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The Goldfish by Paul Klee 
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 08:57 AM - General
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The central fish in The Goldfish, by Paul Klee, gives off a golden yellow glow. This painting is one of his many mysterious pictures which crosses over into the transcendental. The glowing fish hovers in a deep black sea, much larger than the smaller, pleasing red and purple fish at the perimeters of the work. The small cyan blue waves ripple in the dark alongside the pretty, grey-blue aquatic plants.

The sea represents his deep introspection, and the golden fish is Klee himself, glowing with confidence in his silent, peaceful, beautiful world of creation.

Sally Porter
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Picasso's La Vie (Life) 
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 04:55 PM - General
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Picasso's painting La Vie (Life), 1903, is touching. From his blue period, the color and positions of the figures suggest both sorrow and looking to others for comfort from despair. The figures painted on the wall in the back are just as intriguing as the figures in the foreground. Is this a cave? The light in the room is dim. Why are they crying or seeming in despair? The figures at the top comfort one another in an embrace to say everything will be alright.

In the foreground, the mother figure on the right holds her sleeping infant. Even through her grim expression, she must be comforted by the warm baby she holds so close.

The lack of shoes and unclothed figures make you feel the cold reality of their existence, and yet they have each other.

Sally Porter
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Picasso's Three Musicians 
Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 01:24 PM - General
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My favorite Picasso is Three Musicians (1921). This painting has always been memorable to me because I can relate to the musical objects in the painting, i.e. instruments and music notes, and because the representation of the musicians themselves is so interesting.

Picasso's musicians impress me as having distinct personalities, as seen in the variety of their appearance. The musician on the right appears as a bearded monk in black robe. The two figures on the left bring circus performers to mind. The stylization of their ambiguous faces and dramatic clothing enables me to enjoy the painting as an experience of musician archetypes rather than as a concrete rendering of a specific performance by three individuals.

Sally Porter
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Simon Schama's Power of Art 
Friday, January 30, 2009, 05:12 PM
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I saw Simon Schama's Power of Art series on television, and I also own a copy of the companion book. I loved the show, and the book is just as good. His British accent adds to the presentation when on screen; anyone who speaks like that must know what he's talking about. His writing style is very engaging as well. It's like reading The Globe or National Inquirer for educated people, only featuring dead artists instead of contemporary celebrities.

Sally Porter
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New Images Coming Soon 
Sunday, January 25, 2009, 09:00 PM
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Welcome to my virtual gallery!

Coming Soon
I will soon be adding a new room to the site called Passion - Flowers & Leaves. My focus in these new paintings includes special treatment of the leaves. People are enamoured with blossoms, but leaves are often ignored. Leaves are also beautiful, and you will get to see them in a new way.

One of the new paintings is titled Elephant Ears in Blue and Green. I have added strokes suggesting movement in this work. The painting was begun after a visit to Innis Wood Garden. I saw this large plant consisting of big leaves outside of a building there. The painting itself suggests an ambiguous location for the plant, neither outdoors nor in.

Leaves have personality.

Sally Porter
Sally Porter Gallery
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