New Art: “Heavenly Mind”

Heavenly Mind“, 30W x 40H x 1.5 inches, Natural Earth Paint acrylic

(large format, same sizing as my Art Porn painting collection).

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Original painting, “Heavenly Mind”, by Tatiana von Tauber, May 2015

I was very compelled to paint, “Heavenly Mind” (and its second pairing “Heavenly Body” which is still in the works).  Both were unexpectedly just thrown at me intuitively.  I woke up one morning with the original conceptual I photographed back in 2011 at the forefront of my mind and the same day I went out to buy the large canvases for them.  It just had to be done – now.  It was like a strange scratch I had to take care of immediately!

I planned a solid black background with her white mask as the “pop” in the painting but I didn’t like the feeling of it – like an empty void around her – so I added the cosmic background for interest and the whole painting came to life, like an idea in the dynamic universe.

I’m very much into looking at the stars right now.  It might be a spring, let’s-be-outside-at-night thing but I don’t think we generally look up at the stars enough in our daily eves.  These “heavenly” paintings can fill a little of that void and spark our minds to dream and reach beyond the stars as well as ourselves.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-28I

New Art Porn Painting Additions

I decided to continue with the ART PORN theme. I also painted a portrait. What struck me interesting but at this point unsurprising, was that I was bored painting the portrait and so I turned back to painting nudity and sexuality.

“Homo erectus” (censored version) Natural Earth Paint acrylic on canvas

The gay market requested I paint homosexual themed art. This is my first. I love the title! I was beaming sunshine when it hit me.

Homo erectus

Homo erectus

“Her Lips”, (censored version) Natural Earth Paint acrylic on canvas

This painting was very difficult. The angles challenged me greatly, and that’s what I was seeking actually when I chose this image but it turned out much MORE challenging than I thought.  I feel like I upped a notch of capability with this one, and whenever I can nail a more difficult angle within a painting I feel like I can take on a more complex one next time.  It’s a great confidence booster when you get it right. When you get it wrong, it’s just part of the process to getting it right.

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View the uncensored images on my website, www.vontauber.com/apgallery. You can bookmark this gallery as it will house all of the paintings with a porn like quality. Detailed info about each painting is located on each image when hovered over.  The original “ART PORN” gallery, along with all the narratives, press and show photos, comments, etc. is still live and accessible through this link: www.vontauber.com/artporn.

shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-28p

New Art: Palm Beach in Heat

After months of working on the ART PORN collection (nsfw) and its limited color palette, I needed a totally different viewpoint with color and as such “Palm Beach in Heat” was created. I wanted something very bright and beachy and a bold dip into sunshine.  This new “Brilliant Yellow” by Natural Earth Paint had been sitting in my paint kit for months and I finally used it, and wow, is it bold bright yellow!

This painting reminds me of growing up in the Miami / Palm Beaches. There are days I really miss the ocean and the constant sun and warmth and the need, at most, for sandals and a sun dress.  I’d go to the beach to think about life, solutions to problems and occasionally lobster-tan.  I spent many leisure and contemplative days on Florida beaches. I may have subconsciously been vacation dreaming, which is sounding like a nice seduction right now!

“Palm Beach in Heat”, 24 x 24 x 1.5 inches, Natural Earth paint acrylic on canvas. More info in the paintings section of my website.

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shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-28e

The Photography Irony

Seriously folks, the irony couldn’t be bolder.

The morning after writing this post about shelving my photography to focus on painting, I was notified by the International Color Awards for photography that one of my submitted photographs had been nominated for the amateur fashion category win. While I didn’t get a winner spot, I am among a few of the final nominees from a worldwide group of photographers. That’s pretty awesome and very unexpected. Last year I received a similar honor for “The Red Chair” and “Masked Man” by the International Master’s Cup Photography competition (both so equally stunning even the judges couldn’t choose so they nominated both!). Like I said, one never knows what the future holds. Crazy timing.

*link to exact gallery my nomination “There’s No Place Like Home” (last pic) is in http://www.colorawards.com/gallery/index.php?g=n&cid=273&x=a&gaid=17#142159.

shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-285

My Photography’s Gone Kodak!

TvtCarMirrorKodak. Remember that company? It’s the one that ruled and dominated the photographic environment for decades. What is it now? Gone. All we have are its “Kodak moments”.

I realize this is a bummer starter but it most fits what’s happened to my photographic world. There was a time when it dominated everything. I couldn’t even go outside without a camera, always waiting for the right shot, quite frankly missing the realtime happening because I was too focused on documenting it for its Kodak appeal later. This doesn’t keep in mind the many elements it took to secure an actual model for erotic and nude photography which eventually became too much. What I mean simply is, it got too expensive to hire out models to photograph for the return financially (especially with a growing family) and it became too overwhelming serving the so called “real women” of the world who most often had body issues they couldn’t hide as easily as the models. The whole thing just became a turn off.  It’s sad.  I’m not happy about it but I had to admit there was a problem because I noticed overtime I was avoiding bookings and photo ops.

