Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Portrait of Marilyn Monroe in a Big Pink Hat by k Madison Moore

Portrait of Marilyn Monroe

18 x 18 Marilyn Monroe Oil Painting on Canvas


My Marilyn's sell almost as fast as my Frida's. This one was purchased
by my collectors husband for her birthday to add to her growing collection
below. These are some mine that she has in her Marilyn Collection now.

Thank you Kelly and Devon for continuing to collect.

This is Kelly looking happy with her usual smile.
Happy Birthday Kelly.
So happy you like your new addition.

If you  have an idea for a Marilyn or for any other subject
contact me with your thoughts. Never any obligation.

Prints are being sold HERE

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Portrait of Frida Kahlo by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist

Portrait of Frida in Turquoise Jewelry

Forever Frida Series
16 x 20 Frida Kahlo Oil painting on canvas 

I never get tired of painting Frida. What an inspiration she is to me.
I think about her life and all that she went through and admire her strength.
Such a shame that we had to loose her at the age of 47. I always wonder what 
else she would have accomplished had she lived longer. What would she have 
painted? How would her work evolved over the years?

I was researching Diego Rivera’s paintings and saw a beautiful portrait he painted
with a similar floral background so I was inspired to do a similar for this portrait of Frida.
She loved her jewelry and wore many rings at one time, sometimes on all fingers. I 
wanted to see her in less rings and turquoise jewelry and big, like she loved it!

I decided to use pinks instead of reds and oranges in this piece. I wanted to keep it
on the softer side and I love the turquoise jewelry against the magenta and pink hues.

Hopefully next year I will be adding a lot more to my Forever Frida Series.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Penthouse Nights After Six

After Six Series

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24 x 36 Oil Painting on Canvas

Thanks again R & C

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 a painting that has already been sold, contact me for similar paintings

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Original Oil Painting, Eavesdropping with Matisse, by k Madison Moore

Eavesdropping with Matisse

14 x 18 Matisse Inspired Oil Painting on canvas

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Several years ago I painted a similar painting to this one
However, when I do this I still like to make subtle changes to
make each one an original for the collector which is what I did with
this piece. The curtains in the first were black and just with this change
to blue gave this painting a whole different ambience. The most important
is that the collector loved it!
Thank you SL for all the great commission projects.

Original paintings make great gifts for that special person.
Contact me about your holiday commissions

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Forever Frida Series - Loving Frida Exhibit - Frida Kahlo by k Madison Moore

Loving Frida Exhibit - Frida Kahlo

Forever Frida Series

18 x 24 Frida Kahlo Painting Oil on Canvas

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Original Oil Paintings make great gifts for the holidays,
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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

Tarkay Visits van Gogh - The Cafe Terrace at Night


Paining with The Masters Series

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
new ideas. If you have an idea of your own, shoot me an email.


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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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Duet with Strauss Original Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

Duet with Strauss

18 x 24 Music Oil Painting on Canvas

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Prints Available upon request

I was commissioned to do this painting by a lovely
art collector in Australia as a surprise for her Mother’s
upcoming 90th birthday in October.

Her mother is a lover of Deanna Durban the famous actress
and Johann Strauss II the famous composer.
Mom loves pastels, music and flowers  so we incorporated
all of her favorite things into this composition.

I thought it would be fun to have part of Johann coming forward 
from the painting with Deanna listening intently and playing the piano
with him. My collector loves it so hoping Mom does too.
Happy 90th Birthday Mum.

Edna Mae Durbin (December 4, 1921 – c. April 20, 2013), known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian actress and singer, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano,  she performed many styles from popular standards to operatic arias.
Her success as the ideal teenaged daughter in films 6) was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. In 1938, at the age of 17, Durbin was awarded the  Academy Juvenile Award. 

Johann Strauss II (October 25, 1825 – June 3, 1899), also known as Johann Strauss Jr., the Younger, the Son (German)Johann Baptist Strauss, was an Austrian composer of  light music  particularly  dance music  and  operettas. He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles,  and other types of dance music, as well as several operettas and a ballet. In his lifetime, he was known as "The Waltz King", and was largely then responsible for the popularity of the waltz in  Vienna during the 19th century.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Painting The Cafe Terrace at Night by k Madison Moore Inspired by van Gogh

Painting The Cafe Terrace at Night
 by Vincent van Gogh

When exhibited for the first time, in 1891, 
the painting was entitled Coffeehouse, in the evening 
(Café, le soir).

This is the  third composition for my
The in Love with van Gogh Project
Hopefully there will be 12 paintings for this project…maybe more!

16” x 20” x 2” van Gogh Inspired Oil Painting on Canvas

A copy of this history is included with the painting.

On it's way to Australia

I just got this lovely email from the collector right after she received her painting. She lives in Australia: Thanks so much Suzanne :)

I have ceased to be amazed by the actions of humankind. But not by their amazing skills, talents and attributes. So when I think I have seen it all - I open a package that I received today to find My Vincent painting by you. It was just as poignant and as wonderful as when I saw it in your email. It is a such a sad indictment of a great talent to see him outside his cafe with his latest painting in the hope that a passerby or patron may see and buy his latest painting. It makes me want to cry, when you know he only sold one painting during his lifetime.  You have a great gift of composition and colour - I know I have said that before, but when you presented an image of sadness and hope amidst such bright colouring, not many people can get that right - and you can.
Utterly wonderful.  It is already hanging - not in the best place, but I will be moving it around the house over the weekend.

