After Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani 1884 – 1920

Modigliani is one of my favorite artists and I did several studies of his paintings one summer. He had a rather sad life and died of Tuberculosis at the age of 35. Tragically, his live-in lover, Jeanne Hébuterne, who was nine months pregnant with their second child, jumped out a fifth floor window, two days after Amedeo's death.

The artist had an unique style with the elongated necks and fingers and rather somber faces on his paintings of people. His nudes were his forte, although he studied landscapes and still-lifes as well. When I painted my studies, I put other people's faces in them rather than the faces the artist used. Neither of these two paintings is finished as my daughters didn't like them, so I stopped working on them.

by Modigliani

Kathy after Modigliani by me
This was done in acrylic.

by Modigliani

Suzy after Modigliani by me

Please pardon the grass, it is not in the painting.

This was done with oil stick. I prefer this style as opposed to the acrylic.

BTW, here is an update on Suzy. She was due to be home in Illinois today, but decided to stay a few more days. She is done working at the school and is going to another place in Africa that is famous for its beaches. This will be her R & R. She is going with a group of people and staying in another host home. The weekend before, she hiked Mt. Longonot, a dormant volcano that has a forest at the bottom of the crater.

I will go back and finish the two paintings above as they've rather grown on me. I had a hard time making such long fingers and necks. I am an illustrator by nature and when I drew hands, they always looked like hands. The hand in the top one looks like a chicken to me and the one in the bottom looks like a baby octopus. They will be changed.

The one below, I cannot find the original Modigliani on the net, but this happens to be one of my accidental favorites. I almost destroyed it because I didn't like what was happening so I took a scrub brush to it underneath very hard running water. Suddenly, I stopped, held it up and decided I liked it with the scrubbed out look.

After the Bath by me after Modigliani
Acrylic on paper

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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82 Responses to After Modigliani

  1. gdare says:

    Pam, you should consider to forbid anonymous comments 🙂

  2. PainterWoman says:

    Darko, I never allowed them before and only just started so my daughters could comment once in a while. If the troll comments annoy me too much, I will just delete them. The worst comments I ever got were actually from Opera members. One was banned and the other I blocked.

  3. PainterWoman says:

    Anonymous: When YOU go to school, you will learn of the 'compare and contrast' assignments and the 'master study' assignments. A few 'master studies' I did on my own during the summer for my own learning experience. Others I did for art professors of my choosing, at the university, for critiques by them.Frankly, I don't find your advice constructive. In fact, I wouldn't even call it advice. It's more like 'let's bash this person to try and break them'. Something a troll would do. Thanks…..but no thanks.

  4. PainterWoman says:

    Amota: Thank you. Sorry I saw your comment so late. I never got a notice for this one.

  5. anonymous says:

    Anonymous writes: i think you are not a painter! It's ugly and you shouldn't have to compare yourself with such a great artist like him. It's a constructive advice not a mean one. go to school!good luck!!!

  6. PainterWoman says:

    I agree dW. I can't block the anonymous user though. Am keeping my blog open for all comments for my daughters.If a troll comment really bothers me, it'll be deleted. OR I'll respond if I think I can educate them.

  7. derWandersmann says:

    Pam, this person's confidence in his opinions is evidenced by his or her bold display of his name. In this he is completely justified; he is obviously an artistic ignoramus, and has no qualifications to justify his words, which, I might add, are entirely false and indicative of a total lack of education. As my mom would say, "His taste is all in his mouth." Ignore him and/or block him.

  8. gdare says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    so my daughters could comment once in a while.

    Make your daughter an acount so she could comment logged on 😀

  9. PainterWoman says:

    I should just make one for both of them. I will be visiting Kathy in North Dakota during Thanksgiving, so maybe while I'm there, we'll sit down together and get her an account. Suzy will be there too. Maybe it could be an account for both of them and either one could log in and post something. They both are so busy, however, and I don't know if they will want to. I will talk them into it. My son and his wife are going too so it will be nice to see all of them together.

  10. derWandersmann says:

    Yeah, and it can be right here!

  11. gdare says:

    Family gathering :up:

  12. Weatherlawyer says:

    Can't you just remove the child's comment. It is galling when one is an expert to have a rank (and in this case the word rank is doubly suited) outsider say something dispiriting.Personally I like to have such comments because I like to wipe the floor with idiots like that.But if they occur like this and you can not remove them you can complain to the owners of the site and of course just ignore the comment an leave your stature in the hands of more discening posters who like me take delight in shoing fools up for wjhat they are.Something I aught not to do -as it says in proverb:Answer a fool according to his foolishness not according to his foolishness.Which means:Help the fool; not belittle the bloody idiot. (I much prefer the fun choice. Pity that.)

  13. PainterWoman says:

    WL: Yes, I can remove it. Usually I do if the comment has cursing or is particularly evil in what they say. I very much doubt this person will be back so I'll just leave the comment. Maybe they are busy taking much needed classes.

