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Monday, October 20, 2014

SOLD Purple Mountains Majesty Acrylic Painting

Purple Mountains Majesty, 30 x 34 inches,
Acrylic on Canvas.
Copyright 2007 Mary Rush Gravelle.
Prints Available.
It's always great to report when I sell a painting, which happened during this past week.

This painting has been my signature painting, gracing the header of this blog and at times, my art website, business cards, art show invitations, etc.

It is a southwestern landscape scene from Silver City, New Mexico. I hiked many times there, a place called Boston Hill, an open space area created by bicyclists so they would have a place to ride. It is open for hikers as well. It's a beautiful place. I painted several paintings of my favorite hiking haunts there.

I am grateful to the art collector who lives in Sedona, Arizona for purchasing this painting. It was love at first sight when she saw it. I wish her many happy years of living with it and looking at it hanging in her living room above her fireplace mantle. Her cat immediately jumped up on the mantle and sat there erect and still as if to say that the painting was home.

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Mary Rush Gravelle

Until Next Week

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About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Photographer Bill Cunningham is a True Lover of his Work

Documentary of Bill Cunningham
New York to Paris
I watched it on Netflix.
Photographer, Bill Cunningham, lives, eats, and breathes fashion photography. From a different perspective than most fashion photographers, he does it from the streets of New York City. Spotting trends, he is published in the New York Times newspaper.

From His Bicycle

He works tirelessly from his bicycle, riding around the streets of New York City looking for his next shot, standing on street corners, watching with a discerning eye, looking for beauty. Nothing is more important to him that getting the shot.

Attends Charity Events

He works from morning to night. In the evenings, he can be found attending gala charity events, again, looking for the shot. The shot of beauty that he finds is in real people to celebrities who are wearing fashion in their own way. He makes no delineation of who's who. If they are wearing something beautiful that intrigues him, that is what excites him.

Works in Accordance to His Idea of Integrity

He strives to work within his own guidelines of integrity, never eating nor drinking at any of these gala events. For him, his food, is his work. He lives in a tiny apartment full of file cabinets that house his many photos and negatives from over the years. His work is never done. He basically works seven days a week. He turns down money to do his work. This affords him the freedom to be in integrity and not swayed in any one particular direction away from his vision.

That's him!

Friends? Oh Yeah!

He has made many friends over his long career, many of them he has photographed for years, sometimes looking for them to arrive so he can see what they are wearing. He is loved for who he is, what he does, and how he does it.

A Shining Inspiration

He clearly is doing what he loves. What a shining example of what that does to the person. He appears to be extremely happy. It is soooo very inspiring!

Watch the documentary about him. I think you, too, will be inspired. The image in the beginning of this article is what the cover of the movie looked like in Netflix.

Videos of his work

In recent years, the NY Times have required him to do video of his work. Find those videos here, where it says about him,

The legendary Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham spots and distills the latest trends from the runways of Paris to the colorful streets of New York.

I want to hear from you!

Have you heard of Bill Cunningham? Have your watched the documentary? What's your feeling about him and his work? Please leave a comment below.

Mary Rush Gravelle

Until Next Week

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About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Famous Artist Gerhard Richter Painting

Gerhard Richter Painting
Documentary Movie on Netflix
I watched, totally dazzled, a documentary last night about Gerhard Richter, titled simply enough, Gerhard Richter Painting.

It was showing him painting for an exhibit while being recorded. It was interesting to hear his truthful reactions and conversation about being recorded while painting. He felt that painting was a private act. It put him on edge. So many things he talked about resonated with me. The movie also went somewhat into his life and career.

But, what I was jazzed about was watching his painting process. The paintings would look great to me. And then, he would use a squeegee to spread the paint across the canvas, obliterating any form and shape that might have shown up on the canvas prior. I do like his more colorful work since I love color.

The other really inspiring thing about this documentary was seeing his studio and studio assistants in action. What a studio he has! Wow. It's gigantic. He paints in oil. The assistants mix it for him, insuring it is the smooth consistency he requires for his process. They explained that there could be no lumps because of the way he uses the squeegee.

I am so pumped to paint and somehow acquire a very large painting studio.

Check out these images, which are a couple of my favorite. I guess they are protected under copyright, so I cannot use the images here. I've done a screenshot of the page (showing only a partial of the painting) where the image resides with the link under the image so you can go check it out.

I love this painting. Check it out at this link:
http://www.wikiart.org/en/gerhard-richter/abstract-picture-1

A photo of him in his studio:
http://newsgrist.typepad.com/underbelly/2009/11/richter.html

3. Another painting I love
http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2012/06/13/25-million-gerhard-richter-painting-sells-at-pace-gallerys-art-basel-booth/

Do you like Gerhard Richter's paintings? What do you like or don't like?

If You are an Art Patron 

Do you own a Gerhard Richter painting? Would you like to? Is there an artist whose work you would rather collect?

If You are an Artist

Do you like Gerhard Richter's paintings? What do you like or don't like? Does his paintings inspire you like they do me?

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Mary Rush Gravelle

Until Next Week 

Sir Kitty
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I want to hear from you! What do you think of the final painting? Did you like this technique? Did you like the video? What was your favorite part? Leave your comments below.

About the author: Mary Rush Gravelle is an artist who resides in Sedona, Arizona with her beloved cat, Sir Kitty.