Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Children's Book Tattoos

Look at this Alice in Wonderland tattoo. Click photo to enlarge.
For many more wild tattoos taken from children's books go to Flavorwire.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Photo of the Day by Raleigh Powell (1973)

"Dolores River, Colorado-Utah 1973", photo by Raleigh Powell. Taken with a brownie.
(all rights reserved by Raleigh Powell)
Gotta love those Type #2 Transporters (VW buses) and girls' legs.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Picture of the Day: Cat with Crown by Ruth Farrall

Hanging in my kitchen: a wonderful print of an original scratchboard drawing of a cat with a crown by my dear friend, artist Ruth Farrall. Ruth, you are the best. This cat says it all. Look at those eyes.
Image Copyright Ruth Farrall 2004

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Painting: "Girl With A Fig Leaf Parasol" by Amy Crehore

Here are some details of my new painting.
Follow this link to see large view of painting.
(You can view the new painting large on the home page of my website, too)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Underneath the Woman is a Man

"Woman Ironing" by Picasso
The fact that Picasso started a portrait of a man and then switched his idea to "Woman Ironing" is no big deal. Painters do this all the time. I often sand down a head or face numerous times and make shifts in composition. If a painting takes months to work on, it may end up a whole different painting than I originally intended by the time I am done. The "process" of painting is fascinating- it keeps painters challenged and interested. We are allowed to change our minds and change our strokes. It looks like Picasso flipped his original sketch upside down and this may mean that he simply wanted to reuse the canvas and/or wasn't satisfied with his idea in the first place. Anyway, I'm glad Picasso decided to paint over it or we might have missed out on this masterpiece- "Woman Ironing"- which is currently on display at the Guggenheim in the exhibition "Picasso Black and White".
Go here> LINK (NYTimes) to reveal the painting underneath. Just scratch the image with your mouse! By the way, it is Picasso's birthday (born Oct. 25, 1881). He is definitely one of my favorite artists, warts and all. I have learned so much from looking at his art.
Stay tuned to this blog - I will reveal a new painting of mine very soon.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Giant Vases in Sargent Painting - Good Fun for Daughters

I always loved that John Singer Sargent painting because it has a hint of surrealism. You know, the one with the giant vases and young girls:  
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. The Boit family gave those giant Japanese vases to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (shown above). Apparently the girls used the vases to play games with as conservators found: coins, buttons, feathers, badminton shuttlecocks, tennis balls, chocolate wrappers inside the vases (see B&W photo above). Book about this painting available on the museum website: LINK