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Artist of the moment….Judith Pond Kudlow….

Judith Pond Kudlow is a wonderful realist painter working mainly with the still life. Kudlow was born in Whitefish, Montana.

I found out about the artist as I watch financial television all day and she is married to a well known economist who has a political and money show on CNBC, his name is Lawrence “Larry”  Kudlow. For the readers whom are financial people I would like to give a shout out !!! Congrats!!! To Tom Keene of Bloomberg who has been broadcasting twenty years today!!! He will be ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange today.


I enjoy looking at her paintings of cloth the most. I first became aware of the artist after seeing some still life paintings she had made of Mr. Kudlow’s ties. The presentation and subject matter reminded me of the great Chilean master painter Claudio Bravo. Here is a wonderful example of Claudio Bravo and his paintings of fabric.


Kudlow has recently made a DVD talking about the sight size method and painting the still life. Below is a short excerpt from the program.

A link to the artist’s own website:

Kudlow attended the College of William and Mary. Kudlow also has studied at the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Art, and the School of Visual Arts.

Price range information: Kudlow works mainly with oils on linen. Most works are priced between $2,000 and $10,000.

Kudlow currently keeps a studio in East Harlem where she also has started her own atelier. The name of the atelier is the Harlem Studio of Art.  Kudlow and a well known  painter from Florence, Andrea Smith, started the school in New York city. Now the school has another location which is in Rome, Italy. Andrea Smith is in charge of this location.

Kudlow has appeared in several national art magazines such as American Art Collector and American Artist.

Another artist who is great at painting fabric is Janet Monafo. I have seen this artist’s work in person and was blown away by her brilliant painting of white cloth. She did a wonderful job using complimentary colors from the yellow and purple families and the fabric had a very reflective sheen in the painting. Below is an example of Monafo’s painting of fabric and cloth.


If you would like to improve your painting of cloth and fabric I would strongly suggest viewing Jane Jones and her program titled Painting Elegant Drapery. Jones is a well known artist that loves to work with flowers and fabric. She uses the same method of blending for both. I found this program to be a great investment and improved my skill tremendously. Below is click to her website. She now has 11 DVDs out on the market. For the old timers like myself I enjoy the DVDs but you can also download access to the program via sources like ArtClick.TV for different periods of time if you don’t want to purchase a hard copy. Her DVDs are for me the best value out there. Very reasonably priced.


Hope you are now inspired to try and paint some fabric and cloth!

Get those brushes moving!


Artist of the moment….Chilean realist Claudio Bravo….


The artist was born in Valparaiso, Chile in the year 1936. His father was the owner of a ranch. His mother ran the household and Bravo was one of seven children. The artist was well versed at all aspects of art and even toured a short time as a professional dancer in Chile.

The artist showed signs of potential at an early age. He was not very good at math and science. In order to get better grades in his math and science classes he would offer the teacher a portrait. Bravo went on to study from the ages of eleven to twenty years of age with Miguel Venegas. Chile was heavily influenced by the european style of art and the artist’s main mentor, Venegas, was devoted to realism and not modern flat and cubist art.

The artist had his first solo show at the tender age of seventeen. All the works sold to family and friends and Bravo gained large support throughout the community.

Bravo attended college in Santiago, Chile studying literature and music.

The artist admired Salvadore Dali and the Surrealist movement.  Brave also admired the Renaissance era painters.

Bravo lived around the world in such places as New York City, Morroco, Chile, and Spain.

Bravo worked in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oils, bronzes, crayons, pencil, and pastel.

Like other prominent artists he painted many people belonging to the upper classes. The artist even painted royalty. Among his clients were Imelda Marcos and her husband the famous dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Francisco Franco the dictator from Spain. He also painted the publisher of Forbes magazine.

Bravo started selling portraits in Chile. He did so well he saved enough to sail for Paris. Due to bad weather he stopped off in Barcelona and eventually ended up in Madrid, Spain.  He painted the local well to do crowd and was highly successful.

As with most dictators, they try and control thoughts!  Franco was highly conservative and the artist felt restricted in his paintings. One day his sisters brought home some packages and the artist found a new work in painting packages. He became obsessed with creating trompe textures in his art.

A great collection of the artist’s work. Notice the great use of edges on both the corners of tables and also windows. The artist was able to create tremendous depth in his works. Also notice the many different textures the artist was able to create. His paintings of overlayed fabric are spectacular!


High price range:  $1.172 million for a work done in oils.  $216,000 for a work done in pastels.

Low price range:  Pencil works start at $5,000. Charcoals start near $10,000. Lithographs start at $1,000.

The artist passed away in 2011. He was living in Morocco at the time.

I enjoy this artist for his fantastic works with painting fabrics and the still life.  The artist was best at creating depth and by creating many different surface textures from wood to cloth, that kept the viewers eye moving about the picture. Another texture and surface the artist paints very realistically is glass.


Its GREAT to create!