Saturday, October 27, 2007

tiny Rembrandt portrait sells for millions

Rembrandt Fever Over Auctioned Portrait which may or may not be painted by Rembrandt himself, perhaps by a follower or student.

But the miniature sold for $4.5 million after 15 minutes' bidding and is clearly a portrait of the artist (as Democrates the Laughing Philosopher) if not by the artist.

At 9.5" x 6.5" that's a lot of speculation in one small package!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Rufino Tamayo's 'Tres Personajes' found in trash!

Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo's painting from 1970, Tres Personajes (Three People) was found in a trash bin four years ago by Elizabeth Gibson during her morning stroll around Manhattan's upper west side.

No, the image you see here is not Tamayo's painting but only one of my own drawings of three people: Jasmine, Laly, and Coco, titled, Borrowed Glove Dispute.

Tamayo's Art Masterpiece Found in Trash and is said by Sotheby experts to be from Tamayo's mature period. His mysteriously discarded painting may bring up to $1 million at auction!

Meanwhile Borrowed Glove Dispute is from my struggling-to-be-mature period and I do hope the ladies get their tiff settled amicably!

(c) 2007 by jude cowell

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Layla Lazing behind the curtain

Here you spy Layla Lazing behind the curtain which
isn't hiding her charms very well at all.

Layla is one of the Lazing Sisters--so far we've seen Lana and Lesley, and now Layla.

So here's a friendly heads-up from me: there may be more sisters tucked behind the curtain!

Layla Lazing cordially invites you to drop by my Lulu Storefront for inexpensive, lovely Art Downloads--some from Cosmic Persona Designs.

And a few originated at Secret Moon Art...and one is a botanical fish portrait from Dreamyfish Art--all for your desktop or poster-printing purposes.

Hmmm--wonder if the Lazing Sisters have met the
Fretting Sisters, the Raven Sisters, the Frowse Sisters, or the Pleiades Sisters?

(c)2007 Layla Lazing behind the curtain by jude cowell

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Emerging Visions: Mindful Designs

Have you seen the latest issue of libramoon's Emerging Visions? You should!

Mindful Designs has flash poetry and art with one drawing, Isle of Ruins, by yours truly.

Blue Bra of Happiness

Hi there!

cosmic persona designs 2007 by jude cowell

Cezanne's Ghosts, by Robert Genn

Cezanne's Ghosts

October 12, 2007

I'm one of those painters who is forever fascinated with the
work of Paul Cezanne. I've tracked down his locations around
Mont Sainte-Victoire and peered out at the village of Aix
through the wavy glass of his studio windows. Looking closely
at his paintings and trying to figure out what was going on in
his head has been a major preoccupation. So I paid attention
when Dewain Boyce sent me his latest findings.

Dewain is making a case that Cezanne imbedded cones, ovals and
other geometric motifs in his work. Dewain claims this is the
basis of structural strength in the compositions. He leaves it
to someone else to figure out whether this was conscious or
unconscious. Why should we care about Dewain's well-conducted
research? It's just possible that Cezanne shows us a way to
give weight, mass, volume, compositional integrity and harmony
to our paintings.

Cezanne gave us lots of clues to the pictorial harmony he was
seeking. He told Emile Bernard that one needs "an invisible
scaffolding of spheres, cones and cylinders." Like the
Classical tradition of entasis and other devices in Greek
architecture, he had an understanding of hidden structure. "To
paint is not to copy the object slavishly," he said, "it is to
grasp a harmony among many relationships." So you can get an
idea of Dewain Boyce's remarkable insight, including overlaid
illustrations of Cezanne's work, we've included a link in the
current clickback. See URL below.

Cezanne was a plodder, never far from feelings of personal
failure. Persisting in relatively uninspiring subject matter,
he worked and reworked until a distinctive style emerged. In a
way, it was his sense of failure that drove him in his
obsession--trying to get it right--trying to improve on his
ideas. There's a lesson in this. By his own admission he was
not a great artist. "Chance has not favoured me with
self-assurance," he said. At another time in a rare moment of
bluff, he said, "I have come only to show the way." Indeed he
did. Lineups, implied and continued curves and other forms of
linear activation are now basics of abstraction. Realistic
painters also need to know about these compositional
strengtheners. As in the work of Cezanne, many an unresolved or
wispy painting can be saved and made compelling by hidden

Best regards,

Robert Genn

PS: "Beyond the three dimensions of length, breadth, and
perspective depth, there is a rhythmic, voluminous movement, or
a poised spatial relationship that speaks emotionally to the
spectator. In a great many of Cezanne's canvases one detects a
fluctuation of the volumes and planes--a palpable feeling of
emotional organization." (Art critic Sheldon Cheney, 1886-1980)

Esoterica: Of interest and concern to observant realists is the
apparent pervasive amateurism of much of modern art.
Consciously or unconsciously, Cezanne was one of the first to
ask people to look at something else--something beyond the
simply real--a request made possible only by the advent of
Impressionism. "The Impressionist's style," says Dewain Boyce,
"is the perfect method for camouflaging ellipses, cones and
cylinders and hiding them among sketchy images, loose outlines,
colour and tone changes, arbitrary marks, squiggly lines,
washed-out lines and bare canvas patches."

Current clickback: If you would like to see selected,
illustrated responses to the last letter, "Street art," about
outdoor paint-ins and paint-outs, as well as connectivity to
Dewain Boyce's study, please go to:

Thanks, Robert! Cezanne has always been at the top of my favorite painters list. He and I share the same Sun and Moon signs. Now artistic ability? that's another matter!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Felicia Fretting, one of the Fretting Sisters

Felicia Fretting could not believe her eyes. There they were--together. Now Francine would have to be told--and much sooner rather than way later.

Felicia Fretting, (c)2007 cosmic persona designs by jude cowell

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

new! Cosmic Persona Art Cube with music

Here are a few Cosmic Persona images for you. Use your mouse to spin at will...tune is by Colbie Caillat. Enjoy!

Art by jude cowell (c)2007

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Portrait of Lana Lazing

(c) cosmic persona designs by jude cowell

Here's Lana, one of the Lazing Sisters, for you.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mermaids Gathering

Mermaids Gathering (c) dreamyfish art by jude cowell

"Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another." (G. K. Chesterton)

"The trouble is, we've been taught what to see and how to render what we see."(Pablo Picasso)

Thanks, Picasso--I knew there was a good reason why I never completed my art degree. And thanks to artist Robert Genn for these quotes--see his Painter's Keys button for his excellent Newsletter and website.)

Mermaids Gathering from the gallery at Dreamyfish Art which consists primarily of my botanical fish portraits ensnared within their most colorful dreams surroundings!

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