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Artist Samantha Keely Smith

these are things I like to look at for inspiration

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From Uila, 2008
Espen Eichhofer

Gustav Klimt, Pallas Athene, 1898, oil on canvas and inlay, 75 x 75 cm, Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna.
Despite being a huge fan of the Symbolists, I hadn’t come across Klimt’s Pallas Athene before. It was only when my good friend mentioned it the other day that I looked it up - and I’m so glad I did. Klimt has typically used plenty of gold to represent the armour of strong and determined Athena, though the effect is less reminiscent of some of his famous gold works (think The Kiss and Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer), and more like the metallic sheen of Judith and the Head of Holofernes.

Iceland: Gullfoss

A cellphone peek behind-the-scenes of my shoot for Beautiful Savage magazine yesterday – look for the print issue this Fall. (Photo of our model India Charmaine snapped by makeup/hair stylist Logan Slaughter.)

Annibale Carracci - Boy Drinking (ca. 1582)

The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul? — Oscar Wilde, De Profundis (via likeafieldmouse)


“Seeing something for oneself helps to make the experience matter personally.” –John Armstrong, “Move Closer: An Intimate Philosophy of Art” How do you find personal meaning when looking at art? Eighty teachers will explore this and other questions next week at the Museum’s summer seminar, VAST (Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching).”Newport Coast,” 1902, by William Trost Richards

Franz Kline.

detail from a work in progress (1 of 5 paintings in the works this Summer)