Saturday, March 31, 2012

Basking in Blue, Blue Nude Painting by k Madison Moore

Basking in Blue

12 x 16 Oil painting on canvas

Emotions in Blue Series
Blue Nude Paintings


Egyptian Blue (irtiu, sbedj) was made combining iron and copper oxides with silica and calcium. This produced a rich color however it was unstable and sometimes darkened or changed color over the years.
Blue was symbolic of the sky and of water. In a cosmic sense, this extended its symbolism to the heavens and of the primeval floods. In both of these cases, blue took on a meaning of life and re-birth.
Blue was naturally also a symbol of the Nile and its associated crops, offerings and fertility. The phoenix, , which was a symbol of the primeval flood, was patterned on the heron. Herons naturally have a gray-blue plumage. However, they were usually portrayed with bright blue feathers to emphasize their association with the waters of the creation. Amon  was often shown with a blue face to symbolize his role in the creation of the world. By extension, the pharoahs were sometimes shown with blue faces as well when they became identified with Amon. Baboons, which are not naturally blue, were portrayed as blue. It is not certain why. However, the ibis, a blue bird was a symbol of Thoth, just like the baboon was. It may be that the baboons were colored blue to emphasize their connection to Thoth.
The gods were said to have hair made of lapis lazuli, a blue stone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In The Blue Mood, Abstract Blue Nude Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

In The Blue Mood

©kMadisonMooreMkM 2012

Emotions in Blue Series


11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

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I have to say I am happy that I decided to get back
to this series. It is a lot of fun to do and I love creating
the emotions. I have a new Painting with The Maasters
Art within Art painting coming up for tomorrow that I 
am really excited about  too. Stay tuned.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Passion in Blue

Passion in Blue

24 x 36 Oil on Canvas

Sold - Commission
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Emotions in Blue Series
Blue Nudes

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Madam X's Tiffany Room, Painting Inspired by John Singer Sargent by k Madison Moore

Madam X's Tiffany Room
Inspired by John Singer Sargent

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

11 X 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

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Madame X or Portrait of Madame X , 1874, is the informal title of a portrait painting by 
John Singer Sargent of a young socialite named  Virginie Amelie Avegno Gautreau, wife 
of Pierre Gautreau. The model was an American expatriate who married a French banker 
and became notorious in Parisian high society for her beauty and rumored infidelities. She
wore lavender powder and prided herself on her appearance. I thought the Tiffany Room
would portray a lot of her personality.
Madame X was painted not as a commission, but at the request of Sargent. It is a study in 
opposition. Sargent shows a woman posing in a black satin dress with jeweled straps, a dress that reveals and hides at the same time. The portrait is characterized by the pale flesh tone ofthe subject contrasted against a dark colored dress and background.My model looks noting like Sargent's and I decided to make her a redhead opposed to dark hair.I could not get good reference to to the dress so I basically designed this one from what I could see in the photos. He basic pose it that of Sargent's Madam X painting.
Clothes make the woman in these portraits. They are fashion plates on a grand scale, reflecting
the Salon crowd as it wanted to see itself - in fashion. Compare Madame X and it's obvious how 
Sargent transgressed.
For Sargent, the scandal resulting from the painting's controversial reception at the Paris Salon of 
1884 amounted to the failure of a strategy to build a long-term career as a portrait painter in France.
Displayed in the huge jury-selected exhibition, the Salon, in 1884, it horrified Parisians so much that 
the ignominy drove Sargent across the Channel to take refuge in Britain. Of course, it was the making 
of him. He always kept Madame X in his studio. Its whiff of naughtiness generated demand for his portraits 
with a fashionable British and American public.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blue Nude Painting, Solitude in Blue by k Madison Moore

Solitude in Blue

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

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This is another addition to the Blue Nudes Series
I really enjoy painting with light and only a few colors.
It may look easy but you would be surprised how
may layers of glazes I use to get this effect.
These nudes are so minimalistic but sometimes
simplicity can be so beautiful.
More to come.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lonely Nights without Modi, Inspired by Modigliani by k Madison Moore

Lonely Nights without Modi
Inspired by Modigliani


Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

I never get tired of designing compositions 
after Modigliani and Jeanne. I have to say I think
this is still my favorite movie, although a very
sad love story.
If you haven't seen the movie, you should
(starring Andy Garcia)
Enjoy,  "Lonely Nights without Modi"

Jeanne Hébuterne, the shy student who would become painter and sculptor Amedeo 
Modigliani’s final muse, was born in Paris in April 1898. Jeanne’s brother, Andre, was also an aspiring painter and through him Jeanne was introduced to the Montparnasse community of Bohemians, which included Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso, among many others.

