Impression, Sunrise 1872  Claude Monet

with new brush strokes
a new impression started –
chasing the light



Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant), 1872; the painting that gave its name to the style. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

H is for Hamilton

H is for Hamilton

Today is day eight of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

elaine hamilton

photo credit: wiki

Title unknown, date unknown.

Elaine Hamilton, oil on canvas, 48″x28″. (1920 –2010)


all about the art

an independent woman

holding her own



Elaine Hamilton-O’Neal, was an internationally known American abstract painter and muralist born near Catonsville, Maryland. She exhibited internationally in solo and multiple-artist exhibits in the United States, Mexico, South Asia, Japan, and throughout Europe. She is known for the work of her final stylistic phase, known as action painting. This is the definition of action painting, sometimes called “gestural abstraction”- it is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied. Jackson Pollock did that. In the late 1940s to early 1950s, her work exhibited earthy textures and colors, as well as heavy, sculpted, cubist forms. It was increasingly abstract. I am so proud of myself, I actually identified this painting as abstract and cubist before I read it! Some of this stuff is sinking in.

Hamilton moved to Paris. In 1971, she bought a chateau in France, where she lived and worked for the next 30 years. She lived in New York, a tent at base camp of Mount Everest.  I wonder if she climbed it. Well, she got in the ring with a bull, as a bullfighter so its entirely possible. She was married forever, I think 60 years, but they spent most of their married lives apart. No divorce, just her doing her thing and him doing his. Those are the ones the last the longest.

G is for Griffith

G is for Griffith


Unloading the Banana Boats, New Orleans Dock

Louis Oscar Griffith 1875 – 1956

Banana Boats

 dock teems with workers..

unloading banana boats

life in the Big Easy



Louis Oscar Griffith was born on October 10, 1875 in Greencastle, Indiana. He traveled a lot, including to Europe. When he got to New Orleans he fell in love with the place and started portraying scenes from daily life in his work. Griffith moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1893 to attend the St. Louis School of Fine Arts.  He studied in Dallas with Frank Reaugh c. 1890; 1895-1896, 1896-1897, at the School of the Art Institute.  In addition to etching, he was a painter of realistic landscape, portrait and genre, painting with Impressionist-influenced color and broad, relatively loose brushwork. For a look at an overview of his work follow link below. I like the vitality and energy of this piece. Listen to me, vitality and energy, LOL! I’m really getting into this. Can’t you just feel the bustle? I can smell the sweat!

D is for Degas

D is for Degas

Today is day four of the Blogging A to Z Challenge


 The Dance Class, 1874

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)


attitude filled air

on the trail of perfection

all jitters stifled

figures held in light in time

smell of oil paint permeates



I thought I would take this opportunity to learn a little more about art/artists/painters/paintings and master works than I do during this A to Z Challenge.


Edgar Degas was born , Hilaire-Germain-Edgar de Gas on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France. He showed talent as a child, so at 18 years old he was copying works of the masters on display in the Louvre. That’s what budding artists did then to hone their craft. His father was a French banker and a knowledgeable art lover. His mother was American from New Orleans, who knew! They were from the middle class but decided to change their stars. They had nobler “pretensions”, I love the way they put that. So, they jazzed up the surname made it de Gas (the ‘de’ meaning land owning aristocrat), which they weren’t. Edgar later changed it back to Degas. 

He was one of the founders of the Impressionists’ movement. He arranged exhibitions and participated in them. Yet he was resistant to such labeling, just like Cezanne. He considered himself a realist- representing subjects truthfully, no enhancing of the image. His favorite image to paint were dancers, he produced 1500 such paintings. In his thirties his eyesight started to fail, so he turned to sculpting. Wow! Way to make lemonade when life hands you lemons, right. I did not know that Degas was a sculpture. His work influenced several major modern artists.

Follow this link for a peek at his work as a sculpture

C is for Cezanne

Today is day three of the Blogging A to Z Challenge


Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)
Montagne Sainte-Victoire, from near Gardanne, c. 1887


imposing mountains
cradles life in the valley
warm colors of home



Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence and subsequently studied in Paris. He was considered to be among another group of rebels, the post-impressionists. From what I gather they kept the colors of the impressionists but returned to the form and definition of subjects. This group included Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Georges Seurat (1859–1891), Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), he was the eldest of the group. Before that he was into dark colors in layers and he used a palette knife to apply the colors. Each time I read that part I kept thinking of ‘putty knife’. I guess that made for a thick application. He lightened up his palette, color wise, and this is when he was thought of as an impressionist. He had also moved to landscapes by this time. Landscape and impressionism –  impressionism and landscapes, I have to look into that one. Anyway,  Cézanne made definition with color gradation, creating a three dimensional look. This sounds like the use of progressively darker shades of same color. His work influenced the art of CubistsFauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists,

I found good reading at the link below which is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  In this spiel about this artist on mentioning Cubists, Fauvists there is a link show an example of exactly what that particle type of art looks like. Very cool I thought. So, read on, should you choose to..

Also linked to NaMoWriMo



Expactation by Sapozhnikova Svetlana is a modern Russian artist

in water front dives
folks take libations – spin yarns
tucked in by the fog

living impressionism
air and droplets conspire



Written in reasponse to Carpe Diem prompt Channel

For further reading follow link



Large Bathers by Paul Cézanne

Carpe Diem Prompt : Bathing

On above prompt our host posted of above painting

 “…a nice example of late impressionism and it’s really an impression from a bathing scene. Paul Cézanne painted this painting between 1898 and 1905. It is considered one of the masterpieces of modern art, and is often considered Cézanne’s finest work. Cézanne worked on the painting for seven years, and it remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1906…”


communal bathing

when full figures ruled the day

celebration of form



For further reading on prompt follow link below