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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.

Quote of the Day

Francisco de Goya, Self-Portrait, 1795, Indian Ink and Wash“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” - Francisco Goya


"Starry Night" in Bacon

Two of my favorite things!


Horace Pippin (1888-1946)

Horace Pippin, Christmas Morning Breakfast, 1945Horace Pippin in 1940Horace Pippin was an American naive painter, known for his depictions of African American life and the horrors of war. Pippin’s childhood was spent in Goshen, New York, a town that sometimes appears in his paintings. Pippin was wounded in WWI, and was discharged with a partially paralyzed right arm. He settled in Pennsylvania--and was “discovered” by the art world in 1937. Pippin’s later works are precise and boldly colored. He’s an excellent example of genre painting at its best--which refers to paintings that depict everyday people doing everyday things. Read more about Horace Pippin at the NGA Classroom for Student and Teachers.


Tips on Buying Brushes for Oils and Acrylics

Photo by D.’re in an art store or shopping online--and you come across this great deal on brushes in packages. The price is too good to be true! BE CAREFUL... because the “deal” just might be too good to be true. Shedding brushes are a nightmare for the painter. When you buy brushes--you want to be able to tug on them a bit, to make sure they’re non-shedders. Once those hairs get into your painting--they’re virtually impossible to remove. When you buy brushes online--make sure to stick with reputable, known retailers. Their brushes will be decent. Also, don’t spend tons of money on brushes for acrylics. Remember...acrylics are basically plastic. So acrylics are tough on brushes. No matter how well you care for them--they will take a beating over time. So buy good but not super expenses brushes for acrylic painting. If you’re an oil painter--you can treat yourself to some fine brushes. The linseed oil in your paint and medium will help to preserve your brushes over time. If you paint in both media--use separate brushes for each.


Picasso's "Guernica" Undergoes Medical Check At the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid

A technician works as a camera mounted on a mobile robot-like structure moves across Pablo Picasso's 'Guernica' painting at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. AP Photo/Paul White.It’s always fascinating to see the ways in which increasingly sophisticated technologies enable us to learn more and more about art’s great masterworks--AND take better care of our artistic treasures.

Experts have long been concerned about the health of Picasso's "Guernica," one of the world's most iconic paintings but one which is diagnosed as extremely delicate after a hectic life. A mobile, robot-like structure, which using advanced infrared and ultraviolet photographic technology, is taking thousands of microscopic shots of the painting to allow analysts to penetrate the work like never before and see its real condition. AP Photo/Paul White.


Pablo Picasso's "Guernica," one of the world's most iconic paintings, is getting a full health check as it marks its 75th anniversary. A giant robotic machine is taking tens of thousands of microscopic shots of the black-and-white anti-war masterpiece to allow experts to penetrate the work like never before and see its real condition after a hectic life traveling the globe....

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