trout, vermeer, van eyck, moi and /t (mute monday redux)

me and trout in the "virgin" bedroom.

Yesterday, during the mute monday meme which was "all about me" i posted a series of self portraits. what remains is the best of the lot. /t, the code poet said this mirror image reminded him of a Vermeer painting, particularly this one below: the "Music Lesson".
but when i read /t's comment, i totally went to the Van Eyck painting below; the "Arnolfini Wedding". this painting flashed up in my mind because of the mirror and the chandelier. moi at "bite the apple" caught what i meant! now that i examine the Van Eyck, i see many similarities between the two!
what is reflected in the mirror? the painter of course. and in the mirror's frame, are 10 scenes from the life of Christ. interesting that a dog is included in the Van Eyck as a symbol of fidelity. i like to use dogs as a metaphor for God since they share the same letters. In Dog We Trust.

about that painting reflected in the mirror in the virgin bedroom photo; it is the "creator's handmaiden", a portrait of beloved Eva the wonder lab. the title is a nesting doll of meaning, the dog my handmaiden, and me, the Creators. when you read that Man is created in God's image, i think of creativity, not physical attributes. i truly believe that creativity will be our salvation and is our highest calling. and that applies to all endeavors from the arts to raising children to gardening to governance.

soon i will immortalize trout in a painting but she is still young and i dont have her "icon" image yet. as for the self portrait i was working on, it's horrible. i will have to start again. posting this painting of mine on the same page as a Vermeer and a Van Eyck is all the ego check i will need for today. grrrherhahahahahahaha

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Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Ha ha ha ha, ha ha-a, ha ha!

Second verse,
Na na na na, na na-a, na na...

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya ya ya ya, ya ya-a ya ya!

the virgin room image
is like a scene from a hitchcock movie (the best) -- i mean, like a set, something he would have shot with the image in the mirror in the room in the photo... awesome!

nice me meme, ma'am :)

¤ ¤ ¤


9:07 AM  
Blogger iamnot said...

I'm confused...
Pictures in order.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

LOL! Love it! You're so pretty, great MM! :D

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Troll said...

I've got to start beating Dali guy to this blog. Third time he's stolen my thought! That photo is wonderfully composed.

Happy Mute Monday, Cutie!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha, ha ha-a, ha ha!

16 minutes, troll :)

ok, so you might have said,
the virgin room image is reminiscent of a vermeer in its formality, use of a mirror, and that chandelier


9:33 AM  
Blogger Mayden' s Voyage said...

Oh- there's a girl I love!
I'm so out of the loop for Mute Monday...I might have to work on it later today-
but jeesh...I'm an open book anyway~ (hey, that's a good way to describe myself! lol!)

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! You and the virgin bedroom...oh, and trout! Happy MM!

10:10 AM  
Blogger she said...

aunty: dont gloat. what is it? like 76 and perfect where you are. dont answer, i already know. grrrrrr!

/t: thank you!! its my favorite too. i am doing a painted self portrait but wont finish it im time so...this was the fall back post. im glad you liked it.

iamnot: mr she would say that the way you put it sums me up perfectly. grrrrrrrherhahaha

raven: youre too kind. but what pray tell is behind that goat mask? maybe a real goat!! happy MM!

troll: thanks. you wouldve liked the painting better. i will post it as the next of the 10 days of painting. its like a saint card. perfect, right?

/t: without the pregnancy and the sky high forehead! grrherhahaha

mayden! good to see your smiling face out and about. love to you grrrrrrrrrrrrl. youd have to do something OTHER than photos of yourself. maybe some food or crafty ....no i shouldnt suggest.

10:11 AM  
Blogger boneman said...

ok ok...you missed the memo
(what memo?)

when y'wander over to grabbing the bull, up at the top right y'all see "when the tv's broken"
and if y'go on in, you'll see:
A dog babysitting a kid
a robot babysitting a dog
and, if I get over there fast enough, a red state update.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Kiki said...

oh how purty you are!! Happy MM!

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Troll said...

Great and fitting, indeed. If I like the painting a lot, and I probably will, I'll nominate you as PATRON SAINT OF TROLLS.

