Thursday, April 12, 2007
I've been working with some material provided as an e-book called The Relatively Pain-Free Artist's Statement by Alyson B. Stanfield. Verbalizing and using adequate language to describe my work is a challenge. Artists are such visual creatures. I'm enjoying the exercises, one of which asks: who has been your artistic influences?
I study the master horse painters in a continuous search for an emotional element. By now I can draw and paint horses as well as anyone. But can I infuse it with this passion?
What a lovely painting by Peter Paul Rubens entitled "St. George and the Dragon". Abundantly flowing mane and tail depicted in the Roccoco style.
It's intense emotions and feelings revealed in these paintings that strike a vivid chord in my psyche. I've made it my mission to replicate this milieu. It's daunting. Eugene Delacroix tells an phenomenal story in every fiery painting. Two Arab stallions fighting.
"The Horse Fair" by French artist Rosa Bonheur. I've visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City numerous times throughout my life just to sit in awe in front of this massive painting. What an incredible masterpiece.
The facial expression: wild eyes, pinned ears, flowing mane, I'm humbled by it's spectacular aura. This detail of "The Horse Fair" is reminiscent of Theodore Gericault's "Race of the Barbari Horses". Wow.
Will I ever achieve the understanding, the empathy of these outstanding master horse painters? I'll forever search my soul and push the dynamics of my own artwork for the answers. Reminding myself that I live in a different era, my heart is still so connected. This is the British painter Lucy Kemp-Welch describing the brave calvary horses of WWI.
"Head of a Horse" by my favorite horse artist ever - Theodore Gericault from the French Romantic Period. It's thought to be Napolean's favorite horse. Whatever, this painting is so haunting, so compellingly beautiful that when I finally make it to the Louvre to see it, I'll drop down to my knees and sob.