Sunday, May 17, 2015

Radiance Blue Nude Oil Painting Emotions in Blue Series by k Madison Moore


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

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Homage to Margaret Keane Margaret and Her Children Original Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

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Margaret and Her Children

Homage to Margaret Keane - Big Eyes Artist


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14 x 18 Big Eyes Oil Painting on Canvas


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I used to see these Big Eyes paintings all the time growing up. I thought they were so cute. I even did some sketches years ago of my own Big Eyes Kids and never did anything with them. I had no idea who the artist was or the story behind it until recently when the movie Big Eyes was advertised and released. I really enjoyed the movie.

Margaret stated that “giving away her paintings made her feel like she was losing a child." Of course I thought this would be a good theme for a composition. Being that she is alive and because of her bio, I felt I didn’t want to come too close to her children. 

Margaret spent years hidden in the attic of their home knocking out hundreds of paintings. She even hid it from her daughter. Most of her paintings were designed around her daughter as she had no other model. Yet, her daughter had no idea her mother was the artist. Margarette felt very guilty that she lied to her daughter and this was also a force for her to tell the world the truth.

So this is a homage to Margaret who’s portrait sits on the easel and she is surrounded by her children in the attic where she paints.  These are “My” Big Eyes kids and not hers. I had to make my eyes so different. The eyes of her children kind of freaks me out. I think it’s is how big she makes the pupils. I believe Tim Burton used some of her works for some of his scary movies. All in all, still cute.

It was a fun painting but I really challenged myself with so many faces and soooo many eyes! Took a very long time to complete.

Margaret and Her Children

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Margaret Kean today

Margaret D. H. Keane (born Peggy Doris Hawkins; September 15, 1927) is an American artist who mainly paints women, children, and animals with big eyes in oil or mixed media.

Her ex-husband Walter Keane used to sell her paintings signed with his name; she allowed him to do so because he used to sell every piece.  Women artists at that time were not noticed or respected. 

They became millionaires and lived a lavish lifestyle. Walter would sell Margarette’s paintings for up to $50,000 per painting.

Margaret grew tired of hiding that fact that she was the true artist. She went as far as to attempt to change her style just so she could show her work. She eventually  had it an sued Walter for a divorce and for slander.

Keane's works are recognizable by the oversize, doe-like eyes of her subjects.
In the 1960s, her artwork was sold under the name of her husband, Walter Keane 
who claimed credit for it.

In 1970, Keane announced to the world, via radio broadcast, that she was the true creator of the paintings.

 Margaret Keane sued Walter in the subsequent slander suit; the judge demanded that the litigants paint a painting in the courtroom, but Walter declined, citing a sore shoulder. Margaret then produced a painting in 53 minutes. The jury awarded her damages of $4 million.

On November 1, 1964, she left him and moved from San Francisco to Hawaii, where she met Honolulu sports writer Dan McGuire. She divorced Keane in 1965 and married McGuire in 1970. After she moved to Hawaii and became one of  Jehovah’s Witness, , her work took on a happier, brighter style. Keane's website now advertises her work as having "tears of joy" or "tears of happiness"

Actresses  Joan Crawford and Natalie Wood commissioned Keane to paint their portraits. In the 1990s, Tim Burton, a Keane artwork collector and later director of the film  Big Eyes (about Keane), commissioned the artist to paint a portrait of his then-girlfriend Lisa Marie.

As of 2015, Keane lives in Napa County, California. She is 92 years old and still paints every day.Such an inspiration.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Tarkay Visits van Gogh at the Cafe Terrace at Night by k Madison Moore

Tarkay Visits van Gogh - The Cafe Terrace at Night


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14 x 18  France Oil Painting on Canvas

This is something I have been waiting to do for while but again
I never have time to do all of my ideas. I think this is a fun and
interesting idea to cross over two artists. Even though van Gogh 
was long gone while Tarkay was around the Cafe still stands in France.

So why not have a few of Tarkay’s Ladies enjoying the night air and
a fancy drink at the cafe Terrace painted by van Gogh. Always enjoy
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Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, is a oil painting executed by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh on an industrially primed canvas of size 25 (Toile de 25 figure) in Aries,  France, mid-September 1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the artist in three letters. There is also a large pen drawing of the composition which originates from the artist's estate.

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 (to the left, not pictured) and, beyond this structure, the tower of a former church (now Musée Lapidaire). Towards the right, Van Gogh indicated a lighted shop as well, and some branches of the trees surrounding the place—but he omitted the remainders of the Roman monuments just beside this little shop.The painting is currently at the Kroller - Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.
Itzchak Tarkay (1935 – June 3, 2012) was an Israeli artist.
Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. In 1944, Tarkay and his family were sent to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp,  until Allied liberation freed them a year later. In 1949 his family emigrated to Israel, living in a kibbutz for several years. Tarkay attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design  from 1951, and graduated from the Avni Institute of Art and Design  in 1956.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cats in Clothes Paintings. Billy The Dude by k Madison Moore

Billy The Dude
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Cats in Clothes Paintings Series

6 x 8 Cat Portrait Oil Painting on Canvas

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I loved paintings Billy. He reminds me so much of my Dear Maxwell.
His human told me that Billy thinks he’s a dude but he really is a 
sweet cat. So I figured we would dude him up with a red jacket and a
fancy hat with his initial and let him “think” he’s a dude. So cute!

He’s on his way to Tennessee

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Billy The Cat

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Imagine Freud Analyzing Dali? Interior Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

The Analysis of Dali

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18 x 24  Interior Oil Painting on Canvas

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This was a very interesting project for me. It was so different working once more with Dali. 
have not had many inspirations from Dali as my mind is not surrealistic so I always have difficulties designing around him.

My Collector is a Psychologist and likes Sigmund Freud and had a visit to Freud’s office. He is also a lover of Dali. So, he wanted a make figure, maybe a Psychologist such as himself as the main figure surrounded by Dali Paintings. The paintings are for the patients to analyze and in return he will analyze the patient accordingly. Interesting!  Can you imagine Freud and Dali in a conversation!

The tapestry sofa is from Freud office as well as the footstool and the green chair. Just to add a touch of Freud to the room.  Dali’s best-known work,  The Presence of Memory, was completed in August 1931.  ( Center painting on the wall with the clocks )

This composition has now given me a whole new inspiration for a new Freud painting. I have to work on that!

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The Analysis of Dali

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanis surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia Spain.

Dali was a skilled  draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His  painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of  Renaissance  masters.
Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

Sigmund Freud born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of  psychoanalysis.

Sigmund Freud was born in Freiberg, which is now known as the Czech Republic, on May 6, 1856. Freud developed psychoanalysis, a method through which an analyst unpacks unconscious conflicts based on the free associations, dreams and fantasies of the patient. His theories on child sexuality, libido and the ego, among other topics, were some of the most influential academic concepts of the 20th century.

Sigmud Freud's Sofa

His Analysis Chair

His Foot Stool

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