Category Archives: Famous Artists

What Does It Mean to be an Artist?

Anyone can learn the proper techniques to follow in art, but that alone does not make one an artist.

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Landscape and the Sublime: The Art of Caspar David Friedrich

Friedrich wanted to capture elements of the sublime, that moment of “connection” that often happens when we contemplate the natural world, that inexpressible feeling of our own spiritual being, our awareness that we are but a part of something greater than our insignificant selves.

Landscape and the Sublime: The Art of Caspar David Friedrich

Friedrich wanted to capture elements of the sublime, that moment of “connection” that often happens when we contemplate the natural world, that inexpressible feeling of our own spiritual being, our awareness that we are but a part of something greater than our insignificant selves.

To Paint or Not to Paint…?

It’s good, of course, to be so enthusiastic about a particular medium, but it’s also occurred to me that maybe there’s a downside to having finally “found my niche” in the art world.

To Paint or Not to Paint…?

It’s good, of course, to be so enthusiastic about a particular medium, but it’s also occurred to me that maybe there’s a downside to having finally “found my niche” in the art world.

An Art of Balance – Henri Matisse

“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example,

An Art of Balance – Henri Matisse

“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example,

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the art world, imitation is also a very important part of the learning process. One of the first “tricks” I discovered to help improve my drawing skills was

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the art world, imitation is also a very important part of the learning process. One of the first “tricks” I discovered to help improve my drawing skills was

Small Things Brought Together — The Greatness of Van Gogh

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”  – Vincent Van Gogh Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to see an exhibition of Van Gogh’s paintings while they were on loan to the St. Louis

Small Things Brought Together — The Greatness of Van Gogh

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”  – Vincent Van Gogh Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to see an exhibition of Van Gogh’s paintings while they were on loan to the St. Louis

Lend Me Your Ears!

We all learned that line from Julius Caesar, didn’t we? I happen to be very fond of Shakespeare, especially his tragedies. I enjoyed memorizing Mark Antony’s funeral oration when I was in school.   Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;

Lend Me Your Ears!

We all learned that line from Julius Caesar, didn’t we? I happen to be very fond of Shakespeare, especially his tragedies. I enjoyed memorizing Mark Antony’s funeral oration when I was in school.   Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;