Art of Bill Gekas.

Bill Gekas is a photographer. He lives in Australia and he created with his five years old daughter a very unusual project.

You can start by reading about the project and seeing some of his photos HERE.

But if you want to understand his art and to enjoy his work you have to go to the website below.

BILL GECAS

Gustav Klimt.

Let’s start with a short excerpt from Wikipedia:

“In 2006, the 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, was purchased for the Neue Galerie New York by Ronald Lauder reportedly for US $135 million, surpassing Picasso‘s 1905 Boy With a Pipe (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million), as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting.

On August 7, 2006, Christie’s auction house announced it was handling the sale of the remaining four works by Klimt that were recovered by Maria Altmann and her co-heirs after their long legal battle against Austria… The portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II was sold at auction in November 2006 for $88 million, the third-highest priced piece of art at auction at the time.[24] The Apple Tree I (ca. 1912) sold for $33 million, Birch Forest (1903) sold for $40.3 million,[25] and Houses in Unterach on Lake Atter (1916) sold for $31 million.”

I wanted to introduce to you Gustav Klimt several weeks ago but only today I found a website that I like very much. It tells about events when Klimt lived, about his life and allows you to look at his paintings (by clicking on each of them).

Please explore the website HERE.

Now, there were two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Klimt. Who was she?

You can find an answer HERE.

 

Several quotes about beauty.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”.

Ashley Smith

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”

Albert Einstein

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

My friend artist Vladimir Ryklin.

Both of us lived in Moscow for many years but we did not know each other there. In 1975 we emigrated with our families and then we met in the small inn on the 35th street between 5th and 6th avenues.

Vladimir did not know English at all so it was my task to find good and cheap apartments for rent in some beautiful and peaceful area of New York City. I was fortunate to find such apartments for our families on the same floor of a building in Rego Park in Queens.

We and our children became friends. I was very interested in Vladimir’s work. We discussed his projects, what were his thoughts when he worked on any painting, his thoughts about art and artists.

Vladimir’s paintings were not simple or just beautiful. They were always thoughts provoking.

In 1975 I also met a businessman Eduard Nakhamkin and I suggested to him that it could be a very good idea to open an art gallery in Manhattan and to introduce Russian artists to American public. The gallery opened in 1977 and Vladimir Ryklin’s one-man show was the first.

I remember that there were 27 paintings on the display at that time and 25 of them were sold during first two days.

Today I found an article about my friend Vladimir Ryklin with several of his paintings. You can read it HERE.

An artist and a sculptor Georgy Kurasov.

There were always many talented people in Russia.

They appeared despite wars, revolutions, mass repressions, famines, terrible conditions of living.

Georgy Kurasov is one of them. Please read about his life and see his art below.

ART OF KURASOV

Artist and sculptor Bruno Torfs.

Bruno Torfs’ life is amazing. He traveled a lot, created many beautiful paintings and then drastically changed his direction.

You can read about Bruno and see his Art and Sculpture Garden HERE.

And you can see both his sculptures and his paintings HERE.

However, life is unpredictable. In 2009 Bruno Torfs and his family were in terrible danger.

They survived but their home and his gallery were completely destroyed.

You can read about it and to see that Bruno did not surrender HERE.

He restored his home and the Garden. The Garden is open to visitors again!

Art of Ryan Woodward.

First I found the video below and liked it very much.

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Then I found the website below.

CONTE ANIMATED

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Hope you’ll like both.

Erte.

I am not sure how many people today know about the biography and the art of Erte. If you don’t know about him please read it HERE.

For me Erte is most known by his bronze sculptures. I loved elegance of his bronze women from the moment I saw them for the first time.

You can see these sculptures below.

ERTE”S BRONZE SCULPTURES

Here is the famous “Symphony in Black” by Erte:

Symphony in Black

Carole Feuerman.

Many years ago with a group of friends I visited the Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London.

I remember that it was cold that day and I was wearing a short black leather coat.

After I examined all exhibits I stayed quietly waiting for my friends. There were three young

Japanese girls nearby who looked at the group of wax figures near me. Then they turned

to me and started to discuss something.

At that moment my friends came to me and I asked them if they were ready to go.

