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Cha Wa

Jul. 24th, 2016 | 02:39 pm

I was so glad to have the opportunity to watch the band Cha Wa perform at Omaha’s Jazz on the Green concert series. Since moving to Nebraska over 25 years ago, I missed seeing the Mardi Gras Indians pass by from my old neighborhood in the 7th ward of New Orleans back in the 1950s. This wonderful group has taken an old culture and transformed it into a modern age sound that respects the past, includes the present and paves the way for the future. Their performance has taken me back to the drawing board to illustrate how something from the past can return and revitalize. ‘Do you know what it means to Miss New Orleans’? https://www.facebook.com/ChaWaBand

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Blaine Kern

Dec. 21st, 2006 | 09:53 pm

I was influenced by Blaine Kern’s work before I was 10 years old. He has been the premier float builder for New Orleans Mardi Gras parades since the 50’s. He is referred to as Mr. Mardi Gras and employs many artists and craftsmen at several locations in the United States and Europe. If you look up a web site regarding Mardi Gras and see pictures of giant parade floats; it is probably the work of Blaine Kern. I met him briefly in the 70’s as he was campaigning for some kind of political position. I told him that I admired his work.

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The Neville Brothers

Dec. 12th, 2006 | 12:12 am

In the late 70’s the Neville Brothers were very accessible. I was living in uptown New Orleans, first on Soniat Street, then on Bordeaux at the old Free School. The Nevilles also lived in the neighborhood and played at Tipitinas or Jimmy’s most weekends. I’ve spoken to all of them at one time or other, through parties or shopping at the local grocery store on Prytania Street. They were always gracious and easy to approach. I’m always proud to see them perform and always encouraged when I hear them. Hey Pokey Way!

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Susan Dysinger

Nov. 28th, 2006 | 11:24 pm

I was looking for some images of Duke Ellington when I ran across the work of Susan Dysinger. The content and style of her work is always something that I look for. She is a printmaker, and graciously explains all of the techniques that she employs to create her images. The shapes, the colors, the lines ….it’s all good. I’m an instant fan.

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Wee Keng Hor

Nov. 27th, 2006 | 11:52 am

In my opinion, Wee Keng Hor is a photographer who produces images that define the word, ‘pensive’. He has traveled and photographed. His experience is well documented and he is open to sharing his knowledge. Keng Hor is a practical artist and looks for resources that are readily available and important in content.
I have recently started taking pictures of plants and animals at the zoo. Wee Keng Hor has some practical advice for taking pictures at the zoo and offers some very good examples.

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Lucien Freud

Nov. 22nd, 2006 | 11:02 am

I discovered a self portrait of Lucien Freud at the ArtDaily web site and was immediately impressed with the intensity that was displayed in the painting. There are numerous examples of his work at various web sites. He tends to use warm colors to portray his figures. There is a special clarity in the paintings that I enjoy. Sometimes the strokes are loose, other times the technique is very smooth.

The web site at http://homepages.pavilion.co.uk/lincreasey/freud.htm quotes Freud, "I remember everything I've done because it was done with difficulty."

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Chip Somodevilla

Nov. 13th, 2006 | 11:13 pm

Somodevilla is a photojournalist who caught my attention when I spotted one of his photographs in the online version of the USATODAY. It was a picture of Andrew Young crying while being comforted by Jesse Jackson at a groundbreaking ceremony for a Martin Luther King memorial. There are other figures that line the foreground: each holding a shovel and together creating a special kind of design that adds drama to the scene. I like Somodevilla’s portraits. Many are close-ups that display details of faces and give the viewer a special peak that goes beyond the surface of the subject.

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Frida Kahlo

Nov. 1st, 2006 | 05:36 pm

My son gave me a book entitled, Frida Kahlo by Frank Milner. It is a wonderful picture book that highlights the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and also includes many color reproductions of her work.
Her life was complicated. Many sources refer to her bisexuality but most reference the bus accident that caused severe trauma to her spine and pelvis. The accident is considered one of the turning points of her life.
She married the famed artist Diego Rivera and they lived a very interesting life. Her life is reflected in her art. The book has some great examples of her portraiture. I am especially interested in how she uses the background to tell the story of the person that she is portraying.
I will always refer to this book to see how she treats foliage and uses it to create patterns that compliment the central figure.

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Wendell Minor

Oct. 22nd, 2006 | 12:20 am

While thumbing through some of my newly acquired used art books, I was delighted to discover Wendell Minor Art for the Written Word. Wendell is an important American artist who is responsible for illustrating over 2,000 book covers. It’s easy to find web sites that feature or reference his work.

I find that his compositions are very balanced. It is always interesting to see how he achieves the balance in each composition. There is always some mix of surrealism, drama, nostalgia and mystery in his paintings. I am especially interested in how he treats negative space.

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Guiteau and Elaine Lanoue

Oct. 11th, 2006 | 03:49 pm

The first time I met the couple was at an Omaha annual Art's Fair. Looking down the row of tents, I was attracted to their paintings from a distance. They were abstract and textural with earth tone color schemes that sometimes included metallic paints. They were bright, decorative and as Elaine referred to them, 'Happy'.

I saw Guiteau again at the same Art Fair the following year. I was impressed not only with the quality of his work but also of the volume . He graciously allowed me to take a photo and answered a couple of my questions regarding art and travels.

After hurricane Katrina destroyed most of New Orleans in 2005, many people resettled in Texas. My parents also relocated and I helped to move some of their household to Houston. By coincidence the Houston Art Fair was being held at the same time that I was there and once again had the pleasure to visit briefly with the Lanoues. I talked to Guiteau for about 30 minutes as he described his life as an artist in Houston.

I like their style of painting. It is almost cubistic. There is a lot of geometry with an exciting use of color and texture. The Lanoues are spiritual people who successfully express that spirituality on their canvases.


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