30 June 2014

Dentelle peinte

Blue Birds (Lace Series), acrylic on canvas, 2001

Robert Zakanitch (born 1935) is an American painter. While working in the Color Field he was strict to adhering to an abstract style inspired by Minimalism until he learned about decorative imagery. He kept the same color schemes and structures, but incorporated floral motif and a more painterly style.

Cat (Lace Series)

Head Rest (Lace Series), 2001

His/Her Handshake (Lace Series), 2001

In Quest of the Holy Snail

Pig Hollyhocks, 2004

Red Squirrel (Lace Series), 2001

Rococo Revisited, 2008

Sap Sucker Lace, 2000

The Angel of the Millinery, 2000

White Flower Crow, 2006

Robert Zakanitch is one of the founders of the Pattern and Decoration movement, an art movement situated in the US from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. The movement has sometimes been referred to as P&D or as The New Decorativeness.

27 June 2014

A new word

Kacho-e or kacho-ga means bird and flower painting in Japanese. Ohara Koson (1877–1945) is considered by many to be the foremost 20th century designer of kacho-e.

Bird on Paulownia, 1934

Bluebird and Willow, 1930

Bullfinch on Flowering Plum

Dancing Fox, c. 1910

Dragonfly and Lotus

Gallinule Bird and Water Strider

Kingfisher with Lotus Flower

Magpie with Pink and White Magnolia Blossoms, c. 1931

Nuthatcher atop Persimmon, c. 1910

Skylark and Peach Blossoms, 1931

Sparrows and Wisteria

Starlings and Cherry Tree

Two Japanese Waxwings on Twig with Red Berries

A pleasure for the eyes, and maybe even more, if you click this link. Have a nice summer day from Parc-Extension, Montréal, Canada.

(Park Extension Historical Society)

21 June 2014

The milkmaid, after

The Milkmaid is a painting made circa 1658 by the artist Johannes Vermeer.

The masterwork is strikingly illusionistic, conveying not just details but a sense of the weight of the woman and the table. An impression of monumentality and perhaps a sense of dignity is lent to the image by the artist's choice of a relatively low vantage point and a pyramidal building. The attention of the viewer is on the pouring of the milk.

– Wikipedia: Compositional strategy {link}

There is a tactile, visceral quality to The Milkmaid — you can almost taste the thick, creamy milk escaping the jug, feel the cool dampness of the room and the starchy linen of the maid's white cap, touch her sculptural shoulders and corseted waist. She is not an apparition or abstraction. She is not the ideal, worldly housewife of Vermeer's later Young Woman with a Water Pitcher. She is not the cartoonish buxom vixen in Lucas van Leyden's drawing. She is real — as real as a painting can get anyway.

– Raquel Laneri {link}

Lucas van Leyden, The Milkmaid (1510)

More info about the painting @ my post The milkmaid: in a dignified way.

The milkmaid, after

Alan Berkman, The Whiskey Maid

Catherine Link 

Edward Merrell

Eleanor Mcintosh 

Enzie Shahmiri 

Gail Eisenfeld 

Jesus Estevez 

Paul de Haan 

Sandra Hansen

Scala photography, The Milkmaid – The making-of


Google images, a milkmaid tapestry

19 June 2014

Mission shops

All photos © Clay Percy. He lives in Kansas, USA.

balcony stairwell {flickr}

Balcony Stairwell, Hoch Auditorium, University of Kansas. Before a lightning strike burned it down in 1991.

 clearance 9 feet {flickr}

 dressing under the bridge {flickr}

 fadco in the west bottom {flickr}

 grain elevator {flickr}

 mission shops 2 {flickr}

 more ducks for america {flickr}

 music hall 14th street {flickr}

 music hall awning {flickr}

 overpass pier {flickr}

And in case you are not familiar with the Kansas City area that Western Auto sign is a city icon, everyone who lives here knows it.

 river walk & planter {flickr}

 rotini bw {flickr}

vanishing point {flickr}

Nurtured by captive egos
humming concrete
scents the fragility.