Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

My Favorite “Kiss!”

July 14, 2018

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I have long been a fan of the artist Gustav Klimpt, who was born on this date in 1862.  Happy Birthday Gustav!  Here is my favorite works by this artist.  The Kiss, painted between 1907-1908, is considered Klimpt’s most popular work and currently hangs in the  Österreichische Galerie Belvedere museum in the Belvedere palace, Vienna, Austria.

Another one of my favorite Klimpt paintings is The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I which was featured in the 2015 movie, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, which told the tale of how the painting, stolen by the Nazis in 1941, was eventually returned to the family after a lengthy court battle.

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Fire and Ice!

July 12, 2018

Fire and IceA couple of months ago, while attending the Oklahoma Library Association’s Annual Conference, I entered a raffle for a work of art . . . and won!  The title of this piece: “Fire and Ice” (from the House of Voodoo Series), the artist: Rudy Ellis, the medium: enhanced digital photography.  This was a rather large piece (24″ x 36″) that required some creative “shuffling” of paintings hanging in my bedroom.  Alas, the challenges of an art collector who is rapidly running out of wall space.  But, I always manage to find a way to get new acquisitions up on the wall (so far).  Rudy has been a professional artist for over 35 years from Ardmore, Oklahoma. His creative foci are in enhanced digital photography, photography, painting, illustration and design.   I always enjoy discovering new talent.  My apologies for the “flash” in the middle of the picture; I have not yet mastered the photographing of art behind glass — I either get a reflection off of the glass, or the flash.  Alas.

 

The Parking Lot View!

June 12, 2018

VineyardThe view from the parking lot of the winery (Boskydel Vineyards) has long been appreciated by visitors and artists alike.  Here is a rendition of the view by a local artist, Stephanie Schlatter, who painted an entire series titled “On the Michigan Wine Trail” in which she explored the relationship between art and wine.  In the artist’s own words, “from its lakes, both great and small, to its ever-changing landscapes, Michigan is truly a beautiful and inspiring place to call ‘home.’  I am particularly drawn to the lush areas of this state that have rolling hills, vibrant colors and rich soil where the vines live and grow.  As an artist I want to know these places — I need to know them.  I feel fortunate to live in close proximity to these unique locales, and to experience the beautiful medley of all four seasons.  I’ve gotten to know the people who live and farm Michigan’s bountiful wine regions.  I’ve listened to their stories, and explored their artistic processes from the ground to the vine, from the grape to the glass.

‘On the Michigan Wine Trail’ was inspired by these wine country explorations.  It’s more than just a series of paintings attempting to re-create it beautiful scenery.  It explores the essence of Michigan’s wine regions’ many seasonal faces.  It reveals the hearts of the people who live there, and what happens to them as they inhabit and grow attached to this enchanting place.  It captures the magic that I personally found there, which has, in turn, captured me.

My series, like their wine, tells of the people: their journeys, their art and the relationships they’ve built with the land.  The stories are all there on the canvas, like a bottle of wine, waiting for us to uncork it.”

Tulsa International Mayfest 2018!

May 19, 2018

MayfestHappy Saturday one and all!  The Tulsa International Mayfest began earlier this week (Thursday) and I sure hope you make time to attend (you still have today and tomorrow).  In its 45th year, Mayfest takes place in downtown Tulsa and is “a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers.”  In addition to awesome art, there are food vendors and more than 100 musicians performing on four separate stages/venues.  There are even fun activities for the whole family. So come on down to Mayfest this weekend and take in the arts!  At this event, I always fall in love with more paintings than I can afford to purchase, but such is the life of an avid art collector (who finds himself in a target-rich environment).

Harvest!

May 12, 2018

HarvestHere is the last of the new pieces that I purchased back in October 2017 at the annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Harvest,” is another abstract painting (acrylic) by Christopher Westfall.  The colors, the lines, the flow, the beautiful sunny day in October (even though it was a little warm) . . . all reminded me of my favorite time of year — autumn and the harvest season.

