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HPIM0097.JPGFrom time to time I run across interesting articles about art and paint that I feel should be shared.  This is one of those.  I ran across this on The Artist’s Road…a terrific little site with interesting articles.  This one was particularly good.  It starts like this:  “It is hard for artists, spoiled as we are by the easy availability of all the colors of the rainbow, to imagine a world wherein one of our important and necessary colors costs more than gold. But that was the world before 1703. The strongest and most useful permanent blue at that time was ultramarine, from the words “oltre marino”—referring to it being brought from “over the sea”. So expensive was it that artists had to rely on their wealthy clients to buy it for them. ”   Read the rest of it here.  Some of the best known paintings using Prussian Blue is Van Gogh’s Starry Night and The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.

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Last night I had the pleasure of attending a local Women’s Resource Center lecture featuring Christine Andreae, an artist and writer from our community, who gave a fascinating account of her Inanna Project.   It is amazing!  She shared her wonderful world of woodcut art  with us through a Facebook Live interview with Eka Kapiotis (you see them in the photo below) and Christine answered many questions concerning her process.  You can read about the project here.  And see each woodcut and explanation here.  Take a little time to look.  It’s extraordinary!

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Dragonfly on Wood Type by Duane Keiser, oil on board, 7″x6″

About 10 years ago I read an article in USA Today about a Virginia man who started the “Daily Painting” movement.  Duane Keiser was bringing art to everyone by making small paintings each day that were affordable and easily accessible online.  At the time I was trying to decide which direction to take….either work again in the non-profit world or paint full-time.  The concept of daily painting was intriguing to me so I decided to give it a try.  I started daily painting the very next day and soon after started the blog, Life of a Daily  Painter, and have been doing it ever since.  That was in 2006…and it’s been a terrific journey that has led to The Studio.  I continued to follow Keiser’s blog.  He started painting much bigger pieces and less of the small paintings but from time to  time he still does  small pieces that he offers through eBay.  And while I have bid on them in the past it is only recently that I acquired one…..and I am thrilled to have it.  This is a terrific example of his small works.

 

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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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The A.J Thompson Collection sale AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

The A.J Thompson Collection sale AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

An unusual sale took place at Sotheby’s this week of 15 paintings by well-known British artist L.S. Lowry.  All 15 paintings were in the collection of A.J. Thompson who only collected Lowry’s work for the past 30 years.  Read more about it here.

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Laura checking out Delilah's for her blog post

Laura checking out Delilah’s for her blog post

We were thrilled when Shenandoah Living featured Delilah’s Art & Gifts on their blog this week as the first stop in their Main Street series.

Many thanks Laura for stopping by the shop and learning more about us our art.  You can see the Shenandoah Living Blog post here.

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Photo by "Emily Frost"

Photo by “Emily Frost”

I was thrilled to be featured on Shenandoah Living Blog this week.  Check it out here.

 

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