#FridayPainting: French Photographer “Colette”

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, (1873-1954) was a French author, mime, actress, journalist and woman of letters. Known simply as ‘Colette”, she lived during a time of great change and through the tragic upheaval of two world wars. And yet, she stated “Be happy. It’s oneContinue reading “#FridayPainting: French Photographer “Colette””

Winter with John Henry Twachtman

John Henry Twachtman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 4, 1853. He is known for his impressionist paintings which embraced an experiential, even personal element. Known to be outgoing, he also had moments of deep contemplation. His moods between restlessness and serenity allowed his creative energy to explore painting, etchings and drawings in pastel. “Winter…Continue reading “Winter with John Henry Twachtman”

The Art of Words

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel Adams The word “art” may be a simple three-letter word, but its definition is as broad and deep as the scope of human accomplishments.  Most think of the visual arts of painting, photography, printmaking orContinue reading “The Art of Words”

August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier

Gertrude’s marriage, which promised so much on her 1874 wedding/birthday, was a misery, but it gave her three children: 1875 – Frederick William, 1878 – Gertrude Elizabeth and 1880 – Hermine Mathide. Divorce was unthinkable in the Victorian age.  In 1880, with the birth of their last child, Eduard and Gertrude began to live separateContinue reading “August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier”

August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier

This past month, I have learned a great deal about Gertrude Käsebier’s story. It is a narrative reflected and magnified in her photography. She lived during the women’s suffrage movement, a struggle that seemed to resonate within her personal experience. John W. Stanton, her father, was a self-made man (owned and operated a saw millContinue reading “August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier”

August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier

The key to artistic photography is to work out your own thoughts, by yourselves. Imitation leads to certain disaster. New ideas are always antagonized. Do not mind that. If a thing is good it will survive.” Gertrude Käsebier Chasing Art is dedicating the month of August to Gertrude Käsebier, the legendary photographer who captured theContinue reading “August Celebrates Gertrude Käsebier”