Sunday, November 13, 2005

All I need...

Sunny Hi 76 Lo 52 for Baghdad, Iraq
Cloudy, Rainy Hi 65 Lo 35 for Northern Kentucky, USA

Song of the Week: Love Song, The Cure

...Just remember I was listening to a lot of The Cure at the time I wrote this...
--The Wedding Singer

Visit my new map. The other map was a royal yucko... Try this one on for size...

Check out our Frappr!

So, I don't feel like blogging... I'm still getting killed at work... and it's having an impact on everything. I've become this witch and I'm impossible to live with. Just ask the love of my life...The truth of the matter is I'm just overwhelmingly sad... I don't know why... I know this will pass... For the sake of everyone around me and for my own sanity it has to end soon.

Abe was heaven sent. His poetry was perfect and he gets credit for this post and for this post. As I read his work and as I get his permission, I will continue to share his work with you. My thanks again to this friendly stranger.

I also have to throw a shout out to the Lone Ranger. He did something that I suggested... He has opened his blog for comments... Who knew that I would be able to influence this thoughtful man. Go check him out if he isn't a regular stop for you... he should be...Important Stuff or Not. NO pressure, Kimosabe!!!

I need comfort items. I need my coffee, I need my fleece blanket, I need Michael and my kitty, Sid to fall asleep in my lap... that's all I need... (said in Steve Martin's voice from the movie The Jerk).

Instead of my usual painful ramble (right. Cath...), I thought I would share my love of art with you. Here, you will find links to artist and museum websites... This is a peek into my soul... I have always fancied myself an artist except without the uh... you know, discipline... uh... or you know, the talent... ah....
My favorite genre has never changed...I've always loved the French Impressionists. I love the sentimentality of it, I love the palette, color vs form, the emotion, the passion. I love that they were pioneers and were willing to try something that had never been done. I love critiquing a piece for it's technical merit and composition. I like to have my nose just mere inches from the canvas and I love to cross the room and look at the piece from a distance. I love sculpture, how I love sculpture... I love the human form in all its wonderful shapes and sizes... a landscape, a still life- to be able to see the world through the eyes of Degas, VanGogh, Matisse, Cezanne, Dali, O'Keefe, Adams, Seurat, Dine, Munch, Gauguin, Klimt.

No snobbery permitted when touring a museum with me. There is plenty I do not like...I'll keep that to myself... as goofy as it is... art is in the eye of the beholder. I like art that evokes emotion-any kind of emotion, Expressionism is another powerful genre. I used to protest every single Madonna and Child I came in contact with... but with age, I have a growing appreciation for the Renaissance period.... But above all others... I love artists that convey a sense of humor... humor I believe is probably the hardest thing to show on a canvas...

**The images on this site are available for personal use and may be accessed on a temporary basis for the sole purpose of viewing, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright law. Any such use must be properly attributed to both the artist and to the appropriate art museum. Manipulation or redistribution in any form for commercial use, including commercial publication, or for personal gain is strictly prohibited.

Here are my favorites...

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884 - George Seurat

Cincinnati Art Museum

Siesta - circa 1900 - Frank Duveneck

Norton Simon Museum



Dancers in the Wings - 1880 - Edgar Degas

The Thinker - 1880 - Auguste Rodin

some other artists...

Leonardo di Vinci
Georgia O'Keefe
George Rodrigue
Jim Dine
Salvador Dali

and museums...

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Contemporary Arts Center
Taft Museum
Norman Rockwell

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso

Have a great week.


Wonder Woman said...

It simply confirms the previous suspicion we have had that we are of the same test-tube -- I too, love the impressionists.
You know, this just goes to prove that the Liberals are wrong about us - we CAN appreciate good art, and deepthought. We just do it by actually know...good art and good thought!
Cheers, sweet stuff. I'd love you to nag Rob for my phone # so we can actually talk..and talk..and talk! Aw, just forget it...give me yours, and I promise to stalk you, mercilessly.
Good post.

chrys said...

Thanks for the ART stops! I had to go back and change what I "dropped" on my site last night when I couldn't travel the "blogrolling" lists. Noticed that the video I posted from storage had a "Tacky" URL listing at the bottom. Don't work too hard this week - grab some smiles! Posted an "artsy" picture in your Frappr - in keeping with your post!

Peakah said...

I wish I could say that the jersey I'm wearing on your map is a work of art because it is to me! (Wife got it for my b-day a few weeks ago)

As much of a jock, geek, rightwing nutjob as I may come across, I absolutely love art that stirs the soul.

My father had several obscure Picasso's around the house as well as a Salvador Dali coffee table book that I used to dive into every weekend when I visited him.

I can't claim to know much about art or be able to conduct myself correctly in a museum with the face contortions and such, but I know how to recognize an investment of passion and emotion into an object such that it jumps at you and takes ahold of your core being. There's almost something psychic in art when that much painstaking consciousness is focused on one piece of canvas for so long with the intent to convey a feeling. (and you thought I couldn't talk about feelings!)

Awesome post Cathy... Keep up the good work!

Cathy said...

WW: The test tube theory is feasible...scary ain't it. I actually have your number. I'll call... or check w/ Rob and call me. He has my number.

Chrys: Do you know what painting that came from?

Joshua: Happy Belated Birthday!! Salvador Dali is one of my favorites... Surrealism is wonderful... I loved his paintings of Christ on the crucifix... powerful. Pablo Picasso, I must admit, not a huge fan of Cubism but I like a lot his early work when he was coming to age and his sculptures. Besides--- despite what many will say... there are no rules... it's what YOU like..

Alright... it's a new week, I just got home from work... and I need to get some more crap done for tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Hello from the Cincinnati Art Museum! We're glad you're interested in the art here at the Museum. You may want to come back to check out an exhibition by an artist named Cat Chow, who makes dresses out of everything from zippers to thread bobbins. It is running until March 5th, 2006. We hope you can make it out here sometime to see it - check out our website at
for more information.