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 IContinue reading “Are we all artists?”

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 20thContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Paul Cézanne”

Happy Birthday, Wassily Kandinsky

“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” Wassily Kandinsky (December 4, 1866 – December 13, 1944) Russian painter and art theorist, recognized as painting the first purelyContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Wassily Kandinsky”

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, GilbertContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Gilbert Stuart”