Travel is great for inspiration. Immersing yourself in a culture sparks creativity that often takes me by surprise.
Prior to teaching a workshop in Tuscany last year, I spent five extraordinary days knocking about Florence on my own. I love traveling to a place and having time there without any distractions. Traveling with loved ones is a pleasure, but my desire to spend time with art and walk for miles can fatigue almost everyone I know.
My visit to Santa Maria del Carmine and the Brancacci Chapel to see the frescoes of Massaccio, Masolino and Fillipino Lippi was just such a visit. I stayed in that chapel for at least an hour letting the astounding work of these masters wash over me.
I was fascinated by the biblical stories that were illustrated, and listened intently to the audio guide provided. More importantly, I was riveted by the artwork made by these early renaissance masters. I studied the compositions, and was charmed that portraits of people I had heard of were portrayed on some of the walls.
As an example, the detail from Filippino Lippi's fresco Disputation with Simon Magus and Crucifixion of Peter, 1481-82, portrays Sandro Botticelli looking right at us. Seeing the face of the artist I had admired since prior to my college days as an art student captivated me. Literally, I stood transfixed before snapping photographs.
Provided below are images showing how I was inspired by that portion of the fresco to paint what began as an abstract, but ended up an abstracted landscape.
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I took this photographic detail and made a black and
white sketch with markers to start my abstract painting. See below:
Next, I began my painting
The painting began changing into a landscape.
I couldn't seem to sacrifice the rust color slash of paint in the lower portion of the composition.
The sacrifice of the rust color slash had to occur, and I call the painting completed.
Fleeting Quality, 20x16, Oil on Canvas, ©Lynn Goldstein, Private Collection
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