Great Art Picks Up Where Nature Ends Who: Isabelle & OTA What: Painting When: Mid-Afternoon Where: Japanese Gardens on Campus Rating: G Status: Complete
Marc Chagall was perhaps one of Isabelle Russo's favorite artists. This feeling was helped by the fact that she had actually met the man once before he died. She had been born before him, and followed his career from the time she had first seen one of his paintings in France, and although he had lived to nearly 100 years of age, she had been deeply saddened when he passed away. She probably had every book ever written about him on the shelf in her office or on a shelf at her house. She felt a deep connection to him and his work and had miraculously procured the original of her favorite work by him, The Birthday. It was hanging in her home and she looked at it at least twice a day.
Chagall used bright colors in his work, even if the work was supposed to be depicting night, it was a vibrant blue that he used in the sky. And he had loved nature. As such, Isabelle had taken after his style of painting and was currently sitting in the Japanese Garden on Alden's campus. She had an easel set up with a fresh white canvas resting on it. She had a portable table that she had her paints and palette set up on. Her line of sight was trained on the pond and the koi swimming lazily through the algae green waters. There was a stone figure near the pond and a long legged crane standing near a bridge that crossed over the pond.
Her green eyes squinted as she tried to crop the scene into something appropriate for the canvas. She held up her fingers, manipulating them into a rectangle and moving them all over until she found a good crop. Satisfied, she lowered her hands and turned to wet her brush in the paint thinner. She covered the canvas with a thin layer of a light green paint and waited for it to dry in the summer sun. While she waited she began to mix colors, all vibrantly hued, even more than what was naturally occurring in the scene before her.