Lovely Lizzie

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Beata Beatrix – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

He feeds upon her face by day and night,
And she with true kind eyes looks back on him,
Fair as the moon and joyful as the light:
Not wan with waiting, not with sorrow dim:
Not as she is, but was when hope shone bright;
Not as she is, but as she fills his dream.
-Christina Rossetti

 

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My Inspiration

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Harper’s Bazaar asked Chloe Sevigny some questions about her creative inspirations and I’ve decided to post my own answers to some of their questions, plus a few more…

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First album bought: Must have been The Eagles. My brother and I were both listening to them a lot – their harmony is amazing.

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Most re-read book: There are two: The Garden of Eden (Hemingway) & The Lover (Duras). (Pic: from film based on Dura’s “The Lover.”)

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Fav. Film: Sofia Coppola’s, “Lost in Translation”. I just “get” this one completely – what it’s trying to say and the wit.

Fav. Film Quote: “We let it happen – that’s how we choose.” From: Violets are Blue, written by: Naomi Gyllenhaal.

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Guilty Pleasure: Going to see a film on a weekday afternoon. It just feels decadent.

Fav. object: A sapphire ring from my mother.

Fav. time of day: Midnight. The world gets quiet, no ringing phones, music sounds better and I can think, write, and read with better clarity and inspiration.

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Dream lunch date: Without question, Henry Miller. He was a great conversationalist and I would love to sit around the table all afternoon and into the night talking to him about, well everything really. (Pic: Henry Miller & Hoki-San Tokuta Miller)

Signature dish: Not sure why they asked this but it’s spaghetti. Whether homemade sauce or store bought and doctored – I rock it.

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Fav. TV show: Mad Men was a real stand out – original and never boring. Matthew Weiner is a very talented writer – talk about creative.

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Fav. Band: Aerosmith. They’ve always just done it for me and there is no one I’d rather hear play guitar than “Joe Fucking Perry”.

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Fashion Inspiration: Think Bohemian. This is not something I give a lot of thought to – I make it my own, but I am inspired by: Jane Birkin – love the boho lace crop tops, jeans and sixties style dresses…

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Alison Mosshart – she has great style.

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…and Joe Perry – the hats, scarves, cool jackets, shades, ripped jeans…love it. All three have inspired me in some way. (photo: Zack Whitford)

Dogs or Cats: Again, not sure why they asked this but…dogs – cats are creepy.

Fav. room: Bedroom, where I keep my favorite books, music & photographs nearby.

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Bedside table: A few photographs, an odd little ceramic entwined newts I bought when I was in high school, an old pink salt used as a ring holder, Berts Bees Baby Bee Solid perfume and books including Henry Miller’s My Life, Paul Auster books and currently Alexa Chung’s “It”. (Pic from HM’s My Life & Times.)

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Favorite artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (pic: The Spinet)

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Fav. Sculptor: Camille Claudel. (Pic: The Age of Maturity)

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Fav. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson but I’m most inspired by anyone’s old photographs of families or old buildings.

Well, there you have it, some of my enduring creative inspirations.

 

 

Sweet Repose

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”Sleeping Girl” ~ Domenico Fetti 1617 – 19

I saw this beautiful painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts – the exhibition was “Treaures of Venice”.  When found, the corners of the painting were cut, making attribution difficult but it was finally decided Fetti in all likelihood was the artist and the subject, a recently converted Mary Magdalene. Having wept, she has fallen asleep, smiling. Although it’s been many years since I saw this painting up close, I vividly remember the striking red and gold colors against the black background and the soft pink emotion of her face. It was a standout of the entire exhibition and a joy to have seen it.

Aldo Luongo

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Aldo Luongo, “On the Beach”

I love these passionate paintings by the Argentine Artist, Aldo Luongo. I was first introduced to his work years ago by a former boyfriend, who had two prints hanging in his home. They really are beautiful and romantic. If you want to see more of his work, I’ve linked his website below.

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Aldo Luongo, “First Kiss” 1970

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Artistic Collaboration: Judy Linn & Patti Smith

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EVERYONE I THINK LOVES A GOOD SNOW DAY (ASIDE FROM SHOVELING SNOW) AND I’M NO EXCEPTION. SUNDAYS AND SNOW DAYS ARE WHEN I GRAB THE ART BOOKS OFF THE SHELF AND CURL UP IN A CHAIR WITH AN AFGHAN TO SAVOR THEM. THE OTHER DAY, I WATCHED PATTI SMITH’S “DREAM OF LIFE” DOCUMENTARY AGAIN. I LOVE THE RAW FORMAT OF THE DOC AND HER SADNESS FROM THE LOSS OF HER GREAT LOVE FRED “SONIC” SMITH IS THE MELANCHOLY THRU-LINE SILENTLY SINGING IN THE BACKGROUND FROM START TO FINISH. I HAVE TO ADMIT, I DON’T LOVE ALL OF HER MUSIC BUT I DO BELIEVE PATTI SMITH IS A GREAT ARTIST, POET AND I FIND HER INFINITELY INSPIRING CREATIVELY. IN HER MEMOIR “JUST KIDS,” SHE MENTIONS THAT SHE TRIES TO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE EVERY DAY, EVEN IF IT’S JUST A PHOTOGRAPH. HER MEMOIR IS TERRIFIC IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY READ IT – IT’S DIFFERENT FROM MANY OF THE MUSICAL MEMOIRS CURRENTLY FLOODING THE MARKET – IT’S SOULFUL IN A WAY THE OTHERS ARE NOT.

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ALL OF THIS LED ME TODAY TO GRAB OFF THE SHELF JUDY LINN’S TERRIFIC BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS “PATTI SMITH 1969-1976”. PATTI MET JUDY THROUGH ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE AND THEY STRUCK UP AN EASY FRIENDSHIP. JUDY WAS HONING HER SKILLS, TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WITH HER LEICA AND PATTI LOVED TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED, SO PERFECT TIMING.

Linn Smith 03THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE A HISTORICAL MEMOIR OF SORTS, MEMORIES OF PATTI FINDING HER ARTISTIC TRUE NORTH AND JUDY’S GREAT START TO HER CAREER AS A PHOTOGRAPHER WITH NEW YORK CITY AT THE END OF THE SIXTIES/EARLY SEVENTIES AS THE BACKDROP. HERE ARE THREE OF LINN’S PHOTOGRAPHS – IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO LOOK THROUGH THIS BOOK, YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED.

PHOTOGRAPHS ©1969-1976 JUDY LINN