Jeanne’s swan-necked, delicate beauty complemented Modigliani’s elongated style of painting and she posed for several works, including Portrait of a Woman In Large Hat and Jeanne Hébuterne, Sitting. In late 1918, the couple moved to Nice to escape Paris during wartime, and Modigliani also had hopes of making sales to patrons who frequented the Riviera. Their daughter Jeanne was born that winter before their ultimate return to the city following the Armistice.

Unfortunately, the fear of consumptive death that had shadowed Modigliani soon came to pass, and in January 1920 he became ill with tubercular meningitis. While watching the love of her life waste away, Jeanne, then eight months pregnant, sketched visions of her own suicide. Modigliani was said to have bound a gold cord from a package around their wrists shortly before he died, symbolizing the union they had never formalized. Upon his death on January 24 at the age of 35, Jeanne was of course devastated. Her parents and brother took her back to the family home, and it was there that she jumped out of a fifth floor window. She was killed instantly, along with her unborn child.

Modi and Jeanne

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Moonlit, Blue Nude Oil Painting by k Madison Moore



10 x 12 Oil painting on canvas

Emotions in Blue Series
Blue Nudes

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Commission projects welcome

A couple of years ago I did a short series of Blue Nudes.
It was very successful but was cut short with ideas for other series.
I have decided that in between my Art within Art Series I want
to start my Blue Nude Series up again and add to it. This
 is the first to add.

Have a great weekend.
M :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mother and Child - Inspired by Piacaso, by k Madison Moore

Mother and Child
Inspired by Pablo Picasso - Marie and Maya

16 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas

Art within Art Series


This painting took soooo long to complete!
I just kept adding more and more details, such fun!
It is so hard to keep all of Picasso's wives and lovers
straight. Here is my impression of Picasso's
Marie- Therese Walter  from one painting and their
daughter Maya from another. With all of my paintings
of his women I try to include a portrait of him.
He sure was some lover!
 Read about their relationship below.
I think the play on shapes and colors makes this
an interesting composition.

Marie-Thérèse Walter (July 13, 1909 – October 20, 1977) was the French mistress and model of  Pablo Picasso from 1927 to about 1935, and the mother of his daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso. Their relationship began when she was seventeen years old; he was 45 and still living with his first wife, Olga Khokhlova . It ended when Picasso moved on to his next mistress, artist Dora Marrr.

In 1935, Marie became pregnant. When Picasso's wife, Olga, was informed by a friend that her husband had a longtime mistress who was expecting a child, she immediately left Picasso with their son Paulo and moved to the South of France. Picasso and Olga never divorced, because Picasso wanted to avoid the even division of property dictated by French law; instead, they lived separately until her death in 1955.
Picasso and Marie's daughter, María de la Concepción, called "Maya", was born on 5 September 1935.
In 1940, Marie and Maya moved to Paris, Boulevard Henri IV no 1, since the house at Le Tremblay-sur-Mauldre was occupied during World War II.
Picasso supported Marie and Maya financially, but he never married Marie.
On 20 October 1977, four years after Picasso's death, Marie-Thérèse committed suicide by hanging herself in the garage at Juan-les-Pins, South of France.
In 2004, Maya's son and Marie-Thérèse's grandson, Olivier Widmaier Picasso, published a biography of his famous grandfather titled Picasso: The Real Family Story.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gustav Klimt Inspired Painting, Melodies of Klimt by k Madison Moore

Melodies of Klimt
 ©2010 kMadisonMooreMkM 

11 x 14 inches 
Oil on Canvas
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Art within Art

Who doesn't love Klimt?  I always loved Klimt's work. I have done several works of my impression of Klimt. Each time I say, Oh, it will be easier this time as I have done so many. Not so. It always amazes me how many symbols he used in his works, symbols within symbols within.... I wonder what he was thinking? Every artist has a reason for what they paint and why? Many are never explained so we have only to guess what was on the artists mind when they painted that painting. Of course his works were a lot larger than mine so it actually makes it easier to paint all of those symbols.

