I used to see these Big Eyes paintings all the time growing up. I thought they were so cute. I even did some sketches years ago of my own Big Eyes Kids and never did anything with them. I had no idea who the artist was or the story behind it until recently when the movie Big Eyes was advertised and released. I really enjoyed the movie.
Margaret stated that “giving away her paintings made her feel like she was losing a child." Of course I thought this would be a good theme for a composition. Being that she is alive and because of her bio, I felt I didn’t want to come too close to her children.
Margaret spent years hidden in the attic of their home knocking out hundreds of paintings. She even hid it from her daughter. Most of her paintings were designed around her daughter as she had no other model. Yet, her daughter had no idea her mother was the artist. Margarette felt very guilty that she lied to her daughter and this was also a force for her to tell the world the truth.
So this is a homage to Margaret who’s portrait sits on the easel and she is surrounded by her children in the attic where she paints. These are “My” Big Eyes kids and not hers. I had to make my eyes so different. The eyes of her children kind of freaks me out. I think it’s is how big she makes the pupils. I believe Tim Burton used some of her works for some of his scary movies. All in all, still cute. It was a fun painting but I really challenged myself with so many faces and soooo many eyes! Took a very long time to complete.
Margaret D. H. Keane (born Peggy Doris Hawkins; September 15, 1927) is an American artist who mainly paints women, children, and animals with big eyes in oil or mixed media.
Her ex-husband Walter Keane used to sell her paintings signed with his name; she allowed him to do so because he used to sell every piece. Women artists at that time were not noticed or respected.
They became millionaires and lived a lavish lifestyle. Walter would sell Margarette’s paintings for up to $50,000 per painting.
Margaret grew tired of hiding that fact that she was the true artist. She went as far as to attempt to change her style just so she could show her work. She eventually had it an sued Walter for a divorce and for slander.
Keane's works are recognizable by the oversize, doe-like eyes of her subjects.
In the 1960s, her artwork was sold under the name of her husband, Walter Keane
who claimed credit for it.
In 1970, Keane announced to the world, via radio broadcast, that she was the true creator of the paintings.
Margaret Keane sued Walter in the subsequent slander suit; the judge demanded that the litigants paint a painting in the courtroom, but Walter declined, citing a sore shoulder. Margaret then produced a painting in 53 minutes. The jury awarded her damages of $4 million.
On November 1, 1964, she left him and moved from San Francisco to Hawaii, where she met Honolulu sports writer Dan McGuire. She divorced Keane in 1965 and married McGuire in 1970. After she moved to Hawaii and became one of Jehovah’s Witness, , her work took on a happier, brighter style. Keane's website now advertises her work as having "tears of joy" or "tears of happiness"
Actresses Joan Crawford and Natalie Wood commissioned Keane to paint their portraits. In the 1990s, Tim Burton, a Keane artwork collector and later director of the film Big Eyes (about Keane), commissioned the artist to paint a portrait of his then-girlfriend Lisa Marie.
As of 2015, Keane lives in Napa County, California. She is 92 years old and still paints every day.Such an inspiration.
Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, is a oil painting executed by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh on an industrially primed canvas of size 25 (Toile de 25 figure) in Aries, France, mid-September 1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the artist in three letters. There is also a large pen drawing of the composition which originates from the artist's estate.
Visitors of the site can still stand at the northeastern corner of the Place du Forum, where the artist set up his easel. He looked south towards the artificially lit terrace of the popular coffee house, as well as into the enforced darkness of the rue du Palais leading up to the building structure (to the left, not pictured) and, beyond this structure, the tower of a former church (now Musée Lapidaire). Towards the right, Van Gogh indicated a lighted shop as well, and some branches of the trees surrounding the place—but he omitted the remainders of the Roman monuments just beside this little shop.The painting is currently at the Kroller - Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.
Itzchak Tarkay (1935 – June 3, 2012) was an Israeli artist.
Tarkay was born in 1935 in Subotica on the Yugoslav-Hungarian border. In 1944, Tarkay and his family were sent to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, until Allied liberation freed them a year later. In 1949 his family emigrated to Israel, living in a kibbutz for several years. Tarkay attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design from 1951, and graduated from the Avni Institute of Art and Design in 1956.
This was a very interesting project for me. It was so different working once more with Dali.
have not had many inspirations from Dali as my mind is not surrealistic so I always have difficulties designing around him.
My Collector is a Psychologist and likes Sigmund Freud and had a visit to Freud’s office. He is also a lover of Dali. So, he wanted a make figure, maybe a Psychologist such as himself as the main figure surrounded by Dali Paintings. The paintings are for the patients to analyze and in return he will analyze the patient accordingly. Interesting! Can you imagine Freud and Dali in a conversation!
The tapestry sofa is from Freud office as well as the footstool and the green chair. Just to add a touch of Freud to the room. Dali’s best-known work, The Presence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. ( Center painting on the wall with the clocks )
This composition has now given me a whole new inspiration for a new Freud painting. I have to work on that!
