a friend dropped off a very thoughtful gift for me today at work. she is one of the few people i work with that has a creative mind and gets what art can give back to you. she had been on her annual trip to Melbourne to see the best of the Archibald Prize 2013. (there is a Monet in there too.)
my friend picked out the three above post cards that she thought i might like. the one on top is my absolute favourite. it’s a painting of Australian actor Asher Keddie, and it was painted by her boyfriend. it’s entitled ‘Love Face’.
this painting speaks volumes to me, not only because i adore her as an actor, and currently the role she plays on the TV series, Offspring, but more because of the look her partner, Vincent Fantauzzo has captured, is one that has been missing from my face for some time.
here is what the official page says about it: ‘I had so many ideas about how to paint it that I didn’t quite know which way to go,’ says Fantauzzo. ‘In the end I decided it needed to be honest and simple. A face can display so much emotion and Asher’s eyes tell you so much of the story.’
Arriving home late one evening, Keddie gave Fantauzzo a look, which proved to be the key to the portrait. ‘I knew she’d had a hard day and so was relieved to be home,’ says Fantauzzo. ‘It was a look of real happiness.’
The wash that Fantauzzo has used for the background represents the chaos of a hectic life. Against that Keddie is a picture of composure and contentment.
bliss, if you ask me.
see the light…
today’s Google Doodle celebrating Henry Lawson’s 146th Birthday.
Henry Lawson was an Australian writer and poet. Along with his contemporary Banjo Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period and is often called Australia’s greatest writer. - via wiki.
be seeing you next week and i can not wait.
pic: Dimitrios Kambouris