Maiden Voyages: July 2016

Original Art for the Masthead: A couple of artists have approached me about the design of Pigtails in Paint’s masthead. So far, it has been composed by Pip from existing images and he never got the inspiration to create original art for it. Therefore, we are offering the opportunity for artists to have their original art appear as Pigtails’ banner for one year. Approved new images will appear beginning in mid-November. There are a few guidelines to make the design consistent with Pigtails’ image. 1) Naturally, it should feature a little girl or girls (optimum age around 8, but we are certainly flexible on this). 2) The girl should have pigtails of some kind. 3) And Pip had the idea that the girl should be holding a brush (or other artistic instrument) and appear to be finishing up the lettering in the title. 4) The color scheme should be appropriate—”warmer” tones. Examples of past mastheads can be seen here to give you an idea of past styles.  You can include the motto or let us add that in.  We do not require the original artwork so long as a scan of sufficient quality can be provided.  We look forward to your submissions and Ron will work with you every step of the way.

Bodies, Dressed and Undressed: Coincidences are remarkable and just as I finally got access to some of Flor Garduño’s published books, Pip and Christian inform me that there are better versions of the many images used in the two posts on this site (here and here). There is a wonderful introduction by Verónica Volkow in the book Inner Light (2002) which eloquently expresses the artist’s attitude about the relevance of nudes and flowers and their connection.  A slightly abridged transcription has been posted here.

Why Do All the Good Guys Die So Young?  We must sadly report that Emmett Munger Mann, son of acclaimed photographer Sally Mann died on June 5th in his home.  No information about the cause of death has been released.  It is always tragic when parents outlive their children and doubly so in this case, because Emmett was so interested in the cause of justice.

Screenshot of Sally with Emmett during the filming of The Genius of Photography (2007)

Screenshot of Sally with Emmett during the filming of The Genius of Photography (2007)

Suspense-Horror with a Twist: A colleague brought my attention to a short film called Luna (2013).  For those interested in this genre, it is worth a look.

Flor Garduño Revisited

I made a post on Flor Garduño over a year ago, but I have since uncovered some new material by her, so she’s getting a second (albeit small) post here.

Yes, I know I’ve posted this one before, but this seems like a slightly improved version, so it’s going up. What strikes me most about Garduño’s images are the spare but well-considered compositions, and this is one of the best. This image, in another photographer’s hands, could’ve been flat, but Garduño gives it depth with her choice of lighting.
[Editor’s update, 2016/06/29: A larger version has been inserted, coming from the artist’s website.]

Flor Garduño – Niña paloma – Anunciación, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Niña paloma – Anunciación, Mexico (1998)

The young subject of this photo is also called Flor, it seems. Her daughter perhaps?  Notice the seahorses decorating her hair.  The best portraits often have a visual hook–for this one it is the seahorses in the hair.

Flor Garduño – Flor

Flor Garduño – Flor

This is one of my favorite photos by Garduño. I really wish there was a larger version online. She’s like a little atavistic superhero, and every bit as majestic standing on that log. If only she really did have superpowers . . .
[Editor’s update, 2016/06/29: Wish granted! A larger version has been inserted, coming from the artist’s website.]

Flor Garduño – Suave viento, Quintana Roo, Mexico (1982)

Flor Garduño – Suave viento, Quintana Roo, Mexico (1982)

Another interesting nude portrait. A few props turn what would otherwise have been a fairly standard portrait into a fascinating character study.  There is something intriguing about Garduño’s little naked angels, fairies and supergirls.

Flor Garduño – Niña mariposa (1987)

Flor Garduño – Niña mariposa (1987)

[160701]  Since we have been updating and adding images from this artist, I would like to submit this intriguing example from her ‘Inner Light’ series.  The title (mislabeled on the artist’s own website) is a bit mysterious and I would appreciate someone versed in Mexican culture to tell me what La Monina means.  -Ron

Flor Garduño - La Monina, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – La Monina, Mexico (1998)

There is a wonderful introduction by Verónica Volkow in the book Inner Light (2002) which eloquently expresses the artist’s attitude about the relevance of nudes and flowers and their connection.  A slightly abridged transcription can has been posted here.  -Ron

Flor Garduño (Official Site)

Flor Garduño

Garduño’s photographs are just exquisite; I only wish she was better known.  I particularly adore her still-lifes and the photos of her daughter, Azul, such as “Ocelote Azul” and “Suave viento.”  You simply must take a tour of her website!
[Editor’s update, 2016/06/29: Except the first and last ones, all images have been replaced by a larger version, coming from the artist’s website.]

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Flor Garduño – Canasta de luz, Sumpango, Guatemala (1989)

Flor Garduño – La giganta, Sumpango, Guatemala (1989)

Flor Garduño – La giganta, Sumpango, Guatemala (1989)

Flor Garduño – Ocelote Azul, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Ocelote Azul, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Niña paloma – Anunciación, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Niña paloma – Anunciación, Mexico (1998)

Flor Garduño – Triates, Mexico (1987)

Flor Garduño – Triates, Mexico (1987)

Flor Garduño – Imagen clásica, Mexico (1999)

Flor Garduño – Imagen clásica, Mexico (1999)

Flor Garduño – (Title Unknown)

Flor Garduño – (Title Unknown)

Flor Garduño (Official Site)