I have a new love. This love is a gentle soul with such great talent, I was brought to tears looking at his work. My husband need not worry though, this wonderful artist died 79 years ago at the very early age of 31. That saddens me but thankfully, his work lives on. I had never heard of him until recently though the internet and want you to know about him too. If you are familiar with his work already, lucky you. You have had him longer than I.
His name was Jan Mankes and he lived from 1889 to 1920. His paintings can be viewed here. The site is in Dutch but the introduction is in English. The link will take you to his paintings. Enjoy them, they are beautiful.
Vogelnestje bij berkestam by Jan Mankes
Someday I wish to paint so beautifully.
While I am sharing art other than my own, there is a great blog called The Blue Lantern (where I first saw Mankes’ work). Jane Librizzi introduces us to so much beautiful art and is so informative with her blog. Please visit it. It is well worth your time.
Another blog I discovered recently belongs to the artist James Gurney of Dinotopia fame. Ken was so enamored of his work when he discovered him. His blog is devoted to all kinds of art and I especially like his Academic Painters section.
I had better get busy painting.