Monday, November 9, 2009

Splendid


New birds. Cardinals. 
Two words come to mind: wondrous and majestic.
As I was painting my mind wandered, as it often does...
Cardinals, Rome, the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo.
Years ago, as an art student studying in Italy,
we had a special art history lecture in the Vatican.
It was after hours and we had a private tour of the Sistine Chapel.
Can you imagine? Two hours. No tourists, no crowds, just us.
We laid down on our backs and looked up at the frescoes.
It was wondrous and majestic.

11 comments:

Vivi said...

These birds are beautiful! I love how you have just a touch of pink in them too. And I get the influence - it's lovely, but it doesn't dominate or is heavy-handed in your piece at all. Just a hint of a nod toward your inspiration :)

Pat said...

Oh yes! Cardinals are special birds indeed! Spotting one really makes my day.

Victoria Stitch said...

wow they're so detailed! I love their little stripy legs!

Jeanne-ming said...

Very clever and witty. I love your work.

caroline/oh chalet! said...

these birds are gorgeous! and i am so jealous of your trip to italy, :)

Laura said...

superb, holly.

holly aka golly said...

Thank you ALL so much for stopping by, for your kind words and encouragement - I appreciate it so much!

KFM Gallery said...

so jealous of your time in Italy! Amazing! Love the birds.. beautiful work.

Rynke said...

Beautiful...
Loooove the colours!

Louise said...

wow, you lucky people! I can only imagine how amazing that must have been. Love ya cardinals!

holly aka golly said...

It was a once in a lifetime experience - at least eighteen years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday! I've been back since, but it was different, I was part of the crowd.