Eugene Delacroix!

April 26, 2018

Eugene_delacroixBorn on this date in 1798, Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix became the leader of the French Romantic School.  Delacroix was also a talented lithographer who had illustrated many of the works of William Shakespeare, Walter Scott, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  Delacroix’s most famous painting, Liberty Leading the People, is based upon the 1830 revolution against Charles X.   Delacroix was influenced by Theodore Gericault, Francisco Goya, Michelangelo, Peter Paul Rubens, and Diego Velazquez, and maintained friendships with Theophile Gautier, Dante Alighieri, Lord Byron, William Shakespeare, and Adolphe Thiers.  Delacroix, in turn, had an influence on the following artists: Paul Cézanne, Gustav Courbet, Odilon Redon, Édouard Manet, and Pablo Picasso.  Some pretty fine company to associate with if you ask me.

Bouquet!

April 12, 2018

BouquetHere is yet another  piece that was recently added to my collection (back in October 2017).  I had attended the Annual “Art in the Square” event at Utica Square in Tulsa.  This piece, entitled “Bouquet,” is by Julie Miller and I bought it without hesitation (along with several other pieces that day).  I have another one of Julie’s oil paintings already hanging in my apartment (a landscape scene of the California coast with eucalyptus trees).  The colors and the lines of this piece caught my eye immediately and I can’t wait to get it framed and on the wall.  Julie is experimenting with a new style, and I like it.  I’m amassing quite the number of “unframed” paintings and I will at some point in time have to make it a priority to get them framed so that they too can grace what little wall space I have left (yes, there still is some available wall space — but it is shrinking all the time).

A Path Less Taken!

March 11, 2018

Path Less TakenHere is the second glass mosaic that I’ve been able to acquire (with a few natural stones thrown in for good measure).  I acquired this piece at the annual “Art in the Square” at Utica Square in Tulsa last October.  Positively beautiful!  This one is entitled “A Path Less Taken,” by Cindy Swanson.  My first mosaic was acquired Labor Day weekend during a short visit to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Ah, so many talented artists, so little wall space (but I never use this as an excuse to keep me from purchasing those items that truly tug at my heart).

Forest in Black and White!

March 4, 2018

SmithSome would call it serendipity, others, just being in the right place at the right time.  Such was my luck during the fall of of 2017 when I happened to be taking a stroll through the halls of the College of Liberal Arts faculty offices (the Languages and Literature department).  I was having a discussion with one faculty member only to discover that another faculty member was an accomplished artist who just happened to be in his office at the time.  A conversation ensued as I was admiring the many of his original paintings that he had adorning the walls of his office.  I left his office thinking that he was an artist worth watching and I immediately added him to my “try to collect from” list.   Imagine my surprise to have a visit from this professor several weeks later bearing this painting as a gift (thank you Ben).  Apparently I ooh-ed and aah-ed over his painting just enough that this professor decided to paint me an original painting very similar to the one that I had enjoyed.    What a great way to start 2018!  The artist: Dr. Benjamin Smith; the title: “The Woods”; the medium: original acrylic painting.  And, it has a very small “footprint” in that it is only 4″ wide by 12″ tall (unframed) which will facilitate its entry into my available wall space (even after it is framed, unless I get really wild in how it ultimately gets framed).   Collecting art continues to bring me a tremendous amount of joy!

A Fine Impression[ist]!

February 25, 2018

Pierre_Auguste_Renoir,_uncropped_imageHappy Sunday!  Today marks the birthday of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (in 1841), a French painter and one of the leading artists in the development of the impressionism movement.

“He is best known for his paintings of bustling Parisian modernity and leisure in the last three decades of the nineteenth century.”  (Courtesy of The Art Story)

Renoir worked from 1862-1919 (and created more than 1,900 paintings) and was influenced by Raphael, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix, and Gustave Courbet.  Renoir in turn had an influence on such notable artists as Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

Photo source: By Unknown, Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt – Réunion des musées nationaux, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28642446