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phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:29pm PT
Justthemaid, it's so nice that you have that memory from your Grandmother.

I recently got back from a winter road trip to SoCal. Here is part I - a visit to LACMA, the LA county museum.

LACMA has a diverse collection spread out over 8 buildings, but we spent our time mostly with the European and American collections.

me standing in one of the outside art pieces
me standing in one of the outside art pieces
Credit: phylp

There were two special exhibits going on, both fabulous.

The first was Caravaggio and other artists who were influenced by his style. It was fascinating to see 4-5 painting by different artists of the same biblical story scene, e.g. Judith and Holofernes, placed side by side. One of our favorites was Caravaggio’s “The Denial of St. Peter”.

image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Credit: phylp

The other exhibit was a Stanley Kubrick retrospective with space devoted to each of his many films. It was a multimedia presentation with movie clips playing on screens, stills for the movies and production, annotated scripts, and original props. It was a very large exhibit, quite comprehensive and a lot of fun to walk through.

The giant Walter de Maria installation...
The giant Walter de Maria installation...
Credit: phylp

The funniest art piece to us was this one:

it's a big boulder!
it's a big boulder!
Credit: phylp

It's called "Levitated Mass" and is a just a big boulder set over a sunken walkway. I wonder if any LA locals have done a clandestine bouldering session on it yet?

Part II tomorrow...
this just in

climber
north fork
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Thanks for the report phylp. Always good to see the master painters in person, good to see it here too.

And that is funny justthemaid, if she's not sitting on eggs then what is it? Cool you have those personal pieces of your artistic bloodline.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
P-A Renoir, the climbing oil-painter, gave us Gabrielle, Holding a Mir...
P-A Renoir, the climbing oil-painter, gave us Gabrielle, Holding a Mirror, with Portrait of Coco, a 15 X 12 on canvas.
Credit: collection of F L Schwarz
An unconventional double-portrait of Renoir's wife's cousin Gabrielle Renard, who helped with the family housework and often served as the artist's model, and Claude, called Coco, Renoir, the youngest boy of the artist, in the miniature. there is an implied third image in the mirror being viewed only by Gabrielle. Is this an accident or a visual pun?

Young Girl in a Flowered Hat, 1898.  Chalk on paper, 24.5 x 18.25 inch...
Young Girl in a Flowered Hat, 1898. Chalk on paper, 24.5 x 18.25 inches.
Credit: coll. of F L Schwarz
Plus de Renoir.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
A Street in Le Conquet, circa 1911, by Mourice Utrillo.  23.75 X 32 in...
A Street in Le Conquet, circa 1911, by Mourice Utrillo. 23.75 X 32 inches, oil on canvas.
Credit: coll. of F L Schwarz
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  The Circus:  Horsewoman of the Haute Ecole...
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Circus: Horsewoman of the Haute Ecole-The Pointage, 1899. Pencil on paper, 20 X 12.75 inches.
Credit: coll. of F L Schwarz
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
Nice, Mouse!

Here is part II from my winter road trip - we went to the Petersen Auto Museum. I'm in the camp that thinks gorgeous design in any media is art, and these cars embody the combination of beautiful design and impeccable craftmanship.

Credit: phylp

Credit: phylp

Credit: phylp

Credit: phylp

The last is my favorite - the Bugatti Veyron
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
It's no Nash Metro, it it?
Some art is just more expensive because of the name, some art has unique fun-tionality, like going very fast while looking elegant.
This woman's got it all sussed out.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274518/Lets-hope-shes-getting-decent-commission-Bugatti-saleswoman-sells-11-Veyrons-worth-13m-just-year.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490#axzz2KFBzrqAz
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:07am PT
Pretty insane, huh Mouse? I cannot even imagine wanting to spend $1.3 million dollars on a car. If I had that much spare money it would be so wonderful to give it away to people who needed it.

Supertopo artist friends: I spent some time painting today, re-working a recent painting I wasn't happy with. When I stopped I was just filled with this sense that I wanted to spend every day painting. But I can't quite allow myself to do it because I feel I'm not inherently talented enough to justify the "waste" of time. One of my early art teachers said to me "The world doesn't need another painting". She wasn't being cynical; she was a great teacher. What she was saying was that you have to paint for yourself. So I do paint for myself, but it seems like such an indulgence, since I paint as a passion not a way to physically survive (earn a living). I have to get rid of this small amount of residual Catholic guilt thing. Painting, like climbing, is one of the places where I am completely present. If I let myself think of it as meditation time, I'd do more of it. LOL! What a good idea!

Maybe when I am really and truly retired...all I will ever do is climb and paint.
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:11am PT
If ya got the urge.....you gotta create!!!
Nate D

climber
San Francisco
Feb 8, 2013 - 01:26am PT
Thanks for those introspective thoughts, phylp. I know those feelings well.

Post up a few of your latest Tiki!

Thanks always for the additions to the thread, mouse.
life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
With a bit of trepidation, I submit this piece of 13 years ago... It's a compilation of places in my mind. 28x38 Acrylic.
Period piece
Period piece
Credit: life is a bivouac
They include: Ganglia twitches from Utah canyons, a month and a half climbing in Alaska and a fair bit of time I got to spend in Antarctica. So, not from any one place... As I am right handed, I wanted to paint my right hand ungloved as a challenge to myself...
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climber
north fork
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Cool painting life. Like that perspective.

Phylp, great introspective. I agree it's an outlet to loose yourself in time and void of the everyday thoughts, much like climbing. For me the hardest part is also finding the time and more so just getting started. I paint obsessive for a week and then don't for a month. Good things happen to those who wait right? Another way I always thought of it being similar to climbing is you start with a blank canvas, each step brings you closer to the end and soon enough(maybe long for my process) you are done. When you are at a climb you sometimes get overwhelmed with the whole climb. Focussing on each move and your next step has always helped me fight this overwhelming feeling and I think the same can be said with producing art.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Bivouac! Why the tredpidation? It's a great contribution to the thread - and it's ON TOPIC! Bonus points. I especially like the "feel" of it and the composition. My only complaint is that the belayer should have a glove on that poor cold hand! I'm projecting my own cold aversion here!

Did you model it from one of your climbing photos?
Phyl
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
Just In- we posted at exactly the same minute - LOL! Thanks guys for your responses. It's good to have a community.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
I recognize that style...

It's from McLean's "gnarly" period, which pre-dated the gruesome "red rockfall" series. :O)

Slack-jawed & awed, b'God!

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 8, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
I wish I had art of my own, but it's no longer extant.

Maybe it will return someday.

Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
tiki-jer

Trad climber
fresno/clovis
Feb 8, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Ok Nate, here is one approx. 2'x2'. Acrylic and Oils
Johnny Quest and Hadji
Johnny Quest and Hadji
Credit: tiki-jer

Bad photo sorry
bc

climber
Prescott, AZ
Feb 8, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
Some recent work...
Base of Supes east of Lost Dutchman's CG
Base of Supes east of Lost Dutchman's CG
Credit: bc
Taking the Long View 36x36
Taking the Long View 36x36
Credit: bc
life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
Hey BC, those are wonderful at capturing the light in both canvases; how long have you been painting?
Really like them...
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
What you can do with a white sheet of paper.

http://vimeo.com/54967505#
bc

climber
Prescott, AZ
Feb 11, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
Hi life is a bivouac,
I've been painting landscapes in oil for about 10 years.
Just getting to where I tend to keep more than scrape!
Bill
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