Saturday, June 28, 2014

Waltz by The Light of The Moon by k Madison Moore

Waltz by The Light of The Moon

Dance Series

14 x 18 Dance Oil Painting on Canvas


I always loved the elegance and the flow of the waltz.
The first time I ever danced the waltz was at one of my 
cousins weddings. My very sweet Uncle Ed that I always
adored approached me, grabbed my hand and very quickly
 shuffled me to the dance floor and said, "Waltz with me"
I said, " I don't know how!" He said, "You will in a minute.
Let's go." He was right. It took only a minute and we
 were soon gliding around the entire dance floor. He was
so beautiful on his feet. I thank you Uncle Ed and miss you.
This is when I fell in love with The Waltz

Walt by The Light of The Moon

Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. Graceful and elegant, Waltz dancers glide around the floor almost effortlessly. The American style is punctuated with lavish open movements, underarm turns, and solo spins. 
The Waltz is the oldest of the ballroom dances dating from the middle of the Eighteenth Century. The German "Lander", a folk dance, is supposed to be the forerunner of the Waltz.
It is not known exactly when The Waltz was introduced to the United States. It was probably brought to New York and Philadelphia at about the same time, and by the middle of the Nineteenth Century was firmly established in United States society.
It came as a surprise to learn that the waltz was once considered to be a forbidden dance. It once held this reputation because partners were permitted to make contact. Such contact had never before been seen in the dance halls of Vienna.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

His Kiss Gold Leaf Oil Painting Inspired by The Kiss by Gustav Klimt by k Madison Moore

His Kiss
Inspired by The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Painting with The Masters
Gold Leaf Series
24 x 24 Gold Leaf Oil Painting on Canvas


This is something that I have been wanting to do for a long
time. Although this painting was inspired by The Kiss by Klimt. It 
is a close up of the upper bodies and not of the full Klimt painting.
I changed all of the symbols, colors and almost everything else as to 
how I wanted to see it. I have painted  many inspirations from 
The Kiss as it is my very favorite of his works.

Working in Gold Leaf is a challenge but very interesting and fun.
I look forward to adding more to this series.

I have posted this piece on an angle so you can see how the light
reflects the gold leaf in the composition. 
The cape is gold leaf as well and some of the geometric blocks
 in his robe. I used gold leaf powder for the stars in the background 
and parts of the flowers in her dress. So hard to see in a photo. 
Really happy with the way it came together.


His Kiss!

The Kiss (Lovers) was painted by the Austrian  Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt between 1908 and 1909, the highpoint of his "Golden Period", when he painted a number of works in a similar gilded style. A perfect square, the canvas depicts a couple embracing, their bodies entwined in elaborate robes decorated in a style influenced by both linear constructs of the contemporary  Art Nouveau style and the organic forms of the earlier  Arts and Crafts movement. The work is composed of oil paint with applied layers of  gold leaf, an aspect that gives it its strikingly modern, yet evocative appearance.

The use of gold leaf recalls medieval "gold-ground" paintings and illuminated manuscripts, and earlier  mosaics and the spiral patterns in the clothes recall  Bronze Age art and the decorative tendrils seen in Western art since before classical times. The man's head ends very close to the top of the canvas, a departure from traditional Western canons that reflects the  influence of Japanese prints, as does the very simplified composition.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Homage to Frida Kahlo - Sun and Life by k Madison Moore Interior painting

Sun and Life - Homage to Frida Kahlo

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series
16 x 20 Interior Oil Painting on Canvas

This is a painting that I started some time ago and was recently reminded to finish it and I am so glad. I painted it in a larger format as I had a lot to say in this piece. I will be doing more larger paintings for many of my future works and will be using more elements an details. I loved using all these southwestern bright colors and of course mixing prints
The idea of all this fruit and juicy watermelons came from one of Frida’s paintings. She must have really loved watermelon as much as it is present in her work.  A couple of Margarita’s on a chilly afternoon in front of the fireplace, kicked off her boots and cuddled up.

I inserted Frida into my impression of her painting 
Sun and Life.
I found this such an interesting and deep felt painting by Frida and I am happy that I included it in this composition.
There is such beauty, yet a sadness to some of Frida’s works and she surely had a way of expressing her deepest feelings.
Obviously not being able to bear children was a constant in her life so is portrayed in many of her paintings.

"Sun and Life
As a result of a terrible bus accident at age 18, Frida was unable to have children. Her obsession with fertility was often the subject of her paintings. In this painting,  ( on the back wall  and below) the life-giving sun is surrounded by plants in the form of erupting male penises and female wombs. 
This painting also reveals Frida's sadness over her infertility as shown by the weeping sun and fetus.
There is such beauty, yet a sadness to some of Frida’s works and she surely had a way of  expressing her deepest feelings.
Obviously not being able to bear children was a constant in her life so is portrayed in many of her paintings.
Sun and Life by Frida Kahlo 1947

This is to give an idea of the approx. size with a floater frame.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera \ born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a  Mexican painters who is best known for her self-portraits.
Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907; Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the  Mexican Revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and  indigenous tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist  Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many 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 of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." She also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Art Deco Painting The Roaring 20's Dance Marathon by k Madison Moore

The Roaring 20’s Dance Marathon

ArtDeco Series
14 x 18 Art Deco  Oil Painting on Canvas


Loved, loved loved to dance when I was younger. I went
to every dance I could find in my neighborhood and otherwise.
When I was a teen Jerry Blavat was the big well known DJ
and held dances different nights of the week all over Philadelphia.
He was known as the Geater with the heater!! So funny!

On Sundays the dances were at Wagners Ballroom on Broad Street. It
took and hour and a half on bus one way to get there. I think every
kid in the city went there. The Ballroom held 3000 people and we
danced straight though for five hours and the place roared!
OMG, if I tried that now I would be hospitalized! lol!

In my 20’s I had a professional dance partner and we entered 
every contest around. We were very serious and had great times.
At the same time I belonged to a professional dance team in Philly
and later years I taught a bit for Arthur Murray. My dancing days 
unfortunately ended when I had a serious car accident and multiple
serious injuries. I really miss it.
I just cannot image entering a marathon or even wanting to.
Just image dancing around the clock for weeks and months.
Just crazy!

This is one of those paintings that I didn't want to end so
I kept detailing and more detailing. So much fun. It's
a shame the details cannot be appreciated in a photo.

The Roaring 20’s Dance Marathon

The craze began in 1923, when 32-year old Alma Cummings danced non-stop for 27 hours, wearing out six different partners, breaking the previous record set in Britain and gaining brief national acclaim for her feat. This inspired others (more often women) who wished to share her glory and break her record.

Dance Marathons (also called Walkathons), an American phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, were human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. Dance marathons originated as part of an early-1920s, giddy, jazz-age fad for human endurance competitions 
Contestants who learned to adjust to this around-the-clock motion danced on as the sign above them ticked up the hours and ticked down the number of contestants remaining.
Contestants were expected to dance full-out during the heavily attended evening hours. A live band played at night, whereas a phonograph often sufficed during the day. 
Contestants, who danced in pairs, were required to remain in motion (picking up one foot, then the other) 45 minutes each hour, around the clock.

Each marathon had its own set of rules, demanding more from their participants and dictating a way of life for the around-the-clock dancers (not to mention judges, nurses, vendors and many others involved in the event), governing dancing, sleeping, eating, bathing and using the toilet. Rules often demanded that couples register and stay together, stating that if one partner dropped out, the other had to leave too. They regulated rest periods: fifteen minutes for every hour of dancing, often in separate quarters for men and women, during which they could sleep, change clothes, or have a massage (which contestants themselves paid for). Though healthier for the dancers than the earlier non-stop contests, these rest periods allowed the marathons to continue for days, weeks, and even months. 

Medical services were available to contestants, usually within full view of the audience. Physicians tended blisters, deloused dancers, disqualified and treated any collapsed dancer, tended sprains, and so on.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Beyond Reach Blue Nude Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

Beyond Reach


Emotions in Blue Series
11 x 14 Nude Oil Painting on Canvas

It seems

I can't keep the Blue Nudes in inventory very long
so I will be paining a few more now. I love working with
these shades of blue. Something captivating about them.

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