Category Archives: Art

Cowboys and Indians

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Cowboys and Indians

Residents of Arizona are familiar with the Basha grocery empire. But not all are aware of the Basha family’s cultural legacy.

At Basha corporate headquarters in Chandler, Arizona, resides a phenomenal museum of Western American art, the Selma Basha Salmeri Gallery, named after the aunt who inspired Eddie Basha’s lifelong love affair with art.

A small sampling of the extensive collection of over 3500 items:

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El Encuentro by Paul Pletka

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by Harrison Begay

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Bowl, carved from wood and polished

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Many panels of drawings of kachinas by Cecil Calnimptewa

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A whole cabinet of fetishes, small animal carvings representing the spirits of the animals, and believed to have special powers.

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by Bruce Green

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Cowboy lighting his cigarette with a branding iron

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Breaking Wild Horses by John Clymer

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Devil’s Gate by John Clymer

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The White Buffalo by John Clymer

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The Peace Pipe by John Clymer

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To get the full effect of this beautiful, detailed sculpture, it’s necessary to walk around it and view it from several angles.

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Is it just me, or does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Thinker?

And does the kachina on the left below resemble Rodin’s The Kiss?

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I’ve enjoyed the Native American art at The Heard Museum in Phoenix, but I have a new appreciation for the cowboy artists as a result of seeing their work up close. If you’re ever in the area, make a point to stop and see the Eddie Basha Collection.

Guest Post: Private Lives

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Guest Post: Private Lives

Many thanks to Donna for this guest post, which first appeared on her blog (one of my favorites!), My OBT.

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Creative Juice #29

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Creative Juice #29

Fourteen articles, guaranteed to spark lots of creative ideas.

Video of the Week #86: Van Gogh as You’ve Never Seen him Before

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Video of the Week #86: Van Gogh as You’ve Never Seen him Before

Zentangle a Valentine

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Zentangle a Valentine

For three weeks, I’ve been working on a valentine project. I assumed I could complete one heart-themed valentine drawing a day, and that, realistically, at the end of three weeks, I’d have 10-14 mini-masterpieces.

Wrong.

Some of these took me as long as four sessions to complete. I ended up with nine.

I wanted a whole bunch so I could pick one to make a card for my hubby.

They were inspired by pictures I’ve been saving for the past year on my Zentangle Valentine board on Pinterest.

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Can you guess which one I chose for my husband?

The one dated 1-31-17.

Which one do you like the best?

Creative Juice #28

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Creative Juice #28

Fifteen articles to ignite the spark.

In the Meme Time: Give it a Try

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In the Meme Time: Give it a Try

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Video of the Week #85: Perspective

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Video of the Week #85: Perspective

Monday Morning Wisdom #88

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Monday Morning Wisdom #88

If you hear a voice within you saying, “you are not a painter,” then by all means paint…and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent van GoghMMW

 

In the Meme Time: Focal Point

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In the Meme Time: Focal Point

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