Sunday, August 14, 2016

Painting The Cafe Terrace at Night by k Madison Moore Inspired by van Gogh

Painting The Cafe Terrace at Night
 by Vincent van Gogh

When exhibited for the first time, in 1891, 
the painting was entitled Coffeehouse, in the evening 
(Café, le soir).

This is the  third composition for my
The in Love with van Gogh Project
Hopefully there will be 12 paintings for this project…maybe more!

16” x 20” x 2” van Gogh Inspired Oil Painting on Canvas

A copy of this history is included with the painting.

On it's way to Australia

I love Cafe Terrace at Night by van Gogh I have used it before  in 
compositions. This is some interesting history and photos about his 
painting. I added the Starry Night as the sky. Vincent just had stars but I 
thought combining the two paintings would be great. Actually this is a combination of three van Gogh paintings. Below you will see a photo of
the only full body painting of van Gogh.

Here’s the story:

A British couple may have unearthed a long-lost portrait of Vincent Van Gogh after buying it off the internet for just £1,500.
The pastel drawing is believed to be the only full-length portrait of the genius artist in existence and could be worth millions if authenticated.
It is thought to have been painted by a female artist who lived next door to him during his time in Paris.
The picture was simply described on an auction website as 'portrait of a man', but after extensive research, Michael and Mandy Cruickshank believe the work - painted in the 1880s - is of the legendary Dutch impressionist.The painting was found in Versailles where it was last seen in public in 1892.
The couple, from Louth in Lincolnshire, became suspicious by the artist's crumpled hat, similar to one he sketched, and they believed it is the artist in the prime of his artistic career.

In this composition I have Vincent sitting in his painting The Cafe 
Terrace at Night, after finishing his painting The Cafe Terrace at Night…and not  confined to his asylum room where this painting originated.
He is relaxing and having some nice red wine. I wonder, who was he having wine with?

Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, is a colored oil painting created by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France, mid-September 1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the artist in three letters. Here is a large pen drawing of the composition which originates from the artist's estate.

Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh

Visitors of the site can still stand at the northeastern corner of the Place du Forum, where the artist set up his easel. He looked south towards the artificially lit terrace of the popular coffee house, as well as into the enforced darkness of the rue du Palais leading up to the building structure and the the tower of a former church . Towards the right, Van Gogh indicated a lighted shop as well, and some branches of the trees surrounding the place.

After finishing Café Terrace at Night, Van Gogh wrote a letter to his sister expressing his enthusiasm:

I was only interrupted by my work on a new painting representing the exterior of a night café. On the terrace there are small figures of people drinking. An immense yellow lantern illuminates the terrace, the facade, the side walk and even casts light on the paving stones of the road which take a pinkish violet tone. The gables of the houses, like a fading road below a blue sky studded with stars, are dark blue or violet with a green tree. Here you have a night painting without black, with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green and in this surrounding the illuminated area colours itself sulfur pale yellow and citron green. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. Normally, one draws and paints the painting during the daytime after the sketch. But I like to paint the thing immediately. It is true that in the darkness I can take a blue for a green, a blue lilac for a pink lilac, since it is hard to distinguish the quality of the tone. But it is the only way to get away from our conventional night with poor pale whitish light, while even a simple candle already provides us with the richest of yellows and oranges.

This is the first painting in which he used starry backgrounds; he went on to paint star-filled skies in Starry Night Over The Rhone(painted the same month), and the better known The Starry Night a year later. 

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night  -  Painted in June 1889  depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint- Remy-de- Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.

The Starry Night is the only nocturne in the series of views from his bedroom window. In early June, Vincent wrote to Theo, "This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big" 

Researchers have determined that  Venus was indeed visible at dawn in Provence on the Sprint of 1889 and at that time was near its brightest possible. So the brightest "star" in the painting, just to the viewer's right of the cypress tree, is actually Venus.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cocktails After Six Oil Painting on canvas by k Madison Moore

Cocktails After Six

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20" x 32" x 2"
Formal / Cocktail Lounge Oil Painting on canvas

Thanks again Ralph and Caryn for another great project
and adding to the After Six Series. This was such fun to paint.

