FROM BOTTOM: "Peppermint" and "Tootsie Roll II", from the "Tags, Toys & Treasures" series, both 4" x 6", acrylic on canvasboard, each $199 to the first taker (HINT: these will make wonderful Valentines). Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Today was a day of eye candy on all sorts of levels. You see, I played hookie from the studio and went to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. In typical haphazard, spontaneous fashion, I had tried multiple times over the past few months to see the show "Monet to Dali." Today I was finally successful.
Monet's "Wheat Fields" literally moved me to tears. I could not get enough of Manet's portrait of Berthe Morisot. Van Gogh, well, Van Gogh will never have a comparison. I fell in love with Mondrian's floral paintings (who knew?!). Denis is (expletive) brilliant. Renoir, Fantin-Latour, Jongkind, Degas, Courbet, Cezanne, Tissot, Pissaro, Seurat, Redon, Magritte, Dali, Modigliani, Matisse, Ernst, Vuillard and Bonnard - it was a parade of my favorites, and I was beside myself. (Actually, I was beside my friend Margot, but we both were pretty darned happy.)
I came home and couldn't dig into the paints quickly enough. I did 6 boards, of which I am sharing the two best (in my opinion) with you tonight. Consider them your treat, just like the exhibition was a treat to me.
Tonight I'll sleep with the exhibition catalog under my pillow, to see what can be learned through osmosis. And tomorrow I'll come back into the studio ready to follow humbly in the footsteps of these brilliant visionaries.
PS If you are looking for the perfect Valentine's gift and these two paintings aren't quite right, check out my etsy store. I have several heart shaped dog tag paintings, along with some other candy pieces, listed under "Tags, Toys & Treasures." And through January 31st, 2009, there's a 20% off DOGADAY coupon for Dog-a-Day purchases made through Etsy. So shop to your hearts content!!