Monday, June 14, 2010

Kindred Spirit(s) in Belgrade

Graffiti Reflected in a Window in Belgrade
photographer:
Bibi
graffiti artist: unknown?



my painting Claim the Moment
acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"
private collection, Fort Worth


Daryl of Out and about in New York City noticed the stylistic similarity between the work of the Belgrade graffiti artist(s) and my own work. She brought it to the attention of Bibi, who had taken the photograph and posted it on her blog A Yankee in Belgrade. Bibi wandered over here and said, yes, Daryl's right. You have an artful cousin scaling the walls in Belgrade. I went to check out things for myself.

For the record, this is no coincidence. When a wannabe graffiti virtuoso, a tourist from Santa Fe, with more than a little fear of heights, who is clumsy and skittish when it comes to scaffolding, when that tourist visits Belgrade and is introduced to the national drink...


...well, how you say it? Magic happens. Inhibitions and phobias are quickly shed and artistic courage heightens exponentially.

Ziveli!

83 comments:

Daryl said...

How cool is that? So very.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Artistic courage has paid off!

Carol said...

Yeah, I knew that you were one of a kind - and prolific - San. Your beautiful art that makes me want to sing just pops up everywhere!

Inhibitions and phobias shed, artistic courage heightened... I want some of that stuff you were drinkin'!!!

:-)

San said...

Cool's the word, Daryl.

San said...

Yes, indeed, Leslie. Yes, indeed.

San said...

I could use a little of the elixir myself, Carol.

chewy said...

LOL @ your head! It really looks like a painting of yours!

San said...

Chewy, I love to hear you LOL.

murat11 said...

Волим привид, Сан. Дивно забавно. Најљепше жеље за вас из Београда.

San said...

Paschal--Ziveli!

~Babs said...

OH!
I
LOVE
IT.
So glad you were a brave girl, even if the courage was in liquid form.
:-D
And your painting is gorgeous,San.

San said...

Paschal, what I meant to say was:

Volim iluzija previše. Živeli!

San said...

Babs, too bad you weren't there. We could have made some really BIG statements!

jsd said...

San, very cool and I love your addition to the graffiti :)

San said...

Glad you noticed that little detail, JS.

sukipoet said...

Is the graffiti photo entitled "off with her head?" (the second one where you are peeking out).

Beautiful painting and I love the connections your blog friends made between the graffiti and your work. Amazing.

San said...

I should've thought of that caption myself, Suki.

Yes, I was pretty amazed by the connection myself.

SandyCarlson said...

So beautiful. I love both pieces. Wherever the courage came from, it yielded quite a dividend!

San said...

Sandy, that's a lovely way to put it. Thank you.

Lee said...

Love the painting San! I'm wondering if that pale bluish green streak is a pouring of artistic libation. :-)

Glad you had a good time. I visited my Mom recently. She's in full care aiming for the increased freedom of assisted living. Dad's paying close attention to her progress.

Sounds like you're doing very well. :-D

Love,
Lee

Joy Palakkal said...

Talented works..
Art is the stored huney of human mind...keep it up!!!!!
With all Best Regards...

Lynette said...

Yes, I can see they are so similar and a kinship in art, verry cool! I love your painting San, it's so awesome!!

Maggie May said...

That is quite amazing!
Your painting is lovely......... and that head springing up like that made me smile!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Shrinky said...

My goodness, what a dark horse you are, so this is what you get up to in your spare time? The similarities are quite uncanny, how amazing! I love what you did with this, such fun!

San said...

Lee, I like your vision!

I knew you'd been a bit quiet over at your blog but didn't know your mom was having this rough time. I'm sorry.

San said...

Thanks for visiting, Joy, and for your kind words.

San said...

Lynne, I'll be on the lookout for the lynxie trees on the sides of buildings here in New Mexico.

;)

San said...

Maggie, you have such a beautiful smile.

xo

Akelamalu said...

WOW that's so cool San :)

San said...

Shrinky, when I first say that photograph, it made my day! Glad you enjoyed it.

San said...

Akelamalu, it's way cool. I would love to see it in person.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Another great ride...all the way to Belgrade with refreshments...you never disappoint...thanks!

Katiejane said...

Oh, this is cute, San! And yes, you do have an artistic cousin in Belgarde!

Janie B said...

