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We had a great time last night painting these fun works of art.

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Radish Paper and Acrylic, 8" x 8"

Paper and Acrylic, 8″ x 8″

Susannah Raine-Haddad's magazine cover

Susannah Raine-Haddad’s magazine cover

The second painting I did at the Nimrod Art weekend was a small paint and paper piece of a radish.  Working with paper collage is so different from just painting.  I am glad to get the opportunity to experience it with such a wonderful instructor.

Susannah Raine-Haddad was extremely generous in her teaching.   You can learn more about her and her work on her website ZouZou’s Basement.

One of her wonderful collage pieces made the cover of Cloth-Paper-Scissors magazine earlier this year.

Thanks Susannah for sharing your skill and knowledge with us.  It was great fun!

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Nimrod Artist Retreat


Getting ready for breakfast at Nimrod Hall, a wonderful artist’s retreat. I love it here. Wonderful artists…very inspiring!

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Copyist at the National Gallery working on a "Monet"

Copyist at the National Gallery working on a “Monet”

While visiting the National Gallery of Art a few weeks ago to see the wonderful Wyeth and Degas-Cassatt exhibits I had time to walk through a few of the permanent exhibit galleries.  There were several copyist at work.  I have seen some there in the past and often wondered if I could ever have enough courage to do that.  Maybe one day.

You can see more about the copyist program at the NGA here.

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Public Art in Nashville Airport

Public Art in Nashville Airport

You know I am always talking about art being all around us.  It’s hard not to see some art everywhere you go…including airports.  Yesterday while traveling home from Kentucky I flew from Nashville International Airport and it is filled with art and music.  Learn more here.

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"The Artist's Studio" Raoul Dufy, 1935

“The Artist’s Studio”
Raoul Dufy, 1935

One of the things I love most about going to some of the smaller art museums like The Phillips Collection is that you often see paintings that are not as well-known as some of the more famous pieces that you see in major art venues.  Last Saturday I saw these wonderful works by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953).  He was a French painter with a decorative and colorful style that was greatly influenced by Matisse.

The Artist’s Studio was painted in oil on canvas in 1935.


"The Opera, Paris" Raoul Dufy, 1924

“The Opera, Paris”
Raoul Dufy, 1924

 The Opera, Paris was painted in 1924 using watercolor and gouache on paper.  Many artists experimented with watercolor and gouache during this time period.


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Phillips LuncheonOne of the most beautiful examples of impressionism is “Luncheon of the Boating Party” painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919).  Painted in 1880-81 in oil on canvas, it was acquired by Duncan Phillips in 1923 for $125,000.  It is the anchor piece of The Phillips Collection in Washington DC.  Read more about the painting here.  The Phillips offers a cell service for hearing about some of their paintings.  You can call 202-595-1839, wait for the prompt and put in #75 to hear more about this beautiful painting.

This past weekend I spent some time at The Phillips enjoying some of the wonderful art that Phillips collected.  (Read more about The Phillips Collection here.) If you ever have an opportunity to see his collection make the time.


Phillips OutsideHoused in his wonderful old house (that has been expanded over the years) right off of DuPont Circle in DC, it offers wonderful examples of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism as well as Modern Art.  Make the trip.

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Little Dancer - Edgar Degas

Little Dancer – Edgar Degas

Over the years I have posted many times about Edgar Degas and his dancers.   The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer that he sculpted in 1880 is just beautiful.  Degas exhibited the original version of this sculpture at the 6th Impressionist exhibit in 1881.  The wax original was tinted to simulate flesh, clothed in a fabric bodice, tutu, and ballet slippers and topped with a horsehair wig tied behind with a silk ribbon.  Can you imagine seeing that???!!!  Did you know that this sculpture was not cast in bronze until after Degas died.  His family had it done and 69 sculptures survived the bronzing process.  (You can read and see more about it here and at the link at the end of this post.)


Degas Dancer from the back

Degas Dancer from the back

The wonderful thing about seeing the sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently is that they have it displayed right in the middle of a gallery where you can walk all the way around it.  Wonderful! And there are many Degas Dancer paintings hanging in the gallery with it.  A dancer would be in heaven!

There is much known and written about Degas and his dancers.  Check it out here.

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100315-art-heist-hmed_grid-6x2Twenty-three years ago, early on the morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves dressed as police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum while everyone outside was preparing for the St. Patrick’s Day parade and committed the largest art robbery in history.  Thirteen pieces were stolen including a Rembrandt, a Vermeer, five Degas drawings, a Manet and more.  The estimated value is over $500 million!  Read more about the art here

And the theft is still a mystery.  The art has not been recovered and there are really no leads bringing the FBI closer to recovering the art.  When I was in Boston a few years ago I visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and saw her unusual collection.  (Read about that visit here.)  But the really weird part was to walk by a wonderful painting and then see an empty frame right next to it (see above) where the thieves cut the art right out of their frame.  The Board of Directors chose to leave the frames exactly as they were since Gardner had left explicit directions that the art remain as she left it. 

Gardner by Sargent

Isabella Stewart Gardner by John Singer Sargent

The museum is fascinating in that is a home that houses a wonderful collection.  Asked in 1917 about building a museum and Gardner said,

“Years ago I decided that the greatest need in our Country was Art… We were a very young country and had very few opportunities of seeing beautiful things, works of art… So, I determined to make it my life’s work if I could.”

She was a fascinating woman.  I hope you spend a little time reading more about her and her museum. 

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Winslow Homer's "Breezing Up", 1876, National Gallery of Art

Winslow Homer’s “Breezing Up”, 1876, National Gallery of Art

 Born on February 24, 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts, Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter best known for his marine paintings.  His mother was an amateur watercolor painter and was his first teacher.  He was an average student but always showed an aptitude for art and upon graduating from high school his father helped him get a job with a lithographer as an apprentice.  He spent twenty years doing illustrations for Harper’s Weekly and other local publications before opening a studio.

One of his most well know paintings, Breezing Up, depicts a father and three boys out for a sail.  In 1962 it was released as a commemorative stamp honoring Homer. 

Boys in a Pasture, 1874, Winslow Homer, Boston Museum of Fine Art

Boys in a Pasture, 1874, Winslow Homer, Boston Museum of Fine Art

In 2010, the Post Office issued another stamp as part of their American Treasure series.  It was the Boys in a Pasture from 1874.  I was lucky enough to have seen it in Boston last year at the MFA.  Considered one of the finest American painters of the 19th Century he died in September 1910 at the age of 74.  Today we wish Winslow Homer a happy birthday and remember his art with admiration.

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