Sunday, June 29, 2014

AMEDEO MODIGLIANI

Amedeo Modigliani or "Modi" as he was known by his friends in the day was the artist of choice for the journal chosen by Lisa Priti. I learned a lot about his artist while studying his paintings and his particular style.
His paintings were odd and quirky of perhaps normal folks with distorted faces. He also painted nudes.
Amedeo Modigliani led a party style life, drinking, drugs and often trading his paintings for his passions of choice. This type of life enabled him to keep his dying health a secret from the public, who would have shunned him if they had known that he was suffering from TB.


Modigliani was known to have a huge rival with Picasso and Amedeo died 50 years prior to Picasso's death at the very young age of 35. I found it so interesting that on Picasso's death bed before he died, he whispered  the name "Amedeo".

Now for my pages... oh my, I thought they would be so easy. because his work seemed to have such a simplistic feel to it and the faces are so distorted. "WRONG".  I actually struggled more with this artist than any so far. Several times, I started completely over and felt like a writer with writer's block. Twice I managed pages I loved and then completely ruined them as I began painting the faces. Again, it was, "Can I get this in the trash can from here in one shot". 


                                                 AMEDEO means "Loved by GOD"

                                     Lisa loves quotes, I had to add quotes by Modigliani

         On the right, the wording doesn't show good here, much better in person.

          "We have a secret Modigliani and me, and no one knows it but the Sweet Cherry Tree"
 

I am not a person to give up, but clearly, this artist was a big challenge for me and I am one who loves a challenge. Next on my bucket list is conquering the technique of painting faces. One of the very things that I truly admire about Lisa Priti's work, she does faces so well. 

Amedeo Modigliana's work was inspiring to me and it does not surprise me that Priti Lisa chose this artist.
Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to work in your journal again and for inspiring me to LEAP!



XOXO
Kim

12 comments:

  1. Kim you have done a beautiful job with Modigliani. I can definitely see his style intermingled with yours. Love that you included the quotes. Loved learning how he was a rival to Picasso. Looking forward to working in this one.

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    1. Thank you Gemma, I must be an empath, the more I learned about this artist, I felt all his pain and suffering... this artist struck an emotional chord with me! His life was very sad.
      On that note, I am really enjoying this artist theme.. it is really getting me out of my comfort zone!

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  2. I would kiss the ground on which you walk
    or the cushion on which you perch {don't southerners perch rather than sit?}
    I am always
    ALWAYS
    your biggest, truest fan
    and you have done what you thought you couldn't.
    for me.
    that means so very much to me Kim.
    and i love you for it.
    and.
    i don't know why you ever thought you couldn't.
    you could. you did. and you will again.
    i love you my friend.

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    1. You are the bestest!!! Hug, Hug, Hug!!! Love, Love, Love!!!
      Yes, Unfortunately, I do more "Perching" than walking! :)
      Thats on my bucket list too....... rather way down there!

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  3. Absolutely AMAZING!!! I love all your pages even wtho I'm tempted to be grumpy with you for being such a hard act to follow! As always! These are so beautiful and can't wait to see them in person....I know Modigliani will be hard for me too (my favorite artists always are ;)), but what a wealth of inspiration you have provided as a starting point!
    XX
    Steph

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, I so appreciate that. We are our own worst critics, right? I am trying to stop trying so hard to follow what I have pictured in my mind and just go with it what comes out on paper... that's a hard one for me... working on it!

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  4. You may have struggled but your angst led to these great pages Kim, so I'm glad you perservered. You've done a fantastic job of celebrating Modigliani through his style and his life story. Your painting, quotes and this wonderful blog post really makes me feel closer to him as a person & artist. As always your pages are gorgeous & I'm sure Lisa will love them.
    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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  5. Thank you so much Kat! That means a lot to me coming from you. I always admire your talents and beautiful work!
    💗

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  6. Woo hoo - love these Kim. It doesn't look like any struggle went on in there at all - it's all just perfect!

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  7. Oh! Your Modigliani pages are so "Modi" and yet so "You" at the same time!! LOVE! It's a perfect combination. Isn't it funny how the artists we think will be easy(ish) are sometimes the most difficult. Just shows there is more to them than meets the eye. I can't wait to see these pages in person!

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  8. Boy, that is so true Maggie! I am really enjoying the different artists that are taking me to different levels that I might not visit otherwise. I can't wait to see everyone's finished books in the reveal at the end of the year, I think they are all going to be fantastic! 💖

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  9. Isn't it true that often the simple things are the most challenging! You've definitely met the challenge though Kim, your pages are fabulous and very much channel Modigliani's style - I'm sure Lisa will love them! x

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