Thursday, October 19, 2006

Smitten


This fellow seems fairly smitten with birds, or maybe they find him irresistable.
I have this little (2x3 inch) cutout from a magazine that I've saved since I was in high school. It shows a painting of this guy, in black and white. I have long since lost the information about who painted it and who the subject was. Another artist maybe? A naturalist painter? I can't remember. But here is my interpretation of the mysterious painting (or drawing) that I have saved so long. Maybe someone will recognize it.

Acrylic paint on a 10 x 8 inch board.

16 Comments:

At October 19, 2006 6:30 PM, Blogger Roy Everitt said...

Lovely - and he does look familiar.

 
At October 19, 2006 6:52 PM, Blogger Roy Everitt said...

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At October 19, 2006 6:54 PM, Blogger Roy Everitt said...

Nature, red in cloth and plume,
cannot betray this fellow's name.
Though not a native, I presume,
he seems at peace here, just the same,

and recognises friends of old
whose woodlands habit he once knew,
recalls the stories he once told
while he was far away from you.

And far away from me, in time,
but closer for the tales he told,
and hardly flattered by a rhyme
made new long after he grew old...

But still I'll take the chance and say
to this mysterious figure: Though
your time may seem so far away
it hardly seems so long ago.

 
At October 19, 2006 8:34 PM, Blogger Anonymous said...

Gentle and kind ...

 
At October 19, 2006 9:04 PM, Blogger Sally said...

It's very nice, a departure from your other work.

Didn't know you were home, slore.

 
At October 20, 2006 3:02 AM, Blogger Gronk said...

Fun piece! Bold colors. Great expression and layout.

 
At October 20, 2006 5:06 AM, Blogger the heartful blogger said...

This is wonderful Jaimie, so dreamlike. Beautiful colours.

 
At October 20, 2006 8:02 AM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I agree with Sally, this is a departure from your other work, and a nice one! Not that it doesn't have similarities....very beautifully done, Jaimie!

 
At October 20, 2006 11:26 AM, Anonymous the daughter said...

Of course, with the birds, I love it.
And I've seen the original and I love that too.
You did a great job capturing this mysterious gentle guy. And the birds are beautifully done.
i love it.
xo

 
At October 20, 2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous Mom said...

I LOVE the Smitten painting!!!! The feeling/look of compassion on his face is remarkably portrayed!!
And as usual, the colors are beautiful!!

 
At October 20, 2006 8:13 PM, Anonymous Dad said...

A very quiet, serene, and intimate portraiture. It captures that milieu in which we all should desire. The colors enhance the mood. As usual, a wonderful work.

Dad

 
At October 20, 2006 8:20 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

Wonderful and the soft nature that this man has with the birds is so touching! I love this!

 
At October 20, 2006 10:14 PM, Blogger HARDWAX said...

This is so wonderful-especially when enlarged. That kind face of his and the form amd movement of the little birds with your exquisite use of color is a treat for the eyes. Beautiful and unique!

 
At October 22, 2006 9:34 AM, Blogger carla said...

This is such a wonderful and intriguiing subject. i can see how you were captivated by it. The forms in front of him look almost like buildings, so I kind of get the feeling that he's very large in a small world (not Gulliver, though). This is great!

 
At October 27, 2006 8:43 AM, Blogger Twisselman said...

Missed this last week... Yes, this is so familiar that I feel I've seen that photo somewhere... Possibly a 19th century poet... Need to investigate. Beautiful illustration.

 
At January 05, 2007 2:14 PM, Blogger brow of calm said...

It is as if I recognize his feeling. A quiet soulful moment of disconection and a transcending of the human world, birds do not judge us, they just are.

 

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