Original paintings make great gifts for the holidays.
Contact me with your commission ideas.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Chef Maxwell by k Madison Moore - Cats in Clothes Portraits

Chef Maxwell

16 x 16 x 2 Cats in Clothes Oil Painting on Canvas

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This is the second Chef Cat painting I have done.
They are just to cute. I will definitely be doing more.

Contact me about a theme for your pets in clothes.
Would make a great gift for the holidays.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Delectable Bottle of Perfume Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

A Delectable Bottle of Perfume
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14 x 18 Floral Interior Oil Painting on Canvas
Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
What better than flowers and perfume

Growing into womanhood can be difficult. There seemed to be a criteria for being a woman. You are expected to dress and act a certain way according to what age you may be. I say no matter what age you are it is always wonderful to have elegance, grace, class and  surround yourself with beautiful things but most of all……you  must always possess a delectable bottle of perfume.

“ A woman can be overdressed but never over Elegant” - Coco Chanel

(The dress has tiny beads of paint all over
to make the dress look beaded.)

Monet - Painter of Flowers
 11 x 14 oil on canvas

I think these look great together. Both in the pinks,
both florals. Maybe even a narrow gold frame...or not!
Nice for a quaint area or over a foyer table or nightstand.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Marilyn Monroe the Icon / Original Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

Marilyn Monroe the Icon

Marilyn oil painting on canvas

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This was a commission from my collectors husband as a surprise
anniversary gift. My collector is Marilyn crazy and has a great collection
of works of Marilyn including many of my prints. Hubby thought it would be
great for her to have two original Marilyn Monroe paintings so he ordered two
and gave her one for Mothers Day which was my Warhol’s Marilyn’s Exhibit that
I posted the other day and this one for their anniversary. She was so surprised!
I have included photos of her surprised expressions
! Love it!
Thanks so much Devon.

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress and model. Famous for playing dumb blonde characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols  of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a  top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962.She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monet Painter of Flowers by k Madison Moore

Monet - Painter of Flowers

Abstract Flowers Series

11 x 14 Abstract Flowers oil Painting on Canvas

I decided to do these flowers in a series of different sizes
so this one is a bit smaller. I like these so much that I did a few for my own 
walls. They are so much fun to figure out and I enjoy a challenge. I love the way
the smaller flowers are showing through the transparent petals of the larger
flowers. This is beautiful custom made pink that I had specially made since I
could not find any traditional pinks that I liked. 

Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property, and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Warhol's Marilyn Monroe Exhibit Oil Painting on Canvas by k Madison Moore

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe Exhibit

9” x 12”  Andy Warhol / Marilyn Monroe
Oil Painting on Canvas

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Andy Warhol was best known for mass-producing images of mass-produced objects. His work from the 1960s revolved around American Pop culture. He painted dollar bills, celebrities, brand name products and images from newspaper clippings- many of the latter were iconic images from headline stories of the decade. 

His subjects were instantly recognizable, and often had a mass appeal- this aspect interested him most and it unifies his paintings from this period. Warhol stated that when Marilyn Monroe died ', I got the idea to make screens of her beautiful face the first Marilyn’s for him, she symbolized the apex of the beauty that Hollywood glitz and glamour had to offer. She was a household name, and it is clear that, in her fame, Andy Warhol greatly admired and looked up to her.
Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe Exhibit ©kMadisonMoore 9” x 12” Andy Warhol / Marilyn Monroe Oil Painting on Canvas Sold Commission Portfolio Studio Website Emal Andy Warhol was best known for mass-producing images of mass-produced objects. His work from the 1960s revolved around American Pop culture. He painted dollar bills, celebrities, brand name products and images from newspaper clippings- many of the latter were iconic images from headline stories of the decade. His subjects were instantly recognizable, and often had a mass appeal- this aspect interested him most and it unifies his paintings from this period. Warhol stated that when Marilyn Monroe died ', I got the idea to make screens of her beautiful face the first Marilyn’s for him, she symbolized the apex of the beauty that Hollywood glitz and glamour had to offer. She was a household name, and it is clear that, in her fame, Andy Warhol greatly admired and looked up to her.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lovers Lane - Bella My Love Forever / Painting Inspired by Marc Chagall by k Madison Moore

