Tag: painting




When I first saw this painting it literally took my breath away, and that was just seeing it on my computer screen!  It was frightening and beautiful at the same time.  It was painted in 1850 by Ivan Aivazovsky, considered to be a great Russian seascape painter.  You can see why!

“The Ninth Wave”

Detail: “The Ninth Wave”

“The Ninth Wave ‘The Ninth Wave,’ painted in 1850, is Aivazovsky’s most famous work and is an archetypal image for the artist. The painting depicts the feared ninth swell, believed by Russian seamen to be the most powerful and destructive. Copyright ©. George Mitrevski. Auburn University. e-mail:mitrege@auburn.edu

“Ivan Aivazovsky is the great Russian painter of seascapes. The sea was his life and the chief subject of his art. No-one else painted the sea the way that he did.”  http://www.rusmuseum.ru/eng/editions/video/history_rus_iso/ajvazovskij/


Merillion’s Residence

This is my Home Page on WordPress.  My actual home is in New Jersey, up north near Rockland County, N.Y.  I love the street I live on; it’s pretty, our neighbors are nice, and the view from my bedroom window is my favorite.  If it’s been snowing heavily for a long time, I love hearing the snowplows going down our street in the middle of the cold night.  Everything is so quiet when it snows a lot, and snow creates such light you could walk outside and not need a flashlight.

My bedroom window view shows a pretty painting – the house next to us is not parallel to us.  It’s facing in a slightly different direction, and the rock border between us, with a small hill and tall trees, creates a beautiful picture.

In the summer, mainly in August, I love to go to the window and listen to the night noises; I’m not sure what makes the noises – I just call them “heat bugs.”

My living room window takes up almost the whole wall.  I use only sheer curtains on that front window, because when it’s raining, I love to see the street glistening,  lit by the street lamps.

I just love this house.  There’s something about it that’s always felt good.  I even liked it when we first moved in, and had to sleep on the floor, where the movers had put our box spring and mattress.  That was a low bed, twenty-two years ago.  Now, my husband and I would find it much harder to get up out of it!

I like my blog on WordPress, too.  It’s sort of like a home, where I can put down what I want to say, and have plenty of rooms to say it in.

Portraits from the Met

portrait of a man DP143188

Portrait of a Man

Artist:  Abraham de Vries (Dutch, born about 1590, died 1649/50)
Title:  Portrait of a Man
Date:  1643
Medium:  Oil on wood
Dimensions:  25 1/4 x 21 in. (64.1 x 53.3 cm)
Classification:  Paintings
Credit Line:    Purchase, 1871
Accession Number:  71.63

Collection:  Metropolitan Museum of Art

I like this portrait.  The sitter looks like he has a pleasant personality, instead of the stern faces we see on many of the old portraits.  I wonder what his name was.  His collar makes him look important, like an official of the court or a church.


ALSO SEE:  Rijksmuseum Amsterdam especially the Header.

Woman wearing a collar
Portrait of a Woman






Artist:  Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, 1606–1669)
Title:   Portrait of a Woman
Date: 1633
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: Oval, 26 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (67.9 x 50.2 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number 14.40.625

Collection:  Metropolitan Museum of Art


I guess you would call this a “ruched” collar.  It’s also called a “ruff.”   There’s a neck in there somewhere.  I wonder what the collar was made of. It almost separates the head from the body.

This lady also has a pleasant look to her.  She has quite a high forehead.  In some paintings I’ve seen, the ladies’ foreheads are extremely high – a fashion of the day or their natural physical appearance?

Note that this is painted on an oval-shaped piece of wood.  (I love to do portraits on oval canvases, but it’s not always easy to frame them.)

And about this artist named “Rembrandt” – he’s pretty good!



Painting and the Artist

Wonderful Art
I don’t know who to attribute this quote to; I’ve had it in my file for a while.
What I love about this quote is the passion, and the writer’s knowledge of how enriched life is when you paint, or draw.  That there are times when a single paint stroke creates magic. That it is wonderful to paint a face.  One night in class, I looked again at the portrait I was doing and realized I had given the sitter 3 nostrils.  It made me crack up!  I brought my friend over to look at it, and she said, “Who do ya think you are, Picasso?”
This is why we’re told to stand back and look at our paintings, otherwise we can get a little too involved with one nose!!
But that’s the beauty of oil – you can change and cover up whatever you want.