Well, it has arrived, the weekend of the Fall Art Tour. Southwest Wisconsin will draw hundreds of visitors to tour the studios of working artists, enjoy the fall colors, listen to live music and eat in the many excellent restaurants in the area. It’s a very good time. We artists will demonstrating our crafts and showing off a year’s work. I will be working on this painting, inspired by the Phantom of the Opera. It’s 24×36, a fairly large canvas. I’m thoroughly enjoying the romance of the concept. As soon as I’m finished I’ll blog the result, but here are a couple of areas of the painting that are pretty well developed.
My daughter found this quote from Simonides, a Greek poet, to put on my portrait brochure (right up my alley because I was a Greek major in college):
“Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.”
This picture was my husband Matt’s idea. He took me to the Eau Claire Dells as a surprise and suggested that I paint a picture of a person reading Thoreau amidst the rocks and rapids. so I asked him to pose for it. It’s a beautiful place. I’d never even heard of it, which is incredible considering I’ve lived in Wisconsin for almost forty years. Matt knows all the backroads though.
Here is a selection of what he may be reading:
“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”
“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
…and my favorite:
“There is no remedy for love, but to love more.”
Reading Thoreau, Eau Claire Dells, WI, oil on canvas, 11×14, Not for Sale