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A Painter – Gauguin

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Paul Gauguin’s work was a precursor to abstract art – see how he uses flat planes of sharp color to mold a figure and show its volume.  His use of artifact like symbols gleaned from the world that surrounded him adds another dimension to his painting.

If you want to paint and are not yet interested in taking classes, you can paint a copy of a painting by an artist you admire.  IHistorically this has been standard practice, used to hone skills.  I have painted Gauguin copies and one mural of his work, through this method you will see parts of the painting that are not privy to the casual viewer.

 

Take a shot at it you might surprise yourself…

 Happy Friday!

  

Self portrait by Mr. Gauguin,

gauguin-vangogh.jpg Gaugin-Van-Gogh image by pussycat37

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

Paul Gauguin

 

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A Painter – Michelangelo

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The Sistine  chapel ceiling that Michelangelo painted had become so dirty that the figures were  practically hidden under a layer of grime – above a before cleaning and after cleaning example.

The  elegance and nonchalant grace of his figures portrays a skill level in painting that few achieve – what made his work dense artistically is his use of color and sculpture infused muscle rendering.

Have  eye-catching night!

From Wikipedia below,

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

Born 6 March 1475(1475-03-06)
near
Arezzo, in Caprese, Tuscany
Died 18 February 1564 (aged 88)
Rome

 

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Weekly Gallery Chat Says GoodBye To King Tut’s Tomb

 

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As we bid a fond farewell to King Tut’s tomb let us take a look back at some of the items  not discussed and read a final warning to all who spend their time discovering…

( Look for me in the Yucatan peninsula in about 5 years  – I know there is an undiscovered mayan pyramid yet… to be found…I am dead serious…)

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt Feature Story below  from  www.touregypt.net

Politics and the King Tut Discovery

by Jimmy Dunn

Howard Carter, Pierre Lacau and members of the Egyptian government in front of the tomb of Seti II Politics have always taken an important part in Egyptian archaeology, as they continue to do today. As we gaze upon the wonders of the Tutankhamun treasures, it should come as no big surprise that politics also played a big part in that discovery, becoming in fact the real curse of King Tut’s tomb.

In general, many of the worlds greatest scholars, even today, are not some of the world’s greatest politicians, even though their work often comes under political scrutiny. This can also be said about Howard Carter, so the death of his financier and the more politically savvy Lord Carnarvon on April 5, 1923 could not have come at a worst time. Afterwards, irregardless of how proficient Howard Carter was as an excavator, he proved to be a very poor diplomat at a time when the whole Tut Article from The Times of Londontomb affair had become a very tricky political situation.

The disaster was actually initiated by Lord Carnarvon himself when, on January 9th, 1923, he signed a contract with The Times of London, giving them exclusive rights to the details of the Tutankhamun discovery. It seemed like a good idea at the time, both financially and practically, but in reality it turned out otherwise. First of all, the agreement with The Times was felt to be an affront by not only the news media in Egypt, but the news media throughout the rest of the world as well. One must always keep in mind that this was a time of limited media, before the age of television, radio and the numerous media that so impact our world today. Thereafter, Howard Carter and his team had to suffer what might be called guerilla warfare and general mischief making from the desperate Time’s competitors. One of them, the Daily Mail, even employed one of Carters old rivals, Arthur Weigall, as their special correspondent.

According to Aruther Mace, a member of the Tutankhamun excavation team, in a letter to his wife Winifred:

“…the atmosphere of Luxor is rather nerve-wracking at present. The Winter Palace is a scream. No one talks of anything but the tomb, newspaper men swarm, and you daren’t say a word without looking round everywhere to see if anyone is listening. Some of them are trying to make mischief between Carnarvon and the Department of Antiquities, and all Luxor takes sides on way or the other. Archaeology plus journalism is bad enough, but when you add Politics it becomes a little to much…”

Furthermore, this was a difficult time in Egypt. There was a serious and growing movement for an independent Egyptian state, even though it would take another three decades to achieve. For those involved in the movement, known as Nationalists, the Times agreement provided a big Artical from a competing newspaper of the timesstick with which to beat not only the British “colonialists”, but foreigners in general. It would eventually result in the Tut expedition’s undoing, at least for a while.

