Yvette's ~*

Life is a Great Adventure !! ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~*
I greatly appreciate this valuable opportunity to tell you about
myself and my indoctrination into the wonderful World of
Painting ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
it is a pleasure to share with you the observation that Oil
Paintings are woven into the very fabric of human life ~*~*~*~*
the realms of possibility are infinite ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
our ambitions, our aspirations, our successes are eternally
honored through the agreeable, the pleasant, the living
medium of Oil Painting ~*~* We are connected to them ~*~*~*
to stand before an Oil Painting and marvel at the lines and
curves and contours and edges and textures and colors, well...
it's just an emotionally uplifting experience, especially when it
is a Portrait of a Human Being and especially when it is a
Portrait of a Human Being whom one knows personally ~*
that being said, I shall now attempt to illustrate a brief outline
of my history as a Painter and specifically as a Portrait Painter
I have often been asked whether I attended school for my art
education......perhaps the College of Visual Arts, Theater and
Dance @ Florida State University in Tallahassee, the capital of
Florida, or maybe the Maryland Institute College of Art in the
vicinity of the capital of the United States ~*
.........the honest truth is that I have not had the benefit of any
formal education in the Visual Arts at a contemporary art
institute, college or school ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
if the answer was yes, I know I would have gained a great deal
of advantage from such experience ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
my entrance into the wonderful world of Fine Arts, particularly
Drawing & Painting Portraits, came about in a rather unusual
manner, it seems ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
about six years ago I experienced an amazing Triad of
repeating dream patterns !! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
for three consecutive nights I was enraptured in the spell of
the most illuminating pageantry of beautiful dreams ~*~*~*~*
regal delightful dreams of rainbows and butterflies and
fireflies and lightening flashes and yellow canaries and
swallow song and sea waves and puffy pink flamingos and
soft white clouds passing aimlessly across a cerulean sky and
stars and spinning spiral galaxies and sunsets and sunrises
on worlds that seemed a world away and to and fro on this
nightly magic carpet ride ~*~* these brilliant, mystical dreams
always ended in the same way........the sound of a heart
pulsing in the midst of random patterns of colors swirling all
around me ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
on the morning after the third night of these enigmatic esoteric
journeys, I was sitting comfortably out back in my tile floored
Florida Room with the ceiling fan on a low setting when a
feeling of inspiration began to overwhelm me........something
like an instantaneous desperation hit me out of the proverbial
blue and I experienced a great compassion to do
something.........."do what?", I thought to myself.........this
uncertainty and confusion lasted for what now seems like 5 or
10 minutes.........I wanted to do something...........I strongly
desired to engage in some sort of activity but I had no idea
what said activity could possibly be ?? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
then, in a flash, it was clear to me..........I saw myself sitting
before an easel ( at that time I didn't even know what an easel
was nor did I know anything about paint or painting ) with a
palette in one hand and artist's brushes in the other slinging
every color imaginable upon a huge canvas !! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
imagine what a surprise this was to me !! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I knew nothing of art or drawing or painting....and I certainly
could not create a picture of someone.......a Portrait of a real
Human Face !! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
....I literally did not know that a charming recipe named Oil
Paint even existed ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
but it just so happened that there was an old aluminum easel
in an old shed out behind my house ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I didn't know what it was called, this tripod lookin' thing with
the little ledges to set a canvas upon, but I figured I knew what
it was used for ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I remember now that it had a little, green chalkboard sitting
upright on it ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
so I immediately ran down to the old shed, laid the chalkboard
aside, snatched up the little, lightweight aluminum easel,
brushing the dust and cobwebs off of it as I ran back to the
house, and I thoughtfully set it in the most appropriate looking
position in the most appropriate looking corner upon the cool
tile floor of my Florida Room ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
in a closet I found some water~based window paints(at the
time it was just "paint" to me), a few non~artist looking
brushes and a giant roll of art paper which had all been used
for creating background scenery for Fashion Shows @
Yvette's when Yvette's was located in DownTown Panama City
on Harrison Avenue ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Yvette's was Established in 1980 ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I took one of the large sides out of a big cardboard box in
which my new HP Personal Computer had recently arrived and
I rolled out a measure of the art paper over the cardboard
cut~out ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
next I stapled the art paper all around the edges to attach it to
the cardboard and, low and behold, I had my make~shift
canvas ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I had my very own, very first canvas on which to paint my very
first painting.........and I had no idea what was happening to
me or where this was leading, if to anywhere at all ??
on this page you can see the make~shift canvas I created that
day some 6 odd years ago......all this was thankfully
profoundly produced by three nights of exotic dreams !! ~*~*~*
"IT IS REAL !! ", is what I keep saying to myself because it all
seems so strange now that I look back on it ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
at the time everything was happening so fast that I didn't have
a moment to reflect, but in retrospect I think, "is this one of the
secrets of the Universe ?? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I made 4 of those make~shift canvas before I got my first real
cotton~duck canvas.........and by that time I had done enough
research and study upon the subjects of Drawing and Painting
that I had learned a tiny bit about Oils ~*
yes, indeed, on this very page you can see my 4 make~shift
canvases which are adorned with my very first attempts at
Painting ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
also here, is my first attempt at Painting a Portrait on a
"store~bought" canvas ~*
a Chief complete with feathered head~dress ~*
it is interesting to note that Oil Paint was an enigma to me ~*~*
a true conundrum and a seemingly insurmountable hurdle to
have to get over ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
I nearly wept when I opened my first tube ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
the first surprise was that it came in a tube ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
paint in a tube ?? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
who ever heard of such a thing ?? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
it squeezed out like toothpaste and I had no idea what to do
because, not having attended a contemporary art school, I
didn't even know that I could add medium to thin the Oil Paint
I didn't know I could add more Linseed Oil or even use
Turpentine or various other mediums to acquire the desired
consistency and flow for my pasty Oil Paint ~*
now that I think about that part of my Artistic Journey, it
seems the whole first year of trying to Paint was a
I nearly gave up time and time again because it just all seemed
so hopeless.........and to make matters worse, even though by
this time I knew about drawing, I didn't realize that, for me at
least, in order to be able to Paint, I was first going to have to
learn to draw..........
