Fritz Scholder

My artist to research was Fritz Scholder.  I could not find that much on him other than that he was a renowned Native American artist.  He was born on October 6, 1937 in Breckenridge Minnesota.  He new at an early age what he was meant to do.  He attended a music camp and was voted best boy artist and president of the art camp.  He met many Native American designers from the Cherokee tribe and also studied alot with Hopi jewlery designer Charles Laloma.  Scholder graduated from the University of Sacramento and soon after was invited to participate in the Rockefeller Indian Project at the University of Arizona.  Now he currently has some of his works of art in the Museum of Northern Arizona.   These are some of his pieces shown there.

Man In Blue


one of his most famous artworks

Future Clone

This statue to the right was created by Scholder in 1999. It currently resides in George Gustave Heye Center.  Scholder sadly died February 5th, 2005, but his beautiful creative art still stands in museums across the country and also some works he created in London, Paris and Budapest.

Posted March 16, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized


I visited the Los Angeles Museum of Art today and absolutely loved it.  I have been here before a few times but have not seen as many works of art as I did today.  One of my favorite visits was when they had the Pompeii exhibit.  It was very interesting and made me want to research and learn more about it, just like today when I saw more of the museum and more artists that i had not known about before.  Our assignment was to find pictures that made us think about ourselves and how we connected or how we saw ourselves in them.  The first painting I came across was done by Richard Pousette-Dort called The Edge.  It made me think about how all of us can be on the edge sometimes and how crazy my life is right now.  I barely have time to do homework or clean while working a bunch of hours at my job.  I seem to have so many things I’m thinking about at once that this is sort of what my brain is filled with, a lot of clutter.  I really enjoyed how Pousette-Dart used so many different colors and shapes to show how someone can be on the edge of reality and not know what is going on sometimes.  This work of art was in the Americas Building of the museum and it was the first piece i had seen of his.  So it was pretty cool that an artist i had never heard of related to me in the way I feel these days.

The second painting I came across was a Georgia O’Keeffe piece named Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose.  I have always loved O’Keeffe’s work since elementary sch0ol since i gave an art lesson with a friend to my class painting some of her flowers.  But this piece especially caught my eye because she made something horible like a horse’s skull looked almost beautiful with a pink rose.  Like there can be beauty in death even know that is one of the things we fear the most. How it relates to me is that i just lost a dog a few months back that i had had since I was six and we recently buried him and put a flower bed around his grave, so when the flowers start blooming we can always think about him.

This painting by Granville Redmond named California Poppy Field, was another piece of art that I enjoyed because since I was young my family and I have visited the poppy fields down in San Diego when they bloom.  It is kind of like a ritual on Mother’s Day for my grandma and my mother to see the hillside with the poppies with our family.  Also this painting relates to me because I have grown up in California and couldn’t dream of living anywhere else, because of the beautiful flowers and great weather we get almost year round.

This ofcourse is a Pablo Picasso piece that I have seen before  named Head of a Woman.  It made me think of how sometimes this is how I see myself in the mirror in the morning :).  A little disfigured and like oh my I need to take a shower and put on some make-up.  There were  many more Picasso’s and even though it is hard to see a reasoning or beauty behind his work I think this one can relate to alot of women who feel the same way as I do some times in the morning. 

The 10th of August 1792, by Baron Francois Gerard kind of made me laugh because it depicts a court room scene and how everyone is in chaos here, when in real life court is more serious and not everyone is standing up shouting things.   I have had to go to court before so this kind of made me smile because even though it was for something so little I remember smirking and kind of pissing of the judge just  for the reason I thought it was not that big of a deal.

In this painting by John Hoppner named Miss Charlotte Papendick as a Child it reminded me of how i looked as a little girl.  All dressed up with curly hair and rosy cheeks posing for the camera or in this case the Hoppner.  At the moment when my “glamour” picture was taken I wasn’t to thrilled but now I’m glad because I can look at them and smile about that day.

