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”

#FridayPainting: John William Waterhouse “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”

British Pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse explored, in this painting, the theme of roses, early summer and fleeting moments found in the 17th century poem, “To the Virgins, to Make … Continue reading #FridayPainting: John William Waterhouse “Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May”

#FridayPainting: Paul Berthon “Sarah Bernhardt”

“Life begets life. Energy creates energy.” Sarah Bernhardt I was drawn to Paul Berthon’s lithograph before I knew he had captured the face of the renowned Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Paul Berthon “Sarah Bernhardt”

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: 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”

#FridayPainting: John Melhuish Strudwick “Saint Cecilia”

Saint Cecilia is known as a patron of music and musicians. Legend has it that when the musicians played at her wedding, Cecilia sang to the Divine. November 22nd is … Continue reading #FridayPainting: John Melhuish Strudwick “Saint Cecilia”

#FridayPainting: English photographer “Portrait of Virginia Woolf”

My #FridayPainting was not a painting at all.  It was a photograph. The question that came to me: when did photography become art? Perhaps the better question is: when did … Continue reading #FridayPainting: English photographer “Portrait of Virginia Woolf”

#FridayPainting: Alfred Henry Maurer “Model with a Japanese Fan”

The red hat attracted my attention as did the model’s delicate Japanese fan and the elegant positioning of her hand on cheek. I had never heard of the artist, Alfred … Continue reading #FridayPainting: Alfred Henry Maurer “Model with a Japanese Fan”