and as it turns out, that's the very first item on the list in
Leonardo's Treatise on Painting ~*
the Master teaches that the first thing the young Painter must
do is learn to draw........
young in my case meaning young at Painting because the
recurring nightmares didn't happen until I was 33/34 years of
and speaking of the Master's Treatise, I didn't even know that
once I realized that I had apparently received some sort of
"Mystical Calling" to become a Painter and even a Portrait
Painter(which raises the bar considerably), I began searching
for a "how~to" manual for Painting............
I surmised that Famous Painters might well have left
instructions on how to Paint so I began searching libraries, art
galleries, bookstores and the Internet for any information I
could find on the subject.......
I thought perhaps Andy Warhol or Norman Rockwell or
Salvador Dali may have composed a guideline for Painting and
there may in fact be written instructions regarding drawing
and painting method & technique left to posterity by these
Famous Painters but I was never able to locate them in any
published form.........
I also searched for a "how to" manual for Painting authored by
the Old Masters,......Rembrandt, Raphael, Durer, Michael
Angelo, van Eyck & Peter Paul Rubens, to name a
few..........but, other than their Paintings themselves, even of
such as these I found no reference, no guide readily available
to me........out of all the Famous Painters and Great Old
Masters the one I had completely overlooked was the one who,
as it turns out, had provided me with exactly what I was
looking for.........
I regularly quote Leonardo Da Vinci on
Yvette's Site because it
is he, the one to whom some refer as the Old Master's Master,
who has provided the world with a map to Painting in his
Treatise on Painting ~*
I later discovered that the reason I had overlooked Leonardo is
because he has only a very few completed Paintings to his
credit..........and Leonardo even speaks to this when he states
in one of his Precepts for the Painter (number 363) :
*~ "  When the work is equal to the knowledge and judgment
of the painter, it is a bad sign; and when it surpasses the
judgment, it is still worse, as is the case with those who
wonder at having succeeded so well.  But when the judgment
surpasses the work, it is a perfectly good sign; and the young
painter who possesses that rare disposition, will, no doubt,
arrive at great perfection.  He will produce few works, but they
will be such as to fix the admiration of every beholder."~*
when I read this most profound insight presented to the world
by the Great Master, I realized that I had found exactly what I
was looking for ~*
Leonardo Da Vinci's Treatise on Painting was exactly the
instructional manual I needed........the Master's Treatise along
with detailed study of his Paintings, complete & incomplete,
as well as the vast style demonstrated in his nearly countless
sketches and drawings have all assisted me in developing my
own proficiency at Portraiture ~*
the Master stresses Universal Painting, which means all
Painting, not just Portraiture.......although Portraiture is my
favorite........yesterday a Bird Lover educated me as to the
importance of being able to accurately Paint Canaries,
Cockatoos & Macaws ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
thank you Barbie from Luxembourg for visiting with me @
Yvette's and enlightening me with this helpful knowledge ~*
.......so, I still have much to learn and a long way to travel in
my Artistic Journey, but with Leonardo as well as all of you as
my Teachers and with the wonderful support and
encouragement which you all so graciously provide, I know I
shall continue to achieve success.........and I know I shall
continue to improve..........thanks to all of you for giving me
this most cherished opportunity to Draw & Paint & Create Art
For You !! ~*
very sincerely Yours & Best regards,
Sean Terrence Best
all the tropical fishes in all the tropical seas of the world and
the majestic polar ices with their arctic casts of shining
auroras abound from here to all eternia and beyond in the
lively parade of promenade adorned in natural royal regalia
gifting us with essential elements of earthen delight !! ~*~*~*~*
~*~*~*~*~*~*  sharing happiness with others is a temporal and
~*~*~*~*   ethereal pleasure, the wellspring of prosperity ~*
Yvette's ~*
First make~shift canvas ~*
Second make~shift canvas ~*
First "store~bought" canvas ~*
Third make~shift canvas ~*
Fourth make~shift canvas ~*
World Famous Artist !! ~*
Sean Terrence Best !! ~*
Born ~ April 24, 1969 !! ~*
Panama City, Florida !! ~*
Zodiac Sign ~ Taurus !! ~*
Ruling Planet ~ Venus !! ~*
Element ~ Earth !! ~*
Birth Gem ~
Emerald !! ~*
StarDate ~* ~* *~V8~* ~* ~* ~* ~*
Saturday November 21 2009 ~*
*~ the irises of a Painter ~* *~V8~*
Sleuthing the Mysteries of
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Corks'NCanvases Art Auction,
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Portrait of Marilyn Monroe,
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A Glimpse Inside the Painter's Studio, click here ~*
Compliments on Yvette's Site !!
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this must be from
about second grade ~*
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I'm one year of age in this photograph ~*
it appears that my kindergarten teacher
had assessed me accurately ~* ~* ~* ~* ~*
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Leonardo Da Vinci~*
Precept #364~ On the Judgement of Painters ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~*
When the judgement surpasses the work, it is a perfectly
good sign; and the young Painter who possesses that rare
disposition will arrive at great perfection.  He will produce
many works and they will be such as to fix the admiration of
every beholder *~ V8~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~* ~*
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