Archive for April, 2014

Luncheon on the Grass Edouard Manet

Luncheon on the Grass
Edouard Manet

On this day in 1883 Edouard Manet died.  He was only 51 years old.  He was instrumental in the conversion of painting from realism to impressionism.  Two of his early works caused much controversy in the art community of the time – The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia.  These paintings are often discussed when studying impressionism and modern art.


Bouquet of Flowers Edouard Manet

Bouquet of Flowers
Edouard Manet

I am much more fond of some of his still life and floral paintings…and of course, his dogs.

The Dog Edouard Manet

The Dog
Edouard Manet

You can see Manet’s work in many major museums around the world.

Learn more about Manet here. 

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1902716_10202121268928339_1379206020109407286_nThe second painting project we did during the weekend “Creativity Workshop” was a gourd bird house.  And didn’t they turn out terrific?!  Super work everyone.

Don’t forget if you missed this fun weekend that we will be hosting another one September 13-14th.  Just contact me for details on signing up or learn more about it  here.

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The first painting turned out terrific at the workshop. For the second painting project we are painting gourds!  If you missed this workshop and wish you had come for the good food and fun projects we plan to do another one on September 13-14. We will give you all the info to register for that one soon.

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SF all SF cows SFgoatsI arrived at Sassafras Farm yesterday afternoon to prepare for this weekend’s workshop.  The farm is the home to my friend, Suzanne McMinn of Chickens in the Road fame.  (Check out her blog here.)  I am excited.  The workshop is full and I am sure it is going to be  a great weekend of learning and fun!

The farm has a multitude of animals from goats, sheep, chickens, cows, horses to of course, dogs and cats.  There will be many opportunities for  photos to build my reference library for painting.  🙂

In the painting portion of the workshop we will be doing a canvas, landscape painting, as well as a gourd birdhouse.  I’ll show you the results tomorrow.

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CAM07704The kids class painted a nice little farm landscape with sheep yesterday.  They did a terrific job with this painting.  Keep up the good work!

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Bluebells J and L and MWe go to the Dog Park almost every morning and for the last week or so the Bluebells have been blooming along the path by the river leading to the park.  It’s beautiful.

Of course my “kids” like to take a look and a sniff and sometimes they aren’t so gentle so flowers get smushed.   So yesterday when they trampled some I picked them up and put them in a vase when we got home and took them to art class.




This is the little painting that I did inspired by the Bluebells.  They are happy, sweet little flowers.

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Wrigley Field Home of the Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field
Home of the Chicago Cubs

Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, turns 100 today.

When asked last year while I was painting the Kickstarter project – Painted Diamonds what is my favorite ball park to go see a ball game I said Wrigley Field.  If you haven’t been there you really have to go if you like baseball.  It’s a ball park – not a stadium.  It has an intimate feel about it.  According to where you sit you may have to lean around posts to see.  I love Wrigley.  It’s a great old park.

Happy Birthday Wrigley!

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