• Art History

    Fun Fact Friday: Monet’s Color Shift

    Fun Fact Friday Graphic. After age 65 Claude Monet experienced changes in his perception of color. A shift in his use of color can be seen in his paintings during this time period.

    In honor of Claude Monet’s birthday earlier this week (November 14th), I thought it would be a good time to share a little bit more about him. As Monet got older he began to develop issues with his eyes.  Around age 65 (1905) he began experience changes in his perception…

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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…

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    Friday Fun Fact: the Etruscans and Metalwork

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Etruscan metalwork shows the most advanced metallurgic techniques in the ancient Mediterranean. Some of their work still have not been able to be duplicated today.

    All this month I’ve been talking about the ancient civilization of the Etruscans.  They are my favorite ancient civilizations and existed between the Greek and Roman periods.  One of the things that makes the Etruscans so fascinating to me is their impact in the art world.  They were especially known for…

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    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans Pt3

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Etruscan art was greatly influenced by Greek culture. This influence can be seen in their connection to current subjects, materials, and style trends from Greece.

    Do you know about the Etruscans? They’re one of my favorite ancient civilizations and existed between the Greek and Roman periods. I watched a fascinating documentary series on Great Courses called the Mysterious Etruscans about them recently.  Many people don’t know about this ancient civilization and their impact on history,…

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    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans Pt2

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Bucchero was a technique used by the Etruscan artists for pottery. The clay piece was burnished then fired in an oxygen-starved kiln which resulted in a black shiny surface.

    If you read last Friday’s blog post you know that the Etruscans are one of my favorite ancient civilizations.  They existed between the Greek and Roman periods.  I watched a fascinating documentary series on Great Courses called the Mysterious Etruscans about them last week, so I’m sharing some highlights about…

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    Fun Fact Friday: The Etruscans

    Fun Fact Friday graphic - Categories of Etruscan Art: Tomb paintings, Bronze statues, Gold jewelry, Terra-cotta works.

    Do you know about the Etruscans? They’re one of my favorite ancient civilizations and existed between the Greek and Roman periods. I watched a fascinating documentary series on Great Courses called the Mysterious Etruscans about them this week, so I thought I’d share some things about them these next couple…

  • Art History

    Happy Independence Day!

    4th of July by Laura Jaen Smith. Acrylic landscape painting of cottage lakeside bbq with American flag.

    Happy Fourth of July everyone! The above is a painting that I completed a few years ago based on my typical way that I spend Independence Day – at the lake enjoying grilled foods, the water, and fireworks later on.  I hope you’re having a great day enjoying the holiday!…

  • Art History

    Happy Birthday Michelangelo

    Happy Birthday Michelangelo graphic

    Happy birthday to Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (better known as just Michelangelo) born this day in 1475! ​Michelangelo is considered one of the greatest artists of all time in Western Art.  He was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who lived in the Republic of Florence during the High…

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    Who is your favorite artist?

    Tell Me Something Tuesday graphic - Who is your favorite artist? What do you like most about their work?

    My favorite is Vincent van Gogh. I’ve had a deep love of him since Elementary school when I saw Starry Night for the first time.  Something about the swirls around the stars spoke to me. My love of his work has only grown and developed since then.  I have always…