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Archive for March, 2017

Bunnies!

We painted Bunnies in our kid’s classes this week.  Didn’t they turn out cute?!

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Often called the last of the old Masters painters and the first of the modern painters, Francisco de Goya was born on March 30, 1746 in Spain.  In 1789 he was appointed court painter to Charles IV and created many portraits.  His work took a dark but interesting turn over the years as he became very ill and lost his hearing….some say because of lead poisoning from the paints he used.  His work became dark and strange.  Take a look here to learn more about Goya and his works.

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RappCell May PaintingHere is a new vineyard painting that I worked up yesterday for another Paint Party coming up at Rappahannock Cellars.  We’ll be doing this one in May.  More details on the party soon.

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wp-1490612878336.jpgThis is the painting that we came up with for a recent private party and it will be a great one for our May 6th Paint Party too!  Who wants to paint this one? Click here to register.

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We have fun birthday parties for kids at The Studio.  Yesterday we celebrated Malena’s 9th birthday!  The girls had a great time painting “Boo-the cutest dog in the world!”

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Bach PartyWe had a terrific Bachelorette Party at The Studio last night.  The girls came from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other parts of Virginia to celebrate the upcoming nuptials.  And since the wedding will be outdoors with the mountains as a backdrop and the wedding party carrying wildflowers that is what we created.

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Eighty years ago today Congress passed an act to accept a gift of an art collection and building funds to create  a National Art Museum on the National Mall.  Andrew Mellon, a Pittsburgh banker and Secretary of the Treasury (from 1921-32) had the idea and worked on a plan to create the new gallery and it was his donation in 1937 of his substantial art collection valued at $40 million plus an additional $10 million ($10 million in 1937 equals $172 million in 2017) for construction that was used to establish the National Gallery of Art.  Congress accepted his offer and passed the act to establish the museum on March 24, 1937, Mellon’s birthday.

The_Concert_A22894The National Gallery of Art brings wonderful works of art to the public (for free admission) that would not ordinarily be on view.  An example is the recent purchase of Gerard van Honthorst’s monumental masterwork, The Concert, that was acquired by the National Gallery in 2013 and went on display for the first time in 218 years.

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