The Japanese girls were very surprised! They could not believe that a wax figure could talk!

Many years passed and now we have an artist/sculptor who makes even more realistic figures using new methods.

Her name is Carole Feuerman.

You can read an article in Wikipedia about her and her works HERE.

I also like an article about her art with images of her resin sculptures HERE.

 

 

Art of Michael and Inessa Garmash.

Michael and Inessa Garmash are ukrainian artists. Some people believe that they are the best Romantic Impressionists of our days.

Please read about them and see some of their paintings HERE.

You can see much more and slowly, day by day enjoy their paintings below:

PAINTINGS OF MICHAEL AND INESSA GARMASH

Carl Warner’s Foodscapes.

I reblogged this old post for those of you who did not see it before. Enjoy!

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

I got an email from my old friend who lives in Australia. From this email I found out about English photographer Carl Warner.

His life is very interesting. The article below tells how his imagination and hard work made him a very successful and well-known photographer.

ABOUT CARL WARNER

Carl’s niche are foodscapes. It take enormous imagination, planning and a lot of time to prepare them and then to photograph them.

The results are beautiful. Below are two of his foodscapes.

LETTUCE SEASCAPE by Carl Warner LETTUCE SEASCAPE    by Carl Warner

GREAT WALL OF PINEAPPLE by Carl Warner GREAT WALL OF PINEAPPLE    by Carl Warner

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Ivan Slavinsky.

One of my friends is a Russian artist and he recently recommended me to look at art of Ivan Slavinsky. He mentioned that now Ivan’s paintings are the most expensive paintings of contemporary Russian artists.

You can read about Ivan Slavinsky and see his paintings HERE.

I like his art and hope that you will like his paintings too.

A painting.

My 90 years old friend Mark asked me to help him to choose a painting he wanted to send as a gift to his son-in-law’s 70th birthday.

We went to an arts gallery and I recommended to buy a nice, colourful abstract painting by a local artist. Mark bought the painting and sent it to his daughter Maria who lived in Las Vegas.

When Maria received the painting she called Mark and told him that she liked it very much. She put the painting in the dining room and the room became brighter and more pleasant. She added that her husband Sergey did not know yet that the painting was a gift from Mark. She was going to tell him about it on his birthday.

 In two days Sergey called Mark and thanked him for the gift.

A week passed and Maria called Mark. She was very upset. She told Mark that since the painting appeared in the dining room Sergey lost appetite and 25 lbs. Never before he was interested in paintings but now he spends a lot of time each day looking at the painting.

“Father, you are a doctor! What should I do? Should I hide the painting?”

Mark asked me to call Sergey and to talk with him about the painting.

Sergey told me the following:

“Before my birthday I had a regular checkup. My family doctor said that I needed to lose at least 60 lbs as soon as possible. He recommended long walks and meditation before each meal.

You know, I was a businessman before retirement. There was no time for me to walk. It is difficult for me to walk now. However, it is very easy and pleasant to look at the painting, to think what it is about and to enjoy colours. It is my way to meditate. I do it at least 30 minutes before each meal. I feel very well and I already lost 25 lbs.”

After I told Mark about our conversation he and Maria stopped worrying and everybody was happy.

Now, as we know that an abstract painting is very effective in helping people to lose weight I suggest to use (if necessary) my paintings below.

Health and Happiness to you!

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Art of Alois Absenger.

I was lucky to find the blog of Alois Absenger (aloisabsenger.wordpress.com) soon after I started my blog. From that time I enjoy his photos.

Alois places his photos in different categories: landscapes, art meets nature, mammals, birds, insects, still life, etc.

Today I received his permission to post three of his photos at once to show diversity of his work. Then there was a big problem to choose what to post. In the process I understood that whatever I choose will not be good enough, that the only way to understand and enjoy Alois’ work is to go to his blog. So photos below is only an introduction to the blog.

I hope that Alois approves my choice. Below are three photos.

STOP!

STOP!

WINE ROUTE

WINE ROUTE

ART MEETS NATURE

ART MEETS NATURE

Carved Wood Pictures.

I found out about business of the Dubovics only yesterday and spent

some time looking for information in English with good photos.

