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Artist Painter William Theophilus Brown

Mon, 02/13/2012 - 7:17PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

William Theophilus Brown, a Artist Painter who enjoyed success for more than half-a-century and was closely associated with the San Francisco Bay area's "figurative" movement, has died. He was 92.

Brown died Wednesday in his apartment at a San Francisco high-rise retirement community, gallery owner Thomas Reynolds told the San Francisco Chronicle .He said Brown painted and took art classes until the end of his life.

He was born in Illinois and trained at Yale University and the University of California.

Brown had his first solo exhibition at the Felix Landau Gallery in 1957. A year earlier, he had attracted national attention when Life magazine published three of his paintings featuring football players in motion.

Brown, who professionally went by the name Theophilus, told the Chronicle in October that he moved to the Bay area during the 1950s in part because he needed to separate himself from artistic luminaries

"I moved here because I was orbiting around all of these famous people, and I needed to find out who I was," he said.

"I took him 36 oysters Saturday night and we shared dinner," Gonzalez said. "He had a good appetite and was in good spirits. But he couldn't leave the apartment, and he was clear that if he couldn't go to his studio and make art anymore, he didn't want to live. So it was time."

Brown's partner of nearly 50 years, the celebrated artist Paul Wonner, died in 2008.

He befriended younger artists and poked fun at himself. Attorney Matt Gonzalez, a former city supervisor who had a ritual of spending weekends with Brown, working in the artist's studio and then going out to eat oysters and drink fine whiskey, said he last saw his friend on Saturday.

Brown was part of the figurative movement that art historians recognize as a period during the mid-20th century when artists moved away from extreme abstractionism and included some realism in their portraits,Landscape paint by number and still-lifes.


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Antonio del Pollaiuolo "Portrait of a Lady."

Sun, 01/08/2012 - 7:27PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

The women in these early Paintings are pale, inscrutable virgins with thick necks choked in pearls; their high, bare foreheads and weak chins were the fashion of the period. In work from just two decades later, however, there is more liveliness. Marietta Strozzi, the daughter of the wealthy banking family, emerges startlingly animated from a simple marble bust made in 1462 by Desiderio da Settignano with her raised eyebrow. Sandro Botticelli’s tempera on wood Portrait of a Lady at a Window (Smeralda Bandinelli) (1470-5) was owned by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and is the arch and resplendent predecessor of the idealized women that Rossetti and his Pre-Raphaelite colleagues painted in the mid-19th century.

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Recipe (Oil on canvas)

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 11:24PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

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The flourishing of the China trade

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 5:53PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

paint by numbers

The flourishing of the China trade crowned centuries of trial and error with masts and sails, and the power that a clipper could draw from a following wind with all sails set was far greater than anything that could be supplied from contemporary steam engines. A typical clipper ship of the late 1860s had three masts, each of which would be fitted (looking from the bottom up) with a lower course sail, double topsails, single or double topgallants, a royal and a skysail. Some masters, anxious to cram on every stitch of canvas, might also unfurl small sails known as moonrakers at the very tip of each mast, and add supplementary staysails and studding sails, as well as fancy racing canvas such as water sails close down along the waterline. A crack ship such as Ariel could easily set thirty or more sails in the most favorable conditions, and any clipper taking part in the tea race might average 11 or 12 knots in reasonable conditions, at a time when the steam fleet made eight or nine knots and would need to coal four or five times on a passage between Britain and China.

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An oil painting by William Landmesser

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 10:00PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

"Jud's Time Off," an oil paint by numbers painting by William Landmesser, will be part of the Stockton Springs artist's weekend open house.


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Gustave Loiseau's Le Quai de Pothuis

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 11:18PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

Gustave Loiseau's Le Quai de Pothuis, Pontoise, 1905 was a favorite motif for the artist. Like Pissarro he kept a studio in Pontoise and painted this charming street along the Seine in all weathers and seasons. The elegant figure holding an umbrella is a rare belle-epoque element seldom included by this artist in his compositions. The twin trees in the immediate foreground recall the work of Sisley in Moret sur Loing while the light pastel hues are a clear hommage to Monet whom Loiseau greatly admired.

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Please Help me with this paint problem!?!?

