Blog # 8 – Feng Shui

China: Ming Dynasty

Feng Shui, Chinese Landscape Painting

Artist: unknown

Year: Ming Dynesty, 1368-1644

Painted in: China

     The Ming Dynasty was the last of the dynasties to rule China. The Ming Dynasty was a long-lived Dynasty that took over from the Yuan Dynasty in 1368. In response to their cultural identity and respect for traditional artifacts; three district schools of painting emerged in their era: the Che, the Wu, and the Eccentric.

The arts emerged from China have representation and meaning that is symbolized in their artwork. You can see many of these symbols in this landscape painting. The bamboo is always green and represents old age and modesty. The clouds symbolize good fortune and happiness, and even more so when there is more than one color. The crane represents longevity, and when there are two going towards the sun, as in this painting, it is meaning or wishing of “rising high.”

The translation of Feng Shui is wind and water, and when it is in landscapes it depicts the meaning of land being eroded by the forces of wind and water. The Chinese always understood that mankind must be balanced with mother nature.

This piece, Feng Shui, is beautifully painted and the contrasting color of the sun caught my attention first.  You can see the rich blue color in the water, bright yellow sky, and gorgeous rich jade color of the bamboo. I chose this piece because it is very well painted, and has such deep meaning symbols within it.



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Blog # 7 – Festa na Aldeia

by Antognoni Brunhoso

Festa na Aldeia

Artist: Antognonia Brunhoso

Year: 1993

Painted in: Holland, Netherlands

     Antognoni Brunhoso was born on January 7th, 1962, in Malange, Angola. In 1978, at the age of 16, he moved to Portugal, which is located in the southwestern part of Europe. He stayed in Portugal and studied for the next decade until his journey led him to Holland, Netherlands, where he currently resides. As you can see in the photo below, he is surrounded by his distinguishably and unique artwork.


Antognoni is an artistic entrepreneur who scrapbooks, sketches, paints envelopes, hand-paints clothes, and creates masterpieces on canvas. In his artwork, many of the pieces first began in sketches. Many of the same elements are inspired by his past experiences, in the locations he has been and his current home as well.

Antognoni’s paintings have a deep humanistic feel to them. They represent people, places, and culture. These are the subject matters that I am drawn to most because I relate myself to them. I come from a very cultured background, and take great pride in my culture. I see Antognoni does as well.

This piece, Festa na Aldeia, is beautifully painted in bright contrasting colors. You can see the deep blue in the water, bright yellow-orange sky, such detail in the houses that look like huts, and the unique components in the coconut trees. It is absolutely breath taking; definitely a piece of work I would love to see in real life.  Antognoni painted many pieces that I am drawn to. Someday, when I can afford it, I would like to start collecting some of these extraordinary pieces. Until that time, here is a video that I found on that shows much of his talent.


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“Malange.” Embassy of the Republic of Angola In the Hellenic Republic. Web. 10 Jul 2011. <;.

Blog # 6 – Contemporary Virtual Exhibit in Mother And Child

A wise man once told me, “Wealth is not determined by how much success you have in life or how much money you have in the bank. Wealth is determined by how many children God blesses you with.”

The theme, “Mother And Child” has been the focal point for artists as far back as history can go, even back into the prehistoric times when cavemen drew on their cave walls. I am drawn to this theme because I can relate closely to the emotions that they depict, with a mother and her love for her child.

by Kimberly Kirk

Style: Post Modern

Title: Makuahine – Mother

Artist: Kimberly Kirk

Year: 2009


by Kimberly Kirk

Style: Post Modern

Title: Mama

Artist: Kimberly Kirk

Year: 2009

Kimberly Kirk is an artist that resides in Kauai, Hawaii. She has two pieces of artwork that fit into my theme that I just absolutely love, Makuahine – Mother, and Mama. Makuahine – Mother is painted in deep blues and greens and when looking at it, it brings memories of the days when my children were young. The baby laying on his mothers chest, while sleeping peacefully is absolutely beautiful. Mama is another piece that is brilliant and it is painted in natural tones, and in my opinion it reflects the safety and protection a child has with his mother.


