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(oil painting on cardboard, 16X20, 2008)
"Portrait of a Ukrainian woman in the Art Nouveau style"
Art Nouveau is one of my favorite art movements. Curvaceous, organic, and tastefully seductive it appeals to the romantic in me. I find the style's soft pastels combined with thick outlines both visually pleasing as well as mentally relaxing. Art Nouveau reminds me of Vivaldi's "Spring", wide-brim straw hats decorated with flowers, and first kisses. I especially love the portrayal of women in the Art Nouveau paintings. They all look like goddesses and that appeals to the woman in me...
The way some of my favorite artists, such as Klimt, Mucha and Toulouse-Lautrec glorified the female form makes me nostalgic for the times when men wrote love letters to the objects of their affection, got up whenever a woman left the table and didn't expect sex on a third date. I'd bet the men of the late 19th-early 20th centuries probably would not dream of burp ing or farting in the presence of their beloved either. Don't you sometimes feel that in a way the advancement of women's rights somehow made the men feel that it's alright to treat them like their male friends? There is a funny Russian Feminist saying that translates to: "I don't want to be treated equally, I want to be treated better than you (meaning: men)"
...and why not? Your woman is not your buddy. You have your buddies for that. She should be your goddess. Treat her as such*!
*Unless she is an appreciative stock-up you-know-how. In that case dump the you-know-who and find yourself a nice girl who'd appreciate your efforts. I promise she'll make it well-worth it.
"Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage."
"For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."