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Picasso's Dryad (1908) 
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 08:00 AM - General
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Picasso's Dryad (1908) can best be described as the Terminator of the forest. According to dictionary.com, a dryad is a wood nymph or "deity of the woods" in classical mythology. This female form is primal instead of futuristic, but all the power of super human strength is present.

She stomps through the woods, one hand fashioned as a club, searching the trees for something to destroy. Her semi-featureless face cast in partial shadow conveys a sense of doom. The blacked out eye sockets and heavy wooden body tell us this deity will show no mercy. She is forever searching the moonlit woods.

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Child Holding a Dove by Picasso 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 10:49 AM - General
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In 1901, Picasso painted Child Holding a Dove. He was 20 years old at the time he created this piece, and the painting shows a tender side of the artist. One of Picasso's most formidable talents was his ability to show great depth and range of emotion. In his work, he is in turns lusty, intelligent, passionate, angry, contemplative, etc., but not usually tender. Perhaps this piece could only have been created while Picasso himself was young and not yet jaded.

In the painting, the child is portrayed as innocence itself. Even the bird is captivated by the child's charm, nestled close, almost touching the lips. The child looks directly and assuredly at the viewer, a keeper of hidden knowledge.

One can lose one's self in the beautiful color and loose brushwork of this painting.

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Picasso's Boy with a Pipe and Meta-Expressionism 
Thursday, October 22, 2009, 04:45 PM - General
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In 1905, Picasso painted Boy with a Pipe. This painting is a pre-cursor to meta-expressionism. Picasso portrayed his subjects as iconic by eliminating the unessential qualities and elements and stylizing them to reveal the form of the object itself, as well as his own personal awareness. In meta-expressionism, reality is the manifestation of the artist's will, evident in the design of the pictorial components and a manifestation of personal awareness of the underlying patterns composing the natural world. Furthermore, the artist's expression of emotion or spirit is present in the work via use of color or some other pictorial means.

Picasso places the boy in simple solid blue attire and conveys the skin of his face and hands as smooth stone. The wreath of flowers on his head joins him to the background of patterned floral bouquets. Picasso tells us the sitter should be viewed as pure pattern or form, much like we would view the pattern of floral bouquets on wallpaper. Picasso is not denigrating the sitter by portraying him in this way; he is expanding our perception and asking us to consider him as a universal type.

The pipe which the boy holds in his left hand is an expression of spirit. The pipe is important to him. He holds it up for us to contemplate. We cannot know the significance of this object. It may not be for personal use; it may belong to someone close to him. In any circumstance, the pipe adds the dimension of emotional attachment.

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Picasso's The Old Guitarist 
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 08:04 AM - General
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Many thoughts come immediately to mind when viewing The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso: the color blue, aging, death, mourning, music, poverty, disability. In viewing the painting, my first emotion is sadness. Because I do not enjoy feeling sad and because dwelling on sadness can be destructive, I look for qualities in the work which move me beyond the sadness into a place of appreciation and encouragement.

While it is true the old man is blind and sits in the street wearing his torn garment, head bent, you can tell he is involved in the act of listening. He is listening to the music which he himself is creating. By his age, we can assume he has been playing for many years and is likely a very accomplished musician. A tune played on acoustic strings by a skilled musician is very sweet.

And while he is engaged in the music, we are engaged in enjoyment of the color blue, a color he cannot see. He is privileged to use his skill of musicianship. We are privileged to see him perform.

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Spotlight on Ran Ortner - Simply Smashing 
Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 08:03 AM - General
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The only words to describe the wave paintings of Ran Ortner are "simply smashing". With his paintings, he brings the ocean indoors, translating the power and beauty of giant waves in turbulent glory across an expanse of canvas. His spiritual connection with the water is apparent in every work. You can enjoy his paintings at RanOrtner.com

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