Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mardi Gras Rex

During February, my husband and I went to New Orleans for his nephew’s wedding. We were there for part of Mardi Gras, the world’s biggest party. It was amazing how obsessed we were about catching the bead necklaces thrown from the various parade floats. During Mardi Gras going to musical venue,  parades, catching beads, eating and drinking consumes the entire population. In fact these are so much more important than wars, politics, murder and mayhem to the partying population during Mardi Gras - I have a feeling they are also more important to the citizens of New Orleans all year long -  that I am recommending the entire world be put on a New Orleans Mardi Gras schedule 24/7. If that could be accomplished we would have the beauty pageant coveted ideal "world peace."

While attending the parades, we took many photos with our iPhones. Looking through those photos I decided to make a photomontage, something I haven’t done in quite a while. I isolated about 15 photos that I liked best, most of them from Bacchus, Proteus and Orpheus parades. I used parts of each image, sometimes reversing the image left to right, occasionally taking just one small item that I wanted in the finished montage. Some layers were made transparent so that you can see through to parts of the images below. I played with these images and layers for 2 hours using Adobe Photoshop to adjust the image until completely satisfied that the Mardi Gras party spirit was captured. The final result is Mardi Gras Rex. The actual preferred printed image is 12 inches wide by 10 inches high, though it can be printed in other sizes. This is a smaller jpeg image, but it carries the Mardi Gras party excitement  just as much as does the larger Mardi Gras Rex.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Completed Madonna

The 3 foot by 5 foot acrylic painting is finally done!!!

I do still have to go in and add some color work in the hair and cheeks. However, that is something I will do after I do another acrylic painting and a pastel painting. I must move on at this point. Other work awaits.

I don't quite understand why - when I have made no gallery commitments, no shows pending - I am pressured to complete more work. Perhaps, as I used to tell my students it is necessary to create the work because I have no choice, the talent isn't mine because it came with the package God gave to me. it may not be the greatest talent the world has ever seen, but it is, and therefor must be exercised. I have been given this thing, and the opportunity to use it. Not to do so would be totally wrong!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Music that God Creates


*The Music that God Creates, artwork copyright © 2015, John Bittinger Klomp

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Material Girl: Almost Complete

Finally, after 2 months of constant interruptions, emergencies, travel (which I won’t complain about), and family affairs I had time to work on the painting. I had worked on photographs, sketched and completed some small pieces, but could not find the block of time necessary to do work on the three by four foot acrylic painting. One more session, perhaps two and it will be done. I will probably add some areas of variation to the skin, and some details to the hair once all the white is gone. Of course, this painting is only one third of the triptych, which means I’ll start on panel II, Johnny Depp, as soon as Madonna is finished.

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Orleans French Quarter Distressed Wall Photographs

On our final day during our visit for Mardi Gras and Chris and Sarah’s wedding in New Orleans Joe and I braved 38-degree F weather to photograph the French Quarter.*

I found distressed stone, concrete and wood walls to add to my collection of photographs to use in future mixed media distressed paintings.

I don’t have any photos of distressed stucco and concrete surfaces for use in the paintings, so you best believe these will show up in future artwork. And, the photographs of these subjects are wonderful all by themselves.


* Chris is my husband, Joe's nephew, and Sarah is his wife. We went to New Orleans to attend their wedding, which was on Saturday, February 21st this past weekend.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Biblioteca España: An example of Metamodern Architecture

As I am behind in my own artwork, and because of an abiding interest in all things metamodern, and specifically metamodern architecture, I publish this photograph of the Biblioteca España in Medellín, Colombia.


The library was built as part of a library system in Medellín, designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, and funded in part by the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation. Ten library parks have been planned, constructed, or are under construction as part of a design program to improve education and to redevelop poor neighborhoods.

The design intentionally looks like three crystalline rock formations that seem to grow out of the escarpment on which they are placed. In this, Mazzanti reflects one of the interests of metamodern architecture, to reflect the natural. While the buildings stand bold and stark, and I might add dark against the sky, they also turn inward having only small windows placed high on their walls in order to create a definite separation from the surrounding urban neighborhood.

The architect, while creating a place where local inhabitants can come to learn, to read and grow - also removes them physically and symbolically from the urban environment that threatens to prevent learning and growth. In this, Mazzanti uses a primary metamodern notion – the recognition that hope is often unfounded, but to hope nonetheless. He creates an ideal architectural library space, but one that demonstrates its fallibility simultaneously. Irony is present, but the building oscillates back and forth from the ideal it represents – that is education and redevelopment - to the ironic knowledge that it is designed to fix something that may often be unfixable. Thus, the design is modern (idealistic) and postmodern (ironic rejection of the ideal) and metamodern (hope that the ideal may yet however remotely be achievable).


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Uploaded by Alejandro Rojas (SajoR), Wikipedia en español, 2007. Viewed 10:12 P.M., EST, Saturday, February 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bette: Lost and Found

I do know where many of my sold works are located.  However, I had lost track of Bette.  The current owner of the (32"x40") powdered graphite and pencil drawing recently contacted me.  Originally sold in Philadelphia, PA in 1979, today it is located deep in the Florida Keys. The photo above doesn't do it justice as the drawing has much more clarity, contrast, and detail than this image indicates. By comparison, I'm posting a photo that I took of Marlin Brando currently residing at Characters Pub in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. it is also 32" x 40" as are all the old powdered graphite drawings.

Bette's owner loves the drawing, but is having a difficult time financially, and wants to sell it. She inquired how much it might be worth. I explained that in the early 1980's when I had my "15 minutes" these over-sized iconic images sold at galleries in New York, Philadelphia and Lancaster for $1200.00 each. However, having never achieved anything resembling national or international fame the Hyper-Real artworks have not increased in value. I did not offer to buy the drawing back, though I worry, much as a parent might worry about a grown child who is out in the world and running into difficulties.

If by chance anyone is interested in purchasing the drawing, please let me know and I will put you in contact with the owner.