This is a testimonial from a happy client…and when the client is happy, I am happy (big smile)
Would you recommend Dana Levin, and if so, why?
“Yes, for two reasons. First the proficiency, the aesthetic which is apparent in the artist’s portfolio. But, beyond that, there’s something else. I’m not sure if empathy is the right word, but Dana demonstrated a compassion to understand who Blanche was. I think she took that part of the process very seriously. Like a biographer, if an artist doesn’t understand the spirit of a subject, then the work is lifeless, just the record, the facts or a description. This is more than that: when I look at this portrait I don’t just recognize those eyes, I know the look in those eyes. This is Blanche.”
DJ Narey- Portrait Client
I have been watching the Women Painting Women exhibitions since they began in 2010 and am honored to be included. The show opens September 5th- 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.
Hi Friends, this is a painting I just finished, I hope you like it- 30×36 inches. Available at Trees Place. It has a beautiful floating frame from Guido’s.
Really, September was my last post on FB!?! I am still alive. (even though I am not seen on social media)
I have been absorbed in a metamorphosis. But I am breaking out of the chrysalis now. (my kids watch a lot of Wild Kratts)
It is impossible to go through life without change. If one does, it is out of fear or lethargy. When an artist goes through changes and sees the world in a different way our art must change too. Its no good to anyone to continue making paintings just because you have always made them that way- your art must reflect your life. That is what I have been going through.
First, I realized that I saw things in a different way. What I needed to express had changed. Second, I had to find a new method of creating in order to bring the vision in my head to the outside world. It is really not a simple or easy thing to do. It’s a very organic process, which is scary because you don’t completely know where you are going and if what you are doing is going to take you there. It requires trusting your instincts and a lot of experimentation.
Interestingly, one of the things that helped me keep my faith in the process is the work my husband does which has nothing to do with the art world. He works very closely with engineers. Our shared challenge is that engineers and artists both create something in the physical world that was not there before. Seeing the investment and failures these companies experience- very much trial and error as with sincere art making- has been inspiring. Considering my risk is much less than millions of dollars and dozens of people’s livelihood, it gives me courage.
Creativity requires risk- having the fortitude to break things down and build them back up.
I am someone who “lives in the myth”, as Joseph Campbell might have said. I’ll explain. Last week a pipe froze and burst in my studio. It flooded. We discovered this about 11 pm. The plumber who quickly came over, assessed that he had to break through the wall of my studio to get to the pipe to fix it. So there he was, midnight, hammering down the wall of my studio. Symbolic for the creative process? Tearing down walls in order to build something new? Love it.
In the coming weeks my walls will be re-built. Physically and Metaphorically. Con Forte!
Here is the finished portrait painting commission of Anne Rosenfield. Working with her and her husband Noah has been so wonderful. “Wonderful” is a total understatement.
A friend was asking the meaning of one of my paintings. Sacred Love- it currently resides at The Ettinger Gallery.
Sacred Love is based on the painting by Titian- Sacred and Profane Love- Amor Sacro e Amor Profano. In the Titian painting it has been up for debate which of the two women depicted is representing the sacred or the profane love. It was first assumed the woman in the white wedding dress was the sacred and the nude woman was the profane.
I believe the nude women seated on the fountain is the sacred one. She is on the right side of the canvas, as apposed to the left- in Italian, La Sinistra- the sinister. The nude female on the right side is also higher with her arm lifted up, closer to heaven,.
I included a plum fruit in my painting. Fruit in general symbolizes our corporal desires, our earthly pleasures. And the vessel in the center is a symbol I often use. Vessels are protective containers for delicate and special earthly objects that one highly values. Objects that a person might even consider close to the divine. It also represents the mothers womb. The introvert in me also loves the idea of something being able to hide-out in there!
In terms of composition I used part of the image from the Titian painting (the image of sacred love) in the above right corner to reflect and draw the viewers eye to the vessel, as if the personification of sacred love is looking inside.
Dear friend- I hope this sheds some light on the subject!