Friday, July 25, 2008

the memory of trees

The hard part is how to plan a picture so as to give to others what has happened to you. To render in paint an experience, to suggest the sense of light and color, of air and space.
Maxfied Parrish (1870-1966) painter and illustrator

the brilliant painter maxfield parrish was born on july 25th in philadelphia, his given name was frederick, but adopted maxfield, the family name of his paternal grandmother as his professional name. parrish's paintings are most luminous. colbalt blue is sometimes called- parrish blue in recognition of maxfield parrish's passion for using it.

parrish paintings have inspired many artists over the years. enya is one of those artists who has been influenced by parrish incorporating many homages to parrish in her music videos. the cover art for her album the memory of trees is based on parrish's painting "the young king of the black isles"

photo: street art in cleveland - most likely not inspired by maxfield


Ernest de Cugnac said...

Lovely photograph mouse. Hate to see graffiti normally, you sneaked through a chink in my armor.

jenclair said...

I love artistic graffiti and some "graffitists" are artists!

Colette Amelia said...

OK now that the third round of multiple antibiotics are working and my head is clearing and I have energy to post a comment...I got to say


you are truly amazing!

Thanks for all the comments and support! And thanks for passing on such great knowledge!

R.L. Bourges said...

the memory of trees reminded me of this Canadian animation by Frédéric Back of Jean Giono's story L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees)


Barbara said...

Very interesting. I love Enya's music!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ernie -mission accomplished. I am most gratified that I could sneak a chink!

jen- moi aussi!

ca- what don't I know.... friggin' plenty! hugs! 143!

rlb- merci. brilliant vid. thank you! people are so frigging' creative!

edward said...

i like this.

alicesg said...

Love the photo and graffiti on the walls. They looked talented and creative.