Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde

“The artist appeals to that part of our being …which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring.” – Joseph Conrad In January, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC, on the art of creative living. I loved it, made notes, shared it at GreatNewBooks.org, and noted one of the booksContinue reading “Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde”

Article in Salon: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Gender Debate

“O’Keeffe perhaps didn’t need Stieglitz to achieve her artistic prime. Maybe she would’ve found herself in New Mexico fueled by Nature and its rugged beauty faster without him. Whether or not the world would’ve embraced a woman and her art without his controversial influence is another question. Today, would we say Georgia O’Keeffe is a great woman artist,Continue reading “Article in Salon: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Gender Debate”

Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016

Georgia I remember the first time I came across Georgia O’Keeffe in high school art class. Her paintings of Southwestern-themed landscapes and cow skulls made an impression, but the color-saturated forms of her flower close-ups are images I can still see in my head. Her work is unique, brilliant. I love her poppies, their giganticContinue reading “Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016”

Art and Sculpture in the Veneto, Italy: a Photojournal

The best artist has that thought alone Which is contained within the marble shell; The sculptor’s hand can only break the spell To free the figures slumbering in the stone. – Michelangelo In Europe, art is everywhere — in the architecture, in paintings and frescoes, in statues and sculptures, even in the arrangement of cobblestonesContinue reading “Art and Sculpture in the Veneto, Italy: a Photojournal”

American Gothic by Grant Wood

“Technique does not constitute art. Nor is it a vague, fuzzy romantic quality known as ‘beauty,’ remote from the realities of everyday life. It is the depth and intensity of an artist’s experience that are the first importance in art.” – Grant Wood [quoted in “Grant Wood Revisited,” Midwest Today, April/May 1996]   American GothicContinue reading “American Gothic by Grant Wood”

A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’tContinue reading “A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas”

What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Art is a mystery. From my first memories, I’ve always loved to draw, to write, to create. I still do, and write and paint regularly, daily. But as I’ve grown older, I wonder about art — the why and how behind it, and often, the meaning. Creating is hard. Art is important. To be anContinue reading “What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU”

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging and a Giveaway

 In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. – Edith Wharton, novelist (1862 – 1937)   Five years ago, in November ofContinue reading “Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging and a Giveaway”

Ponte Sant’Angelo : Bridge of Angels, Rome

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. – St Francis de Sales The Sculptures of Ponte Sant’Angelo: Bridge of Angels, Rome One of my favorite places in Rome, I found while walking between the crowded and celestial Vatican City toward theContinue reading “Ponte Sant’Angelo : Bridge of Angels, Rome”

Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art

“The purpose of my work was never to destroy but always to create, to construct bridges, because we must live in the hope that humankind will draw together and that the better we understand each other the easier this will become.” -Alphonse Mucha One of my favorite of Mucha’s works is located in the PragueContinue reading “Alphonse Mucha, Prague, and Mucha’s Art”