Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

25 October 2016

Good Fortune: Okyo's Cranes Now on View | Unframed (Reblog)

Good fortune and longevity? Every culture should and probably does have something that symbolizes this. In Japan it's the crane. Would be interesting to research the symbols of other countries. Or ... ??? Maybe we could ask Robert Langdon. :) Jokes aside, click the link because this artwork is exquisite!

 

" ... Maruyama Okyo (1733–95), a painter who revolutionized the practice and taught or influenced generations of Japanese painters."



Good Fortune: Okyo's Cranes Now on View | Unframed




(NOTE: At the time of the posting the paintings were on exhibit; not at the time of this reblogging.)





The Okyo artwork motivated me to search for more pictures, photos, and illustrations of cranes. Found this beautiful photograph of Grey Crowned Cranes and wanted to share it.





03 August 2016

Impressionist Painters: Monet and Others

A brief introduction to artists, Claude Monet and others, who made such a lasting impression, reproductions of their original works adorn many homes and offices. Through his persistence Monet's paintings gained the recognition they deserve and he opened the door for fellow artists.



Image:  Autograph of the painter Claude Monet (Photo credit: Wikipediaautograph of the painter Claude Monet



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23 June 2016

Artists I Fancy: Kyoung Hwan Kim

Spotlight on South Korean artist Kyoung Hwan Kim, freelance concept artist and illustrator, digital illustrator, fantasy art ...


http://daftsoul.tumblr.com/post/146637411670/kyoung-hwan-kim


More by this fantastic artist Kyoung Hwan Kim dba Tahra Art at ArtStation. Love the cat!!  Also view her gallery on DeviantArt.

 





Tahra art2 cover by tahra on DeviantArt








05 April 2016

It's 2015 and Beyond! Cuban Art is Booming!

In a previous post, shared a cherished personal memory at this site and titled it My Introduction to Cuban Art. It was humorous but this post is serious.
 

Almost every evening, our PBS station (Public Broadcasting Service) airs the news hour and many parts of the program are special segments. Very recently, President Obama upset quite a few people when he announced his plans to strive to normalize relations between the USA and Cuba. Whether people agree or disagree, it's happening . PBS' special segment is a series called “The Cuban Evolution”. My antennas went up when it was announced that there was to be a discussion of the current art scene in Cuba. Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society , is the lucky bloke who gets to travel to Cuba on official business to cover the series. Here are some of the highlights from the segment:

  • Havana Biennial Art Show is taking place (promotes “Third World” contemporary art)
  • Cuban art market is booming and Cuban artists are making a mark on the international art scene
  • There are still some restrictions on freedom of expression – nevertheless ...
  • Savvy art collectors are buying now because the value of their collections is sure to increase in the near future



You can watch the entire report on the PBS YouTube Channel . For me this news is exciting. The Cuban culture is so wonderfully colorful and vibrant. The people have been suppressed for way too long!


Interesting Reading and Links of Interest:





Content previously published at PersonaPaper, June 2015.
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My Introduction to Cuban Art

One of my first jobs after graduating from the University of Miami was a teller at a savings and loan institution. Had a degree but couldn't find a job right away and accepted this job because some income is better than no income. Each teller had a number. You used your stamp - on checks, deposit and withdrawal slips, etc. - to leave a trail for the auditors that you had handled that customer's transaction. Teller 63. That was me!



One of my co-workers, another teller, was a young guy working his way through college. He had come to America from Cuba with the first set of refugees that President John Kennedy had allowed into Miami , Florida.

Can't remember the name, but he was showing me artwork by a Cuban artist who was very famous and known for his paintings of everyday life in Cuba. Everyday life, that is, before Fidel Castro took over.  So the painting was a wonderful lively scene - beautiful blue water and clear blue sky, trees, beautiful flowers, all kinds of colorful people - men , women and children, engaging in either work or play.

"Look!", he says and points at a beautiful woman walking down the sidewalk and men turning to stare as she strolls with her nose up in the air.

"You see her backside?", he asked.

I reply, "Yes! Yes I do!"

(You could hardly miss her lovely "lady lump". :) He continues to explain the art: "This painting is so typical Cuban. Cuban men love the big butt! Americans do not like this! But in our culture, it is considered beautiful!! Americans think skinny is beautiful. But Cuban men do not like skinny women!"



The conversation between Jorge and me was very memorable, educational and also humorous. His final remarks really made me laugh, as he's looking right at me, and speaking very plainly and seemed to take no thought that he was talking to me - a Black American woman - about big butts!!!

That was my first lesson about Cuban artists and Cuban art.

(Truly apologize.  My memory fails me. Forgot the name of the particular artist.)




Link of interest:

Content previously published at PersonaPaper, Mar 2015.

