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Sunday, June 26, 2016

The van Gogh Project by k Madison Moore Inspired by van Gogh


"The Sight of The Stars Makes Me Dream"
~van Gogh~

The in Love with van Gogh Project

14" x 26" x 2" van Gogh Inspired Oil Painting on Canvas


I put and incredible amount of work and research to this composition.
It's amazing when you constantly read about the Masters yet there is 
always something more to learn.

A copy of this History is included with the painting

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This is the second composition for my In love with van Gogh Project. My intentions are to paint 12 paintings depicting different stages and events in van Gogh’s life.  This painting is of a peaceful environment from my imagination for Vincent to look out at the Rhone River into his own painting, Starry Night Over The Rhone.

 I can image him sitting here alone in this yellow chair enjoying his wine and grapes, smoking his pipe a few books by his side and dreaming in the starlit room.

Vincent said, For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” Thus the title for this composition.

Starry Night depicts the view van Gogh had from his window during his hospitalization in the mental asylum in Arles in 1889. Such beauty in his mind while his presence was in such a terrible place. I was going to paint his room at the asylum but it is so sad, too sad for me, so I decided to paint a beautiful space for him and his beautiful work. A space where I would rather envision him.



PHOTO  / ASYLUM ROOM


Why I included The Piano

Beethoven, Berlioz and Wagner are composers mentioned in Vincent’s letters. van Gogh attended various Wagner concerts with his brother Theo, and was most impressed with his music.
van Gogh was convinced of the link between color and music. He even took piano lessons in order to better understand the gradation of color tones, and to harmonize them. In fact, harmony is the key word here.
van Gogh would often make comparisons with music in his letters: “This bloody mistral is a real nuisance for doing brushstrokes that hold together and intertwine well, with feeling, like a piece of music played with emotion.’ ~ van Gogh ~

My impression of a beautiful vase of Vincent’s Sunflowers from one of his paintings and a lit candle from another enhance the beauty of the piano adorned with branches from the  Blossoming Almond
Tree, one of Vincent van Gogh's best known paintings and is noteworthy in that both van Gogh and his closest family held the work in high regard. 

This painting is one of a few that van Gogh produced with a particular person in mind, his brother and sister-in-law's newborn baby. van Gogh was deeply moved when Theo and Johanna chose to name the child Vincent whom he always felt deep affection for. van Gogh painted Blossoming Almond Tree to honor his namesake and it remains a tour-de-force, both Vincent's fondness for his nephew as well as the Japanese art which he so greatly admired.


Blossoming Almond Tree by Vincent van Gogh

A couple other small snippets from Vincent’s work are a few of his books under that table and the little Kingfisher bird looking on somewhere here. Can you find him?

Only a couple of chalk drawings give us a clue, portraits of musicians performing. Here is an
original sketch of one.




Violinist  / Sketch by Vincent van Gogh




van Gogh’s Sunflowers

van Gogh began painting Sunflowers in late summer 1888 and continued into the following year. They were to decorate his friend Paul Gauguin’s bedroom upon is rival at Arles, The Studio in the South where Vincent had dreams of a studio for artists to paint together. He knew that these were the favorite flowers of Gauguin.  The paintings show sunflowers in all stages of life, from full bloom to withering. The paintings were considered innovative for their use of the yellow spectrum, partly because newly invented pigments made new colors possible.

This is part of a letter that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo prior to Gauguins arrival about his Sunflower Paintings.

To Theo van Gogh. Arles, Tuesday 21 or Wednesday 22 August 1888

I have 3 canvases on the go, 3 large flowers in a green vase, light background (no. 15 canvas), 2) 3 flowers, one flower that’s gone to seed and lost its petals and a bud on a royal blue background (no. 25 canvas), 3) twelve flowers and buds in a yellow vase (no. 30 canvas). So the last one is light on light, and will be the best, I hope. I’ll probably not stop there. In the hope of living in a studio of our own with Gauguin,  I’d like to do a decoration for the studio. Nothing but large Sunflowers.

Next door to your shop, in the restaurant, as you know, there’s such a beautiful decoration of flowers there; I still remember the big sunflower in the window. Well, if I carry out this plan there’ll be a dozen or so panels. The whole thing will therefore be a symphony in blue and yellow. I work on it all these mornings, from sunrise. Because the flowers wilt quickly and it’s a matter of doing the whole thing in one go.

~Vincent~

Initially, it seemed like a good idea for Paul Gauguin to paint with Vincent van Gogh (in October of 1888).  His working visit, however, lasted just two months. Things didn’t work out that way in the end.
The two artists had their worst quarrel on December 23. 1888. van Gogh subsequently mutilated his own ear. Gauguin departed for Paris after notifying Theo of Vincent’s condition  and the dream of the Studio in the South fell apart.

