I am finishing landscape drawings today, and I need some inspiration. Some picture to look at to help me think about those last steps in my own pictures. I want something that captures the feeling of nature, the light, the air — that’s translated it all into pigment and kept the gritty directness of it.
So this scene by Willard Metcalf, “The North Country, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is going to be my “picture on the wall” today — on the wall in my mind. And whenever I need a breather, I think I shall go and breathe this air.
It might be Bonnard’s flowers. I’m not sure. I think I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I had my little notebook and wandered around dazed. I know there was one occasion when I was going back and forth between El Greco’s View of Toledo and a certain Bonnard painting and was finding all kinds of relationships between them. It involved quite a work out going back and forth between the two paintings because their galleries were widely separated.
Do you see storms in these flowers? Thunder, lightening?
Sometimes when artists’ works mesmerize me, I swear I can see just about anything in anything.