Tuesday, July 29, 2008


This is my favorite Klimt painting. I am undone and inspired by it, for all the reasons you will read below(if you have the patience) and because it's about my second love. Music.

Klimt might be my favorite painter. I use the word "might," because I'm not sure if I can have a favorite. Everything he's ever done has something to do with relationships. At least in my mind it does. So, perhaps it's that common ground I've declared that ties me to this warm, ornate, meandering and glorious world that he's created. It reminds me of all the things of which relationships are made, and this inspires me.

His overly erotic self has always managed to simultaneously inspire and inhibit. Every time I look at a painting or drawing created by this man I am completely overtaken and defeated. Overtaken with the need to create something, and defeated before I get started. I feel like I'm aspiring to be something I'm not.

When my happy little self attempts to create a painting with such oddly balanced composition, vibrant/earthy color, and a rich epic storyline, it ends up being way too busy. I can't find my happy medium. I then forfeit. I'm obviously trying too hard, which means it's not honest. It's false because I'm "trying" at all! So, I'm lying now?! Art. Artifice. I just want to paint!!!

Art school really just screwed me up. I'm sure of it. It's all this "education" that keeps me from just painting. Instead I have to drill myself on anything and everything anyone might see in what I'm creating, and become a neurotic mess that can't finish a painting.

I could've happily painted my way through life without knowing the attempts, failures and harsh criticisms of every artist worth mentioning since the dawn of man! Who deemed who worthy of deciding whose "worth mentioning" or not?

Yes, I have a bachelors degree in art and art history and I know a whole lot of crap not a lot of people care to discuss, and I'm bitter.


  1. Can I say I've never heard of Klimt? I'm not very educated about art...But I have to say for some reason I am totally drawn to this painting and I couldn't explain why. But you've got me curious...I'm going to have to look for more paintings by him

  2. It's Gustav Klimt, and I am soooo excited that I may have introduced you to him! I'll have to yap about art more often.

    I'm sure you will enjoy.

    You've most likely seen his more popular stuff: The Kiss, and Death and Life.

  3. Personally...I dig the Kiss...its so passionate.

    Sista, you are not the only one art school screwed up! I have finally gotten over the panic attacks that happen when I so much look at a pencil with the intention of drawing. Is the price of an "education" losing your creativity? Mine was....

  4. It looks like there are little floating smiley faces with pointy noses looking at her while she plays the harp...

    I'm sorry...I just dont get art sometimes.

  5. Ari- I know. I can't even think about Mr. Dempsy. Rest his soul. Nice man. Psychotically pushy instructor.

    Matt- I understand. I'm married to a man that could care less about art. He just doesn't get it...and I'm pretty sure your smileys are part of that abstracted harp-thing. ^__^

  6. Art for Art's Sake!!! That's become my new montra...there's nothing to get! But then again I went on a rant the other day about Jeff Koons....

  7. A well deserved rant at that.

    Maybe in that screwed up art education we paid too much for, we managed to learn to buck the system and that art can just exist in and of itself. Iconography be darned!


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