• Art History

    Happy Birthday Michelangelo

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    Happy (belated) Birthday Michelangelo, born March 6, 1475.  Michelangelo was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet during the High Renaissance – one of the original “Renaissance men.”  You’ve likely run across his name or seen his (or parodies of his) work before.    If you’re not familiar with Michelangelo’s…

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    Happy Birthday Augusta Savage

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    Happy (belated) Birthday Augusta Savage, born February 29, 1892!  Augusta Savage was an American sculptress, teacher, and activist associated with the Harlem Renaissance.  I just learned of her recently and hope you enjoy learning more about her life and art too.   Early Life Augusta Savage was born Augusta Christine Fells…

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    Happy Birthday Victorine Meurent

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    Happy Birthday Victorine Meurent, born February 18, 1844!  I learned about Meurent when I recently researched for the Manet blog this past month.  With her birthday coming up this weekend, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share what I learned about this artist and muse. Early Life…

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    Happy Birthday Norman Rockwell

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    Happy (Belated) Birthday to Norman Rockwell, born February 3, 1894!  I wouldn’t be surprised if this artist sounds familiar or you’ve seen his work before.  Rockwell was an American illustrator and painter who was very popular in the mid 1900s.  You can still find his images being used today on…

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    Happy Birthday Edouard Manet

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    Happy Birthday to Edouard Manet, born January 23th 1832!  Edouard Manet (not to be confused with his friend Claude Monet) was considered the Father of Modernism as his style bridged the transition from realism to impressionism.   Self Portrait with Palette, Edouard Manet, 1879 The Spanish Singer, Edouard Manet, 1860 Early…

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    Happy Birthday Berthe Morisot

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    Happy (belated) Birthday to Berthe Morisot, born January 14th 1841!  I was excited to learn more about this artist – she is one that I had run across several times while reading and researching other Impressionists, but it was nice to finally focus completely on her and her art. Self…

  • Artwork

    Sketchy Trees Update

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    When I started drawing my Sketchy Tree series a year ago, I had no idea that it would span this long and encompass so many drawings.  The series has a total of 39 pieces of art – 13 large drawings of trees with exposed roots and 26 small drawings of…

  • Art History

    Happy Birthday Edvard Munch

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    Happy Birthday to Edvard Munch, born December 12th 1863!  As I was researching for today’s post, I quickly realized how little I knew about Edvard Munch’s life and the depth of his art.  He’s most known for his painting “The Scream” but his catalog of art is much greater than…

  • Art Tip

    Tips for Photographing Your Art

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    Today’s blog is about different ways you can improve the photos you take of your art.  These tips are for the beginner artist (or anyone who still struggles) to help make your art look its best while sharing online, making prints, or entering shows and publications.  My goal is to give…

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    Gift Ideas for the Creative Person on Your List

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    Do you have a creative person on your list this year?  If you have someone on your list that’s interested in drawing and painting, here are some gift ideas just in time to take advantage of the upcoming Black Friday sales.  These ideas are geared towards an adult just starting…