Shockingly, trolls don't currently have a designated saint.

10:49 AM  
Blogger having my cake said...

Why are you wearing a goat mask? Capricorn perhaps?

10:52 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

She-pup, heh--youse knowin' it ain't the weather.....

11:03 AM  
Blogger Anonymous Boxer said...

Well, I know who's under those Foster Grants, so I'm looking at that cowboy hat!! Moi is gonna love it.

I'm glad to see Trout and the Chandelier and..... any day your blog can be all about photos of YOU... is a very good day.

(I think of you as a Pixie)

11:04 AM  
Blogger Edith said...

That's awesome! Love the mask! Love the Bracelet, very pretty. Love trout as always. Every time I see another dog, I'm like "My aunt has the cooolest dog ever." How are the chickens? Still enjoying PB? The coat is super super cute. Oh and that bed is the most comfortable bed ever. I was trying to figure out how to steal it on the plain.

11:19 AM  
Blogger moi said...

AB's right about the cowboy hat. Luv it. You and Ms Seattle definitely proved yourselves Cowgirl Homies today!

Also luv the Trout photo. But is it the virgin bedroom or the Virgin bedroom? The photo reminds me for some reason of van Eyck's "Arnolfini Marriage." Only Trout don't need no husband.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Vixen said...

Great images. Love the unique take on it. HappyMonday :)

12:25 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

You are beautiful inside and out.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Java Junkie said...

Great as usual! Love the mirror pic! Happy MM!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she and moi
i think i get it now...

pregnancy?!?... per the jan van eyck work (good catch moi) with formal arrangement, check, mirror, check (arguably one of the most famous 'mirror' images ever), and that beautiful chandelier, check -- this painting is a masterpiece!

i was thinking more of vermeer's tightly composed (tho beautiful) domestic interiors, specifically, the music lesson where a mirror plays a crucial role to 'identify' the girl whose back is to the viewer, and art of painting with the chandelier above all

ok... sorry... we return you now to your regularly scheduled blogging :)

¤ ¤ ¤ to she & moi


2:51 PM  
Blogger VE said...

Is that a Billy Goat mask or a Nanny Goat mask?

3:05 PM  
Blogger Gypsy said...

You skilfully managed to hide the most important part of your face....your eyes....but you can't hide your gorgeousness no matter how hard you try.

Trout is so adorable and that bedroom appeals to my romantic VIRGIN heart.

Wonderful MM She and can't wait to see the self portrait painting. It's not going to be a goat or something is it because I'd love to see the real you.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

All that talent and hot to boot!! The dog is looks so friendly, what a cutie!!

So long and thanks for the fish!!

6:36 PM  
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8:43 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Boxer said...

"when you read that Man is created in God's image, i think of creativity, not physical attributes. i truly believe that creativity will be our salvation and is our highest calling. and that applies to all endeavors from the arts to raising children to gardening to governance."

You have given me more this morning than you probably realize.

7:19 AM  
Blogger NYD said...

I find that I come by and I read your post and look at what you say and paint and show me then when I get to the point where I have something to say there is a whole line of folks who have been here and already said it.

Well, here's this. This place makes me happy. I love the colors and the industry. I like the visitors and their comments.
That guy with the moustache is pretty cool too.

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Troll said...

" when you read that Man is created in God's image, i think of creativity, not physical attributes. i truly believe that creativity will be our salvation and is our highest calling. and that applies to all endeavors from the arts to raising children to gardening to governance."

Whoa dude. That's deep!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i liked your
original post, too!

and, thank you, mrs torrance :)

can see what you're seeing in the van eyck, though it's more an abstract connection, i think -- more conceptual and symbolic than visual

i still say the virgin room looks more like the vermeer than the van eyck, both compositionally (almost identical) and color palette(!)

but whichever way we choose to view it, your virgin room is a beautiful image -- a classic!

¤ ¤ ¤


12:28 PM  
Blogger Mayden' s Voyage said...

