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For my blog, Exploration Art, I look for amazing pieces of art to share. This comes from a fellow blogger who found it before I did.
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Van Gogh, up close and personal. The only way to get closer is to visit the museum exhibit.

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New York State Of Mind

I never quite ‘got’ all the fuss about Van Gogh’s work… His paintings always looked a little strange to me.

And then I went to MoMA a few years ago and saw ‘The Starry Night‘ for the first time and just like the Jackson Pollock pieces I’d seen minutes before,  it grabbed me and gave me a thorough shake.  I’d never seen paintings where texture leapt off the canvas.  (I still find myself looking down the side of Mr P’s works  – as close as I’m allowed – to try take pictures of how the paint lies on the canvas – or indeed looks as if it’s fighting with gravity – literally trying to leap off the surface).

Last December, we went back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This time we wandered around their modern art section and saw Van Gogh’s ‘Wheat Field With Cypresses‘…

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Here are more fairy tale castles to charge your imagination. These, again, I took from photographs and enhanced the images using Adobe Photoshop filters. I still find it amazing how this fabulous tool from Photoshop can change  a photograph, one by taking two colors from the original image and using them to enrich the background and foreground and/or then adding techniques that give the effects of a work of art.

I found inspiration for the  castles shown below, from two fellow bloggers: Four Blue Hill’ post, “Amazing Castles from Around the World” and from What the Dutch ‘s post, “De Haar Castle” The original photograph used in the last image of my post here, I believe the blogger (What the Dutch) shot themselves. It is so beautiful that just looking at the original photo makes me want to get on a jet and fly to Holland to see De Haar Castle, stone and mortar with my own eyes and smell the roses that grow around it. Well done!









DE HAAR CASTLE, HOLLAND (Find the original photo at: What the Dutch


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This continues my series on Gustav Klimt. Below find a selection of Houses and Churches that he created into Otherworldly abodes that exist in the fertile ground of Klimt’s imagination. Where I could find them, I also include the real world places Klimt used as models for these enchanting landscapes.

Viale Alberato

The Restaurant

Schloss Kammer at Attersee

Malcesine sul Garda

House at Unterach

Farmhouse at Kammer

Church in Unterach on Attersee

Church at Cassone sul Garda

Gustav Klimt:

English: The Water Lily Pond ((1919) by Claude...

The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet

Here is a project that I found it in a  book entitled: Art for the Very Young by Elizabeth Kelly and Joanne McConville. It features a technique made popular by the Impressionist art movement of which Claude Monet was and still is a front-runner. I first discovered this charming painter when I did an assignment on one of Monet’s fellow Impressionists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir for Humanities class in the eleventh grade, high school.


Materials Needed:

Cookie sheets, cake pans, or pizza pans

tablespoon each of blue, purple, pink, green tempera paint



Dish detergent

Wite construction paper that is larger than the pan you choose to use

Green tissue paper

Small plastic containers, one for each paint color


Paint brush(es)

Cut tissue paper into lily pads. In each plastic container mix: 1 tempera paint color with 1  tablespoon each of honey and water. Place pan upside down and paint the surface with any combination of the tempera-honey-water mixtures. Place construction paper over painted area. Gently smooth paper with hands. Carefully lift paper to reveal a “pond” pattern. Place tissue paper lily pads on wet paint. Gently smooth them down and let painting dry.


Art for the Very Young: Ages 3-6

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Orange collection

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Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of King Hengy VIIIHenry VIIIImage by WGyuri via Flickr

Orange is one of three secondary colors. Made by mixing varied amounts of the primary colors red and yellow and with white or black, for the various tints. So, when it came to the word Orange, what came first the fruit or the color? The fruit originated in China. The word first came from a Dravidian language (spoken in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iran, Malaysia and Singapore) before reaching the English language in 1512 where it was first mentioned at the court of King Henry VIII. Before that, the name red-yellow tagged the color we know as orange . This is why people with “red” hair or “gold” fish are not called, orange-haired or orange fish.

Famous paintings that use the color orange.

Sunrise HarborClaude MonetClaude Monet

3 Impression Sunrise–Claude Monet

Bedroom ArlesVincent Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

White Grapes,Apples,Pears,Lemons and Orange–Vincent Van Gogh

Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers–Vincent Van Gogh



What the Color Orange Means:

Orange (Word):

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Color Orange Meaning:

Dravidian languages:

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Portrait of Madame Matisse Matisse

Les Fauves, “the wild beasts” is an artistic group that began in the early twentieth-century from 1904–1908 that emphasized strong, bright color over realism using wild brush strokes. The subjects of the pieces were simplistic and abstract, a mode of Expressionism. The leaders of the movement were Henri Matisse and Andre Derain.


Les toits de Collioure Matisse

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Self Portrait in Studio Andre Derain

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Charing Cross Bridge Andre Derain

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Fauvism

Google Images: “The Fauvre Art”

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The Nine Dragon Wall (Jiǔ Lóng Bì) was built in 1773 in the east of the Outer Court and the Hall of Preserving Harmony (Bǎo Hé Diàn)at the northeastern section of the palace of the Forbidden City as a retirement villa for Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). It was built to provide privacy by blocking the view through the Gate of Imperial Supremacy (Huangji men) into the Palace of Tranquil Longevity (Ningshou gong).

The nine dragons play with a pearl. Made of glaze bricks colored yellow, blue, purple and white , it stands 96.5 feet long and 11.5 feet tall and stands to deny access to evil spirits, which must travel in straight lines. In traditional homes, the entrance is often through a short alley ending in a wall faced with a decorative design. The actual entry is in the side wall, usually the left wall, at the end of the dead-end alley. The angled entry serves the same functions.

