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A Pale Shadow of Christina’s World

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I had a chance to get back in world after the previous article, and managed to put this together.  If anyone is interested, I will share with them the pose animation I created to do this photo — a pale, pale shadow indeed of the original Wyeth painting.  Contact me by comment or by notecard in world.

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A Bit of Truth

“I can’t work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth; and then I can fly free.” — Andrew Wyeth

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You’ve probably noticed in my photographs of myself that I tend toward the grand as much as anything, at least in shots where I’m in a “character” mode.  The quality of my work, as a result, is…somewhat variable.  When I think I get it right, I get it right; but it’s all too easy to get it wrong when I’m trying to portray something out of my “own pure brain,” and I eventually see it as on the baroque side, if not positively rococo.

When I am not photographing myself or someone else, though, I search more for the mood that comes out of the sim I’m in; I reach for what some might have referred to as the genius loci, the spirit of the place that infuses it and protects it.  I search for what I hope is the truth of the place; and in this, I try to emulate one of my favorite artists, Andrew Wyeth.

I fell in love with Wyeth’s work in the 1980s, when I was returning to college to begin my degrees.  The Helga Paintings had been announced to the public and were going on exhibition then, and I started researching as much as I could on the work of Wyeth.  Andrew was always a controversial painter — his work was both admired and scorned, sometimes by the same critic.  This is probably the best compliment an artist could receive;  it means his output is being seen, studied and discussed.  Above all, he sought for the elemental truth inside what he beheld, and tried to crystallize it into an extremely realistic, minimalistic clarity.  His best work captures enough to speak volumes in the simplest of tones and the fewest, most primal forms.  Go and look his work up in an images search, and see what he had to say to us.

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But you can also explore this yourself in Second Life.  I took these photos at The Gates of Melancholy, a region built in tribute to Andrew Wyeth’s world.  If you are knowledgeable and have an eye and memory, you can see elements of some of Wyeth’s most famous work, such as the field and buildings of Christina’s World.  Even the grass is wonderfully reminiscent of Wyeth’s masterful skill with the brush.

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Contact Sheet 45 — Wyeth-esque Landscape

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Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life and other virtual worlds. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr or Koinup page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here), if you have an account on the appropriate service.

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NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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Longtime readers of this blog will probably know of my love for the work of Andrew Wyeth.  This modern realist painter first came to my attention in the 1980s, with the publicity furor over his Helga series of paintings; I was intrigued enough to track down every book on Wyeth that my library had, and discovered the power of his work, running back to the days of the famous Christina’s World (1948).

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It’s a pleasure to find a piece that is reminiscent of his work, which was practically a fountainhead for an entire school of modern realism.  I know nothing for sure about “podenga,” except that I follow his/her stream regularly.  This one leaped out at me today as I was checking through the previous day’s new works on Flickr.  I’d urge you to click through and take a better look in a larger size!

(If you’re curious at all about Wyeth’s work, I encourage you to explore it, both online and at your own local library.  Remember, though, Andy was only one of a family of creative masters, beginning with his father, Newell Convers (N. C.) Wyeth, and coming down through every branch of the family to the present day.  You can see a very brief overview of their work at a site for what looks like a family gallery.)

Posted September 19, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Arts, Photographs

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