The following photos were captured during a recent trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, which is hosting an exhibit entitled “The Surrealists” on display through March 2, 2014. Joan Miró’s Dog Barking at the Moon, (Oil on canvas, 1926). (Viewer please note: the photograph I captured is an alternate take on the piece. The photo you see below features the museum guard’s shadow, which I thought really added something to the original piece.) Eugene Berman’s View in […]
Philadelphia Dreaming is a simple digital collage created by blending two jpeg images. The image below left was found via Google image search using the search term “Philadelphia skyline view.” The image below right is a photo collage based on the painting, “Flaming June,” by Sir Frederic Leighton. Each image was scaled to match the other. I blended the two and adjusted the transparency using lunapic.com, a free online photo editing tool. Pleased with the results, I couldn’t help but […]
This is one of the murals commissioned by the Philadelphia Mural Arts program, the largest public art organization in the U.S., linking artists with neighborhoods to beautify public spaces. The mural transforms an otherwise drab brick facade into a veritable masterpiece. The Birth of Venus sculpture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A few feet to the left of “The Birth of Venus,” one finds Venus and Cupid. Jupiter and Callisto painting (detail). Wednesday Nights are “Pay What You Wish” […]
For the record, only one of the images you see below is mine. The lady on the left is a Post-Impressionist painting called “The Corn Poppy” by Kees Van Dongen, located at the Houston Museum of Art. The image in the middle is something I pulled anonymously from the internet. The image on the right is a painting I recently completed, which I call “Bukowski,” after American author Charles Bukowski. These three images were located side by side in a […]
“Only when we know our own darkness well can be be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” -Pema Chödrön, from p. 73 of Comfortable with Uncertainty Warsaw Ghetto, (Acrylic on Canvas, 2001)
What does it look like inside the mind of someone whose career is inextricably linked to his or her creativity? This is a question whose answer I hoped to discover in a recent interview with NYC-based artist Brian Josselyn, who throughout the course of his artistic career has produced an impressive oeuvre of paintings, such as the one featured at left, Flatiron Building. Josselyn uses the term “luscious realism” to describe his style of painting, characterized by thick brush strokes and vivid […]
Portraiture can be an fascinating medium for a photographer, releasing him/her from the oft-standard themes of architecture and landscape photography. This genre requires face-to-face interaction — first, a photographer must establish rapport. Next, s/he must attempt to craft images which capture the essence not only of the subjects, but also of their surroundings. The following portraits were captured in Philadelphia using a Nikon D3100. Sometimes the individuals featured were people I knew; more often they were not. A huge “thanks’ […]
Underneath the Walnut Lane Bridge, Philadelphia (Image 1 of 3). Santa’s Gift by Gina Marie, 2011. Mixed media (acrylic paint, cardboard cut-out, Elmer’s glue, glitter) on canvas. Underneath the Walnut Lane Bridge, Philadelphia (Image 2 of 3). All Gold and Rainbows by Gina Marie, 2011. Acrylic on canvas. Underneath the Walnut Lane Bridge, Philadelphia (Image 3 of 3). Kitty Pride by Gina Marie, 2011. Mixed media (acrylic paint, metallic permanent marker, paper, and Elmer’s glue) on canvas.