La Pietà

March 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm (Uncategorized)

For this Good Friday… a blog post reflecting on Michelangelo’s statue La Pieta.


  1. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    What a powerful, heart-wrenching image!
    Very meaningful to all moms, even today.

  2. anaatcalin said,

    It’s heartbreaking for us moms…

  3. Hyperion said,

    Thank you for the reblog, Chris. I am a devoted fan of the great periods of art. To me, La Pieta is what true mastery is. I wanted to feature more works from Bernini and others but was not sure I was going in the right direction although it is true to Hyperion Sturm and his love of the arts as the symbol of our humanity.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, I am a devoted fan of the great periods of art myself. 🙂

      • Hyperion said,

        There is much to learn about ourselves through the arts.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        There is indeed.

        I’ve always wanted to learn to paint.

        My father was of course an excellent painter.

        There was a painting in the living room of our house that I always liked.

        When I asked my dad who painted it, he said that it was my mother which shocked me because I didn’t know she could paint.

        He said she painted it when she was 16 years old.

        It was a painting of a scene in the Laurentian mountains of rural Quebec in the early 1940s.

        It really was an excellent painting.

        Even my sister could paint pictures when she had a teacher who taught oil painting back when she was in Grade 5.

        After Grade 5, she never continued.

        The only talent she seemed to work on and perfect in life was being a total bitch- I guess nobody ever told her that there were already plenty of those in the world and we didn’t really need any more.

        I never had a teacher who taught oil painting the whole time I went through school and so of course I never learned.

        It was drama and stage acting that was the particular artistic talent that I worked on and of course writing.

        But I always thought if someday I lived in a nice quiet house in the country, I’d take up oil painting.

      • Hyperion said,

        Good news, Chris! It’s never too late to start. Starter kits are cheap, instructions free and plentiful and instructors should be crawling like ants everywhere in Vancouver. My siblings are all artistic, I used to paint but don’t have the time so I use computer graphics. It’s not the same but it is relaxing. I taught my daughters to paint and now my grand daughters paint as well. The 7 year old grand daughter just won a competition and my youngest daughter won a competition in New York sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts. This was all just me giving them lots of art supplies and encouragement but I never made it work for them so they stayed interested and are quite talented. You’re a creative person so you would likely do well after you got a hang for the basics. Look for free seminars or classes by museums or galleries. No need to pay if you’re flexible.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, when my life has reached a steady state (ie no fear of being thrown out on the streets) , I plan to take up painting.

      • Hyperion said,

        Perhaps you could knock out a masterpiece or two and sell it on the streets to avoid living on them. I think if you could do a few Sherrielock Holmes paintings ala Modigliani you might actually become rich and famous.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I think if I could do that, I probably would become famous, Daniel.

        LOL !

        Are there any free on-line computer graphics sites that you’d recommend where I could start practicing my talent before I get into oils and water colours?

      • Hyperion said,

        I’d pay for an original 😋😍. I use Pinterest almost exclusively for everything art related. From supplies, techniques, and models or images. You set your search parameters broad enough and you get in return a plethora of leads which compound as you go. I find info on color mixing to how to paint realistic eyes or hands. Then the examples of models are endless so you can find exactly what you are looking for and how to lay it down in layers. Also, on WordPress you’ll find a huge population of artists that like to share their art and process. You’ll find what interests you and ultimately what your style and forte is just by experimenting.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Pinterest eh?

        I’ll have to look at that with my Toshiba desktop.

        I couldn’t do much with Pinterest just using the iPhone.

      • Hyperion said,

        Yes, the presentation is limited on the phone due to the grid like results you get. It will help you with writing jobs too. Lots of ads for writers in different roles. If you have an account you can join my boards on writing and publishing to see the pins on writing jobs. Also my art boards are private but I can give you access. If you don’t prefer to do that you can get the same results by specifying you want pins from painting and writing jobs. That saves you countless searches and gives you tons of information all at once. Ana and I get a lot of our blog images from Pintrest. I do my own artwork but Pintrest is quicker and easier because of my limited time.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That’s very good to know, Daniel.

  4. ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

    You should paint another new version of Madonna and perhaps you will be famous – something unique and beautiful. I do painting and sketches as well and all of the paintings on my walls are mine. I just so love painting since school days. But I never have the intention to sell it. Just for the fun and love for arts.

    I hope to see one of yours one day …

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, I’d love to paint a picture someday, Sherrie. 🙂

      And hopefully I’ll get a chance to see your paintings someday. ❤

  5. ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

    My father did a lot of kanji writings of which I never really learn. It was later when I am older that I do appreciate it and I have all of ’em brought here to Germany where I had collections of his poetic writings in the study room and elsewhere in the house as well. Even at our family cottage I had ’em hung in the living room area.

    He loves to do his painting in his garden where he can watch the view of the few peaks of mountains across over the snake-like-river and the sun shining all day at that part of the house. After our mother’s death, he throw himself into a meditation of paintings and writings of which he love so much. He dedicated much of his time taking care of the garden as well and spending much moments under the kemboja tree and tend to our mother’s Zen garden.

    The other day my auntie (my father’s younger sister) told us that they just cut off grasses around the house and cleaned the pond, and feed the fishes. She and her husband has been taken care of that house for years and they are gladly to do it for the sake of her brother and for me too. I am not sure if I fly back home this year for I had much, much problems on this side of the world. Will see … will see …

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