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 7:34PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

I know I asked this a little bit ago but I need your help,please!!
I have a Animal paint by number wolf Paint by number kits shown below,and I lost the instructions sheet on what colors to mix...their letters so I can't figure it out by just looking at it.I know the actull paint numbers,but the ones you mix are just letters for some weird reason.Do you have this Paint by number sets ,or know where to find the instruction sheet to it.I bought it at walmart.Please help... Seriously, shop around. If you've already done so and it's come down to him then I'd say go for it!
Got one myself! (Not a lot more basis than that I'm afraid!)
You could try contacting the manufacturers to see if they could send you another instruction sheet.
I don't know if this could be of any help, but there's a whole website about painting by numbers:

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GreatSelf-Portrait-Leon Battista Alberti

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 10:51PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

Great paint by numbers Works: Self-Portrait, Painter Artist :Leon Battista Alberti, (20.1cm x 13.6cm) c.1432-4


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Paint Bake Art

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 3:30AM by ciscored 0 Comments -

About 40 years, Joyce Schrunk has had a passion for Paintings, so much so that she's filled up a number of rooms with her art.

Schrunk, who is originally from Marshall, began developing her craft when she decided to take a painting class from Johnson's Paint Store in Marshall more than four decades ago.

"I took classes for about a year and then went out on my own," she said. "I started with oil Paintings. After awhile, the basement got so full of oils I had to switch to something else."

By that time, Schrunk lived with her husband Marion on their family farm just outside of Canby, where pieces of her carefully designed artwork were hung on every wall. In the winter, the couple would vacation in Florida. More than two decades ago, a Florida neighbor introduced Schrunk to china painting.

"My teacher down in Florida said it was 99 percent want to and 1 percent talent," Schrunk said. "I switched to china painting."

As Schrunk continued to develop a steady hand with a new art style, the special painting room in Schrunk's home in Florida also began filling up.

"A bunch of us still meet every Monday in Florida," she said. "We're all just friends. We're good enough that we can each do our own thing."

Painting is an expensive hobby, Schrunk said, but one that is worth the cost.

"I like china Paintings the most," she said. "You have to have a kiln and the paints are really expensive, but I'll keep doing it as long as I enjoy it."

Working with a kiln can be difficult, Schrunk said, explaining that it has to be turned on gradually and takes about two hours to get up to the right temperature.

"With china painting, it's a powder that you grind with mineral oil," Schrunk said. "You put a piece in the kiln and bake it up to 2,400 degrees."

The kiln shuts off automatically, but the process isn't finished yet.

"You don't look until the next morning," Schrunk said. "Then you peek in there and it's just like Christmas morning. You don't always know what they're going to look like."

Most of her china paintings take at least three firings in the kiln, Schrunk said, but some take more.

"I've done some with five or six firings," she said. "You have to repaint the whole thing over to get it darker, to get the color you want. Most take three firings."

The challenge is to not put too much on at one time.

"You have to keep it smooth," Schrunk said. "Otherwise, it will pop off or run. Then you have a ruined vase or plate."

While Schrunk has also painted scenery, she's drawn more to painting flowers.

"My favorite is doing some kind of flower, preferably roses," she said. "

Schrunk, who has also taught a few painting classes during the years, doesn't mind exhibiting her work, but she doesn't care to sell it.

"I used to exhibit my work at the Yellow Medicine County Fair," she said. "I always got first place. I received best in show a lot of times, too."

With a heart as huge as her talent, Schrunk would rather give her paintings away to family members than to sell them.

"We have a show every year (in Florida) and a lot them sell their items," Schrunk said. "I don't sell my paintings. I give mine away to my family, which keeps growing."

Schrunk recently gave hand-painted vases, 18 to 20 inches tall, to each of her three daughters and her one daughter-in-law. She's also sparked an interest in two of them to take up painting themselves.

"I've taught my daughter Carolyn (Gripentrog) and daughter-in-law Wendy (Schrunk)," Schrunk said. "Now we're doing painting together."

Schrunk said that both Carolyn and Wendy are doing well already.

"The most difficult part is when I have to correct my daughter," she said. "But she's doing really good. And Wendy is a wonderful painter."

There aren't a lot of people who are into china painting anymore, Schrunk said.

"The good ones are getting old and dying," she said. "I'm celebrating the 42nd anniversary of my 39th birthday. I like to be busy. That keeps you young."

Schrunk will soon be heading to Florida, where she'll pick up her brush again full time, but she is still working on the gradual move from her farm home of 50 years to a smaller house in Canby. Schrunk's son Lloyd and wife Wendy are planning to occupy the farm home.

"I'll still be 'the gopher,'" Schrunk said.

While it is bittersweet to have to pack away her belongings, including many of her precious works of art, Schrunk, ironically, is moving into the home in Canby that she and her husband Marion built many year ago.

"The circle is all connected," she said. " I'm still going to have a paint room. There will be at least one room in my house where I will paint."

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How To Decorate the Wall

Tue, 10/18/2011 - 10:26PM by ciscored 0 Comments -

How To Decorate the Wall of you home? I believe 90% will say: using paintings,oil paintings.

Yes, you are right. I think so too. But what kind of oil painting is better?

If me, I will choose some paint by numbers.