After the official “discovery” of the tomb on February 16, 1923, and the revelation that the boy king laid undisturbed within his tomb, there was a growing pressure to make the find public. There was also the legal question of the treasure’s division. If the tomb was classified as “intact”, the Egyptian Government would, under the terms of the concession, be entitled to deny the excavators’ claims to any share of the objects that were recovered.

Indeed, the issue of how best to deal with the discovery created difficulties between Carter and Carnarvon which ultimately resulted in a falling out between the two men. On February 23rd, 1923, Carter went so far as to demand that Carnarvon never enter his house again. Yet, that did not prevent the cloud of doom that fell over the expedition camp following Lord Carnarvon‘s death some months later. Lord Carnarvon had not only been their sponsor, but an influential one as well.

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in the tombBetween the first and second excavation season, Carter spend the summer in England, where he managed to persuade Lady Carnarvon to renew the concession under her own name. She readily agreed to this, but she also renewed the Times contract which had been the cause of so much grief the previous season.

By October of 1923, Carter was back in Egypt to begin his second season at the tomb, but thanks to his poor handling of the political situation, even more problems would arise this season. It began when Carter, with a clear aim of circumventing a call from journalists that all or none be present when an announcement on the find was made, decided that Merton, the Time’s correspondent, would no longer be regarded as a journalist but as a member of the excavation team. Hence, the Times would still get the news first.

At the same time, the Egyptian Government, and in particular Pierre Lacau who was now the Director General of the Antiquities Service, had been under increasing pressure to take action over the Times monopoly, especially by the Nationalists who resented considerably the lack of Egyptian involvement in the Tut excavation. At the time, a sound political move would have been for Carter to immediately brief the Egyptian press, which would have probably gone a long way in smoothing over the situation. Yet stubbornly, Carter refused to budge on the matter. It would not take long for the tension between Carter and Lacau to escalate into downright unpleasantness.

Matters finally came to a head following the official lifting of the sarcophagus lid on February 12th, 1924. Carter intended to allow the wives of the expedition members to visit the tomb the following day. However, this was thwarted by the newly appointed Nationalist Minister of Public Works, Morcos Bey Hanna. Hanna was certainly no friend of the English, who had attempted to have him hanged for his political activities some years before, and Carter could see nothing in the Minister’s action except a personal affront to himself, his colleagues and to England. On the other hand, Mace, one of Carter’s principal team members, simply saw it as petty jealousy, “spoiling the dream of every Egyptologist”.

In a letter to his mother, Winifred Mace remarked:

“The whole is a disagreeable business and Carter is such an autocrat that to be thwarted at every turn takes all reason from him.”

Thus, “looking desperately ill and in a fury”, Carter carried out an earlier threat and closed the tomb, leaving the sarcophagus lid hanging precariously by its ropes. He then posted a notice in A pamphlet privately printed by Howard Carterthe lobby of the Winter Palace in Luxor explaining the reason for his actions:

“Owing to the impossible restrictions and discourtesies of the Egyptian Public Works Department and its antiquity service, all my collaborators, as a protest, have refused to work any further upon their scientific investigations in the tomb”.

That was Howard Carter‘s biggest mistake. By closing the tomb, he had played into Lacau’s hands, violating the terms of his concession and allowing Lacau to void the agreement. Afterwards, the Egyptian Government declared that it would finish the work. Legal action on the part of Carter to re-establish the concession came to nothing, and he, fuming with indignation and frustration at having been so completely outmaneuvered, soon left for England and an American lecture tour.

Meanwhile, in Egypt things when from bad to worst, with the discovery of a gessoed wooden head of the boy king packed as if ready to be shipped out of the country. Furthermore, Carter privately published a pamphlet containing “a full statement of the facts which have led us to the present position with the Egyptian government”. One of the appendices removed by Carter from many copies of the booklet contained embarrassing transcripts of Herbert Winlock’s coded telegrams and letters warning Carter of problems. The printing of this ill-judged pamphlet cost Carter the support of many friends and allies.

Were it not for the terrorist murder of the British Sirdar, Sir Lee Stack, on November 19th, Carter might very well have never returned to Egypt. Afterwards, the British tightened their control over Egypt, which included disbanding the Nationalist Government, which allowed Carter to return to his excavation, though now on Egyptian terms.

