Leonardo da Vinci’ peasant

After Leonardo da Vinci

What I observed over this drawing was the detail of the peasant’s hair and the manner in which Leonardo da Vinci drew the curl as it flipped over the ear. There was also much detail in the iris , the protruding mouth and the jowls. The shadows are thatched. His subject’s posture, treated as a parody and da Vinci’s understanding of him, a regal man and friend. ” You stand forever in thee, Lord, how name him peasant? I know him well”

What I observed over this drawing was the detail of the peasant’s hair and the manner in which Leonardo da Vinci drew the curl as it flipped over the ear. There was also much detail in the iris , the protruding mouth and the jowls. The shadows are thatched. His subject’s posture, treated as a parody and da Vinci’s understanding of him, a regal man and friend. ” You stand forever in thee, Lord, how name him peasant? I know him well”
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God had granted Leonardo da Vinc any wish for what he had achieved on earth. He then asked if his invention that of the flying bird ever took off? God said yes, its because of your ingenious mind and returned him to earth. There he was greeted by the American president, Barack Obama who graciously allowed him on board his flying bird, Air Force 1. da Vinci did not question this America, he though of Amerigo Vespucci, but agreed it had something to do with Italy.

Flying over Paris, France, the pilots allowed the inventor to sit next to them as they explained the apparatus. Leonardo still excited over his return, saw a red knob. As a painter, he remembered that red was symbolic, royal, encompassing of beauty and intrigue, measuring the spectrum. Red was a rose he surmised and pushed it down expecting some sort of musical foot puppet.


da Vinci’s posture soon after he pressed the red button

The barraged of sirens and warning lights and Mr. Obama’s white look did not phase him as from the windscreen he could see a display of large fireworks igniting the sky in sequence, like a parade. The entire planet looked to celebrate his invention, the flying bird. “Wow, this is spectacular, my mother would be so proud”.

When da Vinci returned, God shook his hand and said, “You see what you have done with that stupid flying bird of yours, now go to your room, switch off your oil lamp and kneel, get your book buried under the tree in………………and begin to pray, “There is only one God but me”, God shouted. Then cried, ” Why Leonardo, do you have plans to conquer thee?”

The priceless Leonardo Da Vinci, sitting Signora Giocondo , holding his paint tools and rag in a cup, 1504

Why is it necessary for artists to incorporate Leonardo Da Vinci’ work in their paintings and scuptures? What does it imply? Are you mocking or comparing?


Jasper Johns’ sculpture, the light bulb and painter’s brushes, 2009


After Milan, so what… Oh sacred oracles of Truth

In this study, I had doubted feinining a work so famous, so interpreted and debated that I wondered could there be anymore added to its mystery. But yet, in this self portrait, I felt lost again as I had with the Michelangelo study to the point I could not see myself. And then, I felt, a (lady) short, plumply, fidgety and excitable to be in the presence of a (master) who she greatly admired. Although my portrait had aged her, this was a hearty character who through her (flirtation), commented on da Vinci’s wishy hands, his hooked nose and beautiful teeth. And during the sittings, they laughed, they gossiped…..

And in this moment, the intrigued over her smile may just have been her idiosyncrasies, her underlay of smirks which the painter captured so teasingly, so subtle, resonating her beauty, coy and tempting.


After Jasper Johns’ sculpture, The best forgery, light fixture on a block, 2009

My mother’s take on this.” Nice, a paper weigh, (complete silence) I really regret sending you to art school. you are so talented, why don’t you paint carnival instead?”

My aunt, ” Boy, if you remove and spoil meh bulb dat working since 1967, ah don’t know, I don’t know…Ah feeling sick, Lord give meh strength, she would then collapse on the couch.

In the words of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego

” Jasper Johns’ sculptural output informs understanding of his two-dimensional work, A life-size cast of a commonplace object, Light Bulb I is a rephrasing of Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades. ….the light bulb image became a recurring motif, appearing in various media throughout Johns’s career.

The smooth, industrial form of the bulb is juxtaposed with the hand-manipulated base in which it is nestled, creating a bridge between the gestural expression of Abstract Expressionism and the cool depictions of Pop Art. The underlying subject matter in Johns’s art is not the object represented, but the investigation of how we perceive, label, and categorize objects.”

After working on the sculpture, if this was cast I wondered, would that make all the different? Is the precess of casting that makes it a work of art? Hence, fakes against originals. All in the spirit of deception.

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