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Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Camellias and Shell
12 x 16 - oil on wooden panel - unframed
After we returned from New York I noticed the camellias at our neighbor Joe and Pat's house were blooming like crazy. Since Joe and Pat spend their winters in a warmer clime, I wondered who'd appreciate their flowers, and was sure they wouldn't mind if I snipped a few.
Here's the painting that resulted. I didn't use any photos, sketches, or other aides. I just painted what I saw, much from memory since the camellia blooms fell off after just one day.
Update (2018): Joe and Pat have since passed away and the house purchased by a new couple from Missouri. The camellias still bloom profusely each spring and I continue to sneak a bouquet every now and then!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
- Klimt's $135 Mil. Bloch-Bauer Portrait Lights Up Neue Galerie
- Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer on Wikipedia
In 2006 Ronald Lauder of the Estee Lauder cosmetics fortune purchased the painting from Maria Altmann (descendent of Adele Bloch-Bauer) for his Neue Galerie in New York City, for a record setting price of $135 million. See above links for the painting's history.
I paid the $15 admission fee to the Neue Galerie just to see the the Klimt. Amazing. Awesome. Fabulous. I always thought Klimt painted in a loose, brushy fashion. I was surpised to see how delicate his work was. The flesh was translucent, extremely delicate, and had to have been done with small brushes. The Bloch Bauer painting was magnificent, as were the other Klimts I saw in the Metropolitan and MOMA.
The security guard standing watch at the Neue adamantly stated that no photography was allowed. Darn. So my only option was to pull out a Warwick Hotel note pad and sketch every shape I saw in the painting. Viola, my sketch (above), done on location at the Neue Galerie in New York City on April 16, 2009.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Jackson Pollock (middle)
Reflections of Clouds on Water Lilies by Claude Monet (bottom)
more pictures from our New York Trip on Flickr