the naked and baleful maja aka Svetlana

little miss naked maja
this is the winsome pinkie, aka pinkster, aka the boss, little monster, and lately Svetlana because of her baleful very tragic russian expression.  (if you look closely, she's actually smiling.)

she's a happy little dog but also a great manipulator and will emote and give mega stank eye if she isn't the center of someone's universe.  if her acting doesn't work out, like a teenager she will throw herself on the ground and moan with disgust.

I painted this yesterday and a couple of hours today.  it's a good size - 20" x 24".  I might still be working on it but not a lot - background mostly.  (famous last words)

the real naked maja by francesco goya

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 9, 2018 at 6:01pm

Goya did a good job on bodies (if you ignore the bobs growing out from under her armpits), but his faces leave a bit to be desired, IMO.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 9, 2018 at 6:11pm

it's funny - I thought the same thing when I posted the goya.  except I've seen the painting and I think something's lost in the photo.  or it could be the painting is so gorgeous, it's not that important.  his people were very stylized - almost caricatures.  when he drew for prints or painted for prints for common people to buy, he could do very elegant faces, very traditionally beautiful and romantic.  

Comment by Rodney Roe on February 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Svetlana could be the reincarnation of Veronica Lake

But, I think her look is even more seductive.

As far as photos not doing a painting justice, there is an entire room of paintings in the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL that are a painting within a painting within a painting.  The image changes depending on the distance you stand.  I don't know that you could demonstrate that in a photo, or even a series of photos.  Goya isn't one of my favorites, and I'm not sure why.  it may be the stylized portrayals.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 9, 2018 at 9:23pm

Our little Svetlana is far more wicked than Veronica but she's also tiny and irresistable.  plus she packs a punch.

I'm going to look into those Dalis..I love Dali mostly.  Not always but he's a great technician and with the right subject - sticks in the brain.

Goya is one of my favorites.  he's harsh, though.  His Saturn (eating the head of his son) is brilliant but brutal. they goya wing of the prado is bright and perfect to take in the volume of his work. 

what I love from goya is his technique and his emotion - as he grew deaf he became even more dark and brooding and almost savage, primitive,  and what a painter..  his cartoons - those dancers and peasants enjoying a picnic were gorgeous but the majas, his later stuff..the political.  I went there at the right time...when I visited the prado I had just suffered an immense loss and I was grieving. it felt like I had come home to family. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on February 10, 2018 at 3:58am

Isn't it interesting how paintings and painters affect people differently?

I had an afternoon off during a week of medical meetings in Chicago and went to the Art Museum downtown.  I wandered through room after room of dark paintings and was in a room of Northern Renaissance painters as I remember looking at one more painting of some rich man's wife, dressed all in black except for her white knit cap thinking how miserable life must hav been then.  Deciding it was time to leave I walked through a door into a brightly lit room and came face to painting with a Van Gogh "Sunflowers" painting.  I almost went to my knees.  It was like a religious experience.  The whole room was filled with a visiting exhibit of Impressionist and Post-Impressioinst works.

Maybe those periods are everyone's favorite periods in art.  My last "art course" had been Art Appreciation in college, and it was all very interesting until I got to Monet, Manet, Matisse, Van Gogh, et al.  That is when I felt like I had come home.

Dogs use body language, and they think.  I can't imagine thinking without words.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 10, 2018 at 5:56am

I love the concept of this painting. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 10, 2018 at 7:28am

Goya is one of my favorites.

You mean this kind?

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 10, 2018 at 8:59am

rodney so true about looking at art.. When I visit museums I usually have to stop because itbecomes so emotionally exhausting.

I try to take in everything, every message every gesture of the brush every shock of color and its impossible.. But I cant help myself. Its all there for me. I always find something or someone new to obsess on. I think the message is to express the purest form you can create but thats not easy. 

I would say my favorite period (most days) is german expressionism which encorporates the best of the impressionists but has a shock of pushing the envelope shaded with lunatic perversity. 

Every great artist uses the brush stroke and color abstractly. I will isolate one element and fixate on that. Like the crazy shock of a white cap on a nearly black painting and making it work. how?. Why? Sigh

Comment by koshersalaami on February 10, 2018 at 9:09am

Goya makes a decent Jamaican style ginger ale. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on February 10, 2018 at 9:09am

Amy beneath your mayo stained exterior, a hungry gourmet lies waiting - probably recovering from msg poisoning. 

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