In Melodies of Klimt, the paintings on the wall are "The Kiss" and 
Fulfillment - The Embrace. They are miniature paintings within this painting 2.5 x 3.5 inches and much more difficult to paint.
These are my two favorite Klimt paintings. What better way to express how you feel about that someone special.....
With and Big Hug and a Big Kiss!

This Art within Art painting would make a great
gift for that special someone for the holidays.

The back wall, the flooring and the beautiful woman on
the sofa are all excerpt's from several of Klimt's paintings.
The Melodies from a beautiful Harp is what I hear when
I paint with Klimt so thought it was appropriate.


Gustav Klimt
Many of his paintings from this period used gold leaf; the prominent use of gold can first be traced back to Pallas Athene (1898) and  Judith I(1901), although the works most popularly associated with this period are the Portrait of Andele Bloch-Baie(1907) and The Kiss (1907–1908). Klimt travelled little but trips to Venice and Ravenna, both famous for their beautiful mosaics, most likely inspired his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Painting Inspired by van Gogh and Gauguin, Three Artists by k Madison Moore

Three Artists
after van Gogh and Gauguin


16 x 16 Oil Painting on Canvas
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Art within Art Series

Who doesn't love van Gogh. There is always something more to learn about the masters.
Researching a concept for a new van Gogh Art within Art painting I came across a photo 
of a portrait that Gauguin painted of van Gogh.  The concept I was going for was to take van Gogh's painting of his bedroom and redecorate it. Then when I saw the portrait of van Gogh I thought it would be cool to have Gauguin's portrait of van Gogh painting,  inside of Vincent's bedroom...that makes two artists, then me painting them makes three - " Three Artists"

All of the paintings in the room are my take on van Goghs works as well as all of the vases of sunflowers in the room. He also did many paintings of his own shoes and boots so I thought his shoes on the floor were perfect. I've always liked working in this palette of colors, so warm!
This is the first 16 x 16 I have done and I am now working on a 16 x 20 and a
Peter Max commission of 30 x 24. A lot of work and a lot of fun!
If you have an idea for your own art within art painting Email Me with
your thoughts.

Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin were two of the greatest painters of the late 19th century. A brief but intense collaboration occurred between the two artists. They met in Paris in the autumn of 1887. Each man tried to learn from the other and admired the othe's work. Their collaboration was marked at first by mutual support and dialogue, but there was also competition and friction. The men differed sharply in their views on art: Gauguin favored working from memory and allowing abstract mental processes to shape his images, while Vincent held an unshakable reverence for the physical reality of the observable world of models and Nature. This is reflected in the very different techniques each artist used. But toward the end of 1888, a series of violent incidents around Christmas Eve brought a dramatic end to their collaboration. This is the story of their personal and professional relationship.

This is a very interesting story that I found and wanted to share with you.

'Self-portrait with cut ear' by Vincent Van Gogh. Photograph: Roger-Viollet/Rex Features
Vincent van Gogh's fame may owe as much to a legendary act of self-harm, as it does to his self-portraits. But, 119 years after his death, the tortured post-Impressionist's bloody ear is at the centre of a new controversy, after two historians suggested that the painter did not hack off his own lobe but was attacked by his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin.

According to official versions, the disturbed Dutch painter cut off his ear with a razor after a row with Gauguin in 1888. Bleeding heavily, Van Gogh then walked to a brothel and presented the severed ear to an astonished prostitute called Rachel before going home to sleep in a blood-drenched bed.
But two German art historians, who have spent 10 years reviewing the police investigations, witness accounts and the artists' letters, argue that Gauguin, a fencing ace, most likely sliced off the ear with his sword during a fight, and the two artists agreed to hush up the truth.