Deep, deep, deep...as the ocean, or even better- the expanding universe.
This is the very thing that's so wonderful about you- I feel like there's a whole universe of stuff inside your tiny person- behind those eyes you hide so well. From your message about creativity (dead on, and mind opening) to the images you showed us... Anon Boxer was right- you've given us more to think about here than I can digest in a week!
Kudos to you! :)

3:29 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Did you ever notice that most of the men in Vermeer paintings are lewdly looking at the women? Love him, and love this post.

Can I doggysit Trout sometime???

3:47 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Funny. I always notice mirrors in real life, but missed it in the painting. I can see why /t was drawn to the first painting, because the colors and the tone are reminiscent.

I like your dog metaphor. Kinda gives the phrase 'in the doghouse' a whole new meaning, doesn't it?

3:50 PM  
Blogger she said...

to all:

/t's right of course. the vermeer is dead on the same composition...the piano=bed; the table with a rug over it=trout;the mirror=the mirror; the woman=the poster.

nicely done /t!

xdell: i like that! the doghouse.

thursday: no i didnt!! grrrerhahaha i'll have to look into this. good to see you out and about!

4:53 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

Wow. Well, as for finding a picture from history that resembles this?
Two sort'a come to mind.
One, I think is called Grande Odilesque (sp?) not for the nude, but rather, for the dog on the bed with her.
The second more because of the girl up front. She's covering her face (sound familiar?) and there's a dog in the background... It's called "No Swimming" by Norman Rockwell.
Since she isn't nude, I'll go with that.
And, as there are TWO "No Swimming" pictures by Rockwell, I posted the one I'm talking about at the bottom of my new post.

I forgot why the other reason was to come over... I think I already told you the cute dogs are in "broken tv, on the top of the sidebar....
Well, I'll remember in a moment....

5:00 PM  
Blogger she said...

mayden: oh youre TOO kind.... please, go on ..grrrerhahaha good to see your smiling face making the blogscene again. thanks for the lovely comment grrrrrl

troll: but i couldnt make it to 19 on the quiz!

nyd: he sure is. your observation is right on, the comments make the post, as does the fellowship of the (blog) ring. thank you for your kind remark about this space!

anonymous boxer: i think almost everyone has a desire to "make" something that is of the maker that when it is made, the maker looks at it and sees what she is.

5:03 PM  
Blogger she said...

hey boney i'll be over soon! im watching american idol so i can rip on the show tomorrow.

5:05 PM  
Blogger she said...

PhoKid: your comment makes me want to spring out of water and do a back flip! grrrherhahahaha

gypsy: you can't show your eyes on the internet! grrrerhjahaha its my, you know, schtick. grrrherhahaha i wanted to dress up like a typical white person but i didnt have all the props. but a had some. grrrherherhahaha good to see you

ve: its luella the miracle halloween goatress

5:08 PM  
Blogger she said...

java: thanks for stopping by happy MM

thursday: like you then

vixen: good to see you! happy MM!

moi: thats my favorite hat my charley horse straw.

edith: you sweet girl. yes trout is the greatest..im collecting footage for a trout short feature. you in??? of course you know that room. youre welcome to it anytime sweet pea.

5:12 PM  
Blogger moi said...

Well, I'm glad to see my degree in Art History can, on occasion, be put to good use :o)

Seriously, though, to me, nothing is more interesting than looking at and talking about art.

As for dogs. Yes. The only creature other than our own kind which whom we have formed not only a working bond, but a truly companionable one as well.

7:13 AM  
Blogger dianne said...

In the painting, Jan van Eyck's 'The Betrothal', Giovanni Arnolfini's bride Jeanne de Chenary is actually not pregnant, her dress is very much the fashion of the upper class with many folds of material at the front which she is holding to display her high status.

I like the photo of your luxurious 'Virgin Bedroom', it looks very inviting.

3:50 AM  
Blogger foam said...

beautiful photograph..
beautiful post..
i'm glad i didn't miss it..

5:31 PM  
Blogger puerileuwaite said...

Honestly, what is the deal with the "Arnolfini Wedding"?

The bride is obviously pregnant, and the groom is totally ripping off Jamiroquai.

5:29 AM  
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