Archive for September 19, 2012

Artist of the moment……Martha Walter…

A collection of works of the artist set to music. Breaking the one hundred year mark the artist was able to grow a tremendous amount during her career. After watching this clip you will marvel at the artist’s ability to capture emotions. Her mother and child portraits are filled with love and happiness equivalent to a Mary Cassatt painting of the same genre.

Martha Walter was born in 1875.  Walter grew up around Philadelphia and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Like the other woman artist I just wrote about Theresa Bernstein, Walter also studied under William Merritt Chase. She was able to earn many scholarships and awards due to her fine painting skills and travelled abroad to the Netherlands, France, and Spain.

Walter was a teacher at  the Chase New York  School of Art.

Walter concentrated on realism and Impressionism. She is included in such museum collections as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Smithsonian Institute. She painted mainly in oils and watercolor.

High price range:  An oil painting titled ,” Children with Japanese Parasols” sold for $194,000. Watercolor high price range is $7,000.

Low price range:  Smaller works sized close to 8 by 10 inches can be found for few thousand dollars.  Watercolors start between one and two thousand dollars.

Of my recent posts the artist reminds me a lot of Delia Brown. Brown is  a well known modern painter that has so much fun when she paints. On many occassions she includes herself and her friends in her paintings. The group of mainly ladies always seem to be having a good time!  She paints them in exclusive country clubs, Beverly Hills cocktail parties, and attracting men in pool halls. In the paintings by Martha Walter I get that same feeling of relaxation and happiness.  For that reason I enjoy her paintings of the beach scenes the best.  Her characters have a certainl liveliness and happiness quality to them. They seem to be enjoying the best leisure excursion at the time, GOING TO THE BEACH with the entire family!

The artist passed away in 1976 at the great age of 100 years old!  I am enjoying  reading about these artists who lived through so much. Not only the growth and globalization of the globe, but also the many phases of art that went in and out of style. From Impressionism, to Abstract Expressionism, to color field painting, to minimalization, and photo realism these artists that surpassed one hundred years on good old mother earth were not ashamed that their favorite style of art was Impressionism and Realism. Despite the fact that getting painting instruction was primarily male dominated, Walter and Bernstein were both ablet to learn from William Merritt Chase.

Happy painting!

Artist of the moment…..Yasmine Esfandiary…..

The artist was born in 1955 in Tehran, Iran. She was born in Iran and now lives in France.  She attended college in Paris, France studying at the L’ecole Supierieur D’Art Graphique and Photographique. She also attended school in the United States at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Colorado Institute of Art.

First solo exhibition was in 1991 in Denver, Colorado.

The artist is very schooled in a variety of mediums.  Most of her works include acrylics, glitter, charcoal and are on both canvas and paper.

I enjoy this artist for her very unique blend of western and eastern cultures that appear in her paintings. She has been well schooled around the globe in art and her artwork shows this wonderful blend of cultures. I enjoy looking at floral scenes more than any other genre. From the highly detailed paintings that include vases and perhaps a table that Ben Schonzeit might produce. To the pictures that use the flower line as a fun inorganic shape and contrast them with other shapes. The artist has so much freedom in this more contemporary type of work because the goal isn’t to recreate an image, but rather to enjoy the shapes and colors that the flowers bring to the viewer.

Other artists celebrating the shape and colors of flowers with concentration on flat shapes and bright explosive colours would be Alicia LaChance. LaChance even uses fresco techniques in her paintings. My favorite artist working in this style of flat shapes and patterns is Robert Kushner. If you get the chance to see his works in person, DON’T PASS IT UP.  In many works he takes one flower and will paint the outline using acrylics over say a sheet of music. Then he takes his artistic liberty even further and adds glitter, gold leaf, silver leaf, mica, and many other materials finally enclosing them in muliptle layers of resin.  This resin makes the glitter appear to glow as the viewer moves about the picture.

I love flower paintings of all types, but when I look at those works that aren’t concerned with realism or depicting a certain still life arrangement, it makes me appreciate the many mediums used by the aforementioned artists and their ability to design what they think is a great pattern and design. They use the most their creativity can offer and I can imagine them painting their flowers with a smile and most importantly it seems they have a lot of fun when painting in this style and manner.


High price range: $10,000

Low price range: $5,000

Try a floral work in which you concentrate on line and color and not just painting what is right in front of you, EXPERIMENT and go FLAT!