Celebrating the Ordinary – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Turnips! There is something extraordinary about this modest white, bulbous taproot that comes in various sizes, the small tender ones destined for human consumption and their larger cousins that feed  … Continue reading Celebrating the Ordinary – Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

The Art of Community: James Tissot’s “The Picnic (Dejeuner sur l’Herbe)”

James Tissot (1836-1902) Summers would not be complete without a picnic. A lazy August afternoon under a shady tree, a blanket to shield from the damp earth, a basket filled … Continue reading The Art of Community: James Tissot’s “The Picnic (Dejeuner sur l’Herbe)”

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

Three Figures: Pink and Grey

“All true Artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.”  James Abbott NcNeill Whistler   I’ll be spending the weekend with James … Continue reading Three Figures: Pink and Grey

The Many Faces of George Washington

First in war—first in peace—and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and enduring scenes of private life; pious, just, humane, temperate, … Continue reading The Many Faces of George Washington