Open Letter to artist Margaret Keane about belonging to a cult

________________

Margaret Keane, Painter Behind Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ | KQED Arts

January 12, 2015

Dear Mrs. Keane,

I watched with great interest the movie about your life and it was so impressive that I went back to go see it a second time and I told my friends about it. Furthermore, I have done several posts on my blog discussing the movie and your artwork. I hope you have a chance to look it over at http://www.thedailyhatch.org .

I thought about you yesterday (January 11, 2015) when our pastor Mark Henry was preaching his sermon and he finished with this passage from the 8th chapter of the Gospel of John:

53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing.It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

________

Then Mark comments:

Now when Jesus says here, “Truly, Truly before Abraham was I AM.” Jesus is making a powerful statement about who he is. Jesus is in essence saying, “I am God.”

I remind you of an encounter that Moses had with God at a burning bush. He was questioning the burning bush, and God himself and asking God who Moses should say has sent him and what his name is and God says out of the burning bush, “I am who I am.” Jesus is making the strongest declaration of who he is.

_____________________

Mrs. Keane, I am glad that you were honest and told the truth about painting these wonderful paintings but I want you to take a moment and consider the fact that Jesus did claim to be God when he said he was the great “I AM.” Why else would the Jews pick up stones and attempt to stone him? 

Keep up the good work with the paintings.

Everette Hatcher, P.O.Box 23416, Little Rock, AR 72221, cell ph 501-920-5733

Big Eyes Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Tim Burton, Amy Adams Movie HD

Kaitlin Goodey wrote the following:

Friday Feature – Margaret Keane

Margaret Keane

Today I thought I would share an artist that has a direct effect on my art work!  This wonderful painter has been an inspiration to me far before I actually new who she was!  From a young age I’ve loved thrift stores, garage sales, and antique stores.  You can find many prints or similar style paintings like Margaret Keane’s in those locations.  So I was exposed young to the beauty of big eyes.  Those big eyes have always pulled me in and tugged on my heart strings.  It’s as if the eyes speak to me.  Honestly I feel like a nut saying that, but the eye connection is so strong in some paintings its as close to a conversation as a painting can get for me! Margaret Keane Painting

So when I started sculpting my art dolls and my process started leading me in this big eye, unrealistic style, I decided to just go with it.  I really did try to sculpt realistic faces a few times but it usually just made them look even more alien like!  So I stopped fighting what I thought I had to make and embraced what was naturally happening!  That’s when I started researching other artists who use big eyes and really learnt about Keane’s history.

Margaret Keane Painting

I found it very interesting to know that her husband actually tried claiming he did the paintings!  I mean seriously what a poop!  So of course when they were getting a divorce in the best way ever she proved the paintings were really hers!  She painted out in the open right infront of the judge and everyone to show the work was really hers.  So when the husband was asked to do the same “I can’t I have a sore shoulder”.  Needless to say, she won the case and has continued to do HER work!

Margaret Keane Painting

As all artist progress and change through their life and career, Keane’s work has experienced shifts of change.  In her early career her characters or style were known as “Big Eyes”, “Sad eyes”, “Waifs” or simply known as “Keane”.  Many times a tear graced the characters cheek.  However, after the divorce Keane moved to Hawaii and while stylistically the same her paintings became brighter and a bit happier.  Then again later in life after joining a church her paintings became even a bit happier.  So when a tear graced a face, at that point it was of joy not sadness.

Margaret Keane Painting

Her work was highly criticised in the art world and yet they were some of the best selling art in the Western world in the early 60’s!  You may or may not like them yourselves, but there is no denying Keane’s influence on American pop culture!  A funny fact for me is that Tim Burton is a long time fan and collector of Keane’s work.  Going so far as to commission an art piece, and now working on a movie about her career and court battle with her ex-husband!  Although that movie has been talked about for a while, I’m still waiting patiently for something to actually happen with that!  I find it funny because I get so many people coming into the gallery saying “this is very Tim Burton like” or referencing him somehow.  Which I really don’t mind because I love his work, but in reality I didn’t even consiously think about his work when making mine!  I looked at a lot of Keane, Mark Ryden, and Katie Olivias for stylistic inspiration and a myriad of other art doll makers for technical know how.  So now seeing that our inspirations crossed paths is a funny little tidbit for me.

