Artist's Statement: Last week’s post showed a charcoal sketch of Esther preparing for her audience with the king. As I explained, I made the charcoal sketch to prepare myself to do a painting in oil. Today’s posting shows the oil painting. In stark contrast to the charcoal, the painting uses a wide range of colors, which allows it to convey multiple meanings. For example, the red symbolizes danger, and the setting reflects the opulence of the palace. And, even though the
Artist's Statement: The woman shown in the charcoal below had as much wealth and status as was possible for any woman in 5th century B.C.E Persia. She is Esther, beautiful and beloved wife of Ahasuerus, the all-powerful king of the Persian Empire. But at the moment shown, Esther is tremulous with fear and weak from three days of fasting. She is about to risk death by approaching Ahasuerus without having been invited and further by revealing to him that she is a Jew. That s
Artist's Statement: In previous posts discussing the way I use charcoal sketches as prototypes, I have mentioned that sometimes a prototype teaches me that I want to make changes when I turn to oil on canvas. The charcoal for this painting did not do that. Instead, the charcoal helped me bring out in oil the solitariness and reserve that characterized and befitted her as a princess and daughter of the Pharaoh. Oil On Canvas
28 in x 22 in But there are other words for priva
Artist's Statement: "Dancing with Your Baby" has been accepted into the 2021 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. This will be the first time showing this piece since it came off my easel. The show runs daily August 26 - September 6, 9am-9pm at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Center. Oil on Belgian Linen 30 x 40 in Art as an Oasis™ Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger providing a temporary respite from both mundane and
Artist's Statement: In last week's post I described my experience drawing in charcoal and explained how currently I use charcoal almost exclusively to do "studies" in preparation for a painting in oil. As an example, I posted the charcoal study I did for "Fearsome and Fearless." Circumstances forced me to do the study in just two hours. I worked intensely, even furiously to depict the emotions I was imagining while dealing with the emotions of losing my terrific model. In c
Artist's Statement: If memory serves, my husband gave me these tulips. Two days later, I found myself distressingly anxious about a series of paintings I had then been working on for several weeks. I impulsively starting painting the tulips for escape, and the relief was immediate. Without every having read Harland William’s comment, I found that imagining and painting the lady bugs immediately eased my mind. Oil on Canvas 20 x 16 in I think people should maybe just go out
Artist's Statement: Despite the lyrics quoted below, in the language of flowers yellow roses symbolize friendship – hence the title of this work. By happenstance, yellow roses were my mother’s favorite flower and are the favorite of one of my Israeli nieces. (My favorite flower is the red rose [love], when presented to me by my husband.) Oil on Canvas 15 x 24 in Do you think it’s unkind to suppose
That the desert’s no home for a rose.
Guess I’ll always wish I could know
Artist's Statement: I remember first hearing the word “poppies” as part of a sleeping spell cast by the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz “Poppies … poppies -- poppies will put them to sleep.” The poppies in this painting have a much happier frame of reference. I found them growing among the weeds in a field in Israel. The field, which had once defensive structures for the military, was soon to become a vineyard. The poppy has a color so vibrant as to stand out wherever the
Artist's Statement: Passover begins in two days, on the evening of March 27, 2021. The holiday marks the beginning of a people's travel that lasted 40 years. Of the many messages entwined in the Exodus story, one teaches of our human obligation to take care of "the other" – the stranger, the different. The Jewish people live because the baby Moses survived. The baby survived because of an Egyptian princess – Batyah – rescued, protected him and raised him – all in defiance of
Artist's Statement: The inspiration for this painting is my daughter's work in Panama. She went there alone to take a job at the Smithsonian for one year. To deal with her loneliness from friends and family back in the US, she went to a small spa which had a mud bath. There, in the mud bath, although all the people were strangers to each other, they began to relate, talk, laugh, and joke with one another. These people, of very different shapes, sizes, ethnic backgrounds, and
Artist's Statement: In actuality, this lion is fewer than eight inches tall – it decorates one end of a wooden mantelpiece in a restaurant located in a very old house in Annapolis, Maryland. But in my imagination, and I hope in this painting, the lion is solitary, powerful, and even frightening. Oil on Canvas 16.5 x 13.25 in I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Until the lion tells his side of the story,
Artist's Statement: One small, curious cat sitting inside a brown cabinet. A seemingly endless number of folded carpets in a shop in Turkey. I keep waiting for the cat to move. Oil on Canvas 25.5 x 33.5 in The smallest feline is a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein Living Philosophies I started my own little carpet and upholstery cleaning business. I'
Artist's Statement: This painting is the epitome of "imaginative painting." The oranges, their basket, its labels – are from a Parisian market. The ducklings are from a sketch I made at the Minnesota State Fair. Oil on Canvas 15.5 x 27.5 in Paris is always a good idea.
(in the movie, Sabrina)
A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.
In Paris they simply stared when I spoke in French; I never did
Artist's Statement: Served always in a small cup and with its characteristic strength and fulsom grounds, Turkish coffee is found all over the Middle East and indeed all around the world. This painting recalls the lengthy negotiation my husband and I had with a rug merchant more than 20 years ago in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem for an exquisite (albeit small) Persian rug. The four of us (including our guide) sat on the floor on a relatively undistinguishe
Artist's Statement: At home, I rarely have anything approaching a formal breakfast. When traveling, however, I look forward to breakfast as the first cultural event of the day. The storied "full English Breakfast" is a favorite of mine - whether served in "dominions" (e.g., New Zealand) or in London, England. This painting reminds me of a luxurious start to a wonderful day. Oil on Linen 16 x 20 in All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. John Gunther American writer, a
Artist's Statement: Like Tuesday's posting, this painting recalls a meal in a Jerusalem cafe'. I like the contrast of colors - the green and the variegated yellow. Also, note the border of olive oil rimming the hummus. A good sign of good hummus. Oil on Wood Panel 7.5 x 7.5 in Was pita invited to pair with hummus, or hummus with pita? The answer is lost in the mists of time, like the venerable chicken-egg conundrum. (unattributed) The emotive power of hummus all over the Midd
Artist's Statement: Pita can be found throughout the Middle East and beyond. The pita in this painting is from Israel - the "feast" was ordered by a companion for lunch in a cafe' in Jerusalem. Oil on Wood Panel 8 x 8 in The religious and superstitious feeling attached to bread is stronger in some countries than in others. To some it is, more than any other food, a direct gift from God. Claudia Roden The New Book of Middle Eastern Food A book of verses underneath the bough A
Artist's Statement: Since I first started working as an artist (initially in charcoal only), I have been fascinated with the interplay among glass, liquids, lights and shadows. In this painting, the key contrasts for me are among the dark beer, the light "head," the slightly frosted sides of the mug and the mug's translucent base. I acknowledge that reasonable people may disagree as to whether dark beer is a natural high. Oil on Wood Panel 20 x 16 in In wine there is wisdom,
Artist's Statement: In a time of minimalist breakfasts and the rushing about they connote, here is a blast from the past, a gift to the stomach, and a sign pointing away from the frenetic - a full English breakfast, served in a restaurant/hotel in a small town in Cornwall. Oil on Linen 16 x 20 in Go, eat your bread joyfully and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already accepted your deeds. Ecclesiastes 9:7 "When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at
Artist's Statement: Cheesecake is my favorite dessert, edging out even pumpkin or pecan pie. Charry topping is my favorite topping for cheesecake - not only for the taste but also for the stark contrast in colors. Oil on Panel 12 x 9 in The only way cheese is dessert is when
it is followed by the word cake.
Julia Child Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean
you have to go without cheesecake.
Hedy Lamarr Art as an Oasis™ Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional pos