"Color has taken possession of me, no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of the blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter." Paul Klee
Every time I visit my local library I head straight to the ART section and there I find a number of books that hold a compilation of artists & their work. The newest one on the shelve is ART: Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest Artists and their Works by Susie Hodge It would be easy to say that it is just another of one of those "all about art" books in which female Art historian, Susie Hodge, gives us her opinion in this one volume. Ms Hodge starts her record of fine art in the 13th century, and follows a timeline of art work and art movements to modern times, and she follows the formula of giving a short biography of an artist, showing one of the artist's best known pieces and then listing other works & where to find them. The thing that struck me about the information in this book is that only fourwoman artists are considered among the "greatest" in nine centuries (13th-21st) of paintings, frescoes & sculpture. This reminded me of the fact that fine art is a male dominated arena. Who are the four women who managed to make it in this male dominated arena? In Susie Hodge's opinion they are: Artemisia Gentileschi Georgia O'Keeffe Freda Kahlo Mary Cassatt Is their another who is alive & working today?
Sacred Sundays could so easily be filled with images of wonderful stained glass windows, and that would be an artistic treat, but I love it when I come across images done in other media. Here is Pastor Kevin Tully wearing a marvelously decorated stole, all hand painted. Yes, artists do paint on fabric, and there are acrylic paints specially formulated for fabric painting. What a beautiful work of art this is.
Rev. Kevin Tully
The image on the close-up reminds me of Jesus teaching the Lesson of the Fig Tree (Matt. 21: 18-22). I wonder if that's what artist Debbie Stein had in mind?
I have two passions in my life: the Word of God and Art. I am basically a self-taught artist, but take every opportunity to learn from others. I love acrylics and usually work in mixed media collage, but my latest experiments are with ceramic masks.