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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sam Grieves by the Shore ~ screencaps and a poem by jan-u-wine....

Posted on 2006.09.23 at 21:43


whiteling at 2006-09-24 17:18 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you, Mechtild, for all those fantastic screencap/poem/book excerpt posts... I wish I had more energy for commenting, but I’m just so involved in painting at the moment...
But know, my friend, that I am reading and looking and digesting all your and jan’s gems.

This post was especially precious to me, as it gave me a new point of view on David’s paintings - perhaps you’ve seen my LJ entry (here) on an exhibition of David’s work I visited back in June, which left me quite puzzling over the fact that I couldn't get emotionally into his paintings… taerie’s comment helped me to understand that it was probably an unconscious reaction that protected me from being overwhelmed by a springtide of sadness and desperation. I had to shield myself from it. -- Thank you so much for connecting it to Sam and Frodo!

mechtild at 2006-09-24 22:03 (UTC) (Link)
Whiteling, a pleasure to see you. I hope the painting is going well.

Actually, not only you pointed out the Freidrich, but also jan-u-wine. When I told her I wanted to post "Soon" (in the next entry), about Frodo longing for Sam's arrival on the other side, she sent me that painting, as well as the Friedrich on the bottom. I used them for Sam, because I thought they portrayed the greyness of the scene and the greyness of Sam's mood as he stood and watched. I made myself look for something else for Frodo.

After you posted about Freidrich, I looked up more of his stuff online. Googling his name I found a WONDERFUL portrait of him in his studio done by Georg Kersting. Here's a link to it at WGA:

whiteling at 2006-10-02 09:02 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Mechtild for posting this fabulous Kersting painting (I only seen it now)! It appears to me, as though it showed the essence of Friedrich's way of working: concentrated, demure and without any gewgaw that could cause distraction. In spite of his romanticistic topics, his compositions were of mathematical precision. The scantiness of his studio brings this treat out even more. He could be a Zen monk, doing calligraphy, striving for THE perfect line.
mechtild at 2006-10-02 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
The scantiness of his studio brings this treat out even more. He could be a Zen monk, doing calligraphy, striving for THE perfect line.

Indeed! And Kersting's style, intentional or unintentional, seems to bring that sense out. It seemed to me like a painting from a much earlier era, either like a story illustration by an artist trying for a much older look, or the work of an artist from the early Renaissance -- except for the fact that Friedrich was wearing 19th century dress, of course.
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2006-09-28 09:56 (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with the painting Whiteling! Is your studio as neat and tidy as Freidrich’s in the portrait of him done by Georg Kersting? :-D
whiteling at 2006-10-02 09:10 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Este. :-)
No, my studio (or better the corner of my room which serves as studio) isn't that perfectly organised, I'm afraid. I really try to keep it simple and clear, but miraculously there are always copious things lying and standing around. I wonder how they get there. ?
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