Rima Staines is one of my favorite artists -- for her work is just so beautiful and earthy, so full of rich color and quiet emotion. She has an eye for the late medieval and renaissance painters and her work feels old, mythic, and deeply rooted in story. She is also incredibly generous as an artist -- allowing us into The Hermitage to follow the process of her work as the images emerge, layer by layer. She has recently posted a terrific series of photos and description of the creation of two new pieces "Les Amaz," -- the lovers featured in a medieval tale, "The Story of Lanval" (which has also been filmed and you can read more about it on Terri Windling's The Drawing Board.) I am, as I always am of Rima's work, in awe of these paintings -- the detail in the folds of the cloth, the gold leaf, the melancholy faces, the crimson and black dresses -- gorgeous.