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Monday, March 03, 2008

Art Appreciation

I was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office today glancing through a really cool book of abstract art.  And of course I have forgotten the name of the book or the artist as the day has gone on, but it got me to thinking about the art that I like and how it has changed as I've gotten older.

 In my younger days (college more than childhood, actually) I was pretty much all about Disney, as art goes.  My favorite animated film has always been and always will be Sleeping Beauty, Disney's amazing film that was shot on 70mm film and stylized to look like an animated medieval tapestry and set to Tsaikovsky's amazing ballet.  (and I'll have you know I actually spelled that right on the first try, or so Google tells me.  Sweet!)  There are a lot of Disney movies that are beautiful - Tarzan's amazing backgrounds, Beauty & The Beast's amazing everything, Mulan's awesome opening credit sequence ... but no Disney film will ever impress me more that Sleeping Beauty.

After College I discovered the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Waterhouse.  (And his Pre-Raphaelite cohorts.)  This is still one of my favorite paintings ever - I love the detail and the glowyness of it, and how totally romantic it is.  I have a large collection of these types of prints that used to grace all the walls of my apartment.  Alas, I started to outgrow the princessyness of them and stashed them away for a future guest room, but I still have a 5 x 7 print of this particular painting on display in our bathroom.  There's just something about it that makes you want to know her story, don't you think?

Thanks to a friend from my days on the SpongeBob crew, I discovered the art of Yoshitaka Amano.
Most people know him best from his video game design work, but I love some of his other, more fine art work. This painting in particular just compels you to keep looking, lest you miss a phenomenal detail.

These days, I find my art taste strays more toward the abstract.  Not just random paint splotches on a canvas or an all white canvas that the artist swears has some deeper meaning, but abstracts that evoke a place or time out of the mishmosh of color.  This one is by Robert Holman.  To me it looks like the New York State Finger Lakes (any of them) at the last hint of dusk.  I expect to see stars start twinkling along the top of the painting any second.

This one, by Estela Lugo, I have hanging in my cubicle at work.

As a general rule, I don't particularly love Gustav Klimt, but I do love this painting, called "Tree of Life."

THis one, by Laurie Maitland, inspires me to write spooky stories, and it reminds me a little of a several books by my favorite author, Patricia McKillip.

And I love this one by Lisa Kowalski because it looks to me like flowers over concrete - soft and feminine meets gritty stone. I love opposites that work in harmony, like pro-wrestlers who happen to be poets, or bikers who sing opera.

Well, that's my art tour for today. I'm probably not the most astute art critic, but I know what I like. 
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1 comment:

Audrey said...

I smiled reading your post. I too sat in a doctors waiting room today. My daughter had a huge physical as she's going overseas and the forms were never ending. I only got to read Readers Digest LOL.