Saturday, April 13, 2013

When to Stop?

-Pair of Swallowtails-oil on canvas- 11X14" 
   Something I struggle with is knowing when a painting is finished. Some paintings scream "I AM DONE!". I love when this happens. Unfortunately many others are not so loud. They play with my mind forcing me to ask many questions. Does it need more detail, more feeling, more color, more texture or nothing at all? How much is too much? Is more work going to complete it or ruin it? At times it helps me to stop painting go back days later for a fresh look. Often after a break I can look at the piece and see what it needs or does not need.

"Art is never finished, only abandoned."-Leonardo da Vinci

Artist of the Week
Leonardo da Vinci
High Renaissance

Female Head (La Scapigliata) (1508) by Leonardo da Vinci
    Leonardo da Vinci is mostly well known for his paintings, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. But painting was only one of his great talents. Sculptor, scientist, and inventor are just a few of his other titles. This vast knowledge helped to make his art so successful. In his paintings you can see Leonardo's understanding of human emotion, anatomy, geology, botany and light. Using all of his talents together has allowed him to create these wonderful masterpiece's.


  1. Leonardo will always attract seekers!
    When I was in Paris 2005, I could not visit the Louvre. But the Louvre came with sound recording equipment, which were kindly provided by the French. Found the "Mona Lisa" and began recording background sound created numerous visitors who came to see the masterpiece. The logic was simple. Allow myself to be noted that any masterpiece has the property of highly structured information field. Man - this is also, at its basis, the field structure. There is a contact of two field structures – human and masterpiece. This is probably the power of art. The sounds published the people who were in the masterpiece (talk, the shuffling of feet, etc.) were very valuable to me, they were correlated associated with him. Subjecting these records complicated transformation process, I managed to get some incredible sound. Many are led into shock - these sounds there is a clear identification with the portrait of "Mona Lisa." Similar records I've made in the famous sculpture of Venus. As a result, based on these records, I had three works - "Knowledge", "Flow" and "Communication".
    MONA LISA_VENUS(Опыт работы с шедеврами) .avi

    Structure of presented video: sound background at Mona Lisa – result of transformational processing of a background, a sound background at Venus – result of transformational processing of a background, a work “Knowledge” fragment (the transformed sounds are used only).

    Full details can be found on my master class
    Academia of Music, Kishinev MOLDOVA
    (sorry, translated by google)

    1. Interesting. Had to check it out before responding. I always believe that art is movement, whether physical or emotional. The sound gives that feeling. You can imagine your footsteps as you hear the buzz and chatter to walk up and view the Mona Lisa. Unfortunately, when I was in Paris, the Louvre was closed for renovations so I never got the opportunity. I appreciate the crossing of media to enhance the experience (I always listen to music when I paint) and appreciate the response as well. But, there could be nothing that duplicates the feeling I get when standing in front of a spectacular work of art.