Who Decides?

“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.” Paulo Coelho Who decides whether art is good or bad?  Is it based […]

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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, John Singer Sargent

If you are one of those who enjoy statistical probabilities, then you would agree with me that John Singer Sargent has a high likelihood of appearing in an art gallery.  This was my thought when I entered the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland.  I was not disappointed. Mrs. J. W. Crombie, an oil […]

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Happy St. Andrews Day!

  Today is St. Andrew’s Day!  Scotland is celebrating their patron saint. The bagpipers will be out in force, along with the haggis and tartans.  And not only in Scotland.  According to the official St. Andrew’s Day website, there are over 50 million people (of which I am one) around the world that claim Scottish […]

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Happy Birthday, Joseph Mallord William Turner

Happy Birthday, Joseph Mallord William Turner (April 23, 1775 – December 19, 1851) A controversial artist during his time, J.M.W. Turner was ridiculed by his critics. Nevertheless, he became known as the person who championed landscape painting. He gave the world 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 paper works. The critics have been silenced! […]

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