Two weeks ago while browsing through a lovely art gallery in the nearest city, I came across two paintings by Lionel Smit. A few visits and a chat to my clever arty aunt in Cape Town, I have now bought them. He paints huge portraits. I have bought the smaller portraits from his Strip, Circle and Slice series.
They are so beautiful and I love them. They speak to me and from the very first time I saw them, I wanted them. Very similiar to a teenager and the latest Blackberry. I saw and I wanted.
The thing about art, be it visual, poetry, drama or even music, is, that it’s SO healthy to be inspired by it.
Well, I feel inspired when I see my two new babies.
Have a look http://www.34fineart.com/lionel2012ind.htm
Today is Gustav Klimt’s 150th birthday. Had he not snuffed it and still been alive.
One of my favourite artists of all time. You see I have a thing about the use of gold in paintings. I love it. In old paintings that is. Like gold used in icons.
iconsplural of i·con (Noun)
- A painting of Christ or another holy figure, used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches.
- A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something: “icon of manhood”.
In the Louvre in Paris, there is a whole massive room reserved just for icons. It’s huge and I’ve been there. It brought tears to my eyes and I guess there must be something in them that speaks to my soul. Been to the Cistern Chapel. It left me cold. (well the tourists did) but this room filled with these ancient paintings just filled me with such joy and hope and awe.
Here are some of the paintings in my Latest Project: The Art Gallery. Have enjoyed myself immensely. Will be displaying them on Monday.
I have a meeting with my photographer friend this arvie. Will see how it goes. I’m still excited to see his work regardless of whether I buy or not. I find him inspiring.
Beautiful artwork is so inspiring don’t you think? I wish I could buy more sculptures, ceramics and oils. But you know what they say….slowly slowly catch a monkey. Besides, one can buy and buy and buy. But one also needs to sell too. That’s business.
Here are some samplers:
I love the above landscape best. The use of technique, brush stroke and colour is really good.
I must say the more I frame the more classical I seem to frame. Frame it so that it still looks fresh in twenty years time. Wood frames work on oils THE BEST!
Here is something I framed recently. Little ceramic tiles which I box framed simply. I just love them. They are in 3 boxes which can be hung together in a series or separately.
Anyway I feel so inspired with art and words at the moment. It’s like a blind fold has been ripped off my eyes.
Am finding beauty and peace and SO MUCH INSPIRATION in words and art and everything around me. My head is spinning and overflowing with ideas.
It’s so motivating. Thank you Lord..
I’ve been rather quite of late. Not intentionally. I just don’t feel inspired to write anything of importance.
But, I would like to say that the Schengen Visa application has been sent off for the Belgium/Swiss trip. I’m collecting and saving money bedondered. AND I’m getting very excited. Must say.
I’ve also branched out, or busy branching out in my little business. I’m incorporating a little art gallery on the side in my showroom. I only display art of my choice. I’m arrogant like that. I know what I like and brutally discard what I don’t with very little conscience.
I’ve discovered this awesome artist from the Northern Eastern Cape. She has a very distinct brush stroke. She features mostly portraits and figures but I actually prefer her landscapes. She works in oils. And then another artist locally. I’ve bought one painting of hers. It’s a busy market scene, also in oils.
Art, I think is my first love. I love writing too. But beautiful art, architecture, ceramics and photography is my first love. There’s this local boy. He is actually a man. But he has the heart and eye and purity of a boy. He takes such pure and good photography that your eyes weep as it touches your soul. He understands my intense dislike for chocolate box photography too. So we seem to be on the same page.
I’m honestly very excited about this project. It’s given me a new lease on life, I tell you…
p.s don’t you hate it when someone hikes a price up when they get a whiff that you may be interested in their work…Fair price for fair work people. C’mon, don’t take the piss now…