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Posts made in October, 2013

John Singer Sargent – his Rise, Fall, and Rise

Posted by on 31 Oct 2013 in Art of the past, Blog | 8 comments

John Singer Sargent – his Rise, Fall, and Rise

After writing my blog on John Singer Sargent’s paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago (click here to read that blog), I realized that although I was familiar with many of Sargent’s paintings, I knew little about his life. I was also intrigued by the furor around his most well-known portrait, “Portrait of Madame X.”   So I went looking for information and came across a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend – Strapless by Deborah Davis (it’s shown at the end of this blog). It’s full of all sorts of tidbits including...

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Plein air painting – from outside into the studio

Posted by on 25 Oct 2013 in Blog, New Artwork | 12 comments

Plein air painting – from outside into the studio

In the warmer days of summer, I had the pleasure of going out on a couple of plein air painting excursions with my Mum and Dad on Salt Spring Island. One of those days we drove up Duke’s Road, a place we’d never explored before. (To read all about another excursion click here.)   When you are out to paint plein air, it’s easy to keep going and going, looking for that perfect spot but then time goes by and before you know it, you’re tired out and haven’t done a darn thing! So we agreed to make a pretty quick decision. We stopped by a barn near the side of...

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Jan Van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” – a close look

Posted by on 13 Oct 2013 in Art of the past, Blog | 25 comments

Jan Van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” – a close look

  I was looking through a book, Art Revolution, by Lisa Cyr. In it, I discovered an artwork by Cynthia von Buhler that incorporated a figure that looked oh so familiar and I finally figured it out. It appears to have been taken from a famous painting by Jan Van Eyck (before c. 1390 – before c. 9 July 1441) – “Portrait of Giovanni (?) Arnolfini and His Wife” commonly referred to as “The Arnolfini Portrait.” I decided it was time to have another look at this painting after studying it many years ago in my undergraduate life.   I remember seeing it for...

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My first Pastel Painting Tip Video and a 30-day challenge

Posted by on 5 Oct 2013 in Blog, My Art Life, Video | 4 comments

I am excited about my new video, “Pastel Painting Tip – toning Wallis paper.” It’s a first in a series I plan to do that are short and give one great tip for pastel artists. So I’d love any ideas for more videos. Do you have any questions about pastels or pastelling? Bring ’em on! Please leave a comment below.   Click on the image below to watch the pastel painting tip video:       The other thing I wanted to mention is that I have set myself a 30-day challenge of doing a self-portrait sketch every day. I am now about 12 sketches in. If...

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