Brushstrokes

Are we all artists?

  Most of us, when asked, “are you an artist?” would be hesitant to answer with an unqualified “yes.”    After all, that label applies to the great ones:  Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cassatt, Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe and the list goes on. How can we dare compare ourselves to that brilliant assembly? That was the question that I […]

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Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne

Today marks the birthday of Paul Cézanne. Paul Cézanne’s life is a poignant reminder that it is not easy to be the bridge between ideas. It takes courage to go forward into unknown territory, alone without support or encouragement.  Cézanne was the connection between two art forms – late 19th century Impressionism and early 20th […]

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Happy Birthday, Gilbert Stuart

  “When I painted him, he had just had a set of false teeth inserted, which accounts for the constrained expression so noticeable about the mouth and lower part of the face.” Gilbert Stuart, speaking of George Washington. (December 3, 1755 – July 9, 1828)  One of America’s foremost portraitists.   Brilliant and temperamental, Gilbert […]

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Happy Belated Birthday, Antonio Canova

“I have read that the ancients, when they had produced a sound, used to modulate it, heightening and lowering its pitch without departing from the rules of harmony. So must the artist do in working at the nude.”  Antonio Canova (November 1, 1757 – October 13, 1822) Italian sculptor from the Republic of Venice celebrated for his marble sculptures that delicately […]

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Sisley

“Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface, at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist.” Alfred Sisley, Impressionist landscape painter. October 30, 1839 – January 29, 1899 Of all  the Impressionists, he was the most consistent in his commitment to painting the landscape […]

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