Wordless Wednesday – Vincent

This past Saturday my daughter took me to the Immersive Vincent Van Gogh Exhibit on pier 36 in NYC. It was amazing…all images were the height of the wall with movement, fade-ins and fade-outs. This with musical accompaniments.

Museum goers becoming one with Starry Night – via silhouette. This was one of the coolest thing about this Immersive experience.



Letter Z
Today is the letter Z in the A to Z Challenge

I am taking this opportunity in this challenge to learn more about art and the artist who make them today’ s artist is



 Title: La place d’Anvers 1880

Oil on canvas impressionist

            Federico  ZANDOMENEGHI (Italian, 1841 – 1917) Place d’Anvers, Paris, 1880



folks passing the time

on an ideal summer’s day

family memories

PR  2/05/15

La Terrasse Federico Zandomeneghi – 1895

Woman in corset – Federico Zandomeneghi

Zandomeneghi (1841 – 1917)



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X is for Xceron

Letter X

 Today is the letter X in the A to Z Challenge

 I am taking this opportunity in this challenge to learn more about art and the artist who make them today’ s artist is



(I see Picasso looking back at me with this one)


hiding behind curves

peering back from safe distance

diversion – bottoms up



Jean Xceron (1890–1967) was an American abstract painter of Greek origin. He immigrated to the United States in 1904 and studied at the Corcoran School of Art. . For the next six years he lived and worked with relatives in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and New York City . He first encountered modernism when, in 1916, two fellow students arranged an exhibition of avant-garde paintings borrowed from Alfred Stieglitz.  He exhibited in the New York Independents’ exhibitions in 1921 and 1922. In New York, Xceron studied Céanne and read as much as possible about new artistic movements abroad.

Xceron was finally able to travel to Paris in 1927. There he began writing reviews of the latest in art for the Boston Evening Transcript and the Paris edition of the Chicago Tribune. His articles on Jean Hélion, Hans Arp, John Graham, Theo Van Doesburg, and other artists showed his increasingly sophisticated understanding of recent art. About the same time, his own painting underwent a dramatic transition.

As a writer, he was quickly accepted into the Parisian art world as one of the few critics sympathetic to modern art; but few realized that Xceron was an accomplished painter as well. Boy, was he living a double life.  Soon word of his talent came out and a solo exhibition at the Galèrie de France in 1931.

His style was that of an artist who was working his way through Cubism,  Still-life and,figural motifs over the years he moved away from his figural foundations, introducing at first gridlike structural patterns and, by the mid 1930s, planar arrangements of severe Constructivist purity. I have to say, I don’t know what any of that means. But some of you might so I left it in.



When Xceron returned to New York in 1935 for an exhibition at the Garland Gallery, he was among the inner circle of Abstraction-Création and other leading Parisian art groups. Moreover, he had achieved some reputation. He again visited New York in 1937 for a show at Nierendorf Gallery. Although planning only a visit, his move proved permanent. Xceron soon joined the American Abstract Artists, who welcomed him as a leading Parisian artist. Despite his reputation, however, he fared little better commercially than did his new colleagues. He was hired by the WPA Federal Art Project and executed an abstract mural for the chapel at Riker’s Island Penitentiary.

Clearly his art didn’t really provide a consistent means of support. He worked at the Guggenheim Museum as a security guard for 28 years from 1939 to his death. He is described as a “pioneer of non-objective painting” by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.  His works are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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J is for Jackson

Today is day ten of the A to Z Challenge the letter is J

In this challenge I am taking the opportunity to learn more about art and the painters.


 A. B. Jackson, Porch People Study, c. 1970 – Pastel on paper.Image courtesy of Don Watson.

Alexander Brook Jackson, 1925-1981


gathering on porch

a hot southern afternoon

enjoying warm breeze



Alexander Brooks Jackson was the son of an Irish mother and black father, BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University, studying with Josef Albers.  (Josef Albers was a German-born American artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the twentieth century).  Jackson worked in advertising  as a designer. As a teacher he worked at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 10 years at Norfolk State, then joined Old Dominion University as a full professor, the first black faculty member. No floating around europe for this artist, he worked for a living. After being denied entry to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art show in 1962 because of his race, he won best-in-show in 1966. Jackson received significant attention in 1968, after several of his drawings were included in a Smithsonian Institution traveling art exhibition. Influenced by Rembrandt, Jackson worked in a range of materials, including watercolors, pastels, charcoal and acrylic. This painting does have the look of a Rembrandt I think. In the sense that it is little dark. His series of paintings entitled “The Porch People” depicts anonymous sitters on their porches in Ghent, the district of Norfolk, Virginia, where he lived. His book, As I See Ghent: A Visual Essay, was published in 1979. Jackson died in 1981, at the age of 55.





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.




E is for Etty

Letter E is for Etty

Today is day four of the Blogging A to Z Challenge


Venus and Her Satellites, 1835

William Etty  1787 – 1849


seduction the art

feminine wiles in session

passion the reward



William Etty was a British born painter, who was born in 1787.  He was trained at the Royal Academy School and later under Sir Thomas Lawrence who was a leading English portrait painter and president of the Royal  Academy .  Etty traveled for two years in France and Italy honing his skills, I imagine.  He was one of the few painters to focus exclusively on nudes. There was the usual hub bub with accusations of indecency. His response, he found  ‘…..God’s most glorious work to be Woman, that all human beauty had been concentrated in her, I dedicated myself to painting—not the Draper’s or Milliner’s work—but God’s most glorious work, more finely than ever had been done.’  I wonder what the comeback was to that? The Times considering it ‘entirely too luscious for the public eye’, the London Times I guess that was.   But it is generally agreed that he attained a glowing voluptuousness in the painting of flesh that few British artists have ever approached, of course;  that  was is focus and expertise. By the end of his life he was pretty much forgiven for his foray with the flesh. By that time he had money which he didn’t when he was on that other list. You know how that goes. Wink, wink!



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A is for Adams

Today is day one of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

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

Ottis Adams was an American impressionist painter and member of the Hoosier Group of Indiana painters. He spent his youth in Franklin, Shelbyville, and Martinsville, Indiana and attended Wabash College for two years. Born: July 8, 1851, Johnson County, IN  Wikipedia

Impressionism and American painters – I did not necessarily put the two together.

Beautiful trees with a quiet river  -  John Ottis Adams

River Landscape


An American Impressionist from Indiana


 cloud free day

reflecting heaven on earth

luminous lighting


winding light – a blend

heaven gently kissing earth