Lana Sutton #3: Holy Terror

Edward G. Nilges, “Line Study for a Portrait of Lana Sutton”, Pencil and pen on A4 paper, 3 October 2010


Edward G. Nilges, “Chiaroscuro Study for a Portrait of Lana Sutton: Holy Terror”, Pencil and pen on A4 paper, 3 October 2010

Edward G. Nilges, “Color Study for a Portrait of Lana Sutton: Holy Terror, Mister Corrupt Politician!”, Pencil and pen on A4 paper with Gimp color, 3 October 2010

Drawings all based on Native Son’s photographs.

The phrase “holy terror”. Of course, terror and the holy once were linked, as on mountain tops

I live on top a drowned mountain. The South China Sea was land during the most recent Ice Age, perhaps a vast temperate plain, covered with game being chased by people of the Age of Gold.

Although I got the canvas, I decided the hands and the relationships of the arms needed work for they were lobster claws.

A moonlit theme emerged in the Chiaroscuro but she ain’t no lady on an Art Deco vase. Therefore the republican colors (small r republican, thing of the people res publica) emerged in the Gimp color study making her a Marianne in Delacroix or a Liberty Gal emblazoned on the Guidon of a Tennessee Regiment. I will be silent on whether that would be a Union regiment.

American sculptors and painters of the Civil War and Gilded Age had to study in Europe (Yourup). When they came back to America, they probably were pleasantly surprised, first by the tall New York gals and then by the Western women who got the vote in states way before the 19th amendment.

For the women had the bodies of the Greek statuary they copied in the Louvre, had not yet been stunted by hunger. ‘Course, they never were, quite the opposite…McDonald’s and the constant Feed.

Caution, next image is not child or work safe.

Charles William Mitchell was one such. Here is his grand painting of the last moments of Hypatia of Alexandria, a philosophical female who saved manuscripts in that city’s great library when a mad bishop got a hair up his ass. His model obviously an American girl whose Mama probably had a fit even as my Irish grandmother was shocked by the “immoral” pictures and statues in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Holy terror is holy wisdom:
Fools will learn no other way,
Than the moment in the moon
When she doth come and she doth stay.

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