Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wearing Kisses and the Art I Saw in Texas

Wearing Kisses
mixed media on paper 6 x 6 inch
available here

Kisses can be pretty sweet.  Ever wish you could wear them?
_____________________________________________________________________________




 I spent Mother's Day in Texas visiting my youngest son.  It was a great trip and we visited the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and also Kimbell Art Museum.  

Most interesting at the Modern was Jenny Holzer's Kind of Blue.  I'm not sure I understood it, but I have to say it kept our attention for a while as the words rolled by, and even caused me to look her up and read up on the installment.  

Jenny Holzer
Kind of Blue
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas



Probably the most exciting and most promoted work was at the Kendall Museum.  Allegedly the only Michaelangelo painting in the USA, The Torment of St. Anthony c.1487-1488, was a sight to behold. Michaelangelo painted it when he was 11 or 12 years old and he had a terrifying imagination if you ask me.


Michaelangelo
The Torment of St. Anthony
Kendall Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas


My favorite was this gorgeous piece, also at the Kendall,  Portrait of Mary Sartoris, by Frederic Leighton c. 1860.  As many would say here in the Midwest, "ain't she pretty"?  But seriously, such a gorgeous portrait.  I love her tenderness.

Frederic Leighton
Portrait of Mary Sartoris
Kendall Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas


My son's favorite was this monster piece called Vortex by Richard Serra.  Does a man just wake up one day and decide to make something this big?  It was amazing and the echo inside of it was so spooky sounding.  

Vortex by Richard Serra
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

We saw so much and I wish there was time to show all of it to you.  If you ever go to Texas, these museums are worth the time.  

Hope you are all having a great week.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Your painting is so sweet!
    The colors and textures are so GREAT, LISA!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love your painting and the colors chosen. Kisses to wear would be great.
    I enjoyed the tour of art you saw. Thank you.
    Seeing Lord Fredric Leighton's painting brought back memories.
    He painted one called,Flaming June and the colors are mesmerizing. Funnily your girl is wearing a peachy orange color like in his painting. He was born across the moors from where I am from in jolly old....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Julie. I looked up Flaming June and wow, mesmerizing is right. I read on the Wikepedia page that in the 1960's it didn't sell at the price of $140?!! How can that be?!?! The painting is is Puerto Rico now. Where did you see it? Perhaps he is a distant relative of yours. You both paint so beautifully.

      Delete
  3. Visiting galleries is one of my favourite pastimes. I loved the photo tour. That Michaelangelo is terrifying with those horrid demons! I visited Florence a few years ago and was blown away by his diversity and skill. David was one if the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Your new painting is exquisite. I love the title too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would go to galleries and museums every day if I lived in a place where there were many. It would be a gift to see David and the Sistine Chapel of course. Thank you Morag.

      Delete
  4. Lovely posting Lisa. My favorite part is the title Wearing Kisses. What a great concept. You palette is so gentle. I love it. Great contrast.......lines and circles.

    ReplyDelete
  5. She has such a pretty profile. I shy away from painting a side view. I never seem happy with the result.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I usually shy away from side profiles too. Once in a while I like the challenge. Thank you Fuzzie Fingers. :)

      Delete
  6. Hi Lisa,
    A belated Happy Mother's Day to you! Looks like you had a wonderful Mom's Day with your son and enjoyed a couple great museums, too.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Glad your Mother's Day visiting your son was wonderful Lisa! Another great piece....love the softness in the colors. When we go on vacation, I love to visit museums....my husband hates them but he goes just to make me happy...lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Hilda, I hope yours was good too! And I bet you are not alone in the whole husband-hates-museums thing! LOL. Thanks for your kind remarks!

      Delete
  8. Each time you blog, I am eager to see the painting and all your doings. Your mind doesn't rest as you create and muse about what to create. You are always learning. I too have visited the galleries about which you wrote. I am not crazy about modern art...just don't understand it. But the Kimball is a place not to be missed. If you didn't get to the Sid Richardson gallery downtown Ft. Worth, you have to go back. That topped my list!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Carol. I think the mind of an artist is always going. I have always heard many say there just isn't enough time to get all the ideas down on paper or canvas or...and it's so true.

      I will definitely be checking out the Sid Richardson gallery on one of our trips to Texas! Thank you for the tip!

      Delete
  9. I am always amazed - almost tearful, when I see an original by a master. Looking at them in books or on my computer screen just doesn't give you the depth or the richness of the colors. Thanks for sharing with us what you got to see. And that obelisk - who thinks to build on that scale -wow.
    Your piece is delightful. It would be wonderful to be able to wear our kisses!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The sense of aw you describe is perfect Judy. I wish I could have shared more of my photos, but there just isn't time right now. Thanks for your visit!! xo

      Delete
  10. I just love your commentary! Wish I could have been there right next to you! Glad you had a good time:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha ha Libby! We would have fun going to museums together I think!

      Delete

Thank you so much for your visit and comment!