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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Everything I know about life I have learned from the Turner Classic Movies channel

I was watching The Yearling and had to stop to take pictures of Jody’s progression to adulthood. The color of the film is amazing and the actor’s face (Claude Jarman Jr.) is beautiful. I put together a slide show of my photos with lamp reflection in tact. The pictures depict Jody’s evolution into something else, moving into what his father announces later as no longer being a Yearling. The close-ups of Jarman’s face as he wrestles with the awful knowledge that he must kill his beautiful fawn are painful to witness, but they, along with the other close-ups in the slide show illustrate the universal journey into adulthood. They are the step-by-step progress to that point in time that is the culmination of the other moments which preceded it. Each is worthy of a painted portrait. Jarman shows pain, fear, reprehension, grief, acceptance, and once again, happiness as he dreams of being reunited with his precious deer.

Grief
Grief

Image and reimage

The other morning when I turned on the TV, it was frozen on an image from the 1936 movie A Woman Rebels, which was being shown on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Since I could not get the image to ‘unfreeze’, I decided to photograph it. I liked it so much for what it had to say about Kathryn Hepburn, the star, that I decided to paint it. I have also been thinking about Forrest Bess as I recently read the book that accompanied the exhibit by curator Clare Elliott. Last night I started scribbling images of symbols that mean something to me. The painting I began today includes them.

Movie still
Movie still

Eye sees warmth, cries