Posts Tagged ‘figurative art’

The Oak and the Cypress: Mia, Siena, Stripes

October 7, 2016

…And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Excerpt from “On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran This body of work is about being married, or in a long-term relationship. This painting was inspired by a […]

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Diving In (Gina's Window), acrylic on panel, 36 x 48

The Oak and the Cypress: Diving In (Gina’s Window)

October 7, 2016

…And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Excerpt from “On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran This body of work is about being married, or in a long-term relationship. When I’m thinking, I always look […]

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Solo Show Explores Gay Marriage

October 2, 2016

In an exhibition sponsored by the City of Federal Way, painter Maura McGurk uses texture, color and found objects to explore long-term relationships, particularly gay marriage. McGurk explains that she arrived at this theme through a challenge she gave to herself, to begin using pattern in more conscious ways in her paintings. This technical consideration […]

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Il Sodoma, Acrylic on board, 4" x 5"

Pride Project #4 – Il Sodoma

June 4, 2016

Il Sodoma was an Italian Renaissance painter who lived around 1500, and worked with Raphael and Pope Julius. He worked on both the Sistine Chapel and the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican (more commonly known as the Raphael Room). Unfortunately, he was fired from both of those projects, as were many other popular and […]

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Billy Tipton, water soluble crayon on board, 5 x 5.

Pride Project #3 – Billy Tipton

June 4, 2016

A painting a day during Pride, honoring LGBTQ people and moments! Today is Billy Tipton, a jazz musician and big band leader who began living as a man in the 1930s, while he was a teenager. He went on to make a living from his music, marry several times, and adopt children. His secret was […]

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You’re Invited!

May 16, 2016

Tangier Overture To an exhibition of new paintings at the Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way, Washington. The Oak and the Cypress …And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. Excerpt from “On Marriage” […]

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Works Progress Administration poster from 1936

365 Days of Art: August 29 – The Federal Art Project of the WPA is Created

August 29, 2014

August 29, 1935 The Federal Art Project (FAP) is established as part of the Works Progress Administration and FDR’s New Deal. Like all WPA programs, its goal is to create jobs. Most of the jobs involved creating public art for government buildings like schools, libraries, airports and the like. One of the great features is […]

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Stephen Salisbury, by Gilbert Stuart, 1823-1824

365 Days of Art: July 9 – Portrait Subject Describes Sitting for Gilbert Stuart

July 16, 2014

July 9, 1823 Stephen Salisbury, from Worcester, Massachusetts (holla!) writes home to his son about having his portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart at Stuart’s studio in Boston: Your aunt &c. has prevailed on me to Sit before Stuart for a likeness, which he has accomplished to their Satisfaction, as well as my own.” His wife […]

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The Cha Cha That Was Danced in the Early Morning Hours, 24th March, 1961, by David Hockney, 1961

365 Days of Art: March 24 – Hockney’s Crush Dances Cha-Cha; Inspires Painting

March 24, 2014

March 24, 1961 A classmate of David Hockney, knowing that Hockney had a crush on him, danced a special cha-cha for him at a party. This flirtation inspired the painting The Cha-Cha That Was Danced in the Early Hours of 24th March, 1961.

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The Concert, by Johannes Vermeer

365 Days of Art: March 18 – Thieves Steal 13 Works in Biggest Art Theft EVER

March 18, 2014

March 18, 1990 The largest art robbery in history occurs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, where 13 paintings valued at $100 million are stolen. Disguised as Boston police officers, the two thieves claimed to be responding to a call. In Boston, in the early morning hours of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, this […]

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March 15-Helga

365 Days of Art: March 15 – The Helga Pictures Are Revealed

March 15, 2014

March 15, 1986 Art collector Leonard E. B. Andrew drives to Andrew Wyeth’s studio in Chadd’s Ford, PA, at Wyeth’s request, and is the first outsider to see Wyeth’s many drawings and paintings of his neighbor and model, Helga. The body of work came to be known as the Helga Pictures. Andrew had previously bought […]

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Augusta Savage, circa 1938, with some of her sculptures.

365 Days of Art: Leap Year Bonus, February 29 – Augusta Savage Born

February 28, 2014

February 29, 1892 Augusta Savage (born as Augusta Fells) was born, as she said, “at the dark of the moon”. She was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was influential as a sculptor, teacher, and advocate for equal rights, though, to her great disappointment, her political activism came to overshadow her artistic […]

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Peter Paul Rubens, Adoration of the Shepherds, 1608

365 Days of Art: February 23 – Italian Priest Recommends Rubens for a Job

February 23, 2014

February 23, 1608 P. Flamminio Ricci, Padre Superiore of the Roman Congregation, writes to the Oratorium Congregation in Fermo to recommend Peter Paul Rubens for a painting job. He writes: E flammingho ma da putto allevato in Roma. (He is Flemish but as a boy was raised in Rome). The canvas (not an altarpiece, which […]

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Moses, from the tomb built for Pope Julius II by Michelangelo, commissioned 1505, completed in 1545.

365 Days of Art: February 19 – Pope Julius II Commissions Tomb from Michelangelo

February 19, 2014

February 19, 1513 In one of his last acts, Pope Julius II issues a Papal Bull declaring that Michelangelo will carve his tomb. Michelangelo had actually begun the project seven years earlier, but was interrupted by Julius’s commission of the Sistine Chapel ceiling–to Michelangelo’s mind, a frustrating and far less interesting proposition, but the only […]

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February 16-Hopper

365 Days of Art: February 16 – Edward Hopper Poses for Raphael Soyer, Disses Abstract Art

February 16, 2014

February 16, 1963 Edward Hopper poses for the second time for Raphael Soyer, who is painting his portrait. Soyer noted the occasion, as well as their conversation in his diary: A professor, head of an art department, recently asked him to participate in an art symposium with the nonrepresentationalist Motherwell and others. “I said nix. […]

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