San, thanks for your visit and for following my blog. I'm glad to meet you, too. I love the painting on your current post. I'm hoping to do a little more work this summer while I am off from school (between working on grandchildren projects). I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Meg Wolff said...

Amazing!

Sparkling Red said...

I agree wholeheartedly with Murat11! I think. When I've learned to speak Russian, I'll let you know.

andrea said...

Amazingly clever! The painting sings.

Jeff B said...

Ha, that's funny!

Raven said...

How very cool. I love your painting and that reflection is pretty cool. Love the head in the second one. I did email you about Julie. Let me know more.

Kim said...

:-) This one is good! Who would have thought it? Courage always pays off! I love the parallels!

Thanks San!

Jingle said...

your arts are very beautiful..
Happy Father's Day to Dads in your life.

lime said...

bwahahaha! fantastic! peekaboo! i see you. ;)

layers said...

what synchronicity and kinship with the world-- so striking and colorful and passionate - way to go!

Maggie Neale said...

Hi San, I like your titles and the comparison is grand. Your posts are always enjoyable. Funny...I didn't even see your head the first time through. There are so many ways of seeing.

SabiSunshine said...

Hey San

Sorry i was busy and working on my blog to make some changes.. I am missing you a lot and waiting for your new post with some more paining. Love Sabi

Sherry O'Keefe said...

your post about the red thread reeled me in. i think some threads reel, some pull. some might get knotted. i've been needing art like yours. glad to find you, but i don't remember how i got here, other than by some thread.

Anna said...

Oh San that was funny, but you know when I saw the picture, I saw your style immediately, lol. Now we all know you are unique artist. Anna :)

The Recycled Dove said...

Love Santa Fe. Spent Christmas there two years ago on my next visit I will stop by.

Stop by and visit.

Dove

jbkrost said...

if you keep drinking that stuff...
you'll lose your head!
good work

aims said...

I'm with Daryl - how cool is that entirely!!

Cathy said...

The similarity is striking. Artful kindred spirits, you two. :)

Preity Angel... said...

San,

Your painting is gordeous as usual.. I missed ur paintings alott.. now my little one is 4 months old almost...now i have time to come and read my friends blogs..
love always
angel

San said...

Glad you liked the refreshments, Mary Ann.

San said...

It was fun, Kate.

San said...

Janie, I look forward to your visits. When I get around to posting again.

San said...

Meg, you're amazing.

San said...

Spark, by all means let me know.

San said...

Andra, your comment makes me sing.

San said...

Jeff, it never takes that much to make you laugh. I admire that in you.

San said...

Raven, I'll send you another update with regard to our friend.

San said...

Kim, you know all about the courage, and the parallels.

San said...

Thanks, Jingle. Same back to yours, retroactively. Very retroactively.

San said...

Lime, your laughter is extreme and oh so enjoyable.

San said...

Thanks, Donna. Synchronicity is a great word here.

San said...

Maggie, yes, I believe there are as many ways of seeing as there are people, probably many more than that.

San said...

Sabi, I'm so glad you're back in blogland.

San said...

Sherry, what counts is you're here. I'm so glad. I hope to see you again.

San said...

Anna, how great that you saw "my" style right away. :D

San said...

Dove, I will certainly get by your place. Thanks for visiting.

San said...

You're right, JB. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing?

San said...

Aims, entirely.

San said...

Cathy, thank you so much.

San said...

Angel, your little one is lovely. I'm SO happy for you.

Velvet Over Steel said...

Awesome! My sons are artist, among other things. They Love this stuff!
Newest follower & will be back! :-)
~ Coreen

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Sabi Sunshine said...

Hello San,

Your painting is awesome. I love the colors in it. Life should be seen as lots of colors. I truly love this art of work.

Love
Sunshine

La Petite Gallery said...

Gee wiz! Even the griffiti is pretty there.

yvonne

Anna said...

San hope all is well dear?
Anna :)

Mrs Button said...

great blog - glad i stopped by

Kim said...

Hi San, I've just stopped by to say I have missed you and hope all is well.

rivergardenstudio said...

Your colors are fabulous, in your art and this photo of the reflection of the grafitti! roxanne

A Lady's Life said...

Nice colors. Looks very nice.:)

Sabi Sunshine said...

Hello San,

Stopping by to say Hello...!
Have a good weekend!

Love
Sabi Sunshine