by Patrick Hunt

Style: Post Modern

Title: Mother And Child

Artist: Patrick Hunt

Year: 1995

Patrick Hunt currently resides in Plainfield, New Jersey. The inspiration and roots of his works come from his West Indian and African background. He creates artwork according to his understanding of world cultures and does not limit himself to subject matter; he explores individuals, groups, landscapes, animals, and more. Hunts piece, Mother And Child, stood out to me when I first saw it. He used bright background colors and solid colors on the characters clothing. It is a beautiful piece that shows the comfort only a mother can give.


by Yelena Tylkina

Style: Post Modern

Title: Madonna And Child

Artist: Yelena Tylkina

Year: 2009

For centuries artists have created Madonna And Child works of art, and this is a 21st century piece by Yelena Tylkina. It is a very striking piece that I do not fully understand, yet still appreciate. Tylkina currently resides in New York City and she has collections throughout the United States, in galleries, museums, and with many private collectors.


by Angela Treat Lyon
Style: Post Modern

Title: Momma Loves Me

Artist: Angela Treat Lyon

Year: 1999


by Angela Treat Lyon

Style: Post Modern

Title: And Then

Artist: Angela Treat Lyon

Year: 2005


by Angela Treat Lyon

Style: Post Modern

Title: Listening

Artist: Angela Treat Lyon

Year: 2008

Angela Treat Lyons currently resides in Kailua, Hawaii. She has a collection of art that I found most appealing as a whole because of her use of colors as well as the position of the characters in her pieces. When I look at many of her pieces I get a content feeling. Lyons stated that she made a pact with herself when she was very young, to not create any artwork that depicts pain and suffering because there’s already so much around us. That being said, she creates artwork that expresses the good feelings she has in her heart, such as joy, celebration, and love. There are three pieces by Lyons that I really love, Momma Loves Me, And Then, and Listening. Each of the pieces have a similar character form, however the colors are different. In Momma Loves Me, the colors are more bold and stand out; it shows the love and protection a mother has for her new born baby. In And Then the colors are softer and more calming; it shows the peace and affection that the mother has for her child. In Listening the colors are gold and black; it’s bold, strong, and playful.

My theme is the “Mother And Child.” I chose this theme because I am a motherless child, therefore I have always been drawn to anything that depicts a mother. Now that I have five children of my own, I understand the importance of a mother and the unfairness in life for those who do not have a mother.



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“Listening.” Fine Art America. Web. 6 Jul 2011. <;.

“Love One Another Just As I Have Loved You.” Fine Art America. Web. 6 Jul 2011. <;.

“Madonna And Child.” Fine Art America. Web. 6 Jul 2011. <;.

“Mama.” Fine Art America. Web. 6 Jul 2011. <;.

“Mother And Child.” Fine Art America. Web. 6 Jul 2011. <;.

Blog # 5 – Migrant Mother, 1936 – The Great Depression

Migrant Mother

Photographer: Dorothea Lange

Year: 1936

Location: Pea Pickers Camp
Nipomo, California

Owner/Venue: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division,
Washington, D.C.

     The Great Depression began in America when the stock market crashed, resulting in an economic crises that spread worldwide. Everyone suffered, especially the lower and middle class populations. Franklin D. Roosevelt established The Farm Security Administration, who then hired photographers to depict the harsh conditions of Americans, for the purposes of bringing attention to the effects of the Great Depression and to justify the need for federal assistance. Dorothea Lange was one of the photographers hired.

In 1936, Lange discovered a “Pea-Pickers Camp” in Nipomo, California, where she came across Florence Owens Thompson, a widow left to support her children on her own. Lange was drawn to the mother and children, and took six photographs of them. One of the photographs, Migrant Mother, became one of the most famous American photographs of all time.

This set of photograph’s significantly represent the migrant workers and how they were directly affected by poverty, hunger, and suffering, caused by the Great Depression. The mother sits in her unstable tent surrounding her broken down vehicle with no tires – due to previously selling them for food. You can see the pain and suffering in Florence’s eyes, face, and especially her skin; she appears a lot older than her resilient age of 32.

I found several art pieces that I really enjoyed, however I was powerfully drawn to the Migrant Mother photographs. When I look at them, I get the same feeling that I get when I looked at several of the Madonna paintings from the Renaissance era. I believe the artists from the Renaissance era painted their versions of their era’s Migrant Mothers and transformed them using mannerist styles. Lange’s photographs are beautiful pieces of art that represent the pain and suffering that the American people have endured in history, and still endure to this day.


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