While I still consider myself a photographer, at this point in time I’m claiming “painter” as the title of the artistic flow spewing from within out onto the manifest world and the photographer just somehow got fed up, turned off, overwhelmed and disinterested from the entire over competition of creating something beautiful and eye-popping out of reality. With the domination of the Smartphone cameras, everyone is a photographer and when everyone is x-something, I move on elsewhere. So, the photography road with Tumblr, Instagram, Pintrest and you fill in the rest is a very busy one.  I don’t like crowds.  If you can’t path it, trail it.

20120629-173352.jpgQuite frankly, there’s a lot of really good sensual and erotic photography out there right now that I don’t even see a definite place for my photographic style to pursue with fervor and to get better will require more effort and this effort will take time away from bettering the painter.  See the problem?  I am one woman with too many hats and talents. ON LIMITED TIME! It’s not a complaint but it does have behind the scenes weight.  It was an awful choice, very painful, difficult and sad but I finally let the photographer go… you know, not fully but like a good love affair gone distant just because life moved us that way.  Who knows.  Maybe Facebook’s hypothetical future “Photobook” will reconnect us.

As an artist my goal is always to grow and to move beyond what I’ve artistically achieved. To do this with photography, to become the kind of photographer I’d really like to be to feel satisfied with myself as one, I’d have to put in more effort than the payback is worth at this time in my life.

I’ve found that my most interesting talent is with the paintbrush and this needs more exploration. Not taking the opportunity would be an insult to my DNA, to my core self.

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The photography I’ve done, I will repackage it into some capitalist opportunity in the future that will benefit both me and my audience so it’s not a total elimination but I don’t intend to continue photographing as passionately as I have in the past until I wear the nudity out of my paintings first.  And I no longer do any kind of private hire boudoir photography unless you really convince me.

One never knows truly what the future holds but I felt an explanation was needed as to what’s happened to the photography because I know many of my followers were originally hooked on that artistic road with me, some along for the ride maybe 10 years!  While I don’t want to disappoint any one group, I have to follow the yellow brick road because if little else, it leads to Truth.  As always, I am grateful for those who stick around to seek it with me.

More paintings to follow!

Update next day: The irony. The morning after writing this I was notified by the International Color Awards for photography that one of my submitted photographs had been nominated for the “fashion” category win. While I didn’t get first place, I am among a few of the final nominees.  That’s pretty awesome and very unexpected.  Last year I received a similar honor for “The Red Chair” and “Masked Man” by the International Master’s Cup Photography competition.  Like I said, one never knows what the future holds.  Crazy timing.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p3f9L-27G

New Art x2: “Bashful” & “Out There”

“Bashful” and “Out there” are among my “filler paintings”. Fillers are those that I paint in between larger project minded endeavors such as “Art Porn“, “Sexibition” (currently archived), The Art Cure Project, and more. These projects usually span several months of intense focus and commitment. This is why filler paintings are so wonderful. They’re a relaxed artistic break from the restrictions intent projects place on creativity. Like a well executed quickie, they’re good, short, and pleasurable.

View more new art on www.vontauber.com/paintings

“Bashful”, 16×20 inches,  detailed info on website

Bashful

Bashful

“Out There”, 16×20 inches, detailed info on website

"Out There"

“Out There”

Update: Since writing this post (I actually forgot to post it sooner, oops) I completed another painting, Palm Beach in Heat, that’s very yellow bright and colorful.   You can see it here.

Shortlink:http://wp.me/p3f9L-27n

Spring Art Exhibition at Savannah/HH International Airport Gallery

From now until June 30, 2015, you can view three of my original artworks at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport as part of the Savannah Art Association’s spring show, “Another Blooming Art Show”. The airport gallery is located at the departure hall upstairs by the escalators (pic). The paintings are for sale. Also, these pieces sit with many other local artist talent as part of SAA so if you’re visiting Savannah, be sure to make a quick stop to soak up a bit of local art before you head off to your destination. :)

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Shortlink:http://wp.me/p3f9L-279

ART PORN, the online gallery

The thing with sex is at some point, if you don’t stop, you have to show the goods.

The ART PORN show has been very successful thus far. I expect low attendance the last two days due to expected rain and the work week but I will be at the gallery 12-7pm Monday and 12-3pm Tuesday for those of you who want to see the art up on a wall before the show ends.

The past few days has been a fantastic journey and feedback has been mostly positive.  I am 100% confident many people were curious but didn’t come to the show out of fear more than judgment and if they could see it in a safe, protected environment such as online, they would. So I give to thee my gallery. Now you can view it privately and share with your friends but if you’re local, I invite you to make the trip to visit Oglethorpe Gallery, 406 E. Oglethorpe Ave (and Habersham) to view the full collection in person.  This is the first time this collection is being shown in full. It took approximately 4 months to paint, between September 2014 to January 2015.

I hope you enjoy the art and may you discover something positive about pornography, and perhaps yourself.

Thank you,
Tatiana von Tauber

THE ART PORN ONLINE GALLERY

#artporn

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