When things are good, I don’t know what to say.
When I’m mad, stressed, or worried, writing is easy for me. This is because writing is the vehicle to move my mind from an unhappy place to a place of inner peace.
Since this piece came easy to me and because I love this painting, there was no obvious story or insight to share with you. Since the lack of a meaningful title worried me, I decided that my title would be about my writing process: When things are good, I don’t know what to say.
The title also captures, how when things are really good in a relationship, I can just be with that person and not say anything. Silence feels comfortable. I don’t feel compelled to fill the space with conversation.
Next time you are with somebody and things go quiet. Notice how that silence feels. Good? Awkward? Do those feelings reflect how strong your relationship is with that person? And your relationship with yourself?
(One title I had entertained was this: Thank you, mama. Because this piece reminded me of a photograph that my friend, Lee Cordner, took of a mama bear and her two cubs in Katmai National Park. But, because this title seemed like an “inside joke” or “private story” that you might not relate to, that title seemed unsatisfying to me.)
This is one of my 30-minute paintings.
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Tesoro: 👉 Annunciata di Palermo / 1476 d.C.
Artista: 🇮🇹Antonello da Messina
Luogo:📍 #Palermo - Palazzo Abatellis
Tag: 🔑 #tesori_italiani
Family: 🖼@europe_treasures⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹 🇮🇹 "L'Annunciata di Palermo" è uno straordinario dipinto a olio su tavola (45x34,5 cm) di Antonello da Messina, realizzato intorno al 1476 e conservato a palazzo Abatellis a Palermo. Maria, distratta dalla lettura, è colta nell'attimo in cui l'angelo le è davanti, e la sua mano destra sembra volerlo frenare; dalla sagoma e dalla geometria essenziale del manto, emerge il perfetto ovale del volto della Vergine. La luce illumina l'effigie come se si affacciasse da una nicchia, facendo emergere gradualmente i lineamenti e le sensazioni del personaggio. L'opera rappresenta uno dei traguardi fondamentali della pittura rinascimentale italiana. La purezza formale, lo sguardo magnetico e la mano sospesa in una dimensione astratta ne fanno un capolavoro assoluto. 🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹
🇬🇧 The Annunciation of Palermo is an extraordinary oil painting on panel (45x34,5 cm) of Antonello da #Messina, dating to 1476 and housed in Palazzo #Abatellis in Palermo. The Virgin is caught in the moment when the angel is in front of her, distracting her reading. Her right hand seems to want to curb, the perfect oval of the face of the Virgin emerges from the shapes and the essential geometry of the mantle. The light illuminates the effigy as if it emerges from a niche, causing her features and feelings to emerge gradually. The #artwork represents one of the peak of Italian #Renaissance painting. It's formal purity, magnetic look and suspended hand in an abstract dimension make it an absolute masterpiece. 🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹 ⠀ 🏛Aiutaci a far conoscere il nostro Patrimonio🏛
In 1912, Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn and his wife Jane accompanied John Singer Sargent on a tour of southern Spain. There, the Moorish palaces and gardens were an inspiration for all three artists.⠀
De Glehn's ‘In the gardens of the Alhambra, Granada’ is on view at our King Street galleries until 20 November. Entry is free and open to all.⠀
Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn (1870–1951), ‘In the gardens of the Alhambra, Granada’, 1912. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.). Estimate: £40,000–60,000.⠀
British Impressionism – 20 November at Christie’s London.⠀