Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône

Today, in 1610 Galileo Galilei discovered the first three moons of Jupiter, which are named Io, Europa & Ganymede. One day later, Simon Marius, a German astronomer independently discovered these same moons. And then, only a few days later on January 13, Galileo discovered the 4th satellite of Jupiter. Io: Volcanically active. Europa: A moonContinue reading “Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône”

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″

Inspiring Impressionism

  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 came to mind when I stepped into the National Galleries Scotland exhibition:  Inspiring Impressionism: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh. The definition of “influence”, according to Dictionary.comContinue reading “Inspiring Impressionism”

The Artistic Spirit

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent van Gogh A few days ago, I attended the birthday party of a dear friend celebrating a pivotal milestone in her life. Continue reading “The Artistic Spirit”