Roman terracotta relief with a Satyr and a Maenad, 27 B. .-A.D. 68 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art The dancing Satyr has been a recurring motif that I always look back to whenever I think about the body in art. Just formally these sculptures, or fragments of them, sing a most beautiful sound. The … Continue reading The Dance: Satyr and Maenad
La voilà! The goldpoint drawing in-progress on the easel in my studio glistening in the morning light (it's north light). This studio shot is very "me", from the anatomy posters and books, to other books in several languages, masks, and a bottle of white wine vinegar for egg tempera painting. © Darryl Smith, 2019. Back … Continue reading ANNO ÆTATIS MEÆ XXVI
An introduction to the beginning of a life-long obsession with artistic anatomy ἡ Μελπομένη καί ἡ Θάλεια (Melpomene and Thalia), Graphite on paper, 27.5"x33". © Darryl Smith, 2019. I have this slight theory that each part of the body contains words related to a specific theme. In these Wordy Wednesday posts, my aim will be … Continue reading What’s in a name?
Photo of a 19th century French sculpture of a Bacchante at the National Gallery of Art (© Darryl Smith, 2019) I’ve always been perplexed by how Bacchantes, the female worshippers of Dionysus, have been portrayed in art after the Ancient Greeks. Looking at Greek ceramics and reading Euripides The Bacchae (I’m currently plowing through Nonnus’ … Continue reading περί Βακχῶν (About Bacchantes)
ὁ Μέγας Θύρσος (The Great Thyrsos), dimensions variable, pine cones, dried leaves, plastic grapes and ivy, black paint, and sumi ink on rice paper, 2011. (© Darryl Smith, 2019) Ok, so maybe I'm not burying my dead brother or anything, but I am setting aside a past self and unearthing a new and improved self. … Continue reading Ave atque vale