Vincent van Gogh is known as the tortured genius who cut off his own ear as he struggled with mental illness after the breakdown of his friendship with his fellow artist Gauguin.






Original Sunflower Sketches by Vincent 
Isn't this great to have an actual example if van Gogh's thoughts
for paintings in his own handwriting?  Wow!


Starry Night Over The Rhone

Vincent van Gogh spent one year at the asylum in Saint-Rémy de Provence. This year was probably the most difficult of his entire life. It would also prove to be one of his most creative as an artist. After cutting off part of his left ear in Arles, Van Gogh voluntarily confined himself to the institution in Saint-Rémy. Throughout the course of his year there Van Gogh would battle his own personal demons, but would also produce many of the best works of his career. Starry Night Over the Rhone

Starry Night Over the Rhone (September 1888) is one of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of Arles at night time. It was painted at a spot on the bank of the Rhone River that was only a one or two-minute walk from the Yellow House on the Place Lamartine which Van Gogh was renting at the time for the studios. The night sky and the effects of light at night provided the subject for some of his more famous paintings, including Cafe Terrace at Night and the later canvas The Starry Night. 

Van Gogh also comments on the astrological aspects of his new artwork, pointing out his careful inclusion of the “Great Bear” constellation in the "starry sky" above.



Map of The Big Dipper / Great Bear



Vincent's sketch of Starry Night Over The Rhone  with the Big Dipper / Great Bear


Starry Night Over the Rhone by van Gogh




The view is from the quay (a waterside street) on the east side of the Rhone, into the knee of the river towards the western shore. Coming down from the north, the Rhone turns to the right at this point to surround the rocks on which Arles is built.

Van Gogh announced and described this composition in a letter to his brother Theo

Included a small sketch of a 30 square canvas - in short the starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet. The sky is aquamarine, the water is royal blue, the ground is mauve. The town is blue and purple. The gas is yellow and the reflections are russet gold descending down to green-bronze. On the aquamarine field of the sky the Great Bear is a sparkling green and pink, whose discreet paleness contrasts with the brutal gold of the gas. Two colorful figurines of lovers in the foreground.

~Vincent~

I have enhanced the colors mauve, pink green and purple  in my painting. I cannot really see this in any of the photos of his painting.



PHOTO OF RHONE 2008


The challenge of painting at night intrigued Van Gogh. The vantage point he chose for Starry Night Over the Rhone allowed him to capture the reflections of the gas lighting  in Arles across the glimmering blue water of the Rhone.

In the foreground, two lovers stroll by the banks of the river.
Depicting color was of great importance to Van Gogh. In letters to his brother, Theo van Gogh he often described objects in his paintings in terms of color. His night paintings, including Starry Night Over the Rhone, emphasize the importance he placed on capturing the sparkling colors of the night sky and of the artificial lighting that was new to the era.




Sketch of Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

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"The Sight of the Stars Makes Me Dream"


Here is a beautiful slide show and song created just for Vincent.
I still cry every single time I hear it like now while I am writing this.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

If you are quiet enough...you will hear the flow of the Universe - Floral Abstract Painting by k Madison Moore Pennsylvania Artist



Garden of Solitude

"If you are quiet enough...you will hear the flow of the Universe"

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Abstract Flowers Series

14 x 18 Abstract Floral Nude Oil Painting on Canvas

This was so relaxing to paint that I felt like I was
meditating while I was working. I like the combination of
the purples, blues and greens and how they melt into each other.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Interior Painting Inspired by Pablo Picasso by k Madison Moore Sitting Pretty for Picasso





Sitting Pretty for Picasso
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Painting with The Masters 
Art within Art Series
11 x 14 Interior Oil Painting on Canvas


As you know I love Picasso and working with inspirations
from him, they are endless. I have used This figure as few times.
It is one of my favorites but I do it differently each time. This was fun
keeping her patterns distinctive from the patchworks sofa.  She always makes
me laugh with that smirky face just sitting there...

Sitting Pretty for Picasso.

One of Picasso's sculptures sits on the sofa stand as the little cat on 
the back of the sofa is watching out on the landscape for Pablo


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Abstract Flower Oil Painting by k Madison Moore



I Dreamt I was a Butterfly
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Abstract Flowers Series
18 x 18 x 2 Abstract Flower Oil Painting on Canvas

This is only the fourth painting in this series but there will be more to come
in various sizes. I enjoy doing these as they are difficult and a huge challenge
and I love that.  They come from way down in my imagination. I didn’t know at
first that this one was going to turn into a beautiful butterfly within the abstract
flowers.  He just suddenly appeared. This reminded me of something Zhuangzi,
the Chinese philosopher said and how perfect for this composition:


“Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”

Zhuangzi- The Butterfly as Companion



"This shows that, although in ordinary appearance there are differences between things, in delusions or in dreams one thing can also be another. The transformation of things proves that the differences among things are not absolute "

The key to this lesson is the realization that if we can see how dreams can seem completely real, then we can also see how reality can be just like a dream.

This is a flower…but this is a Butterfly……..but  this is a flower….

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Blue Nude Oil Painting by k Madison Moore - One Night





One Night
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11 x 14 Blue Nude Oil Painting on Canvas
Emotions in Blue Series


Another new Blue Nude to add to my Series





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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Moonlight is like music on a gloomy night, Blue Nude Oil Painting by k Madison Moore



Meet Me by The Moonlight
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Moonlight is like music on a gloomy night

11 x 14 Blue Nude Oil Painting on Canvas

Emotions in Blue Series

Another new Blue Nude to add to my series.  If you
see a painting that has been sold  that you like, contact
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Bue Nude Oil Painting by k Madison Moore Sonnet of The Moon


Sonnet of The Moon
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11 x 14 Blue Nude Oil Painting on Canvas

Emotions in Blue Series

Another Blue nude painting to add to my Series. I have had some requests
for new blues since my inventory is low for this series so I have some new
ones coming up. This is the first. I am blessed that this series is loved so much 
and that they sell so quickly. However, If you see one in this series that has been 
sold that you like I can repaint a similar for you. The advantage is that you can 
have it painted in any size you wish, even customs sizes if needed. Contact
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Mucha Studio - Prague Oil Painting by k Madison Moore



Alphonse Mucha  Studio - Prague 1890
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Masters Studio Series

14 x 18 Mucha Oil Painting on Canvas


Alphonse Maria Mucha 24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939), often known in English and French as A Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.

I love Much and his beautiful style. However, these models are quite different than his. I only used similar poses as his. I wanted to create my own beautiful faces with a touch of Mucha since the scene I created for them is Mucha’s studio in Prague. Who know what it really looked like but this is what was in my mind. This is how I would want it, looking out to the water over the rooftops from my studio window. Art Nouveau and Art Deco are two of the greatest design periods of all time.

Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewelry, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was termed initially The Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau (French for "new art"). Mucha's works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing, vaguely Neoclassical looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed halos behind their heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors.




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14 x 18 Mucha Oil Painting on Canvas
Alphonse Maria Mucha 24 July 1860 – 14 July 1939), often known in English and French as A Mucha, was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, known best for his distinct style. He produced many paintings, illustrations, advertisements, postcards, and designs.
I love Much and his beautiful style. However, these models are quite different than his. I only used similar poses as his. I wanted to create my own beautiful faces with a touch of Mucha since the scene I created for them is Mucha’s studio in Prague. Who know what it really looked like but this is what was in my mind. This is how I would want it, looking out to the water over the rooftops from my studio window. Art Nouveau and Art Deco are two of the greatest design periods of all time.



Mucha produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements, and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewelry, carpets, wallpaper, and theatre sets in what was termed initially The Mucha Style but became known as Art Nouveau (French for "new art"). Mucha's works frequently featured beautiful young women in flowing, vaguely Neoclassical looking robes, often surrounded by lush flowers which sometimes formed halos behind their heads. In contrast with contemporary poster makers he used pale pastel colors.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Art Deco Museum Painting by k Madison Moore - Art Deco Hats Exhibit


Art Deco Hats Exhibit
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30" x 48" Art Museum Interior Oil Painting on Canvas

Art Museum Collection Series

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This is the second very large two story Art Museum Interior painting that I 
created for these collectors. I wanted them to be sister paintings so colors are 
similar. The first is more square and this is rectangle so they will look
great hanging together.

The Art Deco period to me was one of the most beautiful era's for art.
The clothes, jewelry, furniture, cars, just all of it had such beautiful design
elements. This is one of my very favorite era's to paint.

Thanks again R & CP





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Sunday, May 22, 2016

The In Love with van Gogh Project by k Madison Moore


Van Gogh and Gauguin Together Forever
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The In Love with van Gogh Project

14 x 18 van Gogh Oil Painting on Canvas

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Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin with be together forever in art and history. This is a project that I have been thinking about doing for years. My intentions was to paint 12 paintings depicting  different stages and events in van Gogh’s life and post them in succession. However, with other projects, series and commissions coming in, I am finding this difficult to do. 
Therefore I will post them as I paint them in between my other projects. A lot of research has gone into this project.

