My name is Noël. I’m a painter based in Madison, WI, and I work occasionally in Chicago, IL. This blog is a place for me to talk about the artists who influence and inspire me, as well as to share images of my works in progress. I enjoy sharing the daily steps and missteps that eventually lead their way to the finished product. I think it shows something about the thought process that goes into a piece, and demystifies the cult of artistic genius that, according to Patrick Madigan, was inspired by John Milton, and conceived by romantic poets like Bryon, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelly, and Coleridge. William Vaughn claims it was the Romantics, who, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, reevaluated the role of the artist in society. They put intuition on equal footing with reason, elevated experiences that were not explainable by the rational mind, and raised the individual above the establishment.
Whoever you believe, it’s a romantic idea, and I’d like to debunk it.