A Recent Art Adventure
By Joseph Parish
It is amazing some of the things that can be found on the internet even if you have no desire to find it. An example is art. I encountered a rather unusual art experience recently and would like to take a few moments to relate this unusual occurrence to others. This is a typical development which clearly reveals an appreciation of art to allow me to critically analyze and interpret various works of art. I was logged into the popular social network, Facebook when I noticed that one of my friends from Spain was using an image of an art work for her personal picture.
I was immediately attracted and fascinated by this mysterious painting and was determined to find who painted it in order to view some of the artist’s additional works. As I glanced at it the style appeared to be familiar but I simply could not place the image itself. Thinking back perhaps a month or two, I recalled how I had read that there were several before unseen paintings released by the estate of Pablo Picasso. Possibly this was one of those being released for public view. With that said I felt it was time to investigate the “mystery image” in a manner similar to how one would find any unusual search on the net. I finally discovered that the talented artist was a young lady named Stephanie Claire.
Stephanie is a young woman who was originally born and raised on the east coast but now makes her home in San Diego along with her husband and new born child. It is easy to notice the influential artists who have helped to mold her style such as Chagall, Kandinsky, Matisse and of course the master of cubism Picasso. As we examine her style of painting we can see the bright colors and cubist perspectives that we have come to expect from these artistic styles.
Glancing at the painting we see a lady and her gentleman friend in somewhat of a loving embrace. He is presenting her with a white flower and her eyes are directed towards her new gift. The man appears to be in deep thought concerning his partner and from the look on his face he wonders if she likes her white flowers. It is totally feasible from their attire that they may be newlyweds and are preparing for a love session. The gentleman lacks a shirt while the portrayed clothing on the woman appears to be a nightgown of sorts.
When we first look at the painting we are initially overcome by the brilliant red toned background and after a short time our eyes are drawn to the color values provided within the skin tones. The thick, bold lines are reminiscent of the earlier cubist styles of which we have become accustomed to. The artist has done an excellent job of combining the light and dark color combinations as well as accenting the various shadows in a realistic manner. We see before us a warm, natural image of love interlaced within the grainy limitations of the canvas.
Being a fan of cubist art styles I was immediately drawn to the entire painting. I particularly appreciated the skin treatment that the artist placed on her painting. To be honest I believe it was the first of that style of skin rendition that I have been exposed to. I feel the artist has successfully shown by her strong lines and bold colors that love continues in time.
Copyright @2011 Joseph Parish