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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: Christina Chen

Christina ChenChristina Chen is a newcomer to oil painting. These two lovely pieces definitely reveal her potential. Christina’s work is fine and delicate--and her paintings embody a calm, soothing spirituality. She has a wonderful sense of color and light--both of which she uses in subtle, yet powerful, ways. Christian’s other passion in art is ceramics. She clearly has many talents! I’m delighted that Christina is participating in my painting workshops!

Christina Chen, After B. Morris's “Enchanting” - 2012, oils on canvas, 11 x 14 in. (click photo for larger image)Christina Chen, “Water Lily 2” - 2012, Oils on canvas, 11 x 14 in. (click photo for larger image)For information on my classes at Pasadena City College Extension, click here....


'Andy Warhol sketch found' in US garage sale

Kind of an ugly painting--in my view--but it does give a sense of what's to come from Warhol. The bright colors, unusual background pattern and such are a glimpse of things to come.

From the BBC:

"A collector who bought a batch of paintings in a US garage sale has found what is believed to be a sketch by pop artist Andy Warhol among them.

Businessman Andy Fields, 48, from Tiverton, Devon, paid $5 (£3) for the five paintings in Las Vegas in 2010.

When he decided to reframe one of the paintings he found the sketch hidden behind it.

He has been told by a valuer that the sketch could be worth £1.3m - but says he does not want to sell it."

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Starts April 11th - Anything Goes! - Painting in Alternative (and All Other) Media

Jill Kiefer, Wet and Wild, 2011; alternative media on masonite, 24 x 12 in., Collection of the artistI teach a class at the Palos Verdes Art Center called Anything Goes, which focuses on creating abstract works of art using primarily non-artist materials. These include metallic paints and patinas, crackling gels and pastes, texturing agents, carpentry tapes and supplies, tissue and other papers, and a whole other host of industrial materials. This workshop is totally liberating! Students develop a variety of techniques and approaches. Along with fundamental and advanced painting concepts and techniques, students learