Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Southwestern Art of Stephen Morath

 I had never heard of Stephen Morath before coming across his work online, but I was taken
by his vivid use of color and his beautiful southwestern themes. Here is his biographical material in his own words:

"For over thirty years I have painted scenes from all over the Southwest. My pictures rarely represent an actual place, but rather a place as I think it should be. They are often nostalgic, sometimes “cartoony”, sometimes quite naturalistic. Mainly I paint northern New Mexico and southern Arizona; but the extremes of my interest range from the frosty peaks of Colorado to the shores of the desert sea in Baja California, and all the wide open spaces in between. I am drawn not only to the beauties but also the oddities of the Southwest – the outrageous topography, the tourist traps, the honky-tonk strips, the old motel signs, the clash of cultures, the places where Indian America meets the science fiction of the ‘Fifties; as well as the pueblos, the sparkling deserts, the blue ranges, the birds in the morning…I prefer the rural countryside to the unpopulated wilderness, and rarely paint a landscape without some kind of human activity or artifact in it. Indeed, some of my paintings are crowded with non-landscape elements. Often, my paintings exhibit a touch of humor; others I paint to evoke cosmic feelings; still others are complex displays of fruit and vegetables. I like to paint figures, which so far have not featured prominently in my paintings; but I see my work moving in the direction of more figures and more realism. I am especially fond of small towns, back roads, and blue highways, where old trucks, lowriders, and airstream trailers can be found; and life goes on in a timeless way.

I am a third-generation native of Colorado, married, and the father of four. I studied and spent some time back East in my early days; otherwise, I have been a lifelong resident of Colorado, although a frequent visitor to, and lover of, New Mexico and Arizona. I and my wife, and formerly our now grown-up children, live in a ramshackle Victorian at the foot of Pikes Peak, surrounded by gardens and fruit trees. Besides painting, my main interests are high-country hiking, contra dancing, the performance of choral music, and trips to Europe and Mexico.

Exhibition history: I have exhibited paintings continuously in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1984.  During that time I have also shown at various galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Colorado; but Scottsdale has remained my major retail focus. The Colorado Springs Fine Art center owns one of my paintings.So does the Albuquerque Museum of Art." -Stephen Morath

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Art of Bertha Wegmann

Bertha Wegmann was a Danish painter who was born on December 16,1846 in Soglio, Denmark.  The family moved to Copenhagen, Denmark when she was five years old because her father had to change jobs. 

Although her father was a merchant by trade, he was an art lover and spent much of his free time painting. As a little girl, Bertha showed great interest in drawing and painting, but received no formal training until she was nineteen years old.

With the support of her parents, she moved to Munich, Germany, where she lived until 1881. She studied with historical painter Wilhelm von Lindenschmit, the Younger. Later she worked with Eduard Kurzbaugh. But studio learning was not for her. She wanted to paint from nature and the natural world.

Woman Sewing in an interior, 1891

Bertha Wegmann became the first woman to hold a chair at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (because she persisted). She passed away on February 22, 1926 in Copenhagen.

Once again, Gentle Readers, I claim nothing here as my own. All photos and information is from online research.  

Have a great day.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Schedule for Feb. 20 - 24, 2017


Mon., Feb. 20 - Bertha Wegman, the Artist
Tues., Feb. 21 - Jewels of Winter
The Riverside Gardens Orchid Show
Wed., Feb. 22 - The Southwestern Art of Stephen Morath
Thurs., Feb. 23 - Nitin Sharma's New Book 
Dear Office, You Suck!
Fri., Feb. 24 -  The Time After Time Series
By Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, February 17, 2017

Interview with British Author Joey Paul

 Joey Paul
Swindon, UK

Good morning, Joey, and welcome back to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors. What have you been up to? I hear you have a new book coming out this month.
Yes. I write young adult crime/mystery, paranormal though I have also written a young adult romance and contemporary book. I have nine books published, with another two coming out this month. One is the fifth in series – Dying Thoughts – and the other is a standalone which is mostly crime/mystery.

What is your favorite genre to write?
I love writing crime and mystery, but I also find that alongside that I do love me some paranormal!

Favorite food.
Probably should say chocolate! But I also do love macaroni cheese! Yum!

Tea or coffee?
Tea, I'm actually allergic to coffee!

Pizza or ice cream? 
Pizza, ice cream is a favorite but it needs to be at certain times.

Wine or beer? 
Neither, I don't drink alcohol because it messes with my meds.

Where would you like to visit? 
Oh so many places! Right now I'd like to be somewhere warm like Hawaii.

Favorite musical artist. 

Do you listen to music when you write?  What? 
No, I prefer to work in silence.

Me, too, Joey. That's why I prefer to write early in the morning or late, late at night. What makes you laugh? 
A lot of things, I actually have a good sense of humour, but I love jokes and hanging out with friends and making each other laugh.

Favorite work of art or sculpture. 
Starry Night by Van Gogh

How old were you when you started writing?
I was 13, but I didn't properly start until I was 19.

Describe your perfect evening. 
Snuggled up in bed, with a thunderstorm outside by nice and warm inside. My tablet on my lap and a good book on my Kindle.

Where do you get your inspiration? Everywhere! I'm serious, it comes at me from the strangest places but at the same time, I just have an over active imagination!

What do you do when you get a writer's block? 
I push through it. I've not had it for a while [touch wood] I know that it'll come, and when it does I just have to keep going.

Who is your favorite author? 
Oh I have so many, but one I always want to read? Harlan Coben.

Best book you ever read. 
There are so many, so so so many, it's like Sophie's choice with books!

Last book you read. 
Detour by Devorah Fox

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?
I actually don't think I'd be doing anything else. I have such limits on my mobility and energy and all the rest of that, that if I wasn't writing I probably wouldn't be doing anything at all!

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
There's two people. My best friend B, she's been my best friend for over 21 years now, and we get on so well. She became my carer when I got sick, and I am guardian to her daughter and we all live in the same house, just the three of us. 

The other person is my good friend, Kim. She helped me to see that I could be a writer and an author and I could do all of this and for that, she has changed my life.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why? 
Probably my great Nan, she died in 2011 before I really got going with indie publishing and such and I'd love to talk to her, show her how much I've achieved, and just see her again.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer? 
It's a hard road, but keep going. Writing that first page is something to be celebrated, as is the first chapter and the second and so on. Keep going, it's hard, it's difficult and it can be soul destroying, but you are the only one who can tell that story the way you do, so keep going!

Thank you for being with us this morning, Joey. We at Vision and Verse wish you continued success in all your writing endeavors. 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Painting Pretoria by Giulietta Spudich

Paint what you love, says Mrs. Rosa. But what does Anna love? 

Is it her long-term boyfriend, Justin, who suddenly dumped her to spend the summer in England? Or her uninspiring thesis work in biochemistry?  

To bring her out of a listless depression, her mom convinces her to go to beautiful Pretoria, Maine, the place of her birth. 

Through an art summer school, the nourishing Aunt Pat and the support of her two best friends, she begins to find her voice and meets Fernando ... but is that really who she loves?

Dear Gentle Readers,

I picked up Painting Pretoria by Giulietta Spudich because I fell for the beautiful cover, mixing my love of painting and the ocean with all the right colors. What I discovered was a story of healing. Love goes bad. It breaks your heart. Now what? We have all been there.

In this story, Anna finds painting is the way to help her heart heal and feel strong and brave and ready, not only to move on, but to grab life by the horns and enjoy it to its fullest. 

Surrounding Anna is a cast of characters you cannot help but love. Her devoted friends. Aunt Pat. Mom. And...Fernando. I highly recommend this light, easy reading, beautiful book.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Antique Valentines

Happy Valentine's Day, Gentle Readers.
We at Vision and Verse believe in love.

If you are in the right relationship, 
everyday is Valentine's Day! 

Why wait for mid-February 
to show your love?

I have single friends who hate Valentine's Day.  To them, I say, "Happy Ides of 

February. Stay away from guys named Brutus and the Forum."

 We hope you liked these vintage valentines from Pinterest. These are just a
few of them. Check out Vintage Valentines and Antique Valentines on Pinterest.