail of the final artwork. He didn't have a suggestion for an image for slide 35. I'm writing him again and asking for some old masters he might admire and we can work together to find the perfect image. For slide 36, he gave me a long statement that I made into three slides. But I wrote back for his help to chose the artwork to go with his ideas. Then I added two slides where we can put links to websites with artwork from his favorite modern artists and Old Masters. My email asks for his suggestions. There are now 41 slides in the show.
On February 23, 2003
Mr. Pepper sent back a list of his favorite old masters. He also told me about his pleasure when he saw Michelangelo's Pieta in Rome. That became a new slide #36. I located collections and web sites for each of the Old Masters that he suggested for links to more of his favorite artists. Then I carefully studied those sites to find images for the slides without artwork. My husband approved the matches of artwork to quotes. What could be the final version is now posted for Mr. Pepper's approval. There are 43 slides in the show.
On February 24, 2003
Yesterday, Mr. Pepper wrote back quickly. He refined his comments about the Pieta which I broke up into two slides. He caught another of my typos then said, "Looks like we have lift-off." School was closed for a snow day and I completed the show after quadruple checks for spelling, spacing, etc. The sun emerged and blue skies appeared above Cincinnati. We launched our project on its journey across the vast expanses of the Internet.
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