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
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)”
“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
“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
Creativity and beauty are central to the human spirit. A line of poetry, a few notes of a musical score, the aroma of home-made bread, the vivid colours of … Continue reading Fine Wind, Clear Morning
There are two words that appear in art literature: Influence and Inspire. I have often wondered whether these words were interchangeable. Or was there a subtle difference? This question … Continue reading Inspiring Impressionism
“Every city needs art and art has to be in the middle of the people.” OSGEMEOS November has come and the glittering Christmas lights have made a grand appearance and … Continue reading Giants
“Curiouser and curiouser!” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Owning an art calendar has the same power over me as Lewis Carroll’s rabbit hole had over Alice. Today, the vision of Franz … Continue reading Who is Franz Marc?
April 15th marks the birth of Leonardo da Vinci. Historians and scholars have given him the title, Renaissance Man, because of his breadth and depth of knowledge from architecture to … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci
“Whether it’s a kind thought or deed, a small monetary donation, a large endowment, volunteer services or a dedicated career there is a role for all in the betterment of … Continue reading Thank you Resa!
“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Pierre-Auguste Renior
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