Showing posts with label art and photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art and photography. Show all posts

16 August 2017

Top 10 Artists in February | ArtFinder.com (Update Aug 2017)

Each month, this site features their top selling artists.  This post links to the notification received via eMail for the best artists for February 2014.

Top 10 Artists in February | ArtFinder.com




I receive notifications via eMail.  Of the Top Ten, Helen Wells is the artist I fancy.  The image below is called Happy.  Isn’t it lovely?  It has been added to my Pinterest board collection of ARTISTS I FANCY.  To date, my board has over 100 pins.  I’m taking my time finding the artwork.  What’s the rush?  It’s like a pleasant eternal afternoon spent walking around an art museum.  My first visit to our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and to New York, New York, I made it my mission to visit art museums or galleries.  These days, I don’t get out much.  But via the Internet, I let my imagination take me wherever.




ArtFinder.com fancies their site as an “affordable art marketplace”, a great place for shopping, where you can buy direct from independent artists and galleries.  To date they boast over 2000 artists from 60 countries.





UPDATE:  Reported on this marvelous art find in 2014.  Fast forward to 2017.  Found another captivating artist.  Gordon Bruce, based in the UK.  Shared info about him at my other blog "Joie de Vivre Magazine".  His artwork is also available at Zazzle.  (See below.)  Enjoy!








07 August 2017

Meaning, Origin and History of the Name "Shirin"

Determining the origin of or learning the meaning of a name has always been fascinating to me. My kids enjoy playing video games and lots of times I've noticed that the characters have names that sound very unusual to me. In addition, as I am a very active Tumblr blogger, the artists and gamers share interesting tidbits and illustrations about these characters.

Came across a cute illustration by a Tumblr blogger of a character named Shirin.  (See below.)  It was a sketch done for “The Arcana”.  Staying in the know about video games isn't at the top of my “To Do List”; but did have some extra time so did a little research on that name. These are my findings. My research is not extensive but it is enlightening and entertaining.  đŸ˜Š

Behind the Name: Meaning, origin, and history of the name Shirin ~ A Persian name whicn means “peace”. Mentioned in Persian and Turkish legend. ~ Follow @onomast on Twitter.

Famous people named Shirin?
Shirin Ebadi ~ Nobel Prize winner for peace.



Image credit:  sofsocialgood.tumblr.com



Awesome Content Found on Tumblr





http://grasshoppaillustrated.tumblr.com/post/157844554974/scanned-concepts-of-my-oc-shirin-for


https://celebratingamazingwomen.tumblr.com/post/162080513685/shirin-ebadi-b-1947-is-an-iranian


http://thesmithian-blog.tumblr.com/post/4850598574/if-you-cant-eliminate-injustice-at-least-tell


http://theautumnal.tumblr.com/post/13113545220/books-read-in-2011-iran-awakening-a-really-good

14 July 2017

Black Madonna and Child in Art | BAIA

Black Madonnas are found throughout the world. In sculptures, paintings, frescoes, etc. The image below is a fresco of a black Madonna and her child, Jesus, in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia.


A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum ...
A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many believe the Templars brought the Black Madonna from Ethiopia. No doubt there are several other fascinating stories and legends circulating. There’s even a cult. If interested here are two suggested books for additional reading:

Black Madonna and Child by Joe Cauchi

There were two men named Joe Cauchi who were both 20th century African-American artists. Very little biographical information is available about either of them. But it has been confirmed that the Black Madonna and Child pictured to the left was produced by Joseph M. Cauchi (born in 1918). The other Cauchi was born in 1905.



The exquisite painting below is by an artist I fancy but I know only by the name Ballenger.  Wish I could say more but like Cauchi, there doesn't seem to be much information about him or her or it (???) on the Internet.  Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.  Nevertheless the artwork is quite lovely and evokes a mood of serenity and calmness.




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Original source link: Black Madonna and Child in Art | Black Art in America Posted by Treathyl FOX on April 11, 2013





23 June 2017

Artists I Fancy: Kyoung Hwan Kim

Incredibly amazing doesn't even begin to describe this gifted individual.  Magnificent is even an understatement.  See for yourself!


Spotlight on South Korean artist Kyoung Hwan Kim, freelance concept artist and illustrator, digital illustrator, fantasy art, etc.




http://daftsoul.tumblr.com/post/146637411670/kyoung-hwan-kim


More by this fantastic artist Kyoung Hwan Kim dba Tahra Art at ArtStation. Love the cat!!  Also view her gallery on DeviantArt.

 





Tahra art2 cover by tahra on DeviantArt










18 March 2017

Artists I Fancy : Lavarne Ross

Lavarne Ross
Internationally known African-American artist.  Mr. Ross says that he was “born an artist”. His work certainly reflects that of an individual with an extraordinary talent. He makes masterful use of his paintbrush to appeal to the eye and to tell a story.



Best known for the Tribute art poster which features black African ballerina dancers in pastel. It's a lovely painting and although I am certain that it was neither his inspiration nor his intention, it makes me think of George Gershwin's 1959 film, "Porgy & Bess", the famous musical. (O.o) Go figure. The Ross paintings, however, that really captured my attention were “Black Orchids” and "Angel Wings".


Were I to describe this man's art in one word? ENCHANTING!
  • To know more about this incredibly talented artist, visit his YouTube channel (see below), his Facebook page or go directly to his official website lross.com.



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