My new painting is called ‘Dora Maar’. What a work of art! I love it.
It is by Jeanette Jones and is 30’ x 40’.
Jeanette has many other paintings. Here is a link to her work:
I could try to describe Jeanette and her art. But my description could not improve upon her artist’s statement, which is one of the best I’ve ever read.
Please excuse me, I suffer from verbal constipation.
Most of the time I make decisions based on intuition and don't realize until after the fact just what the significance was.
Case in point, I was so struck by Dora Maar, the fact that she was so intelligent and fiery when Picasso met her, yet he broke her down and she was never the same.
I was moved by empathy to paint the portraits of Picasso's women.
The only portrait I treated differently was Francoise Gilot, because she was never broken.
I think I like underdogs, not taking something for face value.
Ok, here is the part I am really bad at... selling myself
I've shown in galleries in Florida & Seattle.
For a year I actually ran a gallery. I've been featured in a few magazines.
I was featured on a local public art showcase.
Here are links to videos that my work is in
Crazy, huh. I know. I am a bit unbalanced.
Thank you so much for reading.
I have so much to say about Jeanette and her art I can barely take it. But for now I will restrain myself and instead be content to note the convergence of factors that in my experience hardly ever align: the conceptual, the existential, and the astrological.
The astrological factor should be clear: yesterday at 11:23, the Earth's axis was inclined neither away from nor toward the sun. Ahhhh...I just love the equinox. And getting this painting on a day whose beginning was a mere seven minutes removed from that point surely bodes well. It is as if the Universe has blessed the painting, given it the significance of a new beginning.
And from a conceptual and existential level, this project is indeed, at least in some sense, at a new beginning. To explain why, however, will take some time; and so I will postpone the explanation until a future post.
I will, however, mention a fact that is of interest in its own right and is also crucial in understanding just how the conceptual and the existential have aligned.
In addition to creating such brilliant works of art and having such an awesome artist’s statement, Jeanette also has a characteristic that is terribly significant for this project. She has a precise description of the economic value of her art. She sells her paintings for $1 per square inch.
Ok. Enough for now. Except to say: if anyone wants to trade a painting for Jeanette Jones' Dora Maar, let me know.
AMANDA C. MATHIS
5 weeks ago