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Frida 1Today was Frida Kahlo’s birthday.  An interesting Mexican artist working in a Folk style.  Learn more about her here.

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Picasso_Fillette-a-la-corbeille-fleurie-1-146x350 Pablo Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (1905) sold for $115.1 million at a large auction this week.  Take a look at this interesting article about some famous and beautiful pieces that sold for record prices.

 

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While at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts last week I got to see the “Steinlen Cats”.  Beautiful!

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Yesterday I got to see an amazing exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond….the Terracotta Army.  This whole story just fascinates me.  It was discovered in 1974 while farmers were digging a well.  Can you imagine???!!!!!  Here is a description from the VMFA website along with their link.  It’s worth the time to take a look.

“First discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures is known as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered one mile east of the known burial site of the First Emperor of China (r. 221–210 BC), or Qin Shihuang, the terracotta army was created to accompany the emperor to the afterlife. This exhibition features ten majestic terracotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation.”  Read more here.    And while on the VMFA site there is a link in the story to an audio tour.  It’s worthwhile to listen and see the beautiful photos.

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAKnown for his drip style of painting, Jackson Pollock was an abstract expressionist painter.  Born on this day in 1912, he led a volatile life.  You can read more about him here.

And today I am also remembering my mama.  My biggest wish is that she would have lived long enough to see The Studio.  I think she would have loved it and what we are doing there.  I hope she knows.  Happy 76th Birthday Mama.  We miss you every day. (Read more about my mom here.)

 

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Manet - Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal VaseToday we celebrate Edouard Manet’s birthday.  He was a French Impressionist painter who painted modern life.  His works of art are beautiful.  We’ve always loved his flower series. Learn more about his life and work here.  And in Manet’s honor we will paint one of them, Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal Vase, 1883, for our February Famous Painter Party. Click here to register for that Paint Party. (We honored Manet in June 2016 at our Famous Painter Party by painting his beautiful Roses.  You can see those here.)  Happy Birthday Manet.

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I’m excited to announce that I have been invited to show my art at Belle Grove this June along with two other regional artists. We visited the house yesterday to meet and discuss the show.  It’s the first time they are going to display local art throughout the house.  I’m so excited.

This beautiful old home is a terrific place to show art and for people to see a wonderful example of a manor house.  We will keep you updated on all the details as we get closer to the show on June 22-24, 2018.  There will be an “Meet the Artists” Reception on June 23rd as well as classes and workshops on June 23rd and 24th.  It will be a great time to visit Belle Grove.

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