Howard Carter Working in the Tomb of TutankhamunHe received the new concession, still in Lady Carnarvon’s name, on January 13th, 1925. Under the new agreement, The Times of London would loose its monopoly on the discovery news, and the Carnarvon estate, despite vague promises of one or two duplicates when the tomb had been fully cleared, was required to abandon any formal claim to the king’s treasures. As compensation for the expenses incurred during the excavation, the Carnarvon estate was given the sum of 36,000 pounds sterling in 1930, which marked the end of the Carnarvon financial commitment to the excavation. The final seasons would be financed by the Egyptian government and by Howard Carter himself.

In the end, there was considerable relief when Carter took back the excavation, even by Lacau. It was a monumental task, and as Winlock remarked, “there is no better person to whom this dedicated stuff could have been entrusted”. While Carter may not have been a good politician, he was unquestionably a great excavator, and in truth, it was a job that no one else wanted. Work on clearing the tomb and conserving the objects would continue for  more than seven years, and the study of its contents and preparation for publication would hang as a burden around Carter’s neck for the rest of his life.

 

 

Adieu King Tutankhamun

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Gallery Chat Special / A Walk Through King Tut’s Tomb With Howard Carter / Egyptomania

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In 1923 Howard Carter opened King Tutankhamun’s tomb.  One paper was given the exclusive rights to cover the story. Across the US a fever was created for pictures and stories about the young Egyptian king’s tomb.

Contents bill for The Times advertising the first pictures of the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun which were published on January 30, 1923.

The TIMES of London was the sole proprietor of BW photographs, articles and interviews.  Above is a billboard poster announcing the Times  accomplishment.

The silent film industry presented an exotic ideal of egyptian dress in films,

architecture was influenced by the tombs of Egypt particularly the Rosicrucian society,

 

Why this reminds me of my one and only chance (please excuse my old buzzard drinking at rundown bar diatribe) to climb the pyramid, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but I still, STILL can’t believe that I chickened out on this one…this one being, there was a trip to Egypt -$500 dollars that’s right and it included  RT airfare hotel breakfast for one week with a quick climb up one of the pyramids that included  a personal guide, idiot ,I WAS AN IDIOT, to pass that up – anyway this story was brought to the surface by the mention of the Rosicrucian society, as to the fact being that, while on a road trip with a friend to California, trying to drive straight out – asap – we ran across, while on one of our many midnight caffeine drenched hurtles no lees than Elvis Presley’s first home, a tiny white house with a white fence, the only thing  spotlighted  in town at midnight, then the next night round the same time we hit, purely by happenstance as we had no plan except speed, a temple of the Rosicrucian society with a SPHINX just about my size, I’m 5’9!/2″, me being me at midnight – stopped the red Toyota stick we were driving and I climbed up and perched myself face to face with The SPHINX!!!  Or at least a replica of it, I can still feel the stone of its hat underneath my fingertips as I waited for this moment to be caught on film… these things happen in the wee hours, anyway,

Egyptomania still exist today as 3,000 year old images make our hearts race and our eyes widen.

 

 

EGYPTOMANIA!!!!!

 Built in 1923

 

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Syonara!

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New Art Movement – Sampeled Visual Post Raphaelites

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Let’ s start a new art movement, it’s easy.  Take a few ideas a couple of artists write a treatise,  proclaim your existence , mix vigorously…and VIOLA a new movement has formed!

 

 

 

tr.v. sam·pled, sam·pling, sam·ples 1. To take a sample of, especially to test or examine by a sample: the restaurant critic who must sample a little of everything.

2. To use or incorporate (an audio segment of an original recording) in a new recording: a song that samples the bass line of a 1970s disco tune.

adj. Serving as a representative or example: sample test questions; a sample piece of fabric.
 
vi·su·al //   (vzhl)
adj. 1. Of or relating to the sense of sight: a visual organ; visual receptors on the retina.

2. Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible: a visual presentation; a design with a dramatic visual effect.3. Optical.4. Done, maintained, or executed by sight only: visual navigation.5. Having the nature of or producing an image in the mind: a visual memory of the scene.6. Of or relating to a method of instruction involving sight.

n. A picture, chart, or other presentation that appeals to the sense of sight, used in promotion or for illustration or narration. Often used in the plural: an ad campaign with striking visuals; trying to capture a poem in a cinematic visual.

 
post 1 //   (pst)
n. 1. A long piece of wood or other material set upright into the ground to serve as a marker or support.

