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  • Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    Empires - The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
  • Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)
    Sister Wendy - The Complete Collection (Story of Painting / Grand Tour / Odyssey / Pains of Glass)

    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Exit Through the Gift Shop
    When British stencil artist Banksy traveled to Los Angeles to work, he came across obscure French filmmaker Thierry Guetta and his badly organized collection of videotapes involving the activities of graffiti artists. Inspired, Banksy assembled them with new footage to create this talked-about documentary, and the result is a mind-boggling and odd film (so strange as to be thought a hoax by some) about outsider artists and the definition of art itself.
  • The Impressionists
    The Impressionists
    A dramatization of the Impressionist movement as seen through the eyes of Claude Monet. Highly entertaining and informative.
  • The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
    A very personal and revealing look at the personalities that created Impressionism.

Featured Artist Friday: David Sikes

David SikesDavid Sikes is a wonderful oil painter--as well as a novice printer--who lives in Pasadena, California.  David experimented with painting on canvas, paper, and metal before landing on his media of choice--Luan wood veneer. This foundation imbues his highly detailed and beautifully colored works with a wholly unique look--and the results are outstanding. He’s painted landscapes, polo matches, Springer Spaniels, Dory boat competitions and, most recently, flowers. The art featured here includes: “Encore! Flowers” and “Steps of Carmel”. David has been workshopping with me for several years now--and it’s always a pleasure to watch both his process--and his results! If you’re interested in acquiring art by David Sikes, please contact

David Sikes - "Encore! Flowers" - Oil on Luan Veneer - 24x24 in.

David Sikes - "Steps of Carmel" - Oil on Luan Veneer - 36x24 in. (click photo for larger image)


Quote of the Day

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec c. 1885"I paint things as they are. I don't comment." - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


"Pasadena - Its Aura" Opens April 21st

Dick Heimbold, "Rialto Theatre" (South Pasadena) Oil 12 x 16" $750. (click photo for larger image)DanielakArt and The Women’s City Club of Pasadena are pleased to present “Pasadena – Its Aura” -- a celebration of Pasadena’s historical landmarks featuring the unique pen and ink drawings of noted artist and architect, Russell Hobbs and including the work of local artists Seda Baghdasarian, Karla Bartholomew, Timothy Bulone, Celeste DeCoudres, Jose de Juan, Lynne Fearman, Dick Heimbold, Julie Hill, Anna T. Kelly, Robin Neudorfer and Beth Summers.

Click HERE for more information and to view the on-line catalog


Walters Art Museum Receives $265,000 NEH Grant to Digitize Over 100 Flemish Manuscripts

Flemish, Beaupre Antiphonal: Musician Angels and the Harrowing of Hell (detail), 1290, ink, paint and gold on parchment, 48.1 x 34.6 cm, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Gift of the William R. Hearst Foundation, 1957 (W.759.2R) (click photo for larger image)The digitalization of these illuminated medieval manuscripts will be an extraordinary gift to all of us. We will be able to view exquisite works of art that also happened to be “best sellers” in the Middle Ages!

BALTIMORE, MD.- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted the Walters Art Museum $265,000 for a three-year project to digitize, catalog and distribute 113 illuminated medieval manuscripts from Flanders, present-day northeastern France and Belgium. This project, Imaging the Hours: Creating a Digital Resource of Flemish Manuscripts, will digitize 45,000 pages of text with over 3,000 pages of illumination from the 13th through 16th centuries.



Where’d You Get Those Shoes? 

We don’t typically cover fashion here. Fashion design is artistic--but it is a specialized area. can’t let certain innovations pass without mention. I, for one, couldn’t walk three steps in most of the shoes--and wouldn’t be caught dead in the other ones! But they ARE creative. Here’s just a teaser:

Crazy Shoes!!!:Elephant ‘Dung’ Heels by Insa x Chris Ofili, March 14th, 2011Visit Google images to find more.