Following are pictures taken of the John Singer Sargent murals located on the top floor of the McKim Building at the Boston Public Library. You can read more about the murals creation and restoration here and here.
Posted in Inspiration, tagged architecture, art, Boston Public Library, colors, Edwin Austin Abbey, faith, holy grail, illustration, Inspiration, murals, painting, Photography, storytelling on May 30, 2013 | 4 Comments »
The Abbey Room is located on the second floor of the McKim Building in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Its high walls are covered by a series of mural paintings depicting The Quest for the Holy Grail. A lovely place to hang out on a rainy day in Boston.
Painted by Edwin Austin Abbey.
I am having a rather abstract, curmudgeonly morning. I decided to share the abstraction via these images taken over the past few days. I’m hoping the curmudgeon part will fade away. We’ll see …
Posted in Guest Contributor, Inspiration, Nature Notes, tagged art, arts, beauty, creativity, culture, Donald Langosy, fine art, illustration, imagination, Inspiration, interviews, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, John Milton, literature, Midsummer Night's Dream, painting, Titania, William Shakespeare on April 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Walking into the studio of artist Donald Langosy is like venturing into a secret garden soaked in light and shadow. At first, all that one can do is gaze at the surrounding forest of color-filled canvases in all sizes. Then the individual scenes emerge, often mysterious, sometimes dark and yet filled with light and motion at the same time. By his subject matter, it is clear his passions for family, friends and for the artists across the disciplines who continue to inspire and influence his work. The drama, the intensity and indeed the mischievous humor, come through each piece. Last year I asked him how music influenced his work (view here). This year I asked if he’d share an update on recent works. Thankfully, he shared these images and the following words about what’s new, his creative process and where he finds goodness and beauty in this world.
“Here are recent paintings as requested. The Titania Paintings are from my Shakespeare series: Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is an ongoing series of 50″x42″ canvases that were actually painted end of last year.“
“I thought [the above painting of artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres serenading his young wife] would lead into a series showing artists with their model/muses and so I began …
“... but my intentions veered with …“
“… and now I find myself beginning two large canvases that will deal with thoughts that have emerged out of the garden of eden…“
And as for Mr. Langosy’s muse, his wife, Elizabeth…
“Celebrating Elizabeth Turns Fifty is a painting that has been buried in my stacks for over a decade…it now shines over my shoulder as I work… reminding me that while evil and ugliness might have its moment it is rejected and fades… but goodness and beauty, an eternal delight, endures….“
Learn more about this artist at his Facebook page, The Art of Donald Langosy.
… wrapped around trees and trailing over broken stone walls, I’m sure there must be rabbits and mice and maybe a bird or two, but all I can see are the blossoms.
Posted in Inspiration, tagged angels, architecture, art, arts, churches, Edward Burne-Jones, Fiona MacCarthy, illustration, love, muse, Photography, pre raphaelite artists, stained glass, stained glass window, Trinity Church in Copley Square on April 8, 2013 | 5 Comments »
This scene is a detail from the Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris stained glass window, David’s Charge to Solomon, 1882. The window, designed by Burne-Jones and executed by Morris, is located in the baptistry of Trinity Church in Copley Square. I was drawn to this particular section because of the colors, the incredible drapery of the cloth, and the faces of the women.
The faces of these women and apparently the faces of many of the women in Burne-Jones’s post-1860′s artwork all have a similar look. They are likely the face of his great love and muse, Maria Zambaco. She appears to have been the muse for many of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. This wikipedia article gives a broad overview of the Burne-Jones/Zambaco relationship, but I must say that this Oxford Today article referencing Fiona MacCarthy gives a much richer picture of a complicated man, his many muses and the influence of his art.
Posted in Branches, Inspiration, Nature Notes, tagged art, beauty, collaboration, collage, colors, fashion, illustration, imagination, Inspiration, nature, Photography, storytelling, Zoe Langosy on February 7, 2013 | 5 Comments »
Those are the magical words that collage artist Zoe Langosy will sometimes say after viewing my nature-themed photographs. Most recently they were uttered after showing her the following image from an impromptu hike through the Blue Hills, of deep golden light falling upon a stand of birch trees.
It is my continuing pleasure to view such images through Zoe’s eyes, to learn how to see textures and patterns, and then to imagine how such textures and patterns can become part of a larger work with its own story. The story of this woman on a boat and a coyote, you will have to wait for Zoe to share as she continues with this work in progress. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, you can read this post about how we’ve collaborated in the past. And you can see more of her art on this Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LangosyArts
A little wooden butterfly scotch taped to a piece of vellum that was taped to a sunny window. A bit of fun on a Tuesday morning.
A bit of paper glued down to another surface. Collage is simply that, and so much more than that, at the same time. I’ve certainly come to appreciate the vision and intricate work involved with collage through my ongoing collaboration with artist Zoe Langosy. More to report soon about our next collaboration for 2013. Meanwhile …
* you can also read more about Zoe’s creative process in this interview.
Posted in Branches, Inspiration, Nature Notes, tagged arts, colors, creativity, digital photography, illustration, Inspiration, nature, painting, watercolor, weather on October 29, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Meanwhile as I work from home today because of Sandy, it is fascinating and inspiring and a wee bit fear-inducing to watch the rising winds dance with the oak tree that towers above the house. The leaves fall to earth in a beautiful golden brown spiral.
Somehow it seems more right (excuse the bad grammar) to try to capture what I see with other tools besides my camera. I may feel differently over the course of the day as the light changes with the approaching storm, and the action outside my window is such that I want to capture as much as fast as I can with pixels instead of calming watercolors.
We shall see what the evening holds. Meanwhile have a good, safe day, folks.