Margaret Keane Painting

Keane is now located in San Francisco where you can visit Keane Eyes Gallery and see her work first hand.  It is by appointment though so don’t be a dummy like me and think you can walk there and go right in.  Or you’ll end up peering through the windows like me!  Have you seen her work or similar work before?  Or have you seen how it has influenced pop culture at all?

DP/30: Big Eyes, Amy Adams

Big Eyes (2014) Q&A with Amy Adams, Margaret Keane & The Writers

Related posts:

Bill Parkinson’s message on 12-14-14 at Fellowship Bible Church Little Rock “GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT”

____________________ Bill Parkinson, one of the teaching pastors at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock delivered the message GOD’S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT on December 14, 2014. In Luke 2, we hear the angels praising God, proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men on whom His favor rests.” This morning we […]

On 11-30-14 at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock our teaching pastor BRANDON BARNARD delivered the message A TALE OF TWO HEARTS based on John 7:1-24!!!

________________ Brandon Barnard pictured below: On Sunday November 30, 2014 at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock our teaching pastor BRANDON BARNARD delivered the message A TALE OF TWO HEARTS based on John 7:1-24: As we look at the passage in John 7 today, we see a tale of two hearts. One that seeks the […]

Brandon Barnard’s sermon (at Fellowship Bible Church Little Rock 10-26-14) on Jesus’ message to the Jewish Skeptics of his day!!!!

_____ Brandon Barnard pictured below: Dr. Charles Barg’s book below: Dr. Jack Sternberg below: When I was 15 I joined my family on an amazing trip with our pastor Adrian Rogers to the land of Israel in 1976 and the most notable event to me was our visit to the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall) […]

“Satisfaction Guaranteed” sermon by Brandon Barnard of Fellowship Bible Church (3-11-12)

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / U2 The Rolling Stones Satisfaction (rare) If you want to see the path that Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of the rock group Kansas took to find true satisfaction then listen to their song “Dust in the Wind” and then read their testimony at this link […]

“Tip Tuesday” Advice to Gene Simmons (Part 19) Fellowship Bible Church Service July 24th

On the show Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Shannon Tweed, 54 yrs old, is the mother of Gene’s two kids and she has been with Gene for 28 yrs but now she is looking for more committment from Gene. She wants him to stop cheating on her. In the July 19th episode  Nick said to his […]

“Tip Tuesday” Advice for Gene Simmons (Part 11) Fellowship Bible Church July 24th

Gene Simmons and his son Nick (Refer to end of post for more on Nick and Gene) 28 July 2011 Gene Simmons has proposed to long-term girlfriend Shannon Tweed. The Kiss bassist – who claims to have slept with over 2,000 women and has for a long time vowed never to marry – popped the question […]

“Tip Tuesday,” Advice to Gene Simmons Part 9, Fellowship Bible Church July 24th

Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed John McArthur The Truth About Divorce, #2 (Mark 10:1-12) On the show Gene Simmons has been arguing the point that he admits that he is selfish, but he still feels he has the right to be selfish. In the conclusion of the final episode of the year on July 24th […]

Advice to Gene Simmons Part 4, Fellowship Bible Church sermon on purity jh14a

Gene Simmons Proposes To Shannon Tweed Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons proposed to his longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed in Belize recently, TMZ reports. The couple has been together 28 years and share two children, 22-year-old son Nicholas and 18-year-old daughter Sophie. Simmons popped the question on the A&E reality show ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels,’ which has followed the life of the Simmons brood since […]

Open letter to President Obama (Part 515) (Schaeffer believed the Bible is true or it is worthless)

Open letter to President Obama (Part 515) (Emailed to White House on 5-3-13.) President Obama c/o The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get […]

Testimony of former agnostic Nancy Pearcey who met her husband at Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland!!!!!

Testimony of former agnostic Nancy Pearcey who met her husband at Francis Schaeffer’s L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland!!!!! Francis Schaeffer was a huge influence on many modern day pro-life leaders. Below is the video testimony of Nancy Pearcey and how she wrestled with the truth that Schaeffer confronted her with. She actually fled after one month […]

______________

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: