Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Help for the Disabled Homeless by k Madison Moore

Homeless To Be Housed In Tiny House Village In Austin (VIDEO / PICS)

I saw this on Facebook as was so touched that this group is helping the disabled homeless
in Texas. So wonderful and inspiring and makes me feel even more grateful for everything I have.

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Just when we think the only news that comes out of Texas makes us all wince and groan, we find a story like this from the true heart of Texas — Austin. The Community First! Village is a program ofMobile Loaves & Fishes. It sits on a 27-acre master-planned community and will provide affordable, sustainable housing for approximately 200 chronically homeless disabled people in Central Texas.
“It will be a gated community who’s [sic] access is limited to the residents and their registered invited guests,” said project founder Alan Graham. (KVUE)
The motivation of Mobile Loaves & Fishes — and Graham — is their faith.
We’re not called to be successful. We’re called to be faithful.
He continued:
We’ve been really active in pulling people up off the street and into housing – housing that they pay rent on. We just help them get in the housing.

Residents of Community First! will work, with some using street vending carts to make a living. Graham explained:
We also have a giant wood shop where people are very gifted and talented in building things. So we want to empower people into a purposeful cultivating lifestyle of working.
The community has been in planning for 10 years, with Mobile Loaves & Fishes serving the Central Texas homeless population for 14 years. Homes include tiny cottages, mobile homes, and even tepees. Most kitchens and bathrooms will be communal.

Some of the amazing features of this little village:
  • A 3-acre garden
  • A medical facility
  • A workshop
  • A bed and breakfast in the form of an air stream motel
  • Tiny individual gardens for each home
  • An interfaith chapel in a separate cottage
  • A vintage outdoor movie theater that will do public screenings

 Tim League —  the founder of Alamo Drafthouse– is providing the movie theater and is a staunch supporter of the project. He calls it “the very first ‘yes, in my backyard’ project!” (News 90.5/
Graham said that it’s not been easy to convince everyone to be on board with helping homeless people, but they like the idea of the bed and breakfast and the movie theater. Well, and the fact that the folks will be working and paying rent.
We haven’t converted everybody [to the idea of housing the homeless], but when people come out here they go, ‘Oh!’ They see a chapel; they see medical and vocational services on site, and they learn that residents will not live there for free; they’ll pay a monthly rent. (News 90.5/

If that’s not enough, perhaps some Texans will take comfort in how this will affect the thing that really matters most to many of them: money. Graham points out that if 200 chronically homeless people become more self-sufficient, the $6.5 million project could save taxpayers in Central Texas approximately $10 million per year. Downtown Austin businesses expect to see a boon as 20 percent of Austin’s homeless will be taken off the streets, thereby motivating business owners and government officials to jump on board.

Community First! is funded entirely with private money and has raised half the funding it needs. They are expecting to complete the project and begin moving people in by 2015. To donate, click here. You can follow their progress by liking the Mobile Loaves & Fishes Facebook page.
Austin…it’s like a whole other country inside Texas.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Twisted Secrets Museum Interior Oil Painting by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist

Twisted Secrets
Inspired by Pablo Picasso


Art Museum Collection Series
14 x 18 Museum Interior Oil Painting on Canvas

In this painting I wanted to portray not only the beautiful work of Picasso but a bit of his state of mind. You will notice that the walls are a bit twisted as well as the frames , just slightly, but twisted. These are also a few of my very favorite of his paintings.

I have worked with Picasso so much being one of my favorite artists, that I always notice how he twists his figures and other elements in his paintings. It seems he needs to show more
than one angle with one single figure. You have had to notice the misplacement of eyes, noses, breasts projecting more than one angle. etc. in many and most of his works. Seeing the same face in many angles at one time and executing that idea, wow!

Although we all know how wonderfully talented he was and the incredible amount of work he produced in his lifetime, do we ever think of how he accomplished all of that and why? To me it is a sate of mind. The mind of a genus that is twisted in many ways. Did he have many twisted secrets that he had to portray in paint? What was his inner most secret, one that he could not verbalize so had to be projected otherwise, in paint, for his own sanity? Only he really knew the true meaning to all of those twisted figures. 

If you look at the works of van Gogh they will have and entirely different affect on you than Picasso's works. You do not really see the insanity that was present but the mellow, softness, serenity and beauty of where he was within. Yet, most look at Picasso in an entirely different manner and as totally sane but was he? 

I find it interesting that so many artists are tortured in some way and yet paint such beautiful works. Many that portray who they really are deep down inside and not so much what 
you see on the cover. You can tell a lot by studying the works of the masters, any artists really!  I look at the work and wonder what they were thinking and feeling at the first stroke of that painting. I can look at it again and again and see something different each time. That is the wonder of art!

Here is  book that I found. I have not read it yet but it has great reviews. I just ordered it so I will let you now but it looks really interesting - Tortured Artists - From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the Worlds Most Creative Minds.

I guess what  it comes down to is, that God may take something away from us but certainly something else wonderful will replace it.


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Friday, November 1, 2013

Homage to Red Skelton Clown Painting by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist

Freddie and Me
Homage to Red Skelton

16 x 20 Clown Oil Painting on Canvas


When I was a kid I used to love Red Skelton and used to watch his TV show all the time with my grandparents. I always loved when he did his famous clown Freddie. I thought it would be fun to do a Homage to this great comedian and his clown paintings. I'm giving away my age now, lol!
Red Skelton began painting early in his career but after his television show ended he became prolific. He painted and sketched hundreds of original pieces and by the end of the 1980's one of his original paintings would sell in the high five figure range.
Red Skelton often painted himself as a clown. One of his paintings, The Sky's the Limit, was inspired by a trip he and his wife Lothian made to Hawaii, during which he went parasailing. 
Freddie and Me - Homage to Red Skelton

This was his painting that inspired me to do this composition. 

Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American entertainer best known for being a national radio and  TV comedian between 1937 and 1971. Skelton, who has stars on the  Hollywood Hall of Fame , began his show business career in his teens as a circus clown and continued on vaudeville and  Broadway and in films, radio, TV,  nightclubs, and casinos , all while he pursued an entirely separate career as an artist.
Skelton began producing artwork in 1943, but kept his works private for many years. He said he was inspired to try his hand at painting after visiting a large Chicago  department store that had various paintings on display. Inquiring as to the price of one which Skelton described as "a bunch of blotches", he was told, "Ten thousand wouldn't buy that one." Skelton said he told the clerk he was one of the ten thousand who would not buy the painting, instead buying his own art materials. His wife, Georgia, a former art student, persuaded Skelton to have his first public showing  of his work in 1964 at the Las Vegas hotel where he was entertaining at the time. Skelton originals are priced at $80,000 and upward; Skelton once estimated the sale of his lithographs  earned him $2.5 million per year.
In  Death Valley Junction California , Skelton found a kindred spirit when he saw the artwork and pantomime performances of Marta Becket. Today, circus performers painted by Marta Becket decorate the Red Skelton Room in the Amargosa Hotel, where Skelton stayed four times in Room 22. The room is dedicated to Skelton, as explained by John Mulvihill in his essay, "Lost Highway Hotel"

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