Lovers Lane - Bella My Love Forever

Painting with The Masters Series

12 x 22 x 2 Marc Chagall Lovers Oil Painting on Canvas

I remember seeing Marc Chagall at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the 80’s. I fell  
in love right there. I kept feeling the urge to touch the paintings. They drew me in. The canvases  were huge, romantically lit and full of emotion and passion. I had a head set 
 on explaining each painting as we moved through the exhibit. I was overwhelmed with inspiration and had tears in my eyes at the end of the exhibit. That week, 
I saw the exhibit four times.

Marc’s love for Bella is a true love story and will surely be one of the best.  She was his muse and inspired him forever even after her death. This painting is all about Bella and Marc and portrays how they felt about each other.  Excerpts are my impressions of  
 Marc and Bella from his work as they float through Lovers Lane.

Marc Zakharovich Chagall  6 July 24 June] 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Russian French Artist- An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.

After he married Bella the lovers  sought each other, embraced, caressed, floated through the air, met in wreaths of flowers and loved each other for life.

Bella swiftly became Marc’s muse and continued to visit his canvases for the rest of his life. Famously,  he often depicted himself and Bella flying together, as if their shared joy had such physical force it countermanded the law of gravity itself. 

The Blue Sky in this painting represents the color of Mar’s eyes:

Bella’s influence never went away – it permeated everything he did even 20 years after her death. In her memoirs, Bella wrote of their first meeting: “I was surprised at his eyes, they were so blue as the sky … I’m lowering my eyes. Nobody is saying anything. We both feel our hearts beating.”

Until her death, Bella appeared in some of his most famous works, including “Bella with White Collar,” 1917 which is in the back ground of this painting nearest to the blue sky.
Though Chagall remarried in 1952, his second wife, Valentina Brodsky, rarely appeared in his work, and Bella continued to act as his “Inspirer”—his lifelong muse.

This is a beautiful video of Marc and Bella

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Dreaming Diego - Frida Kahlo - Happy Birthday 2016 by k Madison Moore

Dreaming Diego - Frida Kahlo
Happy Birthday 2016

14” x 18” Frida Kahlo Oil Painting on Canvas

Forever Frida Series

I was hoping to have more Frida paintings in this series by now but
I have so many series to keep up with and commissions. However,
I could not miss her birthday and will do a painting as a homage 
to her hopefully every birthday. 


This is one that I have had planned for awhile. It is a take off of one of Frida’s self portraits. I always loved the  Mexican traditional Tehuana costume but I have changed the colors and design a bit to what appeals to me. In her original painting below she painted Diego in the middle of her forehead. I never liked that so I chose to have er Dreaming about Diego and a small visual of how she is seeing him in her mind. This is my impression of Frida’s self portrait.

Frida Kahlo de River July 6, 1907 - 1954 born
Magalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo Calderon, was a Mexican painter / artist
known for her self portraits.

Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home, which is known as "La Casa Azul," the Blue House.  Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form. 

 Mexican culture and tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as native art or folk art .Her work has also been described as surrealist 
but Frida her work reflected more of her reality than her dreams.

Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera.  She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which were caused by a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people, and this isolation influenced her works, many of which are self-portraits. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Frida painted this painting in August of 1940 when she and Diego Rivera divorced. She didn't finish this painting until the year of 1943. This painting is also know with two other names: "Diego in My Thoughts" and "Thinking of Diego". 

