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Title:
Finding your own signature, with inspiration from Matisse and other greats (Part 1)
Published:
7/17/2022
Topic:
The first part of a two part series about artists' signatures. In this post, 7 tips are giveen on how to develop your own artist signature. And a number of signatures from John Singer Sargent, to Toulous-Lautrec to Matisse are presented and discussed.
Mentioned:
James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Henri Matisse, Mrs. Matisse, Renoir, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, N.C. Wyeth, Dr. Seuss, Gustav Klimt, JMW Turner, Vermeer, Wassily Kandinsky, Albrecht Durer
Keywords:
artist signature, how artist sign, signing artwork, graphite pencil
Title:
Laundry in the Hands of John Singer Sargent
Published:
7/3/2022
Topic:
Discussion of the watercolor painting La Biancheria, by John Singer Sargent. His techniques, sequencing and possible state of mind are included.
Mentioned:
John Singer Sargent
Keywords:
Watercolor, American watercolorists, watercolor in Italy, art of laundry, painting of laundry, wet-in-wet technique, new gamboge, Daniel Smith watercolors, plein air painting, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Title:
Stacking Fish for 14 Years, the story of an artist
Published:
6/19/2022
Topic:
Louise Belbin, a rughooker from Newfoundland, is profiled in her fishing village as she works on the beach and as a creative, self-taught designer and creator of hooked rugs (1897-1999).
Mentioned:
Louise Belbin, Georgia O'Keeffe
Keywords:
rug hooking, rug hooker, Canadian mat maker, Canadian cod moratorium, Newfoundland rug artist, beach woman, fish schooners, fish stacking, drying cod, salting fish, Great Bank, Newfoundland Digital Archives Initiative, traditional rug hooking designs
Title:
19 Influential American Watercolorists of the Gilded Age
Published:
6/5/2022
Topic:
My list of the most influential American watercolorist at the end of the 20th C.
Mentioned:
Mark Rothko, Winsor & Newton, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Marin, John James Audubon, Mary Cassatt, Edward Demuth, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, Edward Potthast, Maurice Prendergast, Stella Roca, Charles Sheeler, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Norman Rockwell, N. C. Wyeth, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Keywords:
watercolor technique, Impressionists, Impressionism, Sheldon Museum, Works Progress Administration WPA
Title:
Be Not Afraid & What Artists Fear
Published:
5/24/2022
Topic:
Use a phrase to create art: be not afraid. Quotes about fear by artists.
Mentioned:
Joan of Arc, Kandinsky, Klimt, Dali
Keywords:
not afraid; born to do this. Be not afraid. Fear of creating art, Shakespeare, Yoda
Title:
Mary Cassatt: the Artist Who Painted Mothers
Published:
5/2/2022
Topic:
Essay on Mary Cassatt only American to be included in Impressionist Exhibits in Paris, and holding a unique point of view on subject matter and ambiance of the scene.
Mentioned:
Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Degas, Renoir, Monet, Impressionist, Intransigents, Manet, "The Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Printmakers, etc." Pissarro, AJ Cassatt
Keywords:
Mary Cassatt, Impressionist, fin d' siècle, suffragette, b. Pittsburgh, 1844; American watercolorist, sewing, Madonna, Female watercolor painter, ex-Pat, Intransigents, plein air; Paris artist
Title:
What's the Deal with Whistler and His Mother?
Published:
4/18/2022
Topic:
The story behind the painting "Whistler's Mother," also known as "Arrangement in Black and Grey No. 1: The Artist's Mother." And Whistler's evolution to abstraction and modern art.
Mentioned:
Anna Whistler, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mondrian, John Ruskin, George Washington Whistler, Tsar Nicolas I, Alfred Barr, director of the Museum of Modern Art
Keywords:
modern art, portraits, oil painting, color blocks painting, black and grays, etchings, lithographs, watercolor, Lowell, MA; West Point Academy, Japanese wood block, National Gallery of Art, Museum of Modern Art
Title:
Why are rocks prettier when they're wet
Published:
4/4/2022
Topic:
How we perceive "wetness" and shininess on surfaces? Why does something wet LOOK wet? How Bodies of water in various phases of movement and light appear.
