Passions of an Odd Chick

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mind over Matter




Modigliani called my name again last night. His photograph had been haunting me. Or as some would say, he was channeling me (OMG, the good Christian girl in me didn't say that, did she!).

He was such a bad boy, but such a wonderful, driven artist that produced a tremendous amount of work even under the stress of war and chronic illness. His fame came at the last year of his life and has increased to the present day.

I tried to paint this portrait in a (don't laugh) in a more "painterly fashion". I'm pleased with that result for the most part but I don't think I achieved capturing the restlessness in his face, the wildness in his eyes...... (Now I get it, he reminds me of my son and the look in his eyes). But, I loved painting Modigliani, as I added minute little details, it was such a pleasure, - one of those kind of pleasures that's like traveling to an exotic place you've never seen before and exploring the island with all the curiosity and passion of a child looking for a treasure to carry home. ANYONE can draw, and when you learn to draw, you can paint, and when you paint, your mind has the most wonderful playground to steal away to in the midst of any chaos or worries. I know Modigliani's life-time of work in the midst of his personal struggles represents that truth.

8 comments:

ooglebloops said...

I think you came pretty darn close!! Love your interpretation..........

linda said...

you did a wonderful job! I have a couple of books of his art, his nudes are wonderful and there is something about him that I love...thanks for sharing this!

blessings...

Carol Anne Strange said...

You've certainly captured the essence of him, chick. Inspirational!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

You've made me want to know more about him. I know nothing about his life.

Poetic Artist said...

I like it.. One the books on him they sits with me at night and when I have no inspiration, I look at this the women and men and sketch, Then it becomes my version..LOL.

Kimmie said...

You really did a great job capturing his likeness - and even it seems in the modigliani style - I'm intrigued now - to find out more about this man. Thanks for sharing!

La Dolce Vita said...

So glad I found your blog! I have always been a Mody fan and I love the portrait you painted. Have you seen the DVD about him and Jeanne? I think you pretty much nailed it, restless and looking for more...needing to be filled up!
I agreee, ANYONE can paint and I have been encouraging friends to try. I will be back! thanks for the inspiration.

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Wow! You're very, very good! Love your style - Beautiful work!