This painting expresses Frida's desire to possess Diego Rivera, who continues betraying her with his affairs with other woman. But she cannot stop thinking about him. She painted a miniature portrait of him on her brow which indicating the obsessive love she has for the famous Mexican artist. In this self-portrait she is wearing Mexican traditional Tehuana costume that Diego Rivera is obsessed for. On her head she was wearing leaves and the root resembles the pattern of spider's web. It might be her thoughts that she had Diego trapped in.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Sight of The Stars Makes Me Dream- The in Love with van Gogh Project by k Madison Moore

"The Sight of The Stars Makes Me Dream"
~van Gogh~

The  in Love with van Gogh Project

14" x 26" x 2" van Gogh Inspired Oil Painting on Canvas

I put and incredible amount of work and research to this composition.
It's amazing when you constantly read about the Masters yet there is 
always something more to learn.

A copy of this History is included with the painting



This is the second composition for my In Love with van Gogh Project. My intentions are to paint 12 paintings depicting different stages and events in van Gogh’s life. This painting is of a peaceful environment from my imagination for Vincent to look out at the Rhone River into his own painting, Starry Night Over The Rhone.

I can imagine him sitting  here alone in this yellow chair enjoying his wine and grapes, smoking his pipe, a few books by his side and dreaming in this starlit room.

Vincent said: “For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the starts makes me dream. “ Thus the title for this painting.

Starry Night depicts the view van Gogh had from his window during his hospitalization in the mental asylum in Arles in 1889. Such beauty in his mind while his presence was in such a terrible place. I was going to paint his room at the asylum but it is so sad, too sad for me, so I decided to paint a beautiful space for him and his beautiful work. A space where I would rather envision him.


Why I included The Piano

Beethoven, Berlioz and Wagner are composers mentioned in Vincent’s letters. van Gogh attended various Wagner concerts with his brother Theo, and was most impressed with his music.
van Gogh was convinced of the link between color and music. He even took piano lessons in order to better understand the gradation of color tones, and to harmonize them. In fact, harmony is the key word here.
van Gogh would often make comparisons with music in his letters: “This bloody mistral is a real nuisance for doing brushstrokes that hold together and intertwine well, with feeling, like a piece of music played with emotion.’ ~ van Gogh ~

My impression of a beautiful vase of Vincent’s Sunflowers from one of his paintings and a lit candle from another enhance the beauty of the piano adorned with branches from the  Blossoming Almond
Tree, one of Vincent van Gogh's best known paintings and is noteworthy in that both van Gogh and his closest family held the work in high regard. 

This painting is one of a few that van Gogh produced with a particular person in mind, his brother and sister-in-law's newborn baby. van Gogh was deeply moved when Theo and Johanna chose to name the child Vincent whom he always felt deep affection for. van Gogh painted Blossoming Almond Tree to honor his namesake and it remains a tour-de-force, both Vincent's fondness for his nephew as well as the Japanese art which he so greatly admired.

Blossoming Almond Tree by Vincent van Gogh

A couple other small snippets from Vincent’s work are a few of his books under that table and the little Kingfisher bird looking on somewhere here. Can you find him?

Only a couple of chalk drawings give us a clue, portraits of musicians performing. Here is an
original sketch of one.

Violinist  / Sketch by Vincent van Gogh

van Gogh’s Sunflowers

van Gogh began painting Sunflowers in late summer 1888 and continued into the following year. They were to decorate his friend Paul Gauguin’s bedroom upon is rival at Arles, The Studio in the South where Vincent had dreams of a studio for artists to paint together. He knew that these were the favorite flowers of Gauguin.  The paintings show sunflowers in all stages of life, from full bloom to withering. The paintings were considered innovative for their use of the yellow spectrum, partly because newly invented pigments made new colors possible.

This is part of a letter that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo prior to Gauguins arrival about his Sunflower Paintings.