2. A similar vertical support or structure, as: a. A support for a beam in the framework of a building.b. A terminal of a battery.3. Sports A goal post.4. The starting point at a racetrack.5. The slender barlike part of a stud earring that passes through the ear and is secured at the back with a small cap or clip.6. An electronic message sent to a newsgroup: ignored several inflammatory posts.

tr.v. post·ed, post·ing, posts 1. a. To display (an announcement) in a place of public view.

b. To cover (a wall, for example) with posters.2. To announce by or as if by posters: post banns.3. Computer Science To send (an electronic message) to a newsgroup: posted a response to a question about car engines.4. To put up signs on (property) warning against trespassing.5. To denounce publicly: post a man as a thief.6. To publish (a name) on a list.7. Games To gain (points or a point) in a game or contest; score.

  

Pre-Raph·a·el·ite also pre-Raph·a·el·ite //   (pr-rf-lt, -rf-)

n. A painter or writer belonging to or influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a society founded in England in 1848 to advance the style and spirit of Italian painting before Raphael. adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pre-Raphaelites.
 
Mix and start making some art!
All I need are some followers…anyone????
PEACE   Have a great Weekend!
Images from Google by the pre-Raphaelite painters
 
 

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Art, Rough Around The Edges Is What Makes It Real

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A small  piece of art that is from the ether, heart the essence of who that spirit is makes a vibration that clouds around and through the expression of that piece which then connects to the viewer.  That sense of awe or wonder that art can create is a physical manifestation of that  wave, tone, color feeling. (Hogwash you say? Perhaps -read on anyway)

Never listen to anyone who tries to tell you can or cannot do something in the arts.  only by attempting to conclude your aspiration will you ever know if it is possible , more importantly, is it what you saw or felt in your mind , does it make sense to you? 

If it does then there is a reason for it existing in this world and it contributes.

So anyone whether you are in your 40th year in the arts or just beginning, do it – take that jump into the unknown, you might surprise yourself!

Peace and Happy Art Making  

 

 The fun of life is falling flat on your face and having a great good laugh  while you get up…again and again…

 

(I love this disc)

 

Song  WALKING AND FALLING     Artist LAURIE ANDERSON

 

I wanted you. And I was looking for you. But I couldn’t find you. I wanted you. And I was looking for you all day. But I couldn’t find you. I couldn’t find you. You’re walking. And you don’t always realize it, but you’re always falling. With each step you fall forward slightly. And then catch yourself from falling. Over and over, you’re falling. And then catching yourself from falling. And this is how you can be walking and falling at the same time.

 

Now that reminds me of one of my many fantasies, to see Bruce Springsteen and Laurie Anderson collaborate on an album, They are very similar, at the center of their music -so this is me making a blind date between Bruce and Laurie – come on guys, it’s a great idea!

 

PEACE

 

 www.laurieanderson.com

www.brucespringsteen.net

 

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Weekly Gallery Chat – Charles Renee Mackintosh – Watercolors

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Charles Renee Mackintosh created stylized ethereal eastern flavored watercolors and was part of the  symbolist movement as well as being heavily influenced by the arts and crafts movement.  His work also included sculptures, furniture and ceramics.

He was an architect whose designs reflected the art nouveau tenets of fluidity and organic gracefulness.

 

Here is an example,

 

See how massive the stone is depicted yet it has an other worldly essence captured as well.

here’s another,

You can see the stylized basis of his forms in this painting and the art nouveau influences.

another,

Look how the methods he uses in his painting bleed into his architectural endeavors – beautiful lines…

 

Have a great night!

 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (June 7, 1868 – December 10, 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, and watercolourist. He was a designer in the Arts and Crafts movement and also the main exponent of  Art Nouveau in the United Kingdom. He had a considerable influence on European design.                       FROM WIKIPEDIA

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ERROR update   Wait a minute that second painting was a Schiele (Egon that is) or Gustave Klimt, I will have to do some research… So now the second painting is a MACKINTOSH!!

I hold those three artists in my mind as three of my all time favorites and in a class alone so I do interchange them while thinking!!!

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