Art Lift - Nov 09 2020
White hair, with a bit of the last century fashion in the thick rimmed glasses, bright smile...... Whoever meets Caroline will think of her as an ordinary Old English lady who makes you tea and cookies and calls you "darling". In fact, you're looking at a super rock-and-roll grandmother who's been teaching Silicon Valley denizens digital art.
The rock and roll life of a 70-year-old British grandmother
Caroline (Candice King) is no ordinary septuagenarian art lover. She was a professional painter and art teacher before most of her admirers were born.
Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Caroline's father served in the Royal Navy and was often away from home. At the age of four or five, Caroline had a serious illness and was confined to the house to play with other children. It was a pretty depressing experience for any child, but her mom made one life-changing move:
She set up an art studio for little Caroline at home.
Five-year-old Caroline was completely fascinated by painting.
She painted and painted, painted her favorite
books, depicted her family statuettes, painted pictures of the fields and birds...
The brush was picked up and never put down again.
Due to her father's occupation and interests, they often moved around. During her childhood, Caroline has lived in almost every county in England -- the Cornish fields, the beautiful town where Shakespeare was born, the ruins of the ancient castle where King Arthur lived... Caroline has wandered and found her home in many vast corners.
Her deepest memories of childhood are not of the hustle and bustle of stucco cities. Decades later, she could still remember the scent of water vapor, the gentle touch of grass across her calves, and the sheer, bold colours of her eyes as she walked through the blue hyacinth in the deep forests of her hometown called bluebells and through the yellow fields of primroses.
For a stereotypically elegant British granny, Caroline's use of colors is downright daring.
As a child, she began to depict the appearance of nature itself without scruple with rough brushstrokes -- green green, fanatical pink, burning orange... The undercurrents of tensive brushwork, in defiance of artificial restraints and existing rules, almost seem to escape from being in the picture.
People used to British painters' wet and gray coloring were always surprised by Caroline's wild colors.
Caroline always sees the possibilities in life and lives with all her might, with no regrets. Life will also return her with a lifetime of bright sunshine.
As the title of a song on her youthful album, the Ballad of Possibility, or as her manager, partner and longtime friend Marianne puts it:
"There's only one thing I've ever done for Caroline: Trust her. She'll do everything herself."
Caroline has the same attitude towards art as she has towards life: indulge in life, indulge in creation. She believes that art itself is not difficult, but interesting. She even recently wrote a book for beginners called The Joy of Painting.”
Even the most amateur enthusiasts can follow the delicate and kind teaching in books, such as "how to take a pencil", "how to draw a circle", "how to draw a straight line" and so on. General art classes and teachers often fret to teach you basic things, and even fewer teach with such a relaxed and happy attitude.
Maybe you'll be the audience the next time Caroline raises her brush, or feel transported into the English countryside the next time you experience one of her paintings.