photo of Rain Beerhorst by Pearl Beerhorst
Here Comes The Summer
In the open sky,
Let the stream flow,
Fast and then slow.
Let the rain fall,
Give summer a call,
Let the flowers bloom,
Remove all the gloom.
And let us sing, let the bells ring,
Let the music play, let us all say,
Here comes summer,
Here comes the sun,
Here comes the morning light,
Spread up in the sky so wide.
Let the children play out in the streets,
It's time for a treat... yeah!
Let all the men walk out, let them shout,
It's time to dance fox and trout.
Let the butterfly spread the colors,
Cocoons coming out of his cover!
Let the sweet nightingale sing us to sleep,
Memories and stories to be there to keep!
And Let us all laugh and shout,
Let us jump and run around,
Here comes the summer,
Here comes the sandy street,
Here comes the fresh breeze,
Here comes the time to eat ice creams... yeah!
This painting is an amalgam of different reference material. I made use of late medieval painting reproductions, three of my children posed at different times as I worked out the composition in with preliminary drawings. I also simply invented details in the painting both in the young woman and in the landscape back ground. The still life in the foreground was almost entirely painted from what I set up in the studio and observed. All these different sources coming together create for me a peculiar blend that results in an image that hovers between observable reality and reality dreamed or imagined. This is my attempt to knit the mundane with the supernatural, the physical with the mystical.
Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of a portrait session with the amazing photographer Brian Kelly. Brian is known for his beautiful photographs of such luminaries as John Waters, Tony Benton and Whoopi Goldberg. Brian signature style up to this point has been to place his subjects into an architectural environment that adds heft and context to their personality.
In his new project, Dudes In Suits, he is setting that convention aside in order to use the barest minimum of studio props and perfect lighting to create a whole new type of Brian Kelly portrait. In these shots you get a paring down to the barest essentials which just may take Brian into the most potent work of his career. I think it is the mark of a true artist to keep "leaving home" in order to be able to discover new territories that allows for the continual unfolding of the artists potential. Picasso would be a wonderful example of this.
This is the work of East German born artist Loretta Lux. She chose her name because she explains there are few things you can actually change in life but your name is one of them. Growing up in a communist country that laid a heavy hand on it's people has given her a particular appreciation for freedom.
She calls her photos imaginary portraits because as much as she loves the children she photographs, these pictures are not about the specific children but rather they function as metaphors. She explains that childhood is something that is brief and can not be repeated and yet sets the stage for an entire life.
Trained as a painter, she approaches each photo like a painting. After she chooses the best shot from a long photo session, she goes to work with her computer to alter the image in a process that takes months for each image. The long slow process imbues each picture with a haunting beauty of distilled perfection that does not happen in this world and serves to point to the world that awaits us.
Girl with pink rose by Rick Beerhorst, oil on panal, privet collection
I spent a good chunk of time exploring Pinterest this morning. I added several pins to my boards. I hear a lot from people that they like Pinterest but fear they waste too much time just browsing through image after image. I understand this can be a real problem and yet what an incredible resource. Pinterest is a great way to share images. I have only just begun to get a sense for its great potential as a place to gather visual information that becomes a sort of grid of who we have been and what we are becoming.