On close inspection a flaw can be found in the third white dragon. A piece of wood patches a broken piece of glazed tile on its belly. The story is that a carpenter carved the wood as a replacement for fear of punishment if the wall was not completed on time.

The dragons on the wall swim in the ocean waves because Chinese dragon do not breathe fire. They are instead benevolent creature that, since ancient times, have saved mankind from drought by making it rain. They also has the power to calm waters, stop river floods, and when called upon, can dispel the waters. They are also the symbol of power, luck, prayers for rain, controlling floods, and longevity.

The sons of the Dragon King are:

Haoxian, who is a reckless and adventurous dragon whose image can be found decorating the eaves of palaces.

Yazi can be found engraved on the handles of knives and the hilts of swords. Yazi is brave and belligerent.

Chiwen is seen on top of things. If you look at the roof-ridge of a building, his image is often carved there so he can gaze into the distance and provide early warning.

Baxia is found near water. His image will be carved on bridges and arches leading to piers so that he can take a swim when he likes and protect the traveler from the water.

Pulao is fond of his own voice and likes to roar, so his image is carved on bells.

Bixi is actually has a tortoise shape, but is considered to be one of the dragon legends. The Bixi is an excellent pack-animal whose image appears on panniers. Bixi are represented on the sides of grave-monuments and are frequently carved as the base for important memorials.

Qiuniu loves music and he likes to hang around the bridge of stringed musical instruments.

Suanmi is fond of smoke and fire, so he twines up the legs of incense-burners. Suanni, which like to sit down, are represented upon the bases of Buddhist idols (under the Buddhas‘ or Bodhisattvas‘ feet).

Jiaotu can keep his mouth shut like a clam. He appears as either a conch spiral shape or a clamshell shape. He is found on door lintels, front doors, and major entryways. He guards your peace and privacy.

Bi’an guards the gates of prisons. Bi’an is the law and order type so are the symbol of litigation.


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Nine Dragon Wall

Nine Dragon Wall

Franz Jozef Kline, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1910 is an American painter whose usual style falls into within the Abstract Expressionist, a movement that centered around New York in the 1940s and 1950s. He was labeled an “action painter” due to his spontaneous and intense style that focused on the actual brush strokes against canvas. Many of his “spontaneous” sketches were practiced on telephone book pages before they were rendered on actual canvas.

His best known abstract expressionist paintings are in black and white, though he re-introduced color in 1955, and used it more consistently after 1959. His paintings are deceptively subtle though on closer inspection have a dynamic, spontaneous and dramatic impact. Most of his paintings are taken from studies of bridges, tunnels, buildings, engines, railroads and other architectural and industrial icons.


Cardinal 1950

Chief 1950

Painting Number 7 1952

Untitled 1952

New York, N. Y. 1953

Suspended 1953

Painting Number Two 1953

Orange Outline 1955

Untitled 1957

C and O 1958

Heaume 1958

Black Reflections 1959

Untitled 1959

60 Blueberry Eyes 1959

Harlemen 1960

Le Gros 1961

Scudera 1961

Untitled 1961


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Franz Kline

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Lorenzo Ghiberti

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Born on 1378 in Pelago (Florence) Italy, Lorenzo Ghiberti was an Italian artist who lived during the early Renaissance period. Best known for works in sculpture and metalworking, he was trained in the gold trade by his father, a trained artist and goldsmith. Ghiberti emigrated to Rimini after the bubonic plague struck Florence where he assisted in the completion of wall frescoes in the castle of Carlo I Malatesta.

In 1401 he became famous when he won a competition to design and create the first set of bronze doors for the Baptistery of the cathedral in Florence.  The doors would depict scenes from the new Testament. He set up a large workshop where he trained such artists as Donatello, Masolino, Michelozzo, Uccello, and Pollaiuolo. During this time, he re-invented the lost-wax casting that had been used since ancient Rome. Because of this innovation, his workshop was popular with young artists.

Ghiberti also worked on a second set of panels for a doorway in the Baptistery, which depicted scenes from the Old Testament. The style of these panels was more naturalistic, using perspective in creating the idealized subjects. They were dubbed the “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo and became known as a monument to the age of humanism.

Other of Ghiberti’s commissions included the execution of the gilded bronze statues of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Matthew for selected niches of the Orsanmichele in Florence. He also created a bronze figure of Saint Stephen for the Arte della Lana, the Wool Manufacturers’ Guild.

File:Firenze.Baptistry06.JPGFlorence Baptistry or Battisterio di San Giovanni

File:Ghiberticompetition.jpgGhiberti’s winning piece for the 1401 competition,  located on the north side of the baptistery. 

File:Paradies tuer florenz.jpgGates of Paradise (Porta del Paradiso)

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Angled view of a panel with the story of Abraham from the Gates of Paradise (Porta del Paradiso)

The Story of Isaac, Esau, and Jacob; Gates of Paradise (Porta del Paradiso), 1425-52

File:Orsanmichele, view from upfloor.JPGOrsanmichele or “Kitchen Garden of St Michael”

File:FirenzeOrsanmichele14.jpgSaint John the Baptist

File:Orsanmichele, san matteo di Ghiberti 02.JPGSaint Matthew

File:FirenzeOrsanmichele05.jpgSaint Stephen

File:Carlo Malatesta.jpgCarlo I Malatesta

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Lorenzo Ghiberti

Web Gallery of Art/Works of Lorenzo Ghiberti

Timeline for Lorenzo Ghiberti

Florence Baptistery


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