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The Analysis of Dali
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), known as Salvador Dalí, was a prominent Spanis surrealist painter born in Figueres, Catalonia Spain.
Dali was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters.
Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.
Sigmund Freud born Sigismund Schlomo Freud; 6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of psychoanalysis.
Sigmund Freud was born in Freiberg, which is now known as the Czech Republic, on May 6, 1856. Freud developed psychoanalysis, a method through which an analyst unpacks unconscious conflicts based on the free associations, dreams and fantasies of the patient. His theories on child sexuality, libido and the ego, among other topics, were some of the most influential academic concepts of the 20th century.
Panda was a favorite cats from a family of 12. He was always out and about playing the part of property manager in keeping other cats and animals away from their home.
They always kidded that he was out in the hood taking care of business and would come home beat up all the time from fights.
The collector loved this composition. Panda passed a couple years ago and now they smile every day when they look at his portrait. What a great way to memorialize your cats.
Your one of a kind portrait will be hand painted with love and imagination. When your portrait is completed you will experience moments of happiness and heartwarming memories whenever you look at it. Something to cherish for a lifetime.
The stones from the necklace are scattered about among the broken clasp to represent their Broken Dreams. The nude represents Loni Anderson’s sexuality as being a sex symbol but was not meant to look like her.
This was a very apical commission. My Collectors wife is a hundred percent disabled with MS and has been for many years. My Collector is her full time care giver 24/ 7. He wanted this necklace so bad as a gift for her. He is such a wonderful man and truly in love with his wife just as much today as ever. He loves to buy her gifts and dos so all the time.
They never bought original art and searched the internet for years until they cam across mine. I am honored to paint for Ralph and Caryn
now and to bring beauty to their home. Thank you for this inspiration.
Here is the email I received after they received their paintings: Thank you again Ralph and Caryn I hope they make you happy for many years.
Cannot wait to paint for you again.
We received all five paintings. They look great ,we love them . You far exceeded any expectations that we had.They all look better in person than on the internet. It would be hard to pick a favorite. The biggest surprise is After six. She looks far better in person.This has been a great experience. We have never purchased or commissioned an oil painting.We hardly ever buy anything without seeing it first.We didn't feel to frightened after looking at your portfolio. Everything you have painted we either liked or loved.We have looked to purchase a nude painting for over a year. We never found anything that really turned us on till we came across your works.The biggest problem with your portfolio is trying to pick which work we like the best. Attached are two photos of the paintings hanging. Look forward to working with you again. Ralph and Caryn
Here is the story from the Collector about the Loni Anderson’s Necklace and my inspiration for this painting
Caryn and I are a romantic. After 31 years people are amazed how well we get along. Back in the days when she was working I would send her flowers for no reason. People at work would ask her what did your husband do? Even till this day I will bring her home little gifts for no reason, just like Burt did for Loni.
This brings us to Burt and Loni. We don't follow celebrities life's at all, and we don't collect any memorable. In December Burt sold over 600 items at Juliens auction. Many of these items were prize possessions . The auction had a lifetime of memory's dating back to his high school days. The news picked up on it quick and came up with ideas why he was selling so many things. Some people I read, believe he is in financial trouble others think he is cleaning house. I don't know what's true. What is sad to us is that we can't through out a shirt we haven't worn in 20 years but he is selling a lifetime of memories. I would think that would have to hurt a lot parting with these items regardless of the reasons for selling them. Loni and Burt have to had to have a pit in their stomach. We felt sad for Loni and Burt.
In December Loni sold many personal items at almost the same time at Juliens but in a different catalog. Many of her personal items appeared again at Juliens auction in March. A large number of the items all had the same theme, personal gifts to Loni from Burt.
When we look at the number of items Burt bought Loni, some many of which didn't seem to be for special occasion, and than photos where taken of her wearing the items ,tells me that they were crazy about each other.
He commissioned many paintings to be painted of her. One painting he purchased was a blonde walking on the beach. You could only see the back of the lady. I read that he bought it because it reminded him of her. In all the photos of Loni she appeared so happy. These two seemed to have the love affair everyone dreams of. I don't think you go out of your way to buy so many gifts without caring deeply for someone. I know all the gifts that I gave Caryn where out of love. Now I think how in love these two must have been.
The media claims that this was the worst divorce in Hollywood history. To Caryn and I this was a romantic love tragedy, that is very said. It is so sad that a love affair can turn so badly in only a few years. We feel sad for both Burt and Loni but especially Loni. The necklace we purchased had three photos of her wearing it. She looks so happy and it was stated Burt gave it to her. Two photos have Burt standing beside her.
I wanted this as a gift to Caryn the same way Burt bought it for Loni so I put a bid in and won the necklace. I was thrilled to get it for a very good price.
However, as you know, we are paying many times more for the painting than the necklace. So why is that, you might ask. We have never owned a real oil painting not yet commissioned one to be painted. We wanted to tell this story on canvas. After seeing your Blue series we where impressed. We love nude paintings,we love flowers we love the story, we are crazy about the necklace.
