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Picasso's The Red Armchair, 1931 
Monday, July 27, 2009, 11:43 AM
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Picasso's The Red Armchair (1931) depicts a blond woman seated in a striped red chair. She is wearing a smart green dress with a fashionable black belt. She sits calmly enough in a purple and yellow room, complete with chair rail.

Upon looking closer, one realizes her arms are big, brown and strong, like a bear's arms. Perhaps she is wearing a fox tail stole, as her hands are replaced by pointy white and black ends. More oddly, Picasso has managed to paint a side profile of his own face with her front staring portrait. Is Picasso saying he is inside her head, identifying psychologically and emotionally, or is he expressing his desire for complete control? Regardless, she or "they" look completely content.

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Bart Exposito & My New Work 
Saturday, July 25, 2009, 02:55 PM
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Bart Exposito, born in Texas & living in L.A., has a hard-edged graphic style comparable to Frank Stella's. You can view his work at Saatchi Online. The piece Cyclo is particulary compelling. Here is what that site has to say about Cyclo, "Exposito’s seamless painting style takes its lineage from 60s minimalism, where forms and materials were pared down to their bare essence. Exposito’s bold motifs draw from the aesthetic styles of this period, combining associations to hippy aspiration and retronostalgia with their contemporary revival as design elegance, suburban chic, and commodity glamour. In Cyclo, Exposito’s curved pattern beacons with the simplified and understated power of a type-font, referencing both the subtle beauty of calligraphic contour, and the indistinction between – and complete conjugation of – form and content."

Visually, the new pieces I am currently working on have something in common with Stella's and Exposito's work regarding form, but I go on to say something more. My works are based on incorporating pure pattern, as in pattern from a pattern and decoration book, but I am addressing content as the "idea" or "essence" of leaves. Passages about the brushstroke are conjoined with flat areas of paint. More updates to come.

Sally Porter

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Paul Klee's City Picture with Red and Green Accents (1921) 
Friday, July 24, 2009, 09:40 AM - General
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Paul Klee's City Picture with Red and Green Accents makes me think of family and rural life in Ohio. Even though I have always lived in the city, my family and I have gone on many excursions in the country, passing through on the way to a day trip in another city, to a camp out or to visit relatives living in the country. His red, white and dark blue make me think of patriotism and American flags flying in the front of farm houses dotting the country side. The sky blue and light green patches are open fields of green cornstalks, and the vertical pointed shapes are silos and chimneys.

His quilt-like arrangement of shapes on the gauze support also bring thoughts of domesticity to mind. Having grown up in this bucolic state, I have attended many state fairs where beautiful handmade quilts are on display. The quilts are soft and non-pretentious, beautiful in a comforting way, like this painting.

Sally Porter

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Spotlight on Contemporary Painter: Jill Bonnaud 
Thursday, July 23, 2009, 09:28 AM - General
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Jill Bonnaud was born in Great Britain and currently lives and works in France. Her use of space and intense color is mesmerizing as she depicts landscapes, not as you see them with your eyes, but as you feel them and know them to be in your heart. The physical reference to the land or water is still present, allowing the viewer a common place of reference, and then the artist leads you further into the experience. Of particular interest are Red Sea, Cocoon, Tsunami, and Beach. You can visit her website at www.jillbonnaud.fr.

Sally Porter

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David Hockney - Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 
Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 09:25 AM - General
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In David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), we see Peter staring down into the water at a frog-like swimmer in the pool. The mountains, the pool, and the figures are the actors in this play, but Peter is the star. Peter is dressed in the layered look, complete with peach colored blazer and casual shoes. Either Peter is very warm, standing in the morning sunlight, or the swimmer is freezing, doing a polar bear lap in the pool. The creamy yellow light casts a gray-green shadow behind Peter. The view across the valley is lush and green. The rectangular tiles on the pool interior, the rectangle of the pool itself and the square tiles of the pool side where Peter is standing provide the perfect counterpoint to the organic shapes of the mountains, plants, and figures, as well as the refracting patterns of light in the water. This pool setting is Shangri-La.

Sally Porter

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