Thank you again, and looking forward to creating a 'courtyard' of your artistry.
xxx ooo  

I love Cafe Terrace at Night by van Gogh I have used it before  in 
compositions. This is some interesting history and photos about his 
painting. I added the Starry Night as the sky. Vincent just had stars but I 
thought combining the two paintings would be great. Actually this is a combination of three van Gogh paintings. Below you will see a photo of
the only full body painting of van Gogh.

Here’s the story:

A British couple may have unearthed a long-lost portrait of Vincent Van Gogh after buying it off the internet for just £1,500.
The pastel drawing is believed to be the only full-length portrait of the genius artist in existence and could be worth millions if authenticated.
It is thought to have been painted by a female artist who lived next door to him during his time in Paris.
The picture was simply described on an auction website as 'portrait of a man', but after extensive research, Michael and Mandy Cruickshank believe the work - painted in the 1880s - is of the legendary Dutch impressionist.The painting was found in Versailles where it was last seen in public in 1892.
The couple, from Louth in Lincolnshire, became suspicious by the artist's crumpled hat, similar to one he sketched, and they believed it is the artist in the prime of his artistic career.

In this composition I have Vincent sitting in his painting The Cafe 
Terrace at Night, after finishing his painting The Cafe Terrace at Night…and not  confined to his asylum room where this painting originated.
He is relaxing and having some nice red wine. I wonder, who was he having wine with?

Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, is a colored oil painting created by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France, mid-September 1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the artist in three letters. Here is a large pen drawing of the composition which originates from the artist's estate.

Cafe Terrace at Night by Vincent van Gogh

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 and the the tower of a former church . Towards the right, Van Gogh indicated a lighted shop as well, and some branches of the trees surrounding the place.

After finishing Café Terrace at Night, Van Gogh wrote a letter to his sister expressing his enthusiasm:

I was only interrupted by my work on a new painting representing the exterior of a night café. On the terrace there are small figures of people drinking. An immense yellow lantern illuminates the terrace, the facade, the side walk and even casts light on the paving stones of the road which take a pinkish violet tone. The gables of the houses, like a fading road below a blue sky studded with stars, are dark blue or violet with a green tree. Here you have a night painting without black, with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green and in this surrounding the illuminated area colours itself sulfur pale yellow and citron green. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. Normally, one draws and paints the painting during the daytime after the sketch. But I like to paint the thing immediately. It is true that in the darkness I can take a blue for a green, a blue lilac for a pink lilac, since it is hard to distinguish the quality of the tone. But it is the only way to get away from our conventional night with poor pale whitish light, while even a simple candle already provides us with the richest of yellows and oranges.

This is the first painting in which he used starry backgrounds; he went on to paint star-filled skies in Starry Night Over The Rhone(painted the same month), and the better known The Starry Night a year later. 

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

The Starry Night  -  Painted in June 1889  depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint- Remy-de- Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.

The Starry Night is the only nocturne in the series of views from his bedroom window. In early June, Vincent wrote to Theo, "This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big" 

Researchers have determined that  Venus was indeed visible at dawn in Provence on the Sprint of 1889 and at that time was near its brightest possible. So the brightest "star" in the painting, just to the viewer's right of the cypress tree, is actually Venus.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Chef Maxwell by k Madison Moore - Cats in Clothes Portraits

Chef Maxwell

16 x 16 x 2 Cats in Clothes Oil Painting on Canvas

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This is the second Chef Cat painting I have done.
They are just to cute. I will definitely be doing more.

Contact me about a theme for your pets in clothes.
Would make a great gift for the holidays.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Delectable Bottle of Perfume Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

A Delectable Bottle of Perfume
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14 x 18 Floral Interior Oil Painting on Canvas
Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe
What better than flowers and perfume


Growing into womanhood can be difficult. There seemed to be a criteria for being a woman. You are expected to dress and act a certain way according to what age you may be. I say no matter what age you are it is always wonderful to have elegance, grace, class and  surround yourself with beautiful things but most of all……you  must always possess a delectable bottle of perfume.

“ A woman can be overdressed but never over Elegant” - Coco Chanel

(The dress has tiny beads of paint all over
to make the dress look beaded.)

Monet - Painter of Flowers
 11 x 14 oil on canvas

I think these look great together. Both in the pinks,
both florals. Maybe even a narrow gold frame...or not!
Nice for a quaint area or over a foyer table or nightstand.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Marilyn Monroe the Icon / Original Oil Painting by k Madison Moore

Marilyn Monroe the Icon

Marilyn oil painting on canvas

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This was a commission from my collectors husband as a surprise
anniversary gift. My collector is Marilyn crazy and has a great collection
of works of Marilyn including many of my prints. Hubby thought it would be
great for her to have two original Marilyn Monroe paintings so he ordered two
and gave her one for Mothers Day which was my Warhol’s Marilyn’s Exhibit that
I posted the other day and this one for their anniversary. She was so surprised!
I have included photos of her surprised expressions
! Love it!
Thanks so much Devon.

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress and model. Famous for playing dumb blonde characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols  of the 1950s, emblematic of the era's attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a  top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million by the time of her unexpected death in 1962.She continues to be considered a major popular culture icon.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Monet Painter of Flowers by k Madison Moore

Monet - Painter of Flowers

Abstract Flowers Series

16 x 20 Abstract Flowers oil Painting on Canvas

I decided to do these flowers in a series of different sizes
so this one is a bit smaller. I like these so much that I did a few for my own 
walls. They are so much fun to figure out and I enjoy a challenge. I love the way
the smaller flowers are showing through the transparent petals of the larger
flowers. This is beautiful custom made pink that I had specially made since I
could not find any traditional pinks that I liked. 

Monet's ambition of documenting the French countryside led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons. From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property, and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.

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