Tag Archives: Visual Arts

“Old soul” Richard: “Grittier” Armitage fanart


Inspired by FAULT magazine photographer Ms. Parrish’s amazing textured image for the special limited edition Richard Armitage cover (yes, the issue I and some of you paid a ridiculous amount of money to have as our own), I have been experimenting with some photo editing tools to make my own considerably less impressive and less labor-intensive “gritty” images of Mr. A.

Here’s that original image that inspired me:

FAULT magazine cover courtesy of Richard Armitage Net

FAULT magazine cover courtesy of Richard Armitage Net

We have discussed this cover at Me+Richard Armitage in Guyity’s recent post (analyzing this “ooof” moment)  which I highly recommend:  http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/ooof-alienated-richard/

Richard has a timeless quality about him. Part of it is his looks. The strength and structure of his features. He’s not “cute” or bland pretty boy flavor of the month.  There’s the way he carries himself. And there’s something else, something in his character, his personality, something–innate.

He’s an old soul who looks no less out of place in medieval chain mail than he does dressed in tee-shirt and jeans. It’s a quality that is not shared by all actors–have you ever noticed how some look like fish out of water in period costume?– but it’s certainly an advantageous one. especially when coupled with that prodigious talent of his.It’s why he’s so believable and authentic in roles that span centuries.

Take another look at Richard in the FAULT cover. It’s been suggested he might be an anguished soldier from WW II or one of the subjects of Dorothea Lange‘s famous Depression-era portraits as seen in the FAULT cover. It’s definitely an arresting and memorable image of an arresting and memorable human being.  Like Guyity, I am not certain Parrish’s striking fine art photography is quite what most magazine fashion editors would choose to show off the clothing being worn by the subject, but I like it and appreciate the time and effort it took to create the final product.

I wish that I had higher-quality images than the screencaps with which to work for my own efforts, but you gotta work with what you’ve got.





Color & Light for Tuesday


It’s not Monday but I am in the mood for Monet as portrayed by our lovely Richard in The Impressionists. I know some of you are experiencing a wet, gloomy day so perhaps a bit of our passionate painter and his lovely art would be in order? Happy Tuesday!

“Cliffs Near Dieppe” by Monet

This particular painting has been stolen and recovered twice from the Musee Des Beaux Arts in Nice.

“Irises” in Monet’s garden at Giverny

“Field of Tulips”

Boating party enjoying a spot of fishing at Giverny.

Two for Tuesday: The Artist and the Spy


Lucas, in my Land of the So Not Dead, is now happily out of the spy game and re-discovering the love he had for art. I loaned him art supplies as a form of therapy after the great mission to rectify what was done to him by TPTB. And  for Christmas that year, I gave him supplies of his own. He’s done beautifully ever since then, growing in his skills and exploring his creativity, healing little by little, one day at a time. Monsieur Monet stepped in when I requested it to provide further artistic tutelage. It’s been a happy arrangement.

Those two have since become fast friends as well as teacher and student. Two men of different nationalities, from different times and places, yet able to find common ground.

More Monet for Monday


It’s been a dreary-looking day here, cooler and wet. There is a definite taste of fall in the air–which is just fine with me.  However, I do feel the need for a little more of that sunshine that a certain Impressionist artist filled with joie de vivre brings to the table.

One of Monet’s paintings of his beautiful garden at Giverny. A sight to brighten a gloomy day. Not unlike Richard.

As Linda60 pointed out in a comment on the previous Monet post, Richard really manages to capture the essence and spirit of an artist with a true passion for his work. It’s likely that’s true at least in part to the fact RA himself is so full of passion for his own art.  The infectious energy and enthusiasm, the intensity and sensitivity Richard brings to the role captivates us, just as he captivates us in real life when discussing his craft and his roles.  And we get those sweet smiles and glorious grins with Monet that the “real” Richard also shares with us.  It’s all good.

This is not only one of my favorite photos of Monet, it’s also one of my favorites of Richard. I love that three-quarter view. His bone structure is displayed so beautifully; those luminous eyes and and the cupid’s-bow of his upper lip so well defined, the mouth hinting at a smile. It just draws me in.

Camille and their little one together in the garden.

Monet for Monday


Because I love the sensitive, passionate artist with the infectious smile and the incandescent eyes given to us by Richard as Claude Monet in The Impressionists–and I love the “real” Monet’s work.  The paintings showcase his beautiful garden at Giverny and at Argentuil. Imagine birdsong, the sweet scent of the blossoms,  the reflections of azure sky and the verdant leafy trees in the water, and Monet standing on the arch bridge at Giverny, drinking in all the sights and sounds.  And working feverishly to capture them on his canvas . . .

Here’s to the Painters of Light & Luminous Smiles

Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet-1872

Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet-1872 (Photo credit: kamikazecactus)

Claude Monet : Rue St Denis, Fête du 30 juin 1878

Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son

Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Claude Monet’s painting of Rue Saint-Denis on the National Holiday

Several of you have mentioned you share my affection for Richard’s portrayal of the great Impressionist artist Claude Monet and the Impressionist School. Today, when we look at the paintings of Monet, RenoirBazille, Morisot and their fellow artists, we see many pretty, luminous pictures filled with shimmering color.

'La Lecture," a charming painting by Berthe Morisot, a prominent female Impressionist.

Renoir's delightful rendering of "The Boating Party."

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Frédéric Bazille
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Frédéric Bazille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of the painter Claude Monet

Portrait of the painter Claude Monet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monet's love for capturing the beauty of flowers and water is shown in his many paintings of waterlilies.

But we mustn’t forget this group was revolutionary, downright radical for the times. These artists chose to escape from the rigid confines of the studio and Biblical/mythological subjects to paint ordinary people doing ordinary things such as frolicking at boating parties, enjoying a good book, bathing a child.

They didn’t just paint hired artists’ models; their friends, family and fellow painters were also their subjects. These artists put farmers’ fields of haystacks and flower-strewn meadows with picnicking families on canvas.

They sought and found the extraordinary beauty in the everyday as they strove to be “painters of light.”

Above you see a portait of Claude (is it just me, or does his real hair look like a darker versions of early John Standring?) and of course, I cannot leave out  Monsieur Monet as depicted by the incandescent Richard Armitage . . . sometimes a girl just needs a little artistry in her life.

I’m in an Impressionist kind of mood . . .


Another of my favorite artists is Degas. Considered an Impressionist, Degas didn’t like the term and preferred to be called a realist. His vibrant paintings of dancers are my personal favorites, although he also did outstanding work capturing horses on canvas. What’s our connection to the lovely RA? He used to be a dancer . . . and he’s artistic . . . and Degas was one of the artists depicted in The Impressionists. Now I am going to try to catch some ZZZZs. Carry on, ladies.


I’m in an artistic mood, ladies. Of course, our talented Richard played the passionate artist Claude Monet in The Impressionists, and I just happen to be a huge fan of the Impressionist school of art. So I give you more of Impressionist artist Pierre August Renoir’s luminous paintings–and two of Renoir’s portraits of Claude himself. Oh, and a little bit of RA, too!

Renoir's portrait of Monet reading.

Renoir and a little Monet (real and reel)