December 6, 2019

The Green Flower - Painting by Sarah Myers

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers
Acrylic on canvas, 2019
She glances downward gently, lips smiling at some pleasant, quiet thought.  Long, simple lines form the shapes, head elegantly poised on the neck with its graceful curve.  At the top, a little burst of acid-green marks the bloom she wears pinned in her hair, a bright hue which stops and accentuates the lengthy contours creating the rest of the image.  She is surrounded by a warm atmosphere of rose-pink and vibrant orange bordering on brown.  Behind her, blue shades toward the realm of purple and lilac.  Acrylic on canvas, 2019.

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers, detail of face.

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers, detail of flower.

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The Green Flower, Sarah Myers, detail.

The Sunbeam - Poetry by Sarah Myers

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Sunlight
Photography (c) Sarah Myers 2019


A droplet from the fountain of the Sun
Rolled through my window to my floor today;
I saw it melt like molten sugar, run,
And flow together, laughing as it lay.

I touched it, barely, with an outstretched toe;
It climbed my foot, and like a tiny bird
Sat perched with golden feathers all aglow
To sing the sweetest silence.  And I heard.

November 28, 2019

Sidewards Glance - Painting by Sarah Myers

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Sidewards Glance, Sarah Myers.  Acrylic on canvas, 2019.

The dashing sweep of her hat darts in same direction as her eyes… Black, red, blue all rush across the canvas of the first painting in my newest series of artworks. Simple, rapid brush strokes define the face with its sideways glance and slightly parted, slightly smiling lips. A wider range of play from a larger brush, loaded with rich, intense black, gives the rough outline of the hat. Yellow-orange and even metallic gold speak from time to time to detail the woman's lively expression or the edges of her stylish headgear. November 2019.

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Sidewards Glance, Sarah Myers.  Detail.


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Sidewards Glance.  Detail.  Sarah Myers.

August 14, 2019

Two Ladies and Sky - Drawings by Sarah Myers

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Lady with a Flock of Sparrows, Sarah Myers
Charcoal on paper, 2019

A lady with a flock of sparrows fluttering in the air behind her, the whirl of their wings echoing the spiral of the long ringlets trailing down her shoulder… and a woman staring earnestly out at us from a background filled with climbing, billowing clouds which mirror her bouffant bows, her frills and edges of lace. These two drawings are part of a recent collection of artwork in charcoal, sketched with simple lines across large sheets of paper. The darker, stronger charcoal contours follow paler pencil lines which form the preparatory stage.
I am happy to finally return to my blog – after a long and very unintended absence – and to post these two sketches here.

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Woman with Clouds, Sarah Myers
Drawing in charcoal, 2019


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Lady with Sparrows, detail of face.
Sarah Myers

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Woman with Clouds, Sarah Myers
Detail of face

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Lady with Sparrows, detail of birds.
Sarah Myers

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Woman with Clouds, detail
Sarah Myers

March 23, 2019

Eris with the Apple of Discord - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Eris with the Apple of Discord, Sarah Myers

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Eris with the Apple of Discord, Sarah Myers
2018, terracotta

     The precious fruit poised in her hand, she turns, watching for her moment; heavy cloak clutched tightly across her side but right arm lightly lifted to aim. Her eyes glow with a sudden spark…
    In Greek legend, Eris – Discord – stirred by mischief, secretly brings a golden apple inscribed “To the Fairest” with her to a wedding feast on Mount Olympus, and, at the height of the revels, tosses it into the midst of the celebrating deities. The treasure, claimed and counter-claimed by the most powerful goddesses of the Grecian theogony, causes a quarrel which wreaks havoc on the serenity of the divine abode, and this squabble in its turn causes the grief and pain of the Trojan War among mortals far below.
    I have never been able to feel that the gravity of the results could place a greater responsibility Eris than on the other mightier beings that took the conflict so much farther; and her playful objectivity (after all, the apple could have remained hers) gives a certain sympathy to her place in the myth. So I chose this subject in spite of its mischievous, almost militant, nature, as I saw in it the possibility to capture a form I've long wanted to investigate; a sculptural moment that is both the height of action and a point of stillness and suspended motion. Her hand is just at that transition where the impetus will be imparted to the fruit, which will fly from her a fraction of a second later; and in the expression of her wide eyes and slightly parted lips, you can see her thoughts as she both anticipates the result of her deed and already sees it completed in her mind.
    And there is in this sculpture simply the abrupt glimpse of action conceived and taken, perhaps if abstracted into that one fragment of time, a thing that held the good of its own movement and beauty.



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Eris, Sarah Myers
detail from below

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Eris with the Apple of Discord
impressionistic detail of hand

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Eris with the Apple of Discord, Sarah Myers
sculpture from back

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Eris, Sarah Myers
detail of face

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Eris with the Apple of Discord, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in terracotta

July 27, 2018

Two Drawings in Line - Art by Sarah Myers

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Abundance with a Cornucopia, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal


    Here are two drawings with classical inspiration; a figure with an overflowing cornucopia and an Athena with helmet and shield. While the minimal outlines describing them are a style we associate with modernism, it's also true that the ancient Greeks were masters of the very simple, very accurate line that brings so much life and energy to their vase-paintings, and I hope that some of that influence remains in my drawings - even though these quick sketches, made at least partly to express fugitive thoughts on even more transient social media, are very much results of the present era.


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Athena, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal

July 22, 2018

The Cranach Hat - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers
Contemporary Sculpture in terracotta

    She tilts her head gently to the side, counterbalancing the elaborate flare of her velvet hat. Around her neck cling rich Renaissance jewels; the top of her bodice is embroidered with a scrolling pattern of stylized leaves and stems; a few stray locks of hair escape from her ornate headgear, which is also beaded and jeweled. Her sidelong glance is thoughtful and bright but almost wistful.
     My most recent sculpture was inspired, as its name implies, by the paintings of a great sixteenth-century painter, Lucas Cranach the elder. His vital, energetic but opulent portrayals struck me as perfect source material for a portrait like this one, created in a vivid red-orange terracotta at about half life-scale.


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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers
Close-up


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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers
Detail 

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The Cranach Hat, Sculpture by Sarah Myers


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The Cranach Hat, detail
Sarah Myers


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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers