May 11, 2016

Painting With The Girls 132

May 11, 2016

Day 132 (234 days to go)

 

Cherry Panel 2

Watercolor Panel 5X7, watercolor

Joan Miró (1893-1983) was a Spanish painter, sculptor and ceramist, who joined    the circle of Spaniards in Paris. Picasso was everyone’s inspiration in 1918, but Miró embraced Surrealism and adopted Automatism to explore his subconscious. His paintings look as writings, inspired by cave paintings and Spanish architecture. Miro’s images are humorous, colorful and animated.

During World War II, Miró moved permanently to Palma de Majorca, where he resided until his death of heart failure at age 90.

May 10, 2016

Painting With The Girls 131

May 10, 2016

Day 131 (235 days to go)

Happy Birthday handsome! You

know who you are!!

Cherry Panel 1

Watercolor Panel 5X7, watercolor

The nine tiles together. There a few centimeters missing in the corners because of the way the photo was taken.

This is #1 of 9 watercolor panels. Put together, day form a branch of a cherry tree. One can buy separate prints that I will have  printed on canvas, instead of paper. I am keeping the original panels together.

I am leaving for a couple weeks so I put together some work ahead of time so that I can enjoy my vacation. And don't worry, I am done with cherries after this. 

Bon Voyage!!!!!!

May 9, 2016

Painting With The Girls 130

May 9, 2016

Day 130 (236 days to go)

Arriving

Laser Printing, collage, 5X7, Matted

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was a Mexican painter who largely built her whole painting career around her troubled relationship with her husband Diego Rivera. She immortalized her personal battle with pain after an accident that shattered her whole body in a visual journal, in which she models her own life in a Pre- Colombian and Surrealist style of painting.

 

 

 

May 8, 2016

Painting With The Girls 129

May 8, 2016

Day 129 (237 days to go)

Camilla's Words

Watercolor, stamping, collage, 5x7, Matted

Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978) was an Italian painter best known for his metaphysical period characterized by enigmatic and mysterious empty streets and hidden shadows.

He was a prolific painter who lived in Rome until his death at age 90.

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May 7, 2016

Painting With the Girls 128

May 7, 2016.

Day 128 (238 days to go)

Woodblock printing 5X7 Matted

Part V

By the fall of 1874 Mary Cassatt had a studio in Paris and her sister Lydia came for her first visit. The family agreed that Mary needed to be accompanied and chaperoned in Paris, and Lydia was happy to fulfill that family obligation and leave Philadelphia. This marks a very happy time for Mary and Lydia. For the first few years Lydia made trips back and forth from Philadelphia to Paris. She was eager to socialize and visit all the cultural places in Paris with Mary. Lydia also became a model for Mary’s paintings. Mary’s style of painting changed as she dedicated herself to becoming a very good portraitist. She targeted the American tourists who wanted to bring a souvenir home. She joined the circle of expatriate, wealthy Americans who she hoped to get commissions from.  Unfortunately, the Salon rejected two of her paintings at this time, and all of her social circles heard about it, making Mary feel humiliated. 

Luckily, right after her rejection, she was invited by Edouard Manet himself in 1877 to join the Impressionists. This marks the beginning of a life long friendship with the Impressionist painters. She did not meet with them at their usual café, Nouvelle Athenes, but she, as did Berthe Morisot, entertained her friends at her home.

Degas became a close friend who visited her studio on a regular basis, and even picked up a brush to make changes to her work. Her paintings became more colorful, and she focused more on painting children, mothers and the social life in Paris. She would go to visit friends, the theater or just stroll at the park carrying her sketchbook.

Girl in a Blue Armchair is a painting from this period that shows Mary’s drastic change to brighter colors in addition to the Impressionistic movement style of painting.

Lydia’s health had declined in 1876 preventing her of returning to Paris that fall. By 1878, their parents decided they all should move to Paris so that Lydia could be close to the best doctors and Mary was not living by herself.

This was a big change for Mary’s lifestyle and freedom. Now she had to give up a lot of her time to be with her family, who were experiencing loneliness and the changes of moving to a different culture. They found a bigger place for all of them to live together, and by 1879, her parents were able to witness firsthand their daughter’s first Impressionist exhibit. All the artists made a profit, and 16,000 visitors paid for tickets. Mary Cassatt got great reviews and was invited to participate in the Society of American Artists ‘ New York exhibit, which she spent the next six months preparing for.

By 1880, Mary decided to try printing. The Japanese print style had been very much admired by the Impressionists, and she decided to try her hand at this new technique. She spent most of her evenings sketching, and her day at Degas’s studio because he had all the printing equipment.She produced stunning prints that she exhibited in the following years with pastels and oil paintings.

The art critics continuously praised her depiction of women, children and family life. By 1881, Mary was a well-established professional painter when Paul Durand Ruel, a very well known art dealer, proposed to represent her. She accepted and for the next twenty years they had a successful partnership.   

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May 6, 2016

Painting With The Girls 127

May 6, 2016

Day 127 (239 days to go)

Woodblock printing 5X7 Matted

René Magritte (1898-1967) was a Belgian painter who painted subjects that featured contradictory connections or disorienting content. He is famous for standing by a realistic looking painting of a pipe and saying, “this is not a pipe.”

He is well known for his paintings Black Magic, Golconda and The Son of a Man.

 

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May 5, 2016

Painting With The Girls 126

May 5, 2016

Day 126 (240 days to go)

Woodblock printing 5X7 Matted

Max Ernst (1891-1976) was a Surrealist German painter. He repeatedly painted bird figures that he named Loplop. He considered Loplop a messenger from his unconscious, which presented him with ideas for his paintings.

Ernst was briefly imprisoned by the Germans, but escaped to the United States. He was married four times, including to Peggy Guggenheim and Dorothea Tanning.

In 1950, he moved permanently to Paris until his death at age 84.

 

 

May 4, 2016

Painting With The Girls 125

May 4, 2016

Day 125 (241 days to go)

Stamping, woodblock, 5X7 Matted

Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was a painter who was accepted in the surrealist movement by Andre Breton, it’s founder, but Breton later kicked him out because Dali supported Franco.

Salvador Dali believed one should paint from the sources of sub-consciousness and tap into the meaning and symbolism of dreams. Freud’s writings were an inspiration to him as were the paintings of the Italian, Georgio de Chirico.

He moved to the U.S.A. in 1940, where he designed for theater, magazines and jewelry companies. He went back to Spain in 1950, and he lived there as a recluse until his death in 1989.

He is mostly known for his painting, Persistence of Memory.

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May 3, 2016

Painting With The Girls 124

May 3, 2016

Day 124 (242 days to go)

C Is For Cat III

Woodblock printing 5X7 Matted

My third cat installation. This is a great accomplishment for me, since it is a carved woodblock and these have been my first attempts. I like him because he looks frenchie!!!!!

May 2, 2016

Painting With The Girls 123

May 2, 2016

Day 123 (243 days to go)

C Is For Cat II

Watercolor, 5 1/2X8 1/2 Matted Matted

 I am working with water base spray bottles. They work really well with watercolor. Because I work in a small studio, I prefer non-toxic materials. That was a decision I made once I gave a bigger space. 

May 1, 2016

Painting With The Girls 122

May 1, 2016

Day 122 (244 days to go)

C Is For Cat 

C Is For Cat 

Watercolor, 5X7 Matted

I am working on the alphabet. I have hopes I will have the whole thing but I wanted to have at least a couple of two original A B C's because they look great together. I have A is for Apple, and B is for Bird, and C is for Cat.