Art Appreciation

On my recent trip to Scotland, I made it a point to visit some of the museums in Edinburgh. The Scottish National Gallery  and Scottish National Portrait Gallery were two venues that really stood out.

Interior of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Interior of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Portrait Gallery featured a fascinatingshow by Victoria Crowe. The collection revealed a biographical narrative to portraiture. I found the work interesting because of the attention it paid to a story beyond a single portrait or moment in time. The people in the paintings were all connected to the artist, so she was telling her story, in addition to theirs. The show made me think about the level of depth needed to provide the story for each painting. The concept of stories within my own work continues to evolve, so the show sparked a lot of thought into my own future as an artist and story-teller.

The National Gallery featured great work from artists I tend to gravitate to, such as John Singer Sargent, Monet, and Pisarro. Though I hadn't been previously interested in Flemish painters, something clicked for me and the paintings on display really spoke to me. Vermeer and Rembrandt, were masters at light and shadow - nothing new there. I was struck, however, by the level of detail so brilliantly demonstrated through the work of such masters as Rubens and Van Dyck. The intricracies of paint application was a great complement to the detail of ideas demonstrated in the portrait exhibit.

The level of detail in both areas is something I've been more cognizant of within my own art and will continue to explore.