The Olive Tree has been highly regarded since ancient times ...

The olive branch holds a special place in Jewish and Christian beliefs and traditions.
Olive Branch

Olive trees are considered as "Immortal" because they can live for up to two hundred years, and just before a tree dies, new branches sprout from its roots.

There are artists living and working in the Holy City of Bethlehem who specialize in sculpting unique treasures and creating inspirational art from olive wood.
 
Olive tree  
Throughout history, the olive tree has been regarded as a symbol of peace and goodwill.


The craft of olive wood carving has been practiced since the 4th century.




lion and lamb olive wood carving

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Glackens - Hillside with Olive Trees Poster
Glackens - Hillside with Olive Trees Poster by Virginia5050
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01 April 2016

Ancient Greek and Roman Statues Shown in Their True Colors

Found this interesting blog called: moco-choco. Coffee? Chocolate? Neither! First post visited was about a re-visualization of famous historical places and people based on "reality". For example, the pyramids of Giza were actually white and shiny. Who knew? Perception versus reality. It was eye-opening blog post!
Sharing a link to this post which shows:

True Colors of Ancient Greek and Roman Statues


Example of one of the numerous images displayed at the moco-choco blog.
 
The sculpted figures take on a new life when you see them in color. In fact, the colors give them life!

 



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Content first published at PersonaPaper, January 14, 2016.




23 March 2016

Fairy and Fantasy Art of Molly Harrison | WebNuggetz.com

Love art? 
         Love fairies? 
                  Love fantasy? 



Love, 

Molly :)



Fairy and Fantasy Art of Molly Harrison | WebNuggetz.com







March is Women's History Month.  Taking this opportunity to shine the spotlight on women from all walks.  This spotlight is on a successful fantasy artist Molly Harrison, who creates lovely works of art - fairies, mermaids, unicorns and more.

03 November 2015

Rahab by Eikonik | From the Chest from Atlantis Archive

Tumblr users like, reblog or like and reblog, but now there is a wonderul feature where HTML code is provided and bloggers on non-Tumblr platforms can share content found on Tumblr. Below is an embedded post from a Tumblr blogger who shares art depictions of ancient history – people and places. This is a complement to a post previously published here at My Blog Stop! about a woman in the Bible known as Rahab the harlot. 

Women of the Bible: Rahab - The Noble Harlot


The artwork depicts the part of the biblical account where she hid the Jewish spies on her rooftop.


http://jeziora-atlantean.tumblr.com/post/115288266701/rahab-by-eikonik


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28 July 2015

Native American Female Artist: Betty Albert

It is wonderful to learn about your background and ancestry, but we must always remind ourselves that none of us would have a heritage were it not for our mothers.

Two selected pieces below are the stunning artwork of Betty "Wabinmeguil" Albert-Lincez, who was adopted by French Canadians but came to learn that she was Cree.  She still resides in Canada and is listed among the Canadian Women of Achievement.  Her artwork captures the Native American journey.  In my mind, these posters honor the women of the Indian nations.




Evening Star Woman
Evening Star Woman




Three Sisters
Three Sisters

24 July 2015

Inspiring Biographies

Like to read autobiographies or biographies? Reading about the lives of other people has always been a source of inspiration for me and no doubt it is the same way for other people too. In fact, if a person is suffering from depression one of the suggested activities to uplift their spirit and pull them out of the dark black hole is reading life stories. Not trying to sound corny but we are all ordinary people and it is encouraging to know that the majority of us endure the same trials and tribulations and most of us overcome or rise above our difficulties and get on with our lives.

But clearly you do not have to be depressed to draw motivation from reading about the achievements of someone else. For one of my friends it was the life of Malcolm X. The first biography which influenced my life was about Sammy Davis Jr. It was titled Yes I Can. (I could just kick myself for not keeping the book as it is now considered a collectible. He also published a sequel called Why Me?) The first autobiography written by Mr. Davis is also the book that peaked my curiosity and got me interested in reading more and more biographies about anybody – celebrities, men and women in history, people in political circles, etc. Turned this fascination into a hobby and created a Pinterest board called BIO-Snapshots, a collection of trivia, information and articles about people. Some of my most recent pins link to mini-bios of: Nora Baker, Robert Smalls, and Huma Abedin.


Do you get inspired by reading
biographical accounts or personal memoirs?

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Featured Image Credit

The Pack – Art Print Poster

David Cowles

Available at AllPosters.com
and Amazon.com
  • David Cowles is a full-time freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in such publications as: Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Fortune, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. One does not have to convince others that this guy has tremendous talent. If you see an art piece like “The Pack”, you know want to go see some of his other stuff!

David Cowles – Art Posters and Prints

http://astore.amazon.com/cns05-mvdc-20/detail/B005F3PA02

 

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