  14. derWandersmann says:

    A pity my Irish Archæologist friend isn't in this community. She has a command of English that is is good or better than anyone's that I've ever heard, and with it, a skill with invective that would shake Buddha from his throne.It is a real pleasure to read her when she lights into someone, and ordinary conversation with her justifies the presence of a Webster's unabridged by one's side … only because an OED is too big. And she is really one of my favourite people to talk to, so she's not all venom.

  15. PainterWoman says:

    dW: Have you asked her to join?

  16. derWandersmann says:

    She's not by a computer often enough to justify it … she's forever buried in the wilds of some outlandish place or other, digging up bits of pottery and such. I speak to her when I can, and enjoy discussing archæology with her … I once was honoured by her asking me for a critique of a paper she was preparing on the Battle of Carrhæ.

  17. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    she's forever buried in the wilds of some outlandish place or other, digging up bits of pottery

    Oh wow, she sounds like she is doing something she loves. Still, it would be fascinating to see pictures of things she's found and read about where she is digging.

  18. PainterWoman says:

    I don't know who you are but don't really care. Nor do I care what you say. What I am concerned about is how you were able to make a comment on my blog as it is "FRIENDS ONLY". The only thing I can think of is that you are a moderator who I have taken off my friend's list.

  19. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    What I am concerned about is how you were able to make a comment on my blog as it is "FRIENDS ONLY".

    I imagine that the developers will be able to see who it is. But in any case the developers need to be told of the glitche. Just post the message to the MyOpera forum.

  20. PainterWoman says:

    Went to the forums and discovered many 'comments' were added on the 12th and the 20th of October from anon users and unregistered users. Somebody was asking that the original date be put back. The dates must be important to them for some reason. I seem to remember the above negative comment back a couple of years ago. It was deleted back then and put back? Not sure why but I didn't have the time to delve into it. I've got everything on friends only now so it probably will never happen again.

  21. Weatherlawyer says:

    Were they messing with the Opera servers on those dates?Whatever, I hope you complained on the forums for that sort of thing.

  22. gdare says:

    Pam, you may just delete it as well, and also send a message to moderator.You can also change Allow anonymous comments to "No" in your blog settings.

  23. PainterWoman says:

    Wl and Darko: I don't know if the servers were being messed with or not but I'll get back to the forums and do some more checking. All of my blog settings are now back to friends only and no anon comments or messages. My children were the reason I'd had it open but they had their chance. They are busy and have their own lives.

  24. Weatherlawyer says:

    Youths!If it wasn't for them being so young we could be friends with them. It used to be different with youth in Asia.

  25. derWandersmann says:


  26. PainterWoman says:

    I've been following this: though I didn't understand it, it was interesting anyway.

  27. Weatherlawyer says:

    Whatever.It's nice to have you back.I take it you have resolved the ISP difficulties?

  28. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman: problems causing trouble.By Robert Jacobsenrobertj. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 8:08:01 AMThis weekend we experienced a lot of trouble with My Opera due to the servers being unable to connect to the databases. After debugging some, we saw that two particular tables were experiencing a lot of table locking, being ancient MyISAM tables created long before I started working for Opera.Being called out at 11 PM, I identified the problem and disabled two of the non-vital update queries

    The author is probably being paid sillymuni per hour (hundreds of them) Computer techs of that calibre are the brain surgeons and rocket scientists of this decade.Databases are the software that servers eat.It's all about search and delivery.On massive hard drives, lots of them.Other supercomputers eat teraflops of calculations for military and meteorology specifications. Working out chess type problems on a grand scale.

    Googling like a boss explanatory. Except… (don't quote me) but the plus/minus thing has to be followed by the word you are looking for in capital letters.

    people were saying that Percona

    Probably meant that at Percona or with an (application? magic word?) they had dropped into the code? the same problem with Opera databases was cured.So they bought one for us.Nice of them.

    Wednesday: We are aware of the issue with the erroneous timestamps for anonymous comments, and are working on a solution to restore them to their former state. Thursday: The database master has once again been restored to our bigdog, watching over us. Thursday: If you are experiencing any problems with things that haven't been up to date (such as watches, etc) the past days, please try to see if the issues can be reproduced now, as it could have been due to delays in data propagation throughout the system caused by the problems experienced.

    I don't think they mean us.Whoever was conducting the search was using a big machine to do it with. Following the hacking problem they had before it's anyone's guess who that might be. Anyone from the CIA/NSA with their submarine cable submarine cable tappers to the Persians trying to get their own back for the cartoons and the Cray servers generally in their nuclear plants.Who knows?

  29. Reblogged this on Myblog's Blog and commented:
    One of my favorites painters.Close to my heart.a talented passionate person with a so tragic end.

  30. I love a lot ur versions Pam…

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