#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 enormous influence on several generations of avant-grade artists. How often have critics been on the wrong side of history? Perhaps the better question is –Continue reading “#FridayPainting: Henri J.F. Rousseau “The Equatorial Jungle””

Winter in Russia with Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov

Константин Иванович Горбатов, Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov  May 17, 1876 – May 24, 1945 was a Russian post-impressionist painter.  He was born in Stavropol in the Samara province, but he moved many times in his life as can be seen by his winter scenes. Gorbatov did not envision himself as a painter. When he was aroundContinue reading “Winter in Russia with Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov”

Artists in the Garden: Vincent van Gogh

“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.” Vincent van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) Today is Vincent van Gogh 166th birthday.  While he was relatively an unknown in hisContinue reading “Artists in the Garden: Vincent van Gogh”

Vincent van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries” 1888

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” Vincent Van Gogh Over the past few days, Vincent van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries” has been a constant companion in my studio/work space.  While I work atContinue reading “Vincent van Gogh’s “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries” 1888″