Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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my reentry into the blogging world to be something "of the divine," but perhaps that will be featured in my next attempt.

As is the current and unfortunate trend, it has been ages between posts. Since my last, I have been busy not blogging all over Paris - taking in all of the beauty in compliment to many a café crème (other consumptions include graphite dust and paint fumes).

I have spent most of my time over at the Louvre taking lessons from many an old master, with Nicholas de Largillière as my ambassador to painting. The museum has permitted me to learn (in paint) from one of his works within their collection. It has been an extremely educational experience (as well as an excellent means for training in Zen - think... 8.5 million visitors per year*) to this point. I am focusing on the efficiency and the precision of his brush work. He was able to achieve so much form, light and action within so few strokes - an intelligence I am trying to realize.

..and now, he waits - I am going to be late for class! More soon. Late.

*A relatively large fraction of that number may have come through the Italian wing (en route to the Mona Lisa) while I was drawing there over the Easter holiday.

"of the divine" - reference to "the Divine" Guido Reni. Unfortunately, I didn't finish the drawing.

5 Comments:

Blogger Christoffer said...

Beautiful hand. Wish I was around to take a look at it in the flesh ...

7:17 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

Nice! Can't wait to see it finished!
Looks like a lot of fun too. Are you taking your time with this or are you going relatively fast?

11:50 AM  
Blogger krista said...

Ah, Easter. You and Guido didn't get a moment alone, did you? Oh well. At least the small format French painting section is usually pretty quiet. (And now that I think of it, what is "small format" about those ridiculous LeBrun paintings in the hall where you store your easel?) Mysteries of the Louvre...

Miss you here in Santa Fe!

8:05 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

Mr. Toby, as usual the work is so sensitive and delicate ... beautiful. There's nothing like engaging these beautiful works of art in an attempt to absorb some of their creators' genius. What a lovely way to learn.

6:41 AM  
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