Month: October 2013

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.”

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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

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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 –

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

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!

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