Mentioned:
Edward Henry Potthast, Diane Goode, Christophe Meneboeuf
Keywords:
rocks, liquids, shadows, reflections, murkiness, shallow water, watercolor techniques
Title:
From turtle eggs to tangled trees… en plein air
Published:
3/21/2022
Topic:
How critical observation and thinking can bring you insights, as shown by discussing turtles, turtle eggs, turtles in art, and plein air watercolor painting.
Mentioned:
turtles, plein air, Schmincke paint, critical observation, studying flowers, zinnia, tulip
Keywords:
turtles, plein air, Schmincke paint, critical observation, studying flowers, zinnia, tulip
Title:
Clouds from Both sides Now…
Published:
3/6/2022
Topic:
An essay on clouds in art from Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," to Georgia O'Keeffe's "Sky Above Clouds IV", through history and including contemporary work.
Mentioned:
Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Saul Bellow, Georgia O'Keeffe, Folio a Shahnama (Islamic Book of Kings), Andhrayaki Ragini: Folio from a ragamala series (Garland of Musical Modes), Francesco Piranesi and François Jean Sable, Eckhart Tolle
Keywords:
clouds in art, clouds from both sides, skies in art
Title:
Did Michelangelo have an eraser?
Published:
2/20/2022
Topic:
The history of erasers and answering the question of whether Michelangelo used an eraser.
Mentioned:
JMW Turner, Michelangelo, Edward Naime, Joseph Priestley, Golda Meir
Keywords:
eraser, kneaded eraser, plastic eraser, Pink Pearl, art gum eraser, Fabriano, Sistine Chapel, rubber cement
Title:
S'no time to stay inside
Published:
2/8/2022
Topic:
How snow has been painted in art over the centuries.
Mentioned:
Winslow Homer, Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, New Years 1890 Series issued by Kinney Brothers Tobacco Company, Suzuki Harunobu, Stephen Quiller
Keywords:
snow, shoveling snow, Mont Blanc
Title:
1 of These is not like the Other… or is it?
Published:
1/17/2022
Topic:
An in-depth look at the painting, "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit," by John Singer Sargent, focusing on the two blue and white Japanese vases in the painting and, remarkably, in the gallery in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mentioned:
 "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit," by John Singer Sargent; Henry James, "Sargent's Daughters. The Biography of a Painting" by Erica E. Hirshler; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; Mary Cassatt; Claude Monet; James Whistler; Van Gogh, Manet, Tissot, Degas, Gauguin, Beardsley, Klimt, Renoir
Keywords:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Florence, Italy; Fukagawa workshop to the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876; Japonismé; Art Institute of Chicago; Madame Monet en Costume Japonais; Peacock Room reconstructed at the Freer Gallery in Washington D.C.; "The Mikado" and "Madame Butterfly."; Giverny
Title:
Did JMW Turner REALLY use BREAD in his watercolor paintings?
Published:
10/5/2021
Topic:
The unusual artistic styles or innovations of JMW Turner as a watercolorist. Did he use stale bread? Did he use his fingers?
Mentioned:
JMW Turner
Keywords:
using bread in art, using bread in oil painting, erasers in art, unusual materials used by artists
Title:
Which is the Best Frame for Rug Hooking?
Published:
9/24/2021
Topic:
An overview of a wide selection of frames for rug hooking as published in ATHA magazine. An update gives additional info. A chart shows how many hookers use which frames and why.
Mentioned:
Deanne Fitzpatrick
Keywords:
rug hooking, rug hook artist, rug hook frame, wool art, ATHA Magazine, Cheticamp, puritan frame, gripper strips, Pittsburgh Frame, Snap dragon frames
Title:
Can children talk about art?
Published:
8/15/2021
Topic:
How to encourage children's art efforts and learn to talk to children about their art.
Mentioned:
N/A
Keywords:
critiques, problem solving, mess up, identical twin art, coloring books, coloring pages
Title:
John Singer Sargent and Carrara Marble,
Published:
John Singer Sargent and Carrara Marble,
Topic:
A look at marble quarries and John Singer Sargent's art from the quarries.
Mentioned:
Michelangelo; Antony Caponi; John Singer Sargent
Keywords:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Carrara Quarry; Carrara, Italy
Title:
Draw a Horse: How to Get it Done
Published:
6/2/2021
Topic:
How to draw a horse including starting from the skeleton and working through observation and sketching. Studying the films of Eadweard Muybridge, 1878. Work in pencil, textile and watercolor. A PDF of mastering the basic truths of watercolor is available in the blog.
Mentioned:
Metropolitan Museum, Eadweard Muybridge
Keywords:
drawing animals, animal skeletons, horses in motion, coloring pages, sculpture of Joan of Arc, jumping horses, dressage, digital resources for reference material
Title:
Rediscovering John Marin, American Watercolorist
Published:
9/11/2020
Topic:
A review of the art and techniques of watercolorist John Marin and his unusual point of view in his art.
Mentioned:
Loren Mozley; John Marin; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Jackson Pollack; Mark Rothko; Paul Klee; Wassily Kandinsky; Edward Steichen; Arthur B. Carles; Marsden Hartley; Alfred Stieglitz; Edward Hopper
Keywords:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; American Modernists; Nelson-Atkins Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Cape Split, Maine; Abstract Expressionists
Title:
Use "Color Charts" to stay in the moment & enjoy your materials
Published:
6/13/2019
Topic:
How to use color charts, tint charts and blending exercises to understand watercolor and reminds you to stay in the flow; stay in the moment.
Mentioned:
Michael J. Fox
Keywords:
let go of the struggle; focused, in the flow; in the moment;watercolor technique
Title:
Chicago Skyline: Step-by-Step Creating a Painting "en Plein Air" (that means … "outside")
Published:
12/9/2019
Topic:
The description of the process of painting a watercolor from selecting your plein air set-up situation to preliminary sketching and through the painting process and meeting the visitors who stop by. This is the site of the Lollapaloosa music festival.
Mentioned:
Palette and Chisel Gallery
Keywords:
Chicago; plein air; Grant Park; the Loop in Chicago; Winsor & Newton Paint; Daniel Smith watercolor; Schmincke watercolors; QoR watercolors; field box of paint; Lollapaloosa music festival
Title:
How to Paint a Dew Drop in Watercolor
Published:
2/4/2018
Topic:
How to paint a dew drop or droplet of water in watercolor. Breaking down what happens in a drop of water with a reflection and a step-by-step on how to paint one.
Mentioned:
N/A
Keywords:
dew drops in watercolor, droplets in water, water drops, how to watercolor technique
Title:
Fibonacci Intersecting Nature and Art
Published:
11/9/2017
Topic:
A presentation of the Fibonacci series, relating to the “Ideal proportion” and the mathematics of the Golden ratio. The repetition of these proportions are found frequently in nature.
Mentioned:
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Walter Isaacson
Keywords:
Fibonacci, golden ratio, Vitruvian Man
Title:
5 questions to Think Like a Photographer
Published:
7/1/2017
Topic:
Five essential questions to ask yourself to think like a professional photograph-her thinks.
Mentioned:
N/A
Keywords:
photography, point of view, focal point, Holden Arboretum, scale in composition, pathway into your photo, Wahkeena Nature Preserve, Fairfield County, OH, pop of color
Title:
Traveling with My Schmincke Watercolor Paint and Feeling Happy
Published:
6/27/2017
Topic:
A review of the Schmincke Watercolor Field Kit, including the paint, the metal case and the adaptability for trading out pan paints.
Mentioned:
John Singer Sargent, Schmincke Horadam, Richeson brushes, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
Keywords:
Schmincke watercolor, field paint box, sawed off brush, plein air, travel palette, folding paint tin, half-pan, tube paint, Cotman Field box
Title:
4 Essentials for Drawing
Published:
6/7/2017
Topic:
If you are not a naturally gifted drawing expert, you can still train yourself to be an accomplished artist by practicing drawing and practicing critical observation. You can connect to your childlike state of leaving judgment behind and following the Zen of your flow. Let your hand holding pencil mentally glide over your subject matter.
Mentioned:
Derwent, Cretacolor, Kiowa ledger drawing, Cheyenne Shield Carrier, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Fabriano, Frederick Franck
Keywords:
drawing, kneaded erasers, plastic erasers, sketchbooks, Zen mindset
Title:
Lyin' Photos and Believing What you Think you See
Published:
3/30/2017
Topic:
Our brain accepts images in a photo that we would not accept in a painting. Why is this? How does it affect our choices of subject matter and composition?
Mentioned:
"The physics of a 105 mph fastball," Gregory Cammett; Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland, OH
Keywords:
distortion in photos, foreshortening, reflected light, critical observation, propaganda, photos lie
Title:
Nostalgia: Old School Photography When film was the Medium
Published:
2/23/2017
Topic:
The last roll of Kodachrome film was shot by Steve McCurry and processed by Dwayne's in Parsons, KS. Learn about pioneers in photography and the evolution to digital processes and the rise of social media.
Mentioned:
Muybridge, Cartier-Bresson, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, tin-types, darkroom, black and white photography, the decisive moment, Kodachrome, Steve McCurry, Paul Simon, Dorthea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Ansel Adams
Keywords:
acetate covered with gelatin, Art Institute of Chicago, green-eyed Afghan girl, last lab to process Kodachrome, Kodak
Title:
Essential Tips for Watercoloring Outside
Published:
1/22/2017
Topic:
The materials and supplies you need to get set up for painting outside, in the open air, "plein air."
Mentioned:
Winsor & Newton, Stephen Quiller
Keywords:
Ohio Plein Air Society, Springfield Museum of Art, plein air, field boxes
Title:
To Paint a Snowdrift, Stand Knee-deep in Snow
Published:
12/4/2016
Topic:
Capturing authenticity and interpreting the scene is a goal while you are plein air painting. An interview with watermedia artist, Stephen Quiller, discusses his approach to plein air.
Mentioned:
Winslow Homer, Stephen Quiller, Paul Cezanne
Keywords:
plein air, Colorado art, watermedia, authentic art
Title:
Are We There Yet? Splendid Travel Kit for Drawing Adventures. Old School.
Published:
7/17/2015
Topic:
Learn what you can put together for a handy kit of art materials for your kids or yourself for car or plane trips, or waiting for events to get started.
Mentioned:
N/A
Keywords:
art travel kit, coloring pages, coloring books, pink pearl eraser
Title:
Where Do Ideas Come From? What's the source of creativity?
Published:
4/3/2013
Topic:
where do ideas come from? What causes us to imagine something new? Materials and paintings are highlighted through a discussion of ideas.
Mentioned:
N/A
Keywords:
creativity, imagination, intuitive color, visual cues
Title:
A Cut of Silhouette History
Published:
1/21/2015
Topic:
The second part of a two part blog post on sihouettes and the history of the art of cutting paper. Why silhouettes became sn important skill and art for telling history and capturing the likeness of a person or place.
Mentioned:
Louis XV, Toulouse-Lautrec, Musée d’Orsay, Henri Rivière, Joy Yarbrough
Keywords:
silhouette, Le Chat Noir, tracing art, shadow art, papercutters
Title:
When Shape is the Thing… from Matisse's Cut-outs to Silhouettes
Published:
1/14/2015
Topic:
In silhouette work, conveying an acuarate shape of the subject is the primary objective. Joy Yarbrough, St. Louis, MO, creates silhouettes freehand while holding the paper and scissors in the air and looking at her subject. Cutting silhouettes is a traditional artform and examples by various other artists, such as Matisse, are discussed.
Mentioned:
Kara Walker, Joy Yarbrough
Keywords:
silhouette, drawing with scissors, chiaroscuro, papercutters, Scherenschnitte, Polish Wycinanki, Japanese Kiri-e, Spanish Papel Picado, Danish Papirsklip, Walker Art Center Minneapolis
Title:
Beauty in the Birds-Eye Mind of the Beholder
Published:
12/4/2014
Topic:
A look at a bird's nest with brightly colored ribbons is an essay about how I imagined a nest would look if the birds took my brightly colored strips of fabric and wove them into their nest-building process. The resulting colorful nest was a figment of my imagination--or was it?
Mentioned:
N/A
Keywords:
bird's nest, imagination, building a birds nest, plastic from bags of chips, art for art's sake, wild bird behaviors
Title:
Art in Granite: Headstones and Cemeteries
Published:
1/16/2013
Topic:
Cemeteries are places of solitude and inspirtation for me. This essay looks at headstones and gravemarker carvings from various cemetaries in the US. It presents some of the traditions and unusual practices shown at grave markers throughout the centuries. Burying places of Presidents Garfield and Harding are discussed as well as those of Napoleon and Madame Curie.
Mentioned:
Robert Newman, Paul Revere, poetry of eulogies, funereal expectations, Old North Church, Boston MA, North End, coins on headstones, re-purposed headstone, re-cycled headstone, President Warren G. Harding, Madame Curie Paris, Napoloen Bonaparte, President James A. Garfield
Keywords:
Copps Burying Ground, headstones at cemeteries, famous cemetaries, where Napoleon is buried, where President Garfield is buried, where President Harding is buried
Title:
Cursive Writing. No Longer Relevant?
Published:
7/9/2012
Topic:
An essay from the early years of the 21st C regarding the relevance of teaching cursive writing as part of the curriculum in US. I believe that as many connections that can be made between the left and right brain and our hands, the better. The arguments in the essay caused a number of heated responses. What do you think about cursive writing?
Mentioned:
C. A. Musselman's journal of Europe, "Pretentious Pumpkins" by Jane M. Mason
Keywords:
cursive writing, penmanship, Zaner-Blaser, College of Penmanship, founding documents, artistic tools, right brain-left brain, Europeon diary in cursive, hieroglyphics, black swan hypothesis, hand-eye-coordination
Title:
Courage and creativity: Clashing on the Journey
Published:
10/31/2011
Topic:
Being an artist takes courage. To really get into the deep water of being an artist means you have to conquer your fears and allow yourself to be out there; presenting your work for criticism, rebuke, and although unlikely fame and notoriety.  This essay looks at hits and misses, and the creative journey of an innovative artist,  Janet Echelman, and her massive airborne textile art.
Mentioned:
Janet Echelman
Keywords:
innovative artist, textie artist, inspiration for an artist, the creative problem solving process, leaning tower of Pisa
Title:
Where would we be without music or the means to enjoy it?
Published:
10/18/2010
Topic:
Whether listening to Scott Joplin, Bolero, Pink, or Mozart—or all of them—where would we be without the ability to record and re-play music for our pleasure? Early recording methods allowed music performances to be captured live and recorded for the future. This essay looks at wax cylinders, invented by Thomas Edison, and how they were used by early musicians.
Mentioned:
Thomas Edison, Louis Armstrong, National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Benny Goodmen, Billie Holiday, Matt Musselman, Grandpa Musselman and His Syncopators
Keywords:
wax cylinders, historic recording of music, Edison's museum
Title:
Collaboration and Participation
Published:
7/21/2010
Topic:
How can museums engage visitors? How can they share both knowledge and experience via participation? As museums become more remote and are never put in the “to-do” list for many families, how can museums design programs to more actively connect with visitors? This essay looks at “Drawing Club,” a program developed by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Its team created a weekly session in which artwork would be created by a random assortment of people volunteering from the community. It was a collaborative, community created project and invented a new community space to gather as people with a shared interest.
Mentioned:
Nina Simon
Keywords:
Participatory Museum, Walker Art Center