|Rembrandt Self Portrait Age 63|
Rembrandt's Late Self-Portraits,
Elizabeth Jennings (1975) excerpt
You are confronted with yourself. Each year
The pouches fill, the skin is uglier.
Into yourself, beyond. Your brush's care
Is a humility at one with craft.
There is no arrogance. Pride is apart
From this self-scrutiny. You make light drift
The way you want. Your face is bruised and hurt
But there is still love left . . .
|Sherry in the Cubist Style|
Since becoming a serious artist eight years ago, I have spent many hours pouring over the paintings done by the masters I most admire, looking for what I can learn from each one. My husband, who is a poet, has often given me a poem written about a painting, an Ekphrasis, such as this one about Rembrandt’s work. So at some point it occurred to me that I might also find inspiration not only by looking at masterworks, but also by re-reading my favorite poems and listening to my favorite songs. The more I mature as an artist, the more I am convinced that all of the arts spring from the same or a similar source in our souls – a psychologist would say from our unconscious. Wherever our inspiration comes from, immersing ourselves in a variety of artistic resources, not just paintings is bound to stimulate our personal creativity, and painting a self-portrait is a fine way to begin that journey within.