In Van Gogh's Ear: Paul Gauguin and the Pact of Silence, published in Germany, Hamburg-based academics Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans argue that the official version of events, based largely on Gauguin's accounts, contain inconsistencies and that both artists hinted that the truth was more complex.

Van Gogh and Gauguin's troubled friendship was legendary. In 1888, Van Gogh persuaded him to come to Arles in the south of France to live with him in the Yellow House he had set up as a "studio of the south". They spent the autumn painting together before things soured. Just before Christmas, they fell out. Van Gogh, seized by an attack of a metabolic disease became aggressive and was apparently crushed when Gauguin said he was leaving for good.

Kaufmann told the Guardian: "Near the brothel, about 300 metres from the Yellow House, there was a final encounter between them: Vincent might have attacked him, Gauguin wanted to defend himself and to get rid of this 'madman'. He drew his weapon, made some movement in the direction of Vincent and by that cut off his left ear." Kaufmann said it was not clear if it was an accident or an aimed hit.
While curators at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam stand by the theory of self-mutilation, Kaufmann argues that Van Gogh dropped hints in letters to his brother, Theo, once commenting : "Luckily Gauguin ... is not yet armed with machine guns and other dangerous war weapons."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Inspired by Matisse, Waiting for The Man in The Moon, by k Madison Moore

Waiting for The Man in The Moon
Inspired by Matisse


11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series


I was surprised to find that Matisse actually painted realism
and nudes in black and white. This pretty lady is my impression
of one of his black and white nudes but with the facial expression 
and features changed. 

I thought she would be great in front of a very bold black,
 white and red background. Her pet cat is the only cat I could find
that Matisse painted. I have used this little guy a few times. I think 
he is so funny! Our Lady here must be a Matisse fan as well
with her framed painting of one of his red nudes.

There are two glasses of wine poured while she is Waiting
for The Man in The Moon. Why isn't he there?
What is he waiting for?

The Man in the Moon is an imaginary figure resembling a human face, head or body, that observers from some cultural backgrounds typically perceive in the bright disc of the Full moon. The figure is composed of the dark areas (the lunar maria or "seas") and lighter highlands of the lunar surface.

"The Man in the Moon" can also refer to a mythological character said to live on or in the moon, but who is not necessarily represented by the markings on the face of the moon. 

Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse  31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship
He was the most important French painter of the 20th century, rivaling  Picasso in his influence.

His background was diverse. He studied under Bougureau and Gustave Moreau and experimented with Pointillism, which he found rigidly confining. Later, building on the work of  Cezanne and Gauguin, he and  Andra Derain developed Fauvism, a much freer and more expressive style of painting which was in fact the forerunner of Expressionism.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

van Gogh's Study by k Madison Moore, van Gogh Inspired Painting

van Goghs Studio

11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas


Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

I never get enough of this fascinating artist!
His life was so tortured and he was so talented.
He did so many paintings of sunflowers but each on was so 
different. Sunflowers must have made him happy.
I can visualize him standing in a filed of hundreds of them.

I have already painted his bedroom and a living room
for him from my imagination. I was wondering if he had a
study today would it maybe look something like this one? 
He loved to read.
...and of course his self portrait is on the mantel.


From one piece to another. The colors are vibrant and express emotions typically associated with the life of sunflowers: bright yellows of the full bloom to arid browns of wilting and death; all of the stages woven through these polar opposites are presented. Perhaps this very technique is what draws one into the painting; the fulfillment of seeing all angles of the spectrum of life and in turn reaching a deeper understanding of how all living things are tied together.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Luxuries of Lily by k Madison Moore

Luxuries of Lilly


14 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas

Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series

This was so much fun. I was totally relaxed painting this
but took me a bit longer than I expected.  I got as many calla lilies in the
composition that I could get in it as it was his signature flower.
If you ever look at Diego's  you will see so many
of his painting that include Calla Lilies. I wanted to see how
long it would take for me to paint all of them! lol!

Must have been his favorite flower to paint. There are several
reasons why he used them in his paintings, because they are 
beautiful, exotic and a popular flow in Mexico for festive occasions.

 Looks Like Lilly considers them a luxury too.
Is she celebrating her new hat? 

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