The flower represents the rebirth of things in spring. At that time all flowers and trees come to life.(Last year after Easter we decorated our Christmas tree in silk flowers and put two dolls in front of it and called it spring wedding) The necklace represents a circle of love, once the clasp is open the circle is broken, sometimes it cannot be reconnected.. The nude, though not a portrait of Loni, is symbolic of Lonis stunning beauty. Put this all together the painting represent a romantic love tragedy and broken dreams.
When we display the necklace the clasp won't be joined to represent the broken dreams. If I had any courage I would break the chain, but that would be stupid. Caryn wants to wear it.
Future plains. You name the painting whatever you want. The painting is yours we are only the custodian of it. Your name will attached to it not ours, a hundred years from now. In our house we are going to call it Broken Dreams. I can understand someone not knowing why this is called Broken Dreams when they don't know the whole story. I am sure Burt an Loni will understand the menaing. You name it what you think is best.
We are keeping all the records of the necklace and all communication between you and I in a binder including the story and this letter. We would like the records to stay with the painting, necklace, photos and story to be passed down in time. We are encouraging the next custodian to add to the story as to how they obtained it and why and what it all means to them. I hope I can look down one day or up and see all the items in the collection on the antiques road show. I can't wait till the read the letter how I pissed of the artist. You and I will be sitting together having a good laugh.
Once the painting is finished I intended to try to send Loni a photo of the painting and a copy of this letter.
In closing our hearts go out to Burt and Loni and hope their new dreams are now coming true.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Meisje met de parel) is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is a tronie of a girl with a headscarf and a pearl earring. The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.
NEW SERIES Cats in Clothes
I have been working on this idea for years but never had the time to execute it with all the other series I have been working on. I am very excited and have been painting this series for the last few months and now it's ready to go! Stand by for my Dogs in Clothes Series Coming Soon!
This is so much fun. I can mix my love for cats with my love for fashion all in one series. What could be cuter than Cats wearing clothes? I am sure every cat lover out there will agree with me.
Can you see your cat wearing cloths? Something that meets his or her personalities, A Queen, a King, Cook, a Golfer or Teacher, anything that meets your fancy. Maybe you have a family of cats and would like to have a family portrait. Imagine them all dressed in clothes! How fun! Couples are cute too!
Would you like to memorialize your cat? Nothing nicer than than to have a professional portrait of your beloved pet to memorialize him or her. Something to cherish for a lifetime.
Cets in Clothes Paintings are also great gift ideas! They will make a cherished and unique gift for the pet lover in your life.
Commission projects are welcome in any size and theme you wish.
Please feel free to contact me with your ideas.
Your one of a kind portrait is being hand painted with love and imagination. When your portrait is completed you will experience moments of happiness and heartwarming memories whenever you look at it.
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RECENTLY SOLD PAINTINGS
If you may be interested in any of these paintings that have already been sold please contact me for similar paintings. Click on the images for larger detailed views and info.
Klimt's 24 Crazy Cats and The Tree of Life
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Cats in Clothes Painting - Commission
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Night Passion - Emotions in Blue Series
Broken Dreams - Loni Anderson Inspired
The Analysis of Dali - by Sigmund Freud
Sold _ Commission
Panda Man - Cats in Clothes Series
Bill The Dude
Commissions - Cats in Clothes Series
The Samover - Inspired by Matisse
Roaring 20's Taxi Dancers
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Memorialize your Pet with a Special Portrait
Bob The Chef
Cats in Clothes Paintings
Too Cool Charlie
Cats in Clothes Paintings
Vinnie Van Cat
Cats in Clothes Paintings
Cats in Clothes Paintings
Cats in Clothes Paintings Series
A Moment in Time
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Dancing with Renoir
Vinnie's Garden- Inspired by van Gogh
Their Kiss - Frida and Diego
Picasso in Red
Emotions in Blue Series
Emotions in Blue Series
Tea with Vincent - Inspired by van Gogh
Jeanne's Blue Shoes - Inspired by Modigliani
Miniature Paintings- Chairs Series
Presents for Tamara - Inspired by de Lempicka
Miniature Pantings - Chairs Series
A Touch of Peter - Inspired by Peter Max
Miniature Paintings - Chairs Series
Emotions in Color Series
A Little Monet
Miniature Paintings - Chairs Series
Francoise The Muse - Picasso Inspired
Miniature Paintings - Chairs Series
Fun with Roy - Litchtenstein
Studio Matisse - Paris France
Art Deco - The Roaring 20's Dance Marathon
Picasso's Bird Keeper
His Kiss Inspired by Klimt
The Tear - Klimt
Painting Dora on a Sunday Afternoon in Paris - Picasso
My Diversity has enabled me to survive as an artist for over a half century. Most artists stay with a style that reflects their personality. I believe an artist should be like and actor who plays many roles and who subjugates themselves to the role at hand, letting it tell how to play it. A Chinese Artist once said, "To paint a flower you must "be" a flower. To paint a tiger, you must be a tiger. ~ Madison ~
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