Posted March 16, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized


In Class on February 23rd we talked about how identity was an argument about how art has been about either me, you, or us.  Chicano art or more commonly known as Latin American or Spanish art was focused on bad to good and proud about their heritage.  They also would take words of oppression and celebrate it through their own expressionism.  Many would use this as a basis of initiative to show how far they have come in a world that wasn’t accepting at first.  In 1996 Gary Locke was the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history, and he had an office that was only a few miles away from where his Grandfather was once a servant.  That adds to how ambitious “minorities” are in proving that they to can do great things in America.

Cindy Sherman was a great photographer that would take self portraits of herself in the 20th century that would make a vision or almost a story in each photo.  This photo above was named Cinderella.  What I acquired from this photo was that she does not look like our vision of Cinderella, not a servant in a household, but more of a business woman who may one day find a good job or maybe even her prince 🙂

Posted March 16, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

Venice, CA

I would just like to start off by saying that I love going to Venice Beach.  I have been there around twenty times with friends and we just love to walk the strip and go down the beach, as well as look at all the artwork, and jewelry they have to sell.  I actually bought a painting there last year that hangs in my room.  I loved the way this street artist made the painting look like there was four different layers to it with the four different mountain peaks and oceans settings all around them.  As well as this picture I have a couple incent burners and every time I go to Venice I always buy more incense.  My Grandmother actually lives about four exits away from Venice so when i go to say hi either with family or friends i sometimes go down to Venice just for a couple of hours to just walk around.  

Last weekend when i went there, there was a ton of people so i got a little creative and instead of spray painting on the walls there I, ended up spray painting on some cardboard that i found there.  I attempted to paint my nickname, Kels, but it was a lot tougher than I had thought.  First, it was a little windy and it was hard to make the letters look defined so you could tell what they are.  Then I found out that I needed to go over with the paint a bunch of times so you could really see some type of lettering, instead of just blob looking letters.  I give a lot of credit to people who do this all the time, because even though they probably know what kind of spray paint to buy, it is hard to make it known what you are trying to say.  I have always liked graffiti and now I have a better sense of what it takes to create these “tags” you see on the sides of freeways.

Posted February 8, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

Norton Science Museum

On February 6th I went to the and saw many beautiful and unique statues and paintings.  I liked this museum because of the history behind it the most.  I have traveled to 7 different countries in Europe and seen plenty of museums with my family that have intrigued  me and I am glad this museum was bought by someone and he did not have the feeling of charging people to see the artwork he had collected.

This was statue was at the start of the musuem and I liked how you coud see Auguste Rodin Bugier of Calis portray his “Cutting” of these men really come to life.  I havent really studied this artist but he seem to obviously have a pont to what he was going to portray.

This artist known by the name of Peter Paul Rueben grabbed my attention because of how much was going on in his painting.  He had ofcourse many men but he as well had an anger to his portrait, portrayed by the stabing of the beast which seem to have been attacking or perhaps as the “new beggining” in which he tried to show how hard the Gods were against him.  I really like Greek mythology and the whole purppse the Ellite interferring with what the new people were trying to say.

One of my favorite pieces was a statue in the garden.  This piece was so eclectic that it drew we towards it.  Sadly i did not know what artists it was but it had such a European feel that I could not pass it up.  I liked how he chose to use empty spaces to make you think what could have been, or what some people say woould should have been. This artwork was in the Statue Garden of the museum and I took a picture next to it because it was my favoite in the garden.  There was many beautiful statues that were made that Simon thought were different and he wanted them to be in his collection..

This dog caught my eye because I have a mix that look just like it.  This painting called Aldrovanidi Dog, created by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri in Italy in 1625.  This dog is was suspected to be a prized possesion of the Count Phillipo Aldrovanidi, and behind the dog is known to be his castle in Bologna.  Eventhough it came out dark when i took the picture, there is more light around the dog’s mouth and the clouds seem to only form around the tail end of the dog, maybe also meaning that Aldrovanidi saw this dog as more of a companion than as a pet.

