Pardon the terrible pictures. I am doing the best I can with what I’ve got.
I’ve been reading I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews and there are numerous interesting sections that I could post, but I’ll leave you with this:
“He who wants to dedicate himself to painting should start by cutting out his tongue.”
– Henri Matisse
Yesterday I spent a few hours in the ETSU library with Robert. He did his chemistry homework and I looked at art book – illuminated manuscripts, Hodler, Velazquez, El Greco, Zurbaran, de Lempicka, and Jenny Saville. While scanning pages from an old sketchbook the day before yesterday, I was reminded of how northern Renaissance painters influenced my work. I was interested in the structure – multi-paneled sections of narrative – but also in the visual tools used to explain intangible occurrences. Although most people would probably cite contemporary references for Between Two Thoughts, I’m convinced that on some subconscious level the appeal of earlier ideas were still present.
So this brought me to illuminated manuscripts, which remind me of so many other things. (Click on images to view larger.)
Plus, there’s Mary Magdalene and SATAN in the manuscripts. (I feel the need to say SATAN in all caps because of how I actually say the word. When referring to the Devil seriously, I use his other names. SATAN is only for jest. That’s the kind of relationship we have.)
Oh, and of course, there were horses and dogs everywhere.
My camera battery died before I could record more images, but I plan to track down certain paintings online. Or return to them in the library some other time. I sketched out as much as I could. Mostly monsters and figurative compositions.
I suppose I shouldn’t be making paintings and just giving them away, but that’s my prerogative and it helps me stay motivated. She’s counting on It. I told her, It will exist. And so It shall.
Not that motivation has been difficult lately. There are also other paintings. Princesses and horses and ghosts and seeds and bricks.
“you should see the other guy” keeps running through my head. Wearing a leotard.
My “reference” folder is out of control.
Here’s what I was researching about three months ago + yesterday morning when I was busy not being able to sleep.
Reading about witches, witch hunts, witchery, etc. Primarily mapping the timeline – starting in Europe – and the things that tended to lead to accusation, method for “proving” the woman or man was a witch.