A coversation in a cab reminded me about this post which I had finished but never published. So better late than never...
This is a self portrait I did in spring 2008, watercolor on dyed paper, with Egon Schiele's "Selbstporträt mit Lampionfrüchten", 1912. Egon Schiele is one of my favorite artists, his work with portraiture and figures have been inspirational for me over the years. I found it quite intriguing and revealing looking at the two pieces side by side. It's interesting to think about your surroundings or things you are looking at infiltrating your brain and effecting what comes out of you. I think I may do more paintings like this in the future, I like the visual of lavendar skin tones, much like Sargent's "Madame X" I find it eerie and beautiful at the same time.
Instead of becoming obsessive and writing massive posts/opinions, I have decided it would be much more efficient if I just post photos and quick ideas of what's inspiring me at the present moment.
I went to the ballet last month and was blown away by not only the beautiful dancers (of course), but the set design was incredible. Set designers are similar to master painters, light, composition, mood are all found within a well done set design. Cecil Beaton and Yves Saint Laurent worked in set design, both creative genius', and I can't help to notice the connection between the two.
The Red Shoes (1948) is one of my favorite films, the visual effects were far ahead of it's time, it's absolutely breath taking and every scene is like a painting. It's a visual masterpiece and the lighting alone is worth heavy praise, here are some photos from the film.
This is my diary, my personal museum, a collection of images, sounds and thoughts that move me, that feed me, that explain who I am and contribute to what I hope to become. If my mind were a room these would be the artifacts found within.