For this painting, I was inspired by Japanese erotic prints, vintage Playboy magazines and flower catalogues. I looked at Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam for her outstretched hand. See full painting under 2017 work.
Painting to celebrate Earth Day. May we leave a healthy wholesome place for future generations. Reward for sitting for live painting: a bit of organic applesauce cake and deviled (from free range) eggs. Asking the kids to sit any longer than five minutes on a beautiful spring day just didn’t seem feasible or constructive. Remainder of painting completed in studio.
The first painting is an illustration to the following poem from the 1200s by a woman from Antwerp.
Knowing love in herself.
I do not complain of suffering for Love,
It is right that I always obey her,
For I can know her only as she is in herself,
Whether she commands in storm or in stillness.
This is a marvel beyond my understanding,
Which fills my whole heart
And makes me stray wild in a desert.
The other sketch is about control, and the last two are about people coming together to talk about exciting new ideas.