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Sunday, March 17, 2019

I am feeling Artsy

Check out my work online on a new gallery venture called Flow-305. 
It's easy to see the work of my friends and check out individual pieces that represent the best I have to offer. Please look at it and if you can, forward it to a friend. I have some new paintings, all inspired by the joy of living in a tropical zone.
Birds of a Feather
All acrylic works on paper, 12 x 18 inches. Right now I am asking $400, but the price might have to go up.
Flamingo Pat Party
Also these are uploaded onto my Fine Art America account for printing onto Merchandise!
Outdoor Flamingo Party

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Student multi-color print assignment

a 4 color print by a senior
My level one Design and Composition class just worked on creating symmetrical designs of unique court cards. I gave the most point to the ones who could register the most colors. Everyone had to use at least two.
3 colors by a 10th grader

 3 colors by a ninth grader

three by a ninth grader
First they drew a half design and made their own carbon transfer paper to trace it twice onto a linoleum plate. Making sure that the two halves met somehow interestingly. Then they carved out the white, printed yellow. Carved out the yellow, printed red or blue, and repeated the process, printing black as the last color.
lots of diversity in designs

3 color print by Sophmore

2 color print by senior
They were required to start with as many prints as there were people in the class- so either 17 or 19. By the end- the challenges of registering each print in place made the edition size only 3 or 5.
10th grader
Sometimes you need 3D glasses to make it pop out at you!
3 color print by a freshman

Saturday, March 9, 2019

3 ways Cranach solidified his career

two color linoleum print
 Lucas Cranach the elder (1472-1553) made his reputation by painting the nobility and court personalities into biblical or mythological stories. By this way he was granting the German princes of 1720 a lineage back to the beginning of the calendar. For a non-literate society, Cranach's paintings and prints really read as the truth.
first run
 He made his fortune painting barely veiled nude women for his male patrons.
Just resting on a decapitated head
And he garnered respect from the women by depicting them as victorious, saintly and beautiful.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A new venture!

I am so happy to be part of an Artsy gallery put together by Nicole Maynard-Sahar called Flow 305.
Most of the artists are Miami friends and the work is diverse and awesome. Please check it out! Let me know what you think, what you would like to see, and which pieces are your favorite.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Women with Swords...on the way to the Stake?

One line of imagery that seemed to interest Cranach was Death and the Maiden. Biblical stories such as Judith and Holofernes depicted women as heroic defenders of Germany as well as provided cautionary tails for men. Even though Cranach painted at least 40 of them, there was not a single Judith in any of the churches and cathedrals we visited.
Looking on the internet I quickly located 23 versions painted by Cranach and his assistants. They are spread around the world in collections from NYC to Vienna, Frankfurt, Washington DC, Glasgow, Ponce, Kassel, Stuttgart, San Fransisco, Dublin, Syracuse, Cologne, Budapest, Greenville, and (one) in Berlin!
The paintings are enigmatic... decorative and almost titillating. Cranach painted aristocratic women richly dressed calmly smirking as they run their fingers through the hair of their decapitated foe. The lopped off head is most always shown with the gore and hints of vertebrae turned towards the viewer. It is a creepy yet elegant scene and I wonder if it in some way excited the male gaze of the 16th Century courts.
I am torn between thinking of them as a perfect revenge trope for the #MeToo movement or an early advertisement of warning that precludes the next half century of rabid witch burning. The paintings, made by a man for other men, might have been a best seller sold under the guise of patriotic heroines to admire, yet I don't think the women benefited from the depictions. The models were real women of the court and little is known about their lives. For men, the image clearly presents women's sexual behavior as a real threat to society. These paintings are of the vulnerability of man and the passionate, violent,  sexual beings of women.  These images would have justified retaliation by society. Within 50 years there is widespread "witch craze" through out Europe of the 1600's and 1700's.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Residency Envy

Have you heard of studio envy? What about time envy?
Well my sister and I were traveling through the family tree and stumbling through Wartburg castle outside of Berlin in Germany, when we both agreed that the reason Martin Luther got as much as he did done was because of his forced seclusion under the protection of Frederick the Wise.
After the 1521 Diet of Worms trial the Roman Catholic Church announced Martin Luther an outlaw and, hoping to avoid angering the masses, put off determining the punishment for two weeks. Records now show that they were hoping to quietly assassinate Luther. Frederick the Wise, (who earned that name), 'kidnapped" Luther on his way home and took him to one of his secluded mountaintop castles, a stronghold, for safety.
Luther managed to get out a message to his buddy Cranach that he would have rather died than agree to be whisked away for safety, but that upon seeing the accommodations at Wartburg, he put his mind at ease and started to get to work.
This is a sketch of his room where, for a little over half a year, Luther worked on translating Latin and Hebrew new testament sources. In a phenomenally quick time he produced a German language New testament translated Bible for the Cranach presses! The room was wood paneled- the yellow and tally marks are my imagination at work.
There was a whale vertabrae in his room for use as an apparent footstool, an elaborate ceramic heater, and a carved wooden cushioned arm chair. The amenities at the castle included hot baths, a theater, 360 degree views and an extensive library.
Mountain top stronghold
Luxurious digs

Inside the castle grounds

What would I give for a forced retreat/residency like that?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Entrepreneurial Success with a Printing Press

Here is a story about the first German Bible:
Martin Luther's translation in 1522 was not the very first German bible, but it was the first that was translated from Greek and Hebrew original texts rather than from the Latin Vulgate, and it was translated into the common street language of Luther's time. So any German who could read in 1522, could study the word of God in their own language. This was a tremendous event, for it not only codified a national language, it personalized the relationship of the Word for the people.
Luther's Bible
 The first edition of the New Testament (3000 copies)published in September, sold out almost immediately. The December Testament sold out as well. By Luther's death 100,000 complete copies are a way unifying the country in that everyone was now reading and discussing the same text.
 Lucas Cranach's 21 wood cut illustrations of the Apocalypse were patented to be the only ones used in the first and subsequent editions. The art and translations were not without controversy. Accused of being a heretic, Luther, who was in hiding, hoped to gain the support of the people. He authorized Cranach to publish a pamphlet of full page illustrations showing the contrast between Christ and the Pope as a contrast between good and evil. The illustrations are wildly clear to anyone regardless of their ability to read. The pope is demonized. The Catholic church immediately retaliated with pamphlets attacking Luther as a 7 headed devil. Each side starts fervently publishing opinions on the matter.
The bible and subsequent printed pamphlets were a phenomenal success for Cranach's office. Between 1500 and 1530 more than 10,000 pamphlets with estimated 1000 copies per edition are printed in Germany... that's almost 20 pamphlets per literate German. And Cranach's press is responsible for creating 15% of all German books in the country!
Cranach's Wittenberg workshop and press
Check out a copy of "Luther's Bible" on Amazon--- collectible for around $725, or used $203.