ART ON THE COVER
This acrylic painting was the cover of Artlink Magazine for the summer edition 1992-1993, and I was absolutely thrilled. I had only been painting for about 5 years at the time but was already working full time at it and loving every minute.
PLAYBOY MAGAZINE COVER
In my previous career as a model I had of course appeared on quite a few covers over the years, among them this Playboy Magazine cover. Oh I know what you are thinking, lol but there is no need for anyone to go out and order any back copies of the magazine as I only appeared on the cover and it was a head shot too, bad luck, lol! I was overseas modelling when the Playboy cover came out and had broken off with my boyfriend (whom I later married) and he said he got the shock of his life when he walked into a shop and saw it. His mate that was with him promptly bought the magazine and “hubby to be” was apparently mightily pleased I wasn’t a centerfold!
ARTLINK MAGAZINE COVER
So to be commissioned to do a cover of a magazine in a completely different profession pleased me very much. The brief was to create a cover that had something to do about art. So I painted 2 paintings (the other, I will tell you about another time)on the art theme, if you look closely at this painting, “The Artist Camp” you will find a lot of the different forms of art represented.
FROM TOPIARY ART TO BODY ART
Starting from top left and going across you will see; Topiary– which is the art of clipping and training bushes and trees into different shapes, a form of living sculpture. Then there is a Landscape artist and the nude model posing for a Figure painting, a small detail from Picasso representing both the Cubism and Abstract Art, followed by Body Art.
FROM FABRIC ART TO TATTOO ART
Next row down the lady is doing some Fabric Art and the stereo typical Outsider Artist, Art Brut or Art Raw with the Physiatrist and the patient in the straight jacket. With all this political correctness my portrayal of that may offend however as I count myself in that bracket too as a Naive or Naif Artist I hope it is met with the humor I intended. Next we have a so called Sunday painter with a Portrait of a cat and Aboriginal Art followed by a Graffiti Artist, Art for Therapy in prison and finally the Tattoo Artist and the little girl being inspired to love art by all of them! I think the Bull Terrier is up to no good with the bike though,lol, not sure he has art in mind.
Whilst I do appreciate art schools and the skills they teach to art students, I do believe that a lot of the time they turn out artists who paint just like their teachers and sometimes their own fresh ideas are belittled. My own take on the matter is that EVERYBODY has an artistic talent of some sort, some find that talent early whilst for others it may be a life time exploration. However what I think matters most is the passion and enjoyment of creating and not necessarily the final result. I would encourage everyone to find the inner child, to borrow from Mark Twain – explore, dream and discover but this time in relation to art and not travel.
Here is some lyrics from a song I really love called The Cape by Guy Clark which I think fits well here;
“He’s one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold your breath
Always trust your cape”
Till next time happy painting and sculpting or whatever turns you on,
Love Marie xxx (c)
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SA Life Magazine, The Advertiser, Plains Producer, The Flinders News & The Messenger – Adelaide – 2012 – 2010 (& Australian Playboy, front cover)
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