• Adventures,  Artwork,  Fun Fact Friday

    A Trip to Seneca Falls (Updated)

    River of Process painting in front of reference sculpture in Ludovico Sculpture Garden Seneca Falls NY

    My plans for the evening got derailed, so I’m switching gears for today’s blog post.  I’m re-sharing my adventure finding the Ludovico Sculpture Trail a couple years ago and then I’ve added the painting that was inspired by the trip at the end.  Enjoy! This weekend I went for a…

  • Art Event,  Art History,  Fun Fact Friday

    Fun Fact Friday: Glass Art

    Fun Fact Friday graphic. According to the archaeological evidence, the first man-made glass was in Eastern Mesopotamia and Egypt around 3500 BC.

    Glass art is fascinating and has been around for quite a long time.  This weekend is the Holiday Open House at Corning Museum of Glass.  If you’re anywhere in the area of Corning, New York you should stop by and check out the museum.  There’s always fun demos of the…

  • Adventures,  Fun Fact Friday

    A Trip to Seneca Falls

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - There is a 1.7 mile sculpture trail located in Seneca Falls, New York which features multiple statues and sculptural pieces along the Seneca-Cayuga Canal

    This weekend I went for a random drive up the east side of Seneca Lake.  Of course I stopped by two of my favorite waterfalls along the way – Shequaga Falls in Montour Falls and Hector Falls in Burdett.  The water flow for both is way more than I recall…

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    Fun Fact Friday: Devils Tower Pt. 2

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Devils Tower in Wyoming was originally supposed to be spelled "Devil's Tower" however there was a typographical error made on the official written proclamation.

    Last week I shared about Devils Tower in Sundance, Wyoming and how it was the first national monument in the United States.  Any other fellow grammar nerds out there?  I didn’t mispell Devils Tower during my previous blog post – it truly is D-e-v-i-l-(no apostrophe)s.  Today I’ll talk a little…

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    Fun Fact Friday: Devils Tower

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - The first national monument in the United States was Devils Tower in Wyoming granted by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906.

    Did you know that Devils Tower was the first United States National Monument?  President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt designated this site a national monument on September 24, 1906.  Our 26th president, President Roosevelt, was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed visiting the West.  He was passionate about protecting public lands against the…

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    Fun Fact Friday: Waterfall Edition

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina is the widest waterfall in the world and contains 275 separate waterfalls each 200-270 feet tall.

    I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog series the last two months talking about my favorite ancient civilization the Etruscans.  We’re changing things up this week and are talking fun facts about waterfalls this time! I just have to take a quick second to mention… today is the day!  The opening…

  • Art History,  Fun Fact Friday

    Fun Fact Friday: The Last of the Etruscans

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - When the Romans conquered Volsinii from the Etruscans in 265 BCE they confiscated 2000 bronze statues and melted them for coinage.

    So you’ve been reading along the last several Fridays and you’ve been thinking, why have I never heard of this ancient civilization before?  (Or if you haven’t been reading along and need to catch up you can go here.)  Well, it may have something to do with the old Winston Churchill…

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    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans and Sculpture

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Etruscans broke away from the Greek tradition of idealized youthful bodies by sculpting more realistic mature versions of their subjects. This was also later seen in Roman sculpture.

    Happy Friday!  Did you know that the ancient civilization of the Etruscans is my favorite civilization?  If you answered no that means you probably haven’t been following along with my blog this past month.  You can go catch up over here. This week a little bit about their sculpture and how…

  • About Artist,  Fun Fact Friday

    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans and Portraits

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Etruscans were one of the first civilizations to use True Portraiture (capturing the image and character of a specific person instead of generic figures).

    I’m still talking about the Etruscans (they are my favorite ancient civilization after all).  And this might just be the thing I find most interesting about them! The Etruscans broke away from the generic style of drawing portraits used by the Egyptians and Greeks and began portraying individualized detail of…