To Theo van Gogh. Arles, Tuesday 21 or Wednesday 22 August 1888

I have 3 canvases on the go, 3 large flowers in a green vase, light background (no. 15 canvas), 2) 3 flowers, one flower that’s gone to seed and lost its petals and a bud on a royal blue background (no. 25 canvas), 3) twelve flowers and buds in a yellow vase (no. 30 canvas). So the last one is light on light, and will be the best, I hope. I’ll probably not stop there. In the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin,  I’d like to do a decoration for the studio. Nothing but large Sunflowers.

Next door to your shop, in the restaurant, as you know, there’s such a beautiful decoration of flowers there; I still remember the big sunflower in the window. Well, if I carry out this plan there’ll be a dozen or so panels. The whole thing will therefore be a symphony in blue and yellow. I work on it all these mornings, from sunrise. Because the flowers wilt quickly and it’s a matter of doing the whole thing in one go.


Initially, it seemed like a good idea for Paul Gauguin to paint with Vincent van Gogh (in October of 1888).  His working visit, however, lasted just two months. Things didn’t work out that way in the end.
The two artists had their worst quarrel on December 23. 1888. van Gogh subsequently mutilated his own ear. Gauguin departed for Paris after notifying Theo of Vincent’s condition  and the dream of the Studio in the South fell apart.

Vincent van Gogh is known as the tortured genius who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the breakdown of his friendship with his fellow artist Gauguin.

Original Sunflower Sketches by Vincent 
Isn't this great to have an actual example if van Gogh's thoughts
for paintings in his own handwriting?  Wow!

Starry Night Over The Rhone

Vincent van Gogh spent one year at the asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence. This year was probably the most difficult of his entire life. It would also prove to be one of his most creative as an artist. After cutting off part of his left ear in Arles, Van Gogh voluntarily confined himself to the institution in Saint-Rémy. Throughout the course of his year there Van Gogh would battle his own personal demons, but would also produce many of the best works of his career. Starry Night Over the Rhone

Starry Night Over the Rhone (September 1888) is one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of Arles at night time. It was painted at a spot on the bank of the Rhone River that was only a one or two-minute walk from the Yellow House on the Place Lamartine which Van Gogh was renting at the time for the studios. The night sky and the effects of light at night provided the subject for some of his more famous paintings, including Cafe Terrace at Night and the later canvas The Starry Night. 

Van Gogh also comments on the astrological aspects of his new artwork, pointing out his careful inclusion of the “Great Bear” constellation in the "starry sky" above.

Map of The Big Dipper / Great Bear

Vincent's sketch of Starry Night Over The Rhone  with the Big Dipper / Great Bear

Starry Night Over the Rhone by van Gogh

The view is from the quay (a waterside street) on the east side of the Rhone, into the knee of the river towards the western shore. Coming down from the north, the Rhone turns to the right at this point to surround the rocks on which Arles is built.

Van Gogh announced and described this composition in a letter to his brother Theo

Included a small sketch of a 30 square canvas - in short the starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet. The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground.


I have enhanced the colors mauve, pink green and purple  in my painting. I cannot really see this in any of the photos of his painting.


The challenge of painting at night intrigued Van Gogh. The vantage point he chose for Starry Night Over the Rhone allowed him to capture the reflections of the gas lighting  in Arles across the glimmering blue water of the Rhone.

In the foreground, two lovers stroll by the banks of the river.
Depicting color was of great importance to Van Gogh. In letters to his brother, Theo van Gogh he often described objects in his paintings in terms of color. His night paintings, including Starry Night Over the Rhone, emphasize the importance he placed on capturing the sparkling colors of the night sky and of the artificial lighting that was new to the era.

Sketch of Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh


"The Sight of the Stars Makes Me Dream"

Here is a beautiful slide show and song created just for Vincent.
I still cry every single time I hear it like now while I am writing this.

Vincent Van Gogh - Starry Starry Night with Don Mclean -

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