Frederic Bazille: How to be a Great Artist

If I ask you who your favorite Impressionist painter is, would you say: Frédéric Bazille? Would you more likely say Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne or Cassatt?  My favorite Impressionist is Vincent van Gogh.  So, as I was walking from the National Gallery of Art's (NGA) West Building to its East Building, I was totally planning to... Continue Reading →

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Find your art style through Winslow Homer or John Singer Sargent

"Who do you prefer: Winslow Homer or John Singer Sargent?"  This was the big question of the once-in-a-lifetime exhibit American Watercolor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  I drove 7 hours to see and then answer this question myself. Why once-in-a-lifetime exhibit?  Museums hate to display or lend their watercolor masterworks because the paper is so fragile and the colors are so light-sensitive.... Continue Reading →

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World’s Largest Indoor Mural Collection is Hidden Inside the Department of Interior

You can recognize an Ansel Adams black and white photograph anywhere.  However, have you ever seen his large scale photographic murals? There are 26 of these jaw dropping beauties hidden inside the Department of Interior (DOI).  Yes, there is an Interior Museum inside the agency affectionately called "Department of Everything Else".  It is easy to miss this... Continue Reading →

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Daily Art – Spring

  It is Spring when the crocus and the daffodils bloom.  It is Spring when Cherry Blossoms fill the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C.  It is Spring when it is pick-your-own Strawberry season at the local orchards. What tells you it is Spring?

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Daily Art – Tomatoes

I discovered heirloom tomatoes when my husband started gardening.  Heirloom tomatoes, like racehorses, have such evocative names: Mortgage Lifter, Arkansas Traveler, and Cherokee Purple.  A summer week is not complete without a fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad.  Try it with a heirloom tomato, I promise it will change your life!

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Daily Art – Running Shoes

Every time I start running, the first couple miles are always hard, as if my body has forgotten how to run.  It does not matter whether my last run was yesterday or last week.  When I am done, I am always glad that I got outside, especially in the winter.  It keeps me sane. Every time I... Continue Reading →

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Daily Art – Favorite Cup

Long ago, in Amsterdam, I found myself surrounded by Delftware pottery.  But, I could only afford this one tulip cup.  Every time I look at it, it sparks joy.  I wanted to show you the different designs on both sides.  

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Daily Art – Fruit: Pears with Limes

What I love about watercolors is it's transparency.  You have to save bits of paper uncolored to serve as your highlights.  Then you add the lighter colors and then the darker colors.  It is a medium where you have to jump in with both feet, with total commitment!  You don't get many chances to correct your mistakes.  But... Continue Reading →

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Hidden Art Gems – Baltimore Museum of Industry

When you think of art museums in the Greater Washington Area, Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) does not usually come to mind.  In fact, I didn't know that it even existed. Thanks to the fact that the BMI hosts Maryland Engineering Challenges that my daughter participated in, I got to visit this gem of a... Continue Reading →

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May 2017 Daily Art Prompts

You don't have to wait for retirement or end of your life to allow yourself to be happy or be creative.  Do it today.  The two of the Regrets of the Dying that palliative nurse Bronnie Ware wrote poignantly is people wished they had been true to themselves and let themselves be happy. So don't wait for the day... Continue Reading →

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Let your kids catch you making art!

I love, what I affectionately call, "kid art".  Art made by kids. For many artists, kid art is definition of excellence.  Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."... Continue Reading →

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You know you are an artist if…

In the style of Jeff Foxworthy, I give you a few quotes to help you figure out if you are an artist or not. If you relate and find yourself vigorously nodding your head yes, you know you are one.  Enjoy! "An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a... Continue Reading →

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