Monday, April 26, 2010

Modern . . . Artists

Giveaway - Virginia Smith's Third Time's a Charm


It's a beautiful spring morning here, by which I mean pouring down the rain. Gotta say, I love a spring or summer rain. When you look out and the light's all soft and green, when morning creeps in slowly through the clouds . . . ah. =) So I'm not going to spend too awful much of it on a long post. Gotta seize the great weather for writing!

So. In the same manuscript from which sprang my Crazy Houses post, I have a character who is an artist. This post's title's actually a little ironic, because "modern artist" usually denotes someone who creates "modern art." Orchid most assuredly does not. Her work is a throwback to some of my favorites--Da Vinci, Michelangelo, etc.

Now, maybe I'm boring for preferring Renaissance masters over the moderns, but there you have it. I do. I like to know what I'm looking at and marvel at realism. I appreciate many other movements, but when I sit down with a pencil and a sketchpad, they aren't the ones I'm thinking of.

So when I created an artist, I naturally made her share my tastes. Mostly because my few classes on art history only covered so much, and what stuck was what I liked, LOL. And I gotta tell you, it's really fun to write about an artist. I can just say that she can do this or that, that people reacted this way to it, without ever having to present said artwork. Handy, eh?

But Orchid isn't so much a Renaissance girl that she loves it all blindly--oh no. Something mentioned once in Love Me Silly but which will be expounded on if ever it gets published and so earns a sequel about Orchid is that she doesn't much care for the Mona Lisa, while an ex thought it was the end-all-be-all.

Is there any great piece of art most of the world deems a masterpiece, but which you don't like?


  1. Gotta say: I'm not much of an artist. :) I do know I like and what I don't like. Just can't name it like you do. Have a great day, Ro.

  2. I agree with Orchid (BTW-love her name!)
    I find the Mona Lisa boring. I even got to see the original, and I walked by it.

    And I agree with you on the "Modern" art. I don't get it, and a lot of people I know don't get it. And if no one "gets" it, what's the point?

    Thanks for the fun post!