As college student, I studied Renaissance Art and its non-conformist painters, the Mannerists. When I first viewed Parmigianino’s work, “Madonna with the Long Neck” , I found it so unsettling. It violated all the Renaissance compositions that reflected harmony and a sense of balance. The Madonna is extremely distorted and the baby on her lap is over-large, while the figure to her right is tiny. With the figures crammed in to her left, surely there is no symmetry. There is a leg coming out of nowhere, not seeming to be attached to anyone in particular. Pontormo’s “Descent from the Cross” uses the Renaissance colors (pink, blue, red) but the figures are in various positions that are detached and unrelated to the Christ on the Cross. Perhaps this is a truer version of the chaos around the Crucifixion than the harmonious balance depicted in earlier Renaissance works of the same subject. As an abstract artist, I studied them more carefully and developed a respect for these rebels. Distortion, unbalance, and disharmony can certainly be seen in the work of contemporary artists.
My visit to the UK to see son, granddaughter and son’s partner was invigorating in so many ways. Usually, we head off tot he Tate or a London museum, but this time, the South Downs provided all the inspiration needed. Perusing the pubs, with their eclectic menus and warm atmosphere is something to sit back…
After spending the spring and summer working on mixed media florals that are 18 x24″ or 16×20″ I decided to do some larger canvases. They are of an abstract nature and require the viewer’s response and interpretation.
Vision as Voice Last week, three of us juried the annual show in Monson, MA. There were over 250 entries, many of them digital. It was a congenial effort for all three of us. Reception is on March 23, 2013.
Through the years, I have read quotes that inspire me and give me added confidence to paint. Here is one by Mary Cassatt: “I live alone, and I love my work.” Let’s hear it for solitude!