Erica Rose Levine – Photorealism meets fantasy

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 4.48.38 PMYesterday, I stumbled on Erica Rose Levine‘s stunning work.

She appears to work in pencil on paper and has high quality prints for sale on her website. Erica’s paintings are rendered in gorgeous detail and take a wonderful left turn into imagination and creativity. It’s her solid photorealistic side that gives the fantasy such credibility. Thank you, Erica for sharing your lovely work!

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In Love with Leighton

…Edmond Leighton’s art, that is.

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You’ve probably seen his work, but don’t know his name. Meet Edmond Leighton. If romance came in a tube, Leighton surely found a supplier. Most of his paintings are immensely gorgeous and tell a story in a gaze, a leaning, a setting. Take God Speed for instance. Of this painting, Kara Ross states:

“…the sense of immediate peril which threatens the subjects contentment almost define
our modern day conception of Medieval legend and romantic sentiment.”

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why I chose to paint God Speed as my senior master copy – the look in their eyes that expressed all that was in their hearts in an instant….or maaaaybe it was her red shoes peeking out from under her flowing dress that sealed the decision.

Take a look at The Elopement.  I love how she’s looking back. Perhaps taking in all that she’s leaving behind…or perhaps she’s having second thoughts? Tristan and Isolde makes it clear that I need a refresher on the story. Can anyone enlighten me on this scene?

If you Google a tasting of his work, you won’t be disappointed with the scenes of love, commitment, courage and abundant beauty.

Drink them in…

The Kiss

Painting Romance part #1:  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I plan to highlight a few romantic paintings this week and give you some juicy details. 

The Kiss

by Gustov Klimt

“Wearing extravagant, multicolored robes that seem to merge into each other, the lovers embrace on a small patch of grass, carpeted with an improbable profusion of flowers.
The setting is pure fantasy. “

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The Kiss, Gustav Klimt

Created at the height of Klimt’s career and influenced by the then present Art Nouveau movement, The Kiss is an example of Klimt’s fascination with the human embrace.

The embrace: The mysterious pose looks almost painful and unnatural, but may be influenced by Symbolist art which made the “severed head” fashionable. (I might have to look into this strange art movement next Halloween).

The Setting:The Kiss remains an ambivalent picture. The embrace appears to take place beside an abyss, with the woman’s feet dangling over the edge. Is Klimt hinting that both love and passion are precarious, and perhaps even dangerous?” It does appear that the woman’s (out of proportion) toes are clinging to the edge of the abyss.

The Gold: Something that caused this painting (along with the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I) to really appeal to me was the beautiful use of gold leaf. Just a gorgeous array of colors and a gaudy treat for the eyes. During this high point in his “golden period”, his interest in mosaics looks to have influenced the creation of “wildly extravagant, patterned clothing, so that they almost seemed to disappear into their voluminous robes.”

The more I look at this painting, the more I love it. It just feels nice, doesn’t it?

More romantic art coming soon . . . 


All quotations are from:
Great Paintings: the world’s masterpieces explored and explained
Karen Hosack Janes


Get to work!

Inspiration exists, but it has to find your working.

~ Picasso

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Putting in the Hours

You may not realize but at the moment, I’m coming off of an unfortunate 10 month pause from painting and that’s plenty of time for rust to develop. For various reasons, this has happened several times in my life as an artist. It’s always such a struggle to get back into the routine of painting because, as this perfectly worded video states, my taste is still good. Good enough to tell that what I’m doing isn’t that great.

I love this video and I watch it often.



What I’m creating is, eh…ok, but not that great. And the only thing that’s going to fix that is for me to simply put in the hours. Clock in and just get to work. I have to forget about painting that next sellable masterpiece, and just paint for the sake of painting. My brain and eyes need to relearn how to work together again. I have to learn how to see again: edges, shapes, value, temperature, angles, proportion. It’s terribly complex and overwhelming at times. And oh boy, it’s frustrating. I feel like a failure, and many times I feel like the whole day was a total waste, and I want to just stop trying because I’m NEVER going to get this. But that won’t take my skills where I want them to be any quicker.

So, for now, I am doing little 10 minute “sketches” in an effort to condition myself back into shape. Working and praying my way through. It WILL be worth it, and I WILL get there!

New York Surprise

NYC'15-166 Last Saturday was my birthday. I was expecting an outing – just an outing… and maybe a nice dinner somewhere. What I got from my husband (←) was a surprise four day trip to New York City complete with a gorgeous hotel room, a nearly all day trip to the Met, a special stop at Carlos Bakery, amazing food, any store or site I wanted to see, and it ended as a crescendo with Les Miserables on Broadway. It was a truly wonderful weekend and I’ve informed my husband that I’m ready to go back aaanny time he wants to take me.

Please enjoy the following artsy photographs as my documentation of our journey.

Why So Famous?

I’ve often wondered why some paintings rise to international fame and become an icon of sorts in the art world. What is that secret recipe? So I thought I’d aim that question at the most famous and recognizable painting in all of history, the Mona Lisa.

After doing some reading (mind you, I have not become an expert on the subject) and watching some documentaries, I’ve decided on four factors that seems to have thrust the Mona Lisa into the fame she has now secured for all of time.

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