Amedeo Modigliani or "Modi" as he was known by his friends in the day was the artist of choice for the journal chosen by Lisa Priti. I learned a lot about his artist while studying his paintings and his particular style.
His paintings were odd and quirky of perhaps normal folks with distorted faces. He also painted nudes.
Amedeo Modigliani led a party style life, drinking, drugs and often trading his paintings for his passions of choice. This type of life enabled him to keep his dying health a secret from the public, who would have shunned him if they had known that he was suffering from TB.
Modigliani was known to have a huge rival with Picasso and Amedeo died 50 years prior to Picasso's death at the very young age of 35. I found it so interesting that on Picasso's death bed before he died, he whispered the name "Amedeo".
Now for my pages... oh my, I thought they would be so easy. because his work seemed to have such a simplistic feel to it and the faces are so distorted. "WRONG". I actually struggled more with this artist than any so far. Several times, I started completely over and felt like a writer with writer's block. Twice I managed pages I loved and then completely ruined them as I began painting the faces. Again, it was, "Can I get this in the trash can from here in one shot".
AMEDEO means "Loved by GOD"
Lisa loves quotes, I had to add quotes by Modigliani
On the right, the wording doesn't show good here, much better in person.
"We have a secret Modigliani and me, and no one knows it but the Sweet Cherry Tree"
I am not a person to give up, but clearly, this artist was a big challenge for me and I am one who loves a challenge. Next on my bucket list is conquering the technique of painting faces. One of the very things that I truly admire about Lisa Priti's work, she does faces so well.
Amedeo Modigliana's work was inspiring to me and it does not surprise me that Priti Lisa chose this artist.
Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to work in your journal again and for inspiring me to LEAP!