Local Heart, Global Soul

February 9, 2014

Inspiration In Gold As A Parting Gift…

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Two days ago I made a post about the amazing  interior decoration of the former winter Palace of Queen regent Emma of the Netherlands,  located on the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.

The M. C. Escher museum has been fabulous and visiting friend “Velvetine” and I have drooled over every room and exhibit… in fact there is so much to see in these complex works of art that I think if I came every week I could still discover new details each time  I looked.

Now, for my final post here in the museum I’m returning to the architectural detail of the rooms that hold these ingenious artworks, the beautiful detail that is so different to, and yet matches and compliments the detail found in M.C. Escher’s works.

Carved marble, wood, ornamental plasterwork and gilding are full of ornate detail and exude craftsmanship of a bygone age and as usual I’m adding these images to my  electronic “inspiration” files so that I can use them to inspire me in future artwork projects of my own.  I love patterns and shapes, I love how the fluid images in nature have been transformed into fluid images in plaster, the acanthus leaf decorations and the perfectly formed marble flowers.

I’m not too mobile at the moment, but if I had been then I would surely be tempted to be here often, very often, and maybe one day in the future  I might be found here with a sketchbook in hand, trying to capture details like the marble blossoms in one the fireplaces… One day when my concentration skills are better and when my foot is less  painful and in better working order. Until then I will look at these photographs and dream.

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May 28, 2013

It’s Hard to Tear Myself Away, But Finally Through All The Detail, …I Find The Door

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It’s not only stained glass that sets my artistic senses humming… there are carved  plaques, massive wooden doors,  carved cherubs and acanthus leaves, both in wood and stone.

Here in Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) in Mechelen, Belgium, there are grand columns with exquisite trailing vines twined around them,  a statue of the Virgin Mary with amazing  painted detail on her gown… or the font, also in carved  and embellished in red, blue/green and gold paint.

The acanthus leaves continue around the top of the central columns, or on the base of a plinth holding a very large candlestick.  It’s a detail fanatics heaven and this detail fanatic is in her element.

Of course these photos are not only here for me to drool over and to share with you, they are also part of my  artistic “inspiration file”…

…where better to study flowing drapery and beautiful forms than from the examples of skilled artisans who preceded us through centuries past. It’s a lesson on how to get things right. It’s a history lesson and an art lesson all rolled into one. I can only hope that the spirits of these people somehow know that they continue to inspire people centuries after they have gone.  This is my last post about the inside of Sint-Romboutskathedraal, but it’s certainly not the last time I intend visiting here.

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May 16, 2013

Carving Out Inspiration And Adoration of Nature in The Acanthus And The Golden Mean…

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I’m inside Sint-Romboutskathedraal (St. Rumbold’s Cathedral) in the Belgian city of Mechelen.

Just inside the door and to the left is an amazing piece of  exquisitely carved marble.

It stands very low… almost too low from an aesthetic point of view so I suspect that it probably sat upon some sort of low wall when it was originally made.  (or maybe it was made as a seat?)

I’m instantly drawn to the beautiful stonework because I see acanthus leaf and grape vine forms along with angel and cherub figures.

I adore the gentle swirls of the acanthus, they follow the “golden mean” (also called the “golden ratio”) which is a mathematical formula where the parts fit into the sum within a geometric form.

The formula in present everywhere throughout nature: from shells to leaves and is popular in art because of the  proportions aesthetically pleasing and harmonious to the human eye. This is nature at it’s most graceful and intricate, and the effect is of course exactly the same when copied by human hands into art-forms and designs.

At one end four cherubs pile up sheaves of wheat, at the other another four appear to harvest grapes, a man and a woman (King and Queen?)  kneel at the center surrounded by cherubs supporting a crown, there are two larger cherubs at each end: one with something in a basket and the other with what I think is an early form of beehive (formed in circular rings).

Even though this massive piece of five marble sections fit together perfectly and rest on a low plinth, it’s still very low, and for me still walking with one crutch, rather difficult to get down and photograph. Most of these photos are intended for my own simple enjoyment, because I adore the detail, but I also intend to use them at some future moment as inspiration in my artwork.

I can only urge you if ever you are in the vicinity to take a moment to see this in person, my photographs really do not do this stunning piece of carving justice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Rumbold’s_Cathedral

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December 21, 2012

More Than Inspiration Hiding in the Acanthus Leaves…

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I was going to write up a whole note on these photographs, but basically if I am honest I’m stashing these photos here because I can find them easier for reference later here on my blog, than I can on a hard disk drive that now has some 20 000 photos on it.

Ok maybe not quite that many but it feels like it some days.

When I am looking for a particular photo that I know  I took but can’t remember which folder I left it in, it feels like 10 times more.

Remember I’m always rabbiting on about getting back to drawing?

Well, these are part of my inspiration boards… and the unexpected faces in the acanthus leaves under the horse and rider statue back at the  Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in the Hague were just an “interesting” added extra.

A bit too scary to use though, I’m after inspiration not nightmares. I’m no Goya or Munch.

I was getting excited about leaves and foliage of late but now I’m in bed coughing instead of getting the pens out. “When I’m better” I tell myself… but you know how life works in real life : when I’m better I’m too busy rushing around catching up on all the things I didn’t get done when I was sick.

In the meantime here are some floral inspirations from my final post from the Royal Academy of Art.

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June 21, 2012

A Treasure Chest of Inspiration…

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It’s no mystery why there was  section in the Kauri Museum that displayed household equipment (which comprised mostly kitchen and laundry items) that were made of Kauri or had Kauri incorporated into them.

I’m assuming that the other non-Kauri objects were just historical items that got added to the collection, and yes, there probably was  an information panel to explain it but I was far too busy drooling over the butter churn, butter pats, rolling pin and cast iron pots to notice any information panel by that this point.

If you are a regular reader you will know some things about me… I adore detail, I like taking photos of strange things like  letter boxes, stonework, Art Deco gutter gratings, and decorated  man-hole covers. I like drawing but haven’t been doing any for years…

I’m working on fixing that in fits and starts as time, energy and mood allow. To be honest so far that adds up to many “fits”of  good intentions and not many “”starts” to go with it. My excuse is that still on pain killers and doing intensive physio for my foot, I’ve generally used up all my concentration and energy getting through the day at work and and too tired to muster too much more at home.

I’m currently looking for inspiration  because I have set myself a task to try to learn  to draw foliage better… leaves, trees and the like. When I laid eyes on this next item the acanthus scrolls make my heart skip a beat…  Here’s what I’m adding to my arty photo files… a cash register that used to hold treasure of the fiscal kind is now a cash register  treasure trove of inspiration…

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