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My name is Melissa and I hope you like this little slice of my world.  The images here make me happy or inspire me in some way, I want to share them with you to spread a little love into the world....

Mark Rothko in his east hampton studio, ny, 1964 (Thank you: kvetchlandia, velveteenrabbit, ekstasis, neverneverland, tobia, a olerud

Grace Hartigan (1922-2008) was a second-generation Abstract Expressionist whose gestural, intensely colored paintings often incorporated images drawn from popular culture, leading some critics to see in them prefigurings of Pop Art. She subscribed to the Abstract Expressionist notion of the painterly brushstroke as existential act and cri de coeur but, like de Kooning, she never broke entirely with the figurative tradition.

Citation: Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in Pollock's studio, ca. 1950 / Rudy Burckhardt, photographer. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.