Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Live in Music Inspired by Romare Bearden, by k Madison Moore

 I Live in Music - after Romare Bearden

14 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

Art within Art

Romare Bearden grew up in the Harlem of the 1920s and 30’s when that glittering neighborhood was the epicenter of the jazz universe. As early as the 1940s, jazz musicians appeared in his work, and by the 1950s he was seeking visual translations for what he heard in the structures of jazz - its improvised lines, rhythms, and textures.

The way Bearden worked was jazz. “You have to begin somewhere,” he said, “so you put something down. Then you put something else with it…Once you get going, all sorts of things begin to open up.”

The way the pianist Earl Hines spaced his notes suggested to Bearden ways of spacing lines and colors in art. “Silences” between visual elements became vital to Bearden’s art. On silences in the music, Bearden’s friend the drummer Max Roach has said, “It’s not that there’s necessarily nothing going on. There’s always a pulse there. There are times when there’s nothing but the pulse…. Bearden’s paintings are like that.”

Romare Howard Bearden was born on September 2, 1911, to (Richard) Howard and Bessye Bearden in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in New York City on March 12, 1988, at the age of 76. His life and art are marked by exceptional talent, encompassing a broad range of intellectual and scholarly interests, including music, performing arts, history, literature and world art. Bearden was also a celebrated humanist, as demonstrated by his lifelong support of young, emerging artists.

Recognized as one of the most creative and original visual artists of the twentieth century, Romare Bearden had a prolific and distinguished career. He experimented with many different mediums and artistic styles, but is best known for his richly textured collages, two of which appeared on the covers of Fortune and Time magazines, in 1968. An innovative artist with diverse interests, Bearden also designed costumes and sets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and programs, sets and designs for Nanette Bearden's Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Bearden was the recipient of many awards and honors throughout his lifetime. Honorary doctorates were given by Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Davidson College and Atlanta University, to name but a few. He received the Mayor's Award of Honor for Art and Culture in New York City in 1984 and the National Medal of Arts, presented by President Ronald Reagan, in 1987

Picasso's Wives and Lovers, by k Madison Moore

Picasso - Wives and Lovers

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12 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas

Art within Art Series


I posed this a few months ago and decided to rework the entire painting and add a lot more detail.

I added a lot more glazes for depth and highlights that I wish could be seen better with a camera.
So many of my collectors mention that they saw so many more things in the painting once in hand.
Maybe if I was a better photographer? This is a great painting with a great story!  Enjoy!

This was so much work, so much research and so much fun! I decided to research all the woman in Picasso's life and this is what I came up with. There were sooo many that I actually had to paint this on a larger canvas of 12 x 16 to fit them all in!  This is just the main wives and lovers and the ones that he painted. There were several more. Here is a little history on them from left on the easel,  to right and the 2 wives seated at the table. Notice Picasso peeking down from the staircase at all of his beauties.
On the steps is one of Picasso's hats and a box of cigars that I found he smoked. The flooring is also a clip from one of his paintings and full of color. Candles, Wine, Picasso, Wives and Lovers.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting for Her Ship to Come In - " Inspired by Matisse" ,by k Madison Moore

Waiting for Her Ship to Come In
Inspired by Matisse


11 x 14 Oil painting on Canvas

Art within Art Series


I always love my inspirations from Matisse as I get to use and mix patterns and many colors and somehow they always come out great!  She is just napping there by the window in the summer breeze
with a nice glass of red.....while "Waiting for Her Ship to Come In". Hummmm...wonder who's on the ship?

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Spirit of Marilyn, " Inspired by Warhol", by k Madison Moore Mount Pocono Pennsylvania Artist

The Spirit of Marilyn
" Inspired by Warhol"

11 x 14 Oil painting on canvas

Art within Art Series


I loved Marilyn Monroe and always liked the way Warhol portrayed her.
She was such a glamor puss that I thought it would be fun to bring a little
 of "The Spirit of Marilyn" to a boudior scene that may have been some of her favorite things.
She loved furs and jewelry, perfume, flowers and hot pink and I am sure she had plenty of mirrors!
Another fun painting to add to my Art within Art Series. Enjoy!

