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I LOVE to watch movies about artists. Watching Art movies, the non-fiction kind, is a great way to tag along for a few minutes with an artist. But, be prepared, the drama is usually high and intense!

Artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, or Pablo Picasso could qualify for the high drama category.

Drama in a less intense key, or of an unusual nature, and seriously engaging could have Renoir, Salvador Dali, Turner, or Mary Cassatt.

Drama and situation where you might feel a sense of real time injustice … even though the artist lived in the 1600’s… that would be artist, Artemisia Gentileschi. A female artist in a time when the art world was pretty much male dominated and women were limited in what they were permitted to paint. And, to make matters worse, Artemisia was raped. This went to trial. It was her trauma that influenced her art. You can read a little about it here:

“The trauma of the rape and trial impacted on Artemisia’s painting. Her graphic depictions were cathartic and symbolic attempts to deal with the physical and psychic pain. The heroines of her art, especially Judith, are powerful women exacting revenge on such male evildoers as the Assyrian general Holofernes”  You can read more here: 

This is one of Artemisia’s paintings.

Judith & Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi

The crux of the story of Biblical Judith, (and Artemisia’s painting) goes like this:

  • Biblical Judith becomes aware that the town she lives in is about to be destroyed. Their water source is cut off.

  • Holofernes, a very mean General in Nebuchadnezzar’s army is to lead the siege. The town is about to surrender.

  • Judith is not happy about this and takes things into her own hands. She makes a plan.

  • Gains attention by the way she dresses, gets a meeting with Holofernes. Promises Holofernes she can tell God to lead him to success with the siege.

  • Judith tricks and seduces Holofernes. He becomes drunk. Judith beheads him. Hands the head to her maidservant.

  • Judith returns to her town, proclaims victory.

Of course there’s more to the story, worth reading for sure!

Hope you catch the movie of Artemisia Gentileschi sometime,  and let me know what you think. You can leave a comment here. -Lenore


Snapshot From My Studio: Feb. 20, 2017, 9:28 A.M.- 8 Tracks Monday

I LOVE to listen to music while I’m painting. It doesn’t necessarily inspire my creative process, but it keeps me moving along! It’s pretty common for me to listen to Pavarotti in the studio, (I’m obsessed) or classical. This is the music that really keeps me focused while working. That’s how my brain is wired. But… I… Continue Reading

Snapshot From My Studio: February 15, 2017 11:23 A.M.

Seemed like I was making corrections …all day long today. Sketchbooks are good for this. Doesn’t have to be anything big, this is a small 6 x 8 inch sketchbook. I just make corrections over corrections. The end goal, of course, is to get it right, with the least amount of stress! Working out a… Continue Reading

Are You a Little Curious About Silk Screening?

Before I got too involved with painting today I tried to organize a few neglected things, sketchbooks, loose sketches, things that needed a home.  I found one stray sketchbook that had been moved a few months ago from a hiding place in my old studio to a hiding place in my house, and then to another hiding place in the… Continue Reading

Snap Shot From My Studio: January 12, 2017

Mixed Greens Yellow + Blue =green. Green + more yellow = yellow-green. Green + more blue = blue-green. (Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow) Leaves, trees, plants, earth, money. Eco, environment, eye shadow, pine trees.   Olives, peace, nature, nurture. Fabric, yarn, jalapeno peppers. Paint, bamboo, bonsai.  Wasabi, seaweed, popsicles, JELLO. Opaque stockings from sixth grade.   Gummy bears, dinosaurs,… Continue Reading

Why Did I Paint an Artichoke?

  Artichokes are not just for dips, (but my favorite is a recipe called Warm Artichoke and Bacon Dip, and oh my)!     Not the friendliest of veggies, with the pointy sharp tips like tiny swords that hide at the end of their leaves.  And, they just kind of sit there in this uncomfortable unbalanced pose. They… Continue Reading

The Garden

Against her ankles as she trod The lucky buttercups did nod. Jean Ingelow~ poet As you can see, I don’t always use traditional images in my paintings.  In this piece, “The Garden,” original poetry plays the part of the subject and still manages to make an image in our mind.   What I love about making poetry paintings… Continue Reading

Handmade Journal Beginnings

Journals come in different parts. Making the pages, stitching the binding, designing the cover. I don’t make these often, but I love the process.  It’s actually a nice diversion while waiting for paint to dry on my canvas, or while waiting for an idea for a painting to work itself out. Continue Reading