Tuesday, May 30, 2017

“Artpop” By Lady Gaga
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This album is very artistic and fits her style without being overboard. Some have said that Gaga took her performance art shtick too far, but I like that she challenged us to try new things. I agree some of the things she did was not in good taste but I appreciate the fact that she tried new things. This album is considered one of the weirdest major pop albums of the 21st century.

The album began in 2011, the lead song “Applause”, was released on Oct 7, 2013. “Artpop” is the fourth studio album by Lady Gaga. It was introduced as a multimedia project with an application for mobiles, this was also unusual for the time.

Most people were very disappointed by this album, but I enjoyed its weirdness. The best song is a duet that she sang with R. Kelly called “Manicure”, their voices went well together. Some fans withdrew from this album's’ more experimental streak, but I enjoyed it. I think the weirdness defines this album. There are a few songs in this album that I just don’t love, but even they are interesting with what they are trying to do. I love Tracks 4-8 and think they are some of her best work ever.  Track 4 is “Sexx Dreams”, Track 5 is “Jewels N’ Drugs”, Track 6 is “Manicure”, Track 7 is”Do What U Want”, and Track 8 is “ArtPop”.

This Album was crazy ambitious, a mix of ideas that didn’t quite fit together packaged with an app that didn’t work and an artistic statue on its cover that wasn’t quite Lady Gaga, but I like its imperfections!  “Swine is a little clunky but it works, “Jewels N’ Drugs is crazy, “Applause” is perfect for ARTPOP: strange, blemished, and brilliant.

I think the real problem is that the publicity push was too “artsy” and this tainted it some. I agree with some who say that most of the music isn’t as joyous to listen to as the stuff on her first few albums, but its weirdness is what makes it wonderful. Yes this album is flawed, but it is not a disaster as some have said. It is fun, fascinating, and brave to have done.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Readers Request Blog

Someone asked for a copy of some of my art. 
This is a copy of "Starry Night" by Van Gogh  and then  a copy of my version of Starry Night

This is a new media for me and I prefer drawing rather than painting.
Here is one of my original drawings.

not the best quality but here it is

Readers Request Blog

Readers Request Blog
Someone asked for a review of an older renowned artist
Vincent Willem Van Gogh is one of my favorites.

Van Gogh was a very influential painter in the late 1800’s. He is famous for his use of vivid colors and his attempt to show emotion through them. Some of his most famous works of art are Starry Night, Self portrait, and Wheatfields with crows.
Vincent was born into a middle class family and was always thought of as a quiet and serious child. Early in his life he showed signs of mental instability but it was never diagnosed or treated. He started his career as an art dealer and traveled quite often. Eventually, he started working in London  and it was around this time that his depression became overwhelming. Vincent became so depressed that he started wandering alone and became ill. In 1881 he moved back with his parents and took up painting while his brother supported him. In 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered french impressionism he began to study the art of artists such as Monet and Renoir.   
Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions, and often neglected his physical health.Van Gogh drank too much alcohol, smoked heavily, and would neglect eating. He ended his friendship with Gauguin when he threatened him with a razor, and in a rage, cut off part of his own left ear. He then spent some time in a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy and his condition stabilized, leading to one of the more productive periods of his life. On 27 July 1890, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a revolver, and two days later died,
Van Gogh’s reputation began to grow in the early 20th century but he was considered a madman and a failure in his lifetime. He posthumously attained widespread success over the ensuing decades, and is remembered as an important but tragic painter
Van Gogh was considered a lunatic and failure by most of those who knew him. As a young man he was deeply religious and principled. He was unable to communicate his desire to help others and was misunderstood his whole life.  He is today romanticized as the perfect example of the  misunderstood outsider artist. Van Gogh's works are among the world's most expensive paintings. Those sold for over 100 million US dollars (today's equivalent) include:  Portrait of Dr Gachet, Portrait of Joseph Roulin and Irises. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's version of Wheat Field with Cypresses was acquired in 1993 for US $57 million.] In 2015 L'Allée des Alyscamps sold for US $66.3 million at Sotheby's, New York, easily exceeding its reserve of US $40 million.
A couple of my favorite pieces by Van Gogh are to follow;
This sketch of “Starry night” is one of his most popular paintings. In color, it is vibrant and amazing. It is one of my favorites because it shows you how Van Gogh saw the world. The sketch is interesting because it shows his thought process during the creation of the painting.
The Church at Auvers” is my favorite painting of his work because of the colors and the details put into it. This painting and many of his paintings were featured on Dr Who and I fell in Love with them then. I also connect with Van Gogh because of our mutual problems with depression.
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