And the final painting i wanted to share was this painting by Vincent Van Gough entitled The Mulberry tree, created in 1889.  Ofcourse Vincent Van Gough is one of the most known and loved painter that everyone has at least heard of, and out of the collection here and the Norton Simon Museum this one stood out, because I had never seen it before and i loved the way he made the leaves sort of look like swirls of branches, instead of the clear cut shapes most painters use and have used.

Posted February 8, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

Owning It & Different Eras of Artists

Monday in class we talked briefly about how people should own or be proud of the work they have done or are doing.  And also what does it take to own something and put your name on it.  Glenn used the analogy of the Lakers and what team member has the record for most layups, I think that goes right along with how artists should be proud of the piece or pieces they have created.  It’s more of how you carry yourself I believe as well like, “yea that’s my art, you like it”?  You don’t really need someone to tell you it’s a master piece if you see something in it that screams out to you.

“It is art if it is work by human hand”.  That could bring up many discussions, how did that water worn pebble resemble a human face even though it was dated back 3 million years, and humans have only been around for about 40,000 years.  I think this is some kind of art even though a humans hands did not exactly work on it, it was discovered 20 miles away from a town in South America, then curated, and I think that takes some sort of an artistic eye to see art in this small pebble.  It also goes both ways, that before humans were known to walk the Earth this art was found and we have sent out 4 objects into space, so that once or if human evidence is gone, later inhabitants of our solar system will see that there was life on Earth and that we made many great discoveries and advances through art and technology.  On two of the objects sent to space, there are plaques with a picture of two humans and what our solar system is believed to look like and I find that fascinating that astronauts have faith that their discoveries wont go unnoticed. 

We also look at many different works of art today ranging from earlier than the 11th century to the present.  I tought it was interesting how you told us that Gothic Cathedrals were to people back then as IMAX theaters are to us today.  Because there are beautiful Cathedrals I have seen when i have traveled to Europe that I do marvel at and think how did they have the tools to make something this beautiful.  This cathedral was one i visited in England.  I was young when i went there and at the time couldn’t really appreciate everything but one day when i can go back i will take more time looking at the architecture and artwork.  I respect artist for what they do and how passionate they are about their work, because it is hard to find inspiration for art just as Pollock did in the clip we were shown in class.  It could take someone weeks to really paint or draw something that would make people take a second  look, and I think his style of artwork is unique in the way that its untraditional but you can still see the meaning and emotions behind every work he has produced.

Posted February 2, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

Matt Groening   3 comments

Matt Groening is an established cartoonist, screenwriter, and producer.  He was born in Portland Oregon on February15th, 1954 and moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to become a writer.  Groening started out with many “odd” jobs such as washing dishes, landscaping, and chauffeuring and ghostwriting for a retired writer.  He first hit it big with his comic strip, Life In Hell, which was shown in Wet Magazine in 1978.  This comic strip is still shown today in over 250 newspapers across the country.  This comic strip helped him catch the eye of the Fox network, which he then sent in rough sketches of the now household name The Simpsons, who he thought would then fix up the sketches but the network producers ended up just tracing over Groening’s sketches to make the characters have and easy silhouette the public could identify.  He named the characters after family and friends, having Homer being named after his son.  In the original Homer character Groening put his initials on the character, having his hair be an M and his ear being a G.  During the reign of the Simpsons show of 22 seasons, Groening and creative partner David Cohen created Futurama which did not last long on Fox but Comedy central picked it up for 2 seasons, then ended up picking up 26 new episodes to air starting June 2010.  Before Futurama Groening did extensive research on science fiction so he could be more educated in making a cartoon about life in the year 3000. As well as being a renowned cartoonist  Groening formed Bongo Comics Group which published and created mostly the Simpsons and Futurama, and he also formed Zongo Comics for a more mature audience.  Throughout his career he has won 11 Emmy awards for his work and I personally hope he keeps creating funny new cartoon shows.

“Basically everything I’m trying to do is an alternative to what somebody else is doing”.

Life in Hell strip

The Simpsons



“Families are about love overcoming emotional torture”.

”A lot of people believe that if everybody did what they were told -obeyed-  everything would be fine.  But that’s not what life is all about.  That’s not real.  It’s never going to happen”.

Posted January 30, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized