The Artist’s Eyes

Is there a painting or sculpture you’re drawn to? What does it say to you? Describe the experience. (Or, if art doesn’t speak to you, tell us why.)

I am one of the fortunate few to have an artist in the family.  Susan Kemp at Art Life works absolute magic with her hands and visiting her studio, which is something I unfortunately don’t get to do often enough, is always a pleasure.

Amaryllis was first done in 1903 by John William Godward and she was commissioned to do a copy for a client a while back.  When I first saw it, I immediately fell in love with the painting.

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To me this painting speaks of so much longing and expectation.  It draws at the corners of my heart; it brings to the fore emotions about something that that my soul is ready for, but has not yet come to pass.  Like the bride anxiously waiting for the time to arrive when she is to approach the alter.   It speaks to me of something that my soul is ready for and in need of, but have no other choice than to just wait for it to come to pass.

Silly perhaps, I am no art guru and wouldn’t be able to tell a Van Gogh from a Godward, but when it speaks to me, it speaks loud and clear.

For the sake of this post, I decided to  look up the history of the painting and this story is by far the one that touched me most.  It is so tragic and, well just, beautiful.

Do yourself and a favour and go look at Art Life on Facebook.  Her Bamboodees are brilliant too and I can’t wait to commission a couple of those for my lounge!

16 thoughts on “The Artist’s Eyes

    1. Thanks, yes, she is absolutely brilliant. To add to her sculpting and painting, she also writes up a storm. She was definitely first in line when artiness was handed out!

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