Happy Chinese New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai!  This is a wish for you to be prosperous in the coming year. According to the Chinese zodiac, January 31, 2014 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year. We are entering the Chinese Year of the Horse.  Predictions are that this year will be full of adventures and challenges.   I […]

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Alfred Stieglitz

“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”  Alfred Stieglitz   Alfred Stieglitz came up on my January 21, 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art Calendar as a palladium print taken by Waldo Frank, a prolific novelist, historian, literary and social critic. Alfred is sitting comfortably on a chair, his tie slightly […]

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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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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.  […]

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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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Georgia O’Keeffe: Art is a Private Act

“I decided to accept as true my own thinking.” Georgia O’Keeffe November 15th marked Georgia O’Keeffe’s birthday.  Having just finished reading her biography by Laurie Lisle, I celebrated the day by focusing on colour and flowers as my personal tribute. Georgia O’Keeffe painted out of the need to express herself in the language of colour. […]

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