Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween at the Mausoleum

The ghost of Jane Phillips visits the mausoleum.
I was fortunate to catch this aberration on film.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quote of the Week

"Color has taken possession of me, no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of the blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter."
               Paul Klee

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


What has these artists so engrossed? They have gathered to capture Santa.

Ron Adams is our area Santa. His official title is "Elf Agent".
He graciously came to sit today at the Bartlesville Art Center so that a group of us could attempt to capture his essence.

Santa, mine.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Greatest Art?

Every time I visit my local library I head straight to the ART section and there I find a number of books that hold a compilation of artists & their work. The newest one on the shelve is ART: Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest Artists and their Works by Susie Hodge

It would be easy to say that it is just another of one of those "all about art" books in which female Art historian, Susie Hodge, gives us her opinion in this one  volume.

Ms Hodge starts her record of fine art in the 13th century, and follows a timeline of art work and art movements to modern times, and she follows the formula of giving a short biography of an artist, showing one of the artist's best known pieces and then listing other works & where to find them.

The thing that struck me about the information in this book is that only four woman artists are considered among the "greatest" in nine centuries (13th-21st) of paintings, frescoes & sculpture. This reminded me of the fact that fine art is a male dominated arena.

Who are the four women who managed to make it in this male dominated arena? In Susie Hodge's opinion they are:

Artemisia Gentileschi
Georgia O'Keeffe
Freda Kahlo 
Mary Cassatt

Is their another who is alive & working today?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creativity is...

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on." Albert Einstein

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." Mary Lou Cook

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sacred Sunday

Sacred Sundays could so easily be filled with images of wonderful stained glass windows, and that would be an artistic treat, but I love it when I come across images done in other media. 

Here is Pastor Kevin Tully wearing a marvelously decorated stole, all hand painted. Yes, artists do paint on fabric, and there are acrylic paints specially formulated for fabric painting. What a beautiful work of art this is.

Rev. Kevin Tully

The image on the close-up reminds me of Jesus teaching the Lesson of the Fig Tree (Matt. 21: 18-22). I wonder if that's what artist Debbie Stein had in mind?
Close-up of painting by artist Debbie Stein

Friday, October 3, 2014

Quote of the Week

" I was once the trunk of a fig tree, worthless wood, when the artist... decided I should be a god." Horace