Please click on the line below to read about this talented family and

to see MANY photos of their carved wood pictures (don’t stop after

you see the first photo as there are others below it).

CARVED WOOD PICTURES.

There is nothing else I can do!

Very often my days start with surprises.

I can awake with new feelings or new ideas, I can switch on TV and see something that requires me to react to it in some way. I can start reading emails and immediately find not just one but several emails that answer questions that I have or at least show me where I can find answers..

Last two months I noticed that I like very much photos of full Moon on the dark sky. You can see that I posted several such photos during last two weeks.

In December I started my first attempts of painting using PC paint program. Very soon I noticed that I like to fill the field with black and then to put the yellow circle close to the right upper corner.

Yesterday I posted the photo by Derek Kind “Full Moon Rising Over Mount Shasta”. Today I found that somebody from the terrific four people blog “The World According To Dina” liked this photo.

Then I remembered that one young man recently joined “The World According To Dina” and he liked some my posts before.

As all my followers are outstanding people I decided to find more about this young man.

I went to Wikipedia and found the following:

Klausbernd Vollmar, (born 22 November 1946) is a German scientific psychologist, specialized in the language of symbols, in dreamart and advertisement.

Vollmar was born in Remscheid, Germany. He studied German literaturelinguisticsphilosophy and geography at the Ruhr-University/Germany and the McGill University/Montreal. After his degrees he was awarded a research scholarship by the Canada Council at the McGill University.

He worked as editor in chief of different papers and magazines, as director (theatre and films) and for the Goethe-Institut (the international German culture institution) in Finland.

In the 1970s he returned to university to study psychology. He was a student of the countess Dr. Olga von Ungern-Sternberg (a direct student of C.G. Jung). He undertook anthropological studies in Asia and the Arctic, about which he wrote in his novel “Wasserberg” and his “Arctic Diary”.

Later he ran bookshops in Cologne, worked in the publication department of the Findhorn community, Scotland and was a member of an English Gurdjieff group.

Since the end of the 1980s he has lived on the Norfolk coast, writing mostly non-fiction books for international publishing houses and working for radio and television.

His main subject is the language of symbols, dreams and the impact of colour on our lives. Besides that he is known as a specialist for the Arctic. He published several articles about the concept of the north and the picture of the Inuit in literature and film.

His books are translated in 15 languages. Apart from the books about creativity and personal development he wrote the German standard encyclopedia of symbols in dreams and the first German encyclopedia of colour in history, art and printing.”

Aha! Here is the man who can answer my questions!

Surely, I went to see the last post on “The World According To Dina”.

Below is what I found:

BLACK, WHITE, GRAY

I found this post very interesting. It answered my questions.  It explained that yellow colour is female colour and the circle is a female form. It also explained that black is intellectual colour. “Black is fashionable!…Black is sexy!…Black is a lucky colour!”

Today is the Valentine’s Day. Let this post be my gift to you!

There is nothing else I can do!

Except this

My seventh painting

My seventh painting

Quotes about nature

“I think it annoys God if you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice.”

 Alice Walker

“My profession is to always find God in nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.”

Marie Curie

“Nature is the art of God.”

 Dante Alghieri

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan by Thomas Mader, shared by Nicolas Green

Wisteria Flower Tunnel in Japan by Thomas Mader, shared by Nicolas Green

Ramon Bruin’s drawings.

I just found the article below about drawings of the Dutch artist Ramon Bruin published in The Huffington Post.

Glad to share it and his amazing drawings/photos with you.

RAMON BRUIN 3D ART

 

11 years of artist Sasha Putrya.

I was born in 1934 in Odessa, Ukraine. Forty three years later (we already lived in New York) Sasha Putrya was born near Poltava, Ukraine (360 miles northeast from Odessa).

Sasha Putrya lived only 11 years but she became famous in many countries.

Read about her life and see her paintings below.

EXTRAORDINARY ARTIST ALEXANDRA PUTRYA

Painter Edward Pustovoitov.

Some people call him Latvian Salvador Dali. Others call him Russian fantasy and surrealist painter.

Click on the line below to see his paintings on the Tutt’ Art website.

PAINTINGS OF EDWARD PUSTOVOITOV