The Case of the Destitute Granddaughter

“They always say time changes things, but you always have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol (from Artpromotivate) One of the most famous paintings by Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) is The Angelus, originally titled Prayer for the Potato Crop. The painting was commissioned in 1857 by American collector, Thomas Gold Appleton. When Appleton failed to takeContinue reading “The Case of the Destitute Granddaughter”

The Plight of the Impudent Thief–UPDATE

The Plight of the Impudent Thief A 24 million dollar loss in the art world has been replaced in the news by a one billion dollar find.  Just weeks ago, the art world was lamenting the theft and probable burning of seven works of art from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam.  Now comes a newContinue reading “The Plight of the Impudent Thief–UPDATE”

Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler

“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.” Washington Allston (from The Painter’s Keys) Whether or not competition between artists is a good thing is the subject of opinion.  Some believe competition inspires creativity.  Others do not.  Rivalries among artists are not new. Perhaps, it is human nature for some to beContinue reading “Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler”

Magnetic Obsession

“Most inner-oriented artists share a common characteristic, a certain quality of obsession.”  Kenneth Coutts-Smith  (from The Painter’s Keys) Much has been written and will continue to be written about the strange story of Cornelius Gurlitt and the hoard of some 1400 works of priceless art in his Munich apartment.  How much of the art legallyContinue reading “Magnetic Obsession”

Moving the Barricades

“To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.”  Mark Rothko (from SusieGadea.com) Capturing what is in the heart and splattering it all over canvas or paper is what artists do.  Facing what others say about that heart is what happens withContinue reading “Moving the Barricades”

Weekend Inspiration–All we are saying…….

This 20- minute lecture by Dr. Gil Dekel is worth a listen.  The feeling at the end is, “How awesome creativity is!”  What is the artist really saying in each and every painting?  Dr. Gekel tells us.

Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.”  Aristotle (from Thinkexist.com) Discussions of the origins of Indian Yellow vary though most authorities believe it to have arrived in Europe from Asia in the Fifteenth Century.  Conflicting accounts exist as to the truth of a 19th century investigation into the process of creating Indian Yellow.  The disgusting smellContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow”

Walking Through History with Norman Rockwell

Having grown up with Rockwell illustrations, I was expecting a general look at his work in American Chronicles: the Art of Norman Rockwell at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, but was more than pleasantly surprised.  The exhibit covered Rockwell over the years as a look at Twentieth Century American History. Continue reading “Walking Through History with Norman Rockwell”

Brush Speak

Red Calla Lilly-Georgia O’Keeffe “I found that I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for” Georgia O’Keeffe (from Brainyquote) Art is an inner language that must be expressed outwardly.  For the visual artist, there is an urge to put sights or thoughts intoContinue reading “Brush Speak”

Artfully Senseless

“Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”  Leonardo da Vinci              (from The Art of Artificial Evolution) Does participation in the arts increase knowledge?  Since the publication of “The Mozart Effect” study, scientists have been asking this question.  Artists already knowContinue reading “Artfully Senseless”