#FridayPainting: Jan Steen “As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young”

“As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young” is a scene of pure joy. Laughter, singing, eating and the feeling of belonging welcomes me to join in the merriment. The … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Jan Steen “As the Old Sing, So Pipe the Young”

#FridayPainting: Dante Gabriel Rossetti “Joan of Arc Kisses the Sword of Liberation”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti is described as an English poet, illustrator, painter, and translator, and member of the Rossetti family. The last phrase “member of the Rossetti family” ignited my curiosity. … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Dante Gabriel Rossetti “Joan of Arc Kisses the Sword of Liberation”

#FridayPainting: Bessie MacNicol “Two Sisters”

Tonight I am traveling virtually to Glasgow, Scotland, the port city on the River Clyde in Scotland’s western Lowlands. There is an artistic energy that vibrates in a city renowned … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Bessie MacNicol “Two Sisters”

#FridayPainting: Claude Monet “Rounded Flower Bed (Cobeille de Fleurs)”

Before Giverny there was Argenteuil. Whenever I think of Claude Monet, I visualize him in his gardens at Giverny. But there was another garden that is pivotal to his narrative … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Claude Monet “Rounded Flower Bed (Cobeille de Fleurs)”

#FridayPainting: Vincent Van Gogh “Olive Grove”

Vincent Van Gogh sought peace in an asylum in the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. He lived there between May 1889 through May 1990. During this time he painted at least 15 paintings of … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Vincent Van Gogh “Olive Grove”

Why Can’t I Touch Art?

I have a confession.  It happened a long time ago, but the memory remains firmly entrenched.  I touched a work of art.  I cannot use the excuse of youth, because … Continue reading Why Can’t I Touch Art?

#FridayPainting: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner “Potsdamer Platz”

“It seems as though the goal of my work has always been to dissolve myself completely into the sensations of the surroundings in order to then integrate this into a … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner “Potsdamer Platz”

#FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle”

Henri Julien Félix Rousseau was a French post-impressionist painter who was subjected to ridicule by critics during his lifetime. And yet, he became known as a self-taught genius who had … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle”

What is a Portrait?

What is a portrait? “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It … Continue reading What is a Portrait?

#FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin”

Have you ever heard of Vjekoslav Karas? I confess that I had never heard of this artist before I turned the calendar from June 2nd to June 3rd a couple … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Vjekoslav Karas “Young Woman with a Mandolin”

#FridayPainting: Juan Roig y Soler “Two Spanish Dancers”

Juan Roig y Soler is an unknown name to me. To find information about his life and art, I happened upon Wikipedia in Spanish. I used a translator app to … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Juan Roig y Soler “Two Spanish Dancers”

#FridayPainting: Leonardo da Vinci “The Mona Lisa”

“A lotta cats copy the Mona Lisa, but people still line up to see the original.” Louis Armstrong Ah, the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is the quintessential archetypal … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Leonardo da Vinci “The Mona Lisa”