Cat Pics

It’s been another crazy-busy week, so instead of a written post, here are a few recent pics of my cat Holly. Unlike most people, she tolerates a camera in her face.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Whether you think it’s a Hallmark Holiday or not, Valentine’s Day has led to some decent art. Here are a few of my favorite love themed artworks. Happy V Day to you and yours.

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ABOVE: Robert Indiana, Love, 1967, screen print, 33 x 33 inches

ABOVE: Jim Dine, The Little Heart in the Landscape, 1991, drypoint etching, 10 x 12 inches

ABOVE: Gustav Klimt, The Kiss (Lovers), 1907-1908, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 70 x 70 inches

Art Quotes – Impressionist Edition

As much as I love them, it’s been awhile since I posted some artist quotes. As such, here are some of my favorites, from some of my favorite impressionists.

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Édouard Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (English: The Luncheon on the Grass), 1863, oil on canvas,  81.9 × 104.1 inches

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” Claude Monet

“It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.” Édouard Manet

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

“A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art.” Paul Cézanne

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” Henri Matisse

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” Paul Gauguin

“Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There enough unpleasant things in the world.” Pierre-Auguste Renior

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing.” Camille Pissaro

2018 – A Year in Art

Although 2019 is well underway, I have only written a couple posts in the past month. So, although a bit late, here are a few art stories from 2018 that I found interesting.

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ABOVE: Maurizio Cattelan, America, gold sculpture

The Golden Bowl

Last fall, the White House asked the Guggenheim Museum if it could borrow Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting ‘Landscape with Snow’ to display in the living area of the President and First Lady. Nancy Spector, the deputy director of the museum declined because the painting was heading the Guggenheim in Bilbao. She did however, offer up Maurizio Cattelan’s 18-karat gold toilet ‘America.’ The White House declined her offer.

Art and the Opioid Crisis

In March, famed photographer Nan Goldin – herself, a former addict – lead a protest against Purdue Pharmaceuticals, which is owned by some members of the Sackler family, and is the maker of OxyCotin. The first protest took place in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A second protest took place the following month at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The protestors claimed that the Sackler’s are in part responsible for the opioid crisis in America.

It Pays to Take the Bus

In 2009, ‘Les Choristes,’ a pastel by Edgar Degas was stolen from a museum in the South of France. In February of 2018, it was found in the luggage department of a bus stopped at a gas station outside Paris. The artwork, which is worth an estimated $904,000, is set to go on display at the Musée d’Orsay sometime in 2019.

Goals for 2019

Happy New Year! As this is my first post of 2019, here is a list of my goals for the next twelve months. Some of them are obtainable. Others, not so much.

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  • Continue to work on my latest, major art project (finishing it in 2019 may not be possible).
  • Continue to work on my short story/novella (same as above).
  • Read more about creative writing skills, grammar and structure.
  • Read more about the art world (past and present).
  • Find people to read my work (and read theirs in return).
  • Take more continuing education courses (I did so last year and loved it).
  • Study for the CAPM exam.
  • Attend more art openings.
  • Network.

Give it Time

Although not always possible, time is an artists best friend. If you can spare it, put any sketches/plans for your next project away, and revisit them a few months later.

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Above, are some rough designs. After putting them away, and moving onto another phase of the project, I recently took another look at them, and will likely make a few small changes. After that, I’ll put them away again, and repeat the process in a couple months. I find this helps a lot.