I feel good that I was finally able to get this project started with this beautiful painting that has been on my mind forever. This is the window wall of Vincent’s Bedroom. These are two chairs that Vincent painted. The one on the right Gaugin’s chair  and the other is his chair with the exception of his pipe. I placed on the table instead of on the chair. Of course I had to incorporate Sunflowers by Vincent behind his chair.

I can picture Vincent and Paul sitting in front of Vincent’s bedroom window in these chairs
sharing a glass of wine relaxing after a hard day of painting with their shoes off. The shoes are my impression of shoes that Vincent painted. 

Although this is not the view from his bedroom window, I love this painting by Vincent
Lavanda-e-girasoli-Provenza- Lavender and Sunflowers  Painted in 1888 so decided it would be the view for this painting.

In October 1888, van Gogh and Gauguin exchanged self-portraits that revealed a great deal about how they perceived themselves and wished to be seen by others. In van Gogh’s portrait, his gaunt face, short hair and beard allude to his belief in monastic lifestyle and refer to his old as a monk or humble disciple to Gauguin.

Gauguin presented himself as an outlaw in his self portrait. The bold lines of the figure and vivid colors manifest Gauguin’s interest in an abstract, symbolic lifestyle. van Gogh however, was disappointed when he received Gauguin’s Self- Portrait, believing that it expressed torment while falling to offer any hope or consolation. He even suggested that the troubled Gauguin would benefit from a stay in the reinvigorating environment of Arles.

Possiibly one of the greatest artistic influences on Vincent van Gogh was Paul Gauguin . Van Gogh and Gauguin met in Paris in November of 1887. Van Gogh had organized an art exhibit from those who Van Gogh called the Impressionists of the Petit Boulevard. After seeing the exhibit Gauguin arranged to trade one of his paintings from Martinique for two of Van Gogh's Sunflowers studies.

In February of 1888, Van Gogh decided to move to Arles in Southern France and begin what he called the Studio of the South. His plan for the studio was for it to be an artist colony where artists could work together and inspire each other. As an Art dealer, his brother Theo agreed to try to sell their work. Van Gogh rented four rooms in a building on the Place Lamartine in May. This building, known as the "Yellow House," was to be his Studio of the South.

In order to help persuade Gauguin to move to the Studio of the South, Theo provided a 250 franc monthly allowance in exchange for one of Gauguin's paintings each month. Vincent began painting sunflowers to decorate Gauguin's bedroom. These sunflowers would later become one of his signature pieces.

During their time together in Arles Gauguin bought a bale of jute from which both artists used for their canvases. This coarse material caused them both to apply the paint more thickly and to use heavier brush strokes. Van Gogh and Gauguin also painted similar subjects in Arles such as landscapes and people in the village.

In December, Gauguin painted a portrait of van Gogh painting a sunflower bouquet, reflecting his sympathy with van Gogh’s endeavors, but whenever he raised the topic of departure, van Gogh would become agitated.

On December 23, 1888 Van Gogh, in a fit of insanity, pursued Gauguin with a knife and threatened him intensely. Later that day Van Gogh returned to their house and cut off a piece of his ear lobe then offered it to a prostitute as a gift. He was unconscious and immediately taken to the local hospital, where he asked to see his friend Gauguin when he woke up, but Gauguin refused to see him.

A new book, published in Germany by Hamburg-based historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans, argues that Vincent van Gogh may have made up the whole story to protect his friend Gauguin, a keen fencer, who actually lopped it off with a sword during a heated argument.

The historians say that the real version of events has never surfaced because the two men both kept a "pact of silence" - Gauguin to avoid prosecution and van Gogh in an effort trying to keep his friend with whom he was hopelessly infatuated.

Gauguin left Arles the next day and the two men never saw each other again.
In the first letter that Vincent van Gogh wrote after the incident, he told Gauguin, "I will keep quiet about this and so will you." That apparently was the beginning of the "pact of silence."

The residents of Arles drew up a petition to have Van Gogh readmitted to the hospital from where he was transferred to a private clinic in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Van Gogh and Gauguin continued to communicate by letter.

Years later, Gauguin wrote a letter to another friend and in a reference about van Gogh he said, "A man with sealed lips, I cannot complain about him."
Kaufmann also cites correspondence between van Gogh and his brother Theo, in which the painter hints at what happened that night without directly breaking the "pact of silence" - he writes that "it is lucky Gauguin does not have a machine gun or other firearms, that he is stronger than him and that his 'passions' are stronger."

After parting ways neither artist could escape the other's influence. Gauguin's work began to have more religious themes after being influenced by Van Gogh's strong religious background. Gauguin also began using brighter colors, especially yellow, and thicker brush strokes like Van Gogh. Van Gogh began to use Gauguin's technique of painting from memory. This caused his paintings to become more decorative and less realistic.

Vincent's Original Sketch of his chair





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