February 28, 2006

The B4 Winners, and Then a Too-Earnest Talk About ART, and THEN... A Flaming Pineapple Cocktail


First Place: Beach Treasure: Clubs
Second Place: You're my favorite: We Are LUPEC
Third Place: 3rd Cynical Optimism: Welcome to the club

I am totally joining LUPEC.

CONGRATS WINNERS -- The lovely Laume, she of first place, needs to send me a mailing address so I can have MJ send her the PRIZE, a signed first edition of The Delilah Complex, the second in her internationally best selling suspense novels about sex Therapist Dr. Morgan Snow. ALSO..

MEGAN needs to send me an address so I can mail her HER Find the Straretto contest prizes!


Scott made a good comment about the SPACE CAT versus BLUE HAT CHICK smackdown that is raging in the comments. I started to answer him in comments and it turned into a BIG LONG THING, so I decided to move the whole thread up HERE.

Scott Sagt (and I am fixing his typos--cut the boy some slack he posted this from work in 30 seconds)
"I do like space cat. Truly I do, but for those that didn't take to blue hat lady, I have to say this:

At first I didn't like blue hat lady much either. We were looking at two paintings and I was staunchly for the non-blue hat painting. Joshilyn had to run back to her room and while I waited I sat down and looked at BHL for a long while. I was struck by the power of the planes that are established in this work. The flat plane of the painting, the plane as BHL looks directly out at you, the plane of the cats gaze at the bird and the plane of the birds gaze at the little tree. I saw that the [depth and dimension of the composition was perfect] and when Joshilyn got back I told her we had to buy it.

At a glance, BHL isn't as catching as Space Cat, but after looking at it for a while I might actually like that one better. It's a tough call. I love them both for different reasons, but they are both fabulous.

Let me chime in on this -- you can see POP UP Images of BOTH paintings under discussion in the previous entry, by the way.

Now...I LOVE Blue Hat Chick. The depths in that picture created by the GAZES....Scott has pegged it. I saw it and immediately had to have it, loved it best, etc, but he originally was much more taken by these elongated horses coming out of a mountainous ampitheatre in FREAKED OUT CREEPY NEO-ROME. and we both were somewhat intrigued by another painting that clearly should have been titled Space Cat's Boat Meets Venus in the Garden of Eyeball Flowers. Scott was torn ---We both love almost all of Van Den Neste's work, but I loved Blue Hat Chick best. Immediately. Forever. She's my favorite.

And yes, I like her a a small amount BETTER than Space Cat, but my issue was with which painting went into the more public room, not which to buy. If we could only have had one, I would have lobbied for BHC, but cheerfully taken Space Cat if Scott's heart was set. The ROOM choice was strictly a matter of NOT wanting to defend my tastes every time a cable guy came in to repair the den TV.

Blue Hat Chick is more... unobtrusive. Some folks do not even notice her (though with the way I have her LIT I can't imagine HOW) and most that DO notice her think "Oh. Pretty." or "Wow. Big Hat." Either way, most people who notice her either ENJOY her or AT LEAST are not disturbed by her enough to wrinkle up their noses and ask what I was thinking. BHC is more conventional-living-room-painting looking, and I never have to stand in my den and explain why she is great as I have to do with Space Cat with over half the people who see him --- He IS an odd looking thing, and people want me to explain him. Why does the ship have boobs?? WTH is that melted half-kitten on the prow???

I DO NOT KNOW. I only know that I LIKE SPACE CAT. I like the amazing DEPTH of the landscape, the richness of the muted colors, how the universe goes on eternally behind him, and Space Cat's phlegmatic peace with his odd journey...I love the slow grace of the MOVEMENT you can feel in that picture.

I loved BOTH paintings enough to spend what was for us a large number of dollars to have them forever, and both continue to provide me with extreme pleasure every time I look at them, both make me think, both make me feel things, both entertain me. And that's what art is for. Thats' why we buy it, instead of letting all artists and writers and musicians go be actually useful and grow crops or hammer nails to make barns. Art is for pleasure and entertainment and to keep the brain alive and churning---it;s worth something.

Here is the website if you want to see more amazing Van Den Neste, and WHY WOULDN'T YOU, and PS, forget signed limited editions... this original work right here is what I would buy if I had 25K lolling about on a beach somewhere doing absolutely nothing. Or maybe this. Choice two is more practical, but would give me in the long run considerably less pleasure.

Flaming Pineapple Cocktail TOMORROW. Swearsies.

Posted by joshilyn at February 28, 2006 9:57 AM

Honored to be in such fine company!

And you are totally welcome to join LUPEC. I'll expect to see you in Denver on the third Sunday in March. :)

Posted by: Allison at February 28, 2006 10:12 AM

Congrats to all the B4B winners, especially Laume! Yay for all of you!

Looks like I am, yet again, the Susan Lucci of B4B - often nominated, never taking home the prize. Maybe I can truly follow in SL's footsteps and set some sort of record. :-)

The Van Den Neste site was interesting! If I was going to throw money at him, I would have to go for either "L'Oracle" or "Nocturne".

Posted by: DebR at February 28, 2006 10:45 AM

I will just chime in as an impartial third party (meaning, I did not spend money on boobed-ships or blue-haired woman) to say that the picture of the woman painting really does not do justice to the painting itself. It's much more lush in person. And this is coming from someone who did NOT like the picture. But now! I defend the blue-hat lady! She's purty!

Posted by: Mir at February 28, 2006 10:45 AM

Space Cat Rocks. I think I'll start a band and call it that!

Posted by: Amy-GO at February 28, 2006 3:02 PM

Art is SUBJECTIVE -- so we can all like whatever our little hearts desire (art-wise, anyway!). And -- it's always better in person. So, when is the public gallery tour of the new office?

Posted by: Kelly at February 28, 2006 3:41 PM

Oooo, I LOVE LUPEC!!! Women after my own heart!!!!!

And all your paintings are most excellent. I just have this one of my grandfather in the living room that everyone thinks is Eisenhower. Always think he's about to tell me to sit up straight, too.

Posted by: Cornelia Read at February 28, 2006 6:16 PM

With your art tastes, I'm surprised you don't write Magical Realism. I've found these two artists that are similar to your chosen love- www.stevenkenny.com (2000 and 2001 being more up my alley, I especially like The Ruff http://www.stevenkenny.com/rufflarg.htm) and http://www.theworldofmichaelparkes.com/ (I've wanted to do a room with nothing but his swan pieces).

Posted by: Sabra at March 1, 2006 10:09 AM

Congrats to Laume and Allison. Great posts! I'm honored to be listed up there with you both.

Joss - BHC is cool - although I think the cat appears to be waiting for his chance to eat the bird. BHC has her hand near cat's tail.. to snatch him up fast when he tries? [grin]

Posted by: dragonfly at March 1, 2006 11:21 PM