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It probably goes without saying that I'm very influenced by films. I watch them all the time even when I'm painting and perhaps that's not such a good thing, but it can get a little lonely in my tiny little studio so it helps to have distractions. In particular, I'm always looking at older films to get ideas for clothing, interiors, props and even the general mood for a painting and it's a good thing that John (my husband) has some sort of mental disorder and feels the need to have at least 3000 films neatly stacked away in our little film library that I can consult when necessary. Of course, I get in trouble whenever I don't put one back properly which results in a dull lecture on the proper handling of his dvd's in which I tune out as soon as he starts.
One of my upcoming paintings entitled 'The Quiet Country Life' I'm fairly certain owes a debt to Nicole Kidman's look in Cold Mountain. It wasn't deliberate, in fact, I haven't even watched the film in some time, but I always loved how in that film she seems to become more beautiful as she grows more and more independent.
I also recently watched 'I Am Love' staring Tilda Swinton which is visually stunning and no doubt will surface in some form in an upcoming painting. I guess that's one good thing about winter. Hibernation = films and lots of wine.
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