Quick Facts about Marilyn Monroe

    •    Born: June 1, 1926 (Los Angeles)
    •    Zodiac Sign: Gemini
    •    Trivia:
Signed with Fox in 1946 for $125 per week.
Studied at UCLA
Was voted Miss California Artichoke Queen of 1947
Was a descendant of President James Monroe
Underwent psychoanalysis
Roomed with Shelley Winters during her early Hollywood days
Was a fan of Beethoven, Mozart, and Louis Armstrong
Was Truman Capote's original choice for the part of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's
    •    To Read More and see a Video on Marilyn Click Here

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane MortensonJune 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) but baptized and raised as Norma Jeane Baker, was an American actress, singer and  model. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and  All About Eve (both 1950) were well received. By 1953, Monroe had progressed to leading roles.

Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe

Andy Warhol was one of the most influential and talked about artists of 20th century. No mention of Andy’s works can be complete without a mention of Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Paintings. Why is it so and what is that in these Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe Paintings that has drawn the attention of art lovers and critics from all over the world to gather in thousands at Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the last 20 years or so? Andy passed away in 1987, but his pop art is still a source of inspiration for budding artists across the globe.

This mass reproducible painting was a beginning of a revolution called pop art that emerged in the 60’s and was copied by many other artists during the era. Andy used many colors to change the face and the mood of the painting. Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe prints inspired many a budding artists who carried forward pop art. Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe prints are resonating with different colors and popularized silkscreen printing that is still a source of attraction for millions all over the world.

More Here

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How Sweet It Is!, "Homage to Wayne Thiebaud," by k Madison Moore Mt Pocono Pennsylvania Artist

 How Sweet It Is!
Homage to Wayne Thiebaud


11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

Art within Art Series

 I used to paint a lot of food still life paintings but this was "totally" different and such a challenge.
Most of my most recent food paintings are 16 x 20 and larger and were one or two items. In How Sweet It Is, everything is tiny, tiny! I always wanted to paint a bakery and just love Wayne Thiebaud's pastries and goodies. Thiebaud used very thick layers of paint and painted very large so the paint actually looked like frosting. Of course these renditions of his goodies are so small that I could not use that technique. However, I crammed as many of his works in to this little bakery as I could and Oh Boy, did it take a long time to do all that detail!  I think using the check floor and table cloth and the old chrome kitchen chairs was a great fit for this composition. I have included several close up shots here for the details. Enjoy!

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 Cakes by Theibaud

Pies by Theibaud

Wayne Thiebaud (born Mesa, Arizona, November 23, 1920) is an American painter whose most famous works are of cakes, pastries, boots, toilets, toys and lipsticks. His last name is pronounced "Tee-bo." He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, however, his works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists. He has also been seen, due to his true to life representations, as a predecessor to photorealism. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work. Wayne Thiebaud is one of the most prominent of the Bay Area Figurative Movement in California in the latter part of the 20th century.

He spent time in New York City where he became friends with Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline and was much influenced by these abstractionists as well as proto pop artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. During this time, he began a series of very small paintings based on images of food displayed in windows, and he focused on their basic shapes.

 Thiebaud's son Paul has taken over as his dealer. Paul Thiebaud has been a successful art dealer in his own right and has eponymous galleries in Manhattan and San Francisco.
In 1962 Thiebauds's work was included, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Phillip Hefferton, Joe Goode, Edward Ruscha, and Robert Dowd, in the historically important and ground-breaking "New Painting of Common Objects," curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum. This exhibition is historically considered one of the first Pop Art exhibitions in America. These painters were part of a new movement, in a time of social unrest, which shocked America and the art world and changed art forever.

He was associated with the Pop art painters because of his interest in objects of mass culture, however, his works, executed during the fifties and sixties, slightly predate the works of the classic pop artists, suggesting that Thiebaud may have had an influence on the movement. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows characteristic of advertisements are almost always included in his work.

In addition to pastries, Thiebaud has painted landscapes, streetscapes, and popular characters such as Mickey Mouse. His recent paintings such as Sunset Streets (1985) and Flatland River (1997) are noted for their hyper realism, and are in some ways similar to Edward Hopper's work, who was fascinated with mundane scenes from everyday American life.

In his painting, he focuses on the commonplace in a way that suggests irony and objective distance from his subjects. He also makes a point of keeping an independent distance from the New York School.
Read more about Theibaud Here
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