What is it about faces? My mother said she could read faces and she enjoyed watching TV in her old age and telling me what people’s faces said about them. To me it is sort of like horoscopes, questionable. Still, we are all fascinated by faces, and are careful not to stare when we see a particularly arresting one. Last week a guest asked me about a portrait I had leaning against a wall. It was a lovely image of Virginia Woolf on exhibit elsewhere in these pages at home for a little spell for my own enjoyment. I always like to keep a face or two around me.
Once when I was a beginning painter, my Boston art teacher, an old gruff from Holland, (no, not Bloemart, Sr.) asked me if I preferred to paint landscapes or portraits. When I said landscapes he said that he learned a lot about me from my answer. It surprised me. But think about it.What do you have on your walls? What kind of pictures do you live with? Up until that question/class I had been ignoring the beauty and information in human portraits. I painted scenes, houses, flowers, but never people. Think about it again. What else is as unique as a face? It is a wonder to me that there are no exact duplicates of any of us, even among twins. Each face is singular and amazingly interesting once you begin to really look at people. Okay, don’t stare. Some faces are like roadmaps. Some are whole novels in themselves. Mother was right, at least about reading faces.
Here are two of my favorite pieces in my collection you can learn more about on other pages in this gallery. The Magdalen Reading by Cornelis Bloemart, son of Abraham Bloemart, said to be the art teacher of Vermeer (I believe it when looking at the handling of light and shadow and female subjects lovingly addressed). And, of course, Picasso’s portrait of the wild man, Rimbaud. (also described on another page on this website). If you would like to be the next owner of these or the Large portrait of Virginia Woolf, all three framed by Grey Goose Gallery in Los Feliz with museum papers and mattes, archival to last 100 years, and if you would like an outstanding face to keep you company, just ask me about size, price, and anything else. In the meantime, you can enjoy looking at them on these pages. (a little side note: This famous image of Rimbaud is an original by Picasso, not a copy, but a signed in stone print made by the artist himself. It is reasonable priced because there are still a few left in the marketplace Mine is priced below the others. Check it out on another page, or just ask me about it.) Please have a good time looking through my stuff and let me know what you think. I will be adding some new works, oh I’ve been shopping! very soon. Check in often. Thank you.