Perhaps My Favorite Christmas Song

Above: Simone Martini’s famous Annunciation from the Uffizi in Florence, Italy. Not my favorite annunciation image, but one of the most iconic.

Below: Sting’s Gabriel’s Message, a 1987 track from the charity album A Very Special Christmas. It’s definitely top three for me as Christmas tunes go… enjoy it.

Inspiration – Hanneline Røgeberg

Hanneline Røgeberg is a great Norwegian-born painter who teaches at Rutgers. I’ve admired her work for many years, cited it in my graduate thesis for Indiana University, and poured over it in writings and classroom discussions.

Alloy, oil on canvas, 48 x 49 inches.

She really is quite a treasure. I appreciate her serious commitment to painting as a form, her philosophical engagement with that form, and her deep willingness to pursue material and application over the image as such. Below are some links that can introduce her work and words to you:

Form and Story: Narrative in Recent Painting discussion at MW Capacity (guest post text by yours truly)

Hanneline Røgeberg talk at Boston University (this talk is fantastic and I encourage you to watch it a number of times – so full!)

Her personal website

Balzac I, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches

Check her out, and seek out more for yourself!