Saturday, July 28, 2012 B
"Quotes about Art"

"The perception of emotion in art is in part imitative and empathic, recruiting the brain systems concerned with biological motion, the mirror neurons, and the theory of mind. We recruit those systems automatically, without having to think about them. Much as the James-Lange theory of emotion might have predicted, and as modern studies of the emotional brain have confirmed, a great work of art enables us to experience a deep pleasure that is at once unconscious yet capable of triggering conscious feelings. Thus, when we interact with the relaxed and grand people depicted in some of Klimt's art, we feel more relaxed and grand ourselves. If we instead view the anxious people in Schiele's paintings, our anxiety level rises."
(Eric R. Kandel, Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, (Random House, 2012), page 447.)

"Bernard Berenson, the American art historian, was perhaps the first person to note that the beholder has a muscular response to the subject of a painting: that is, the view unconsciously adjusts his or her facial expression and posture to simulate the subject of the portrait. This response, Berenson presumed, is empathic and parallels the subject's emotional state." (Kandel, page 450)

Sunday, July 29, 2012
"Ptah in KV57"

Original photo by © William Petty)
I confess, I did a little editing on this photo. Hopefully I've not gone past the truth of what is there in the tomb.


I think I've just de-yellowed it, and lightened a shadowy area caused by lighting irregularities.
But I may have darkened Ptah's head covering darker than it was in ancient times????

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"Set in Henu Pose - Line Drawing"

I will color this later...

Inspirations: Soul of Buto in Henu pose, Was scepter in Henu pose in Djoser's step pyramid, Set on Senwosret I's throne.
(This pose means 'jubilation'.)

Friday, August 3, 2012
"Colorful Set in Henu Pose"

Hand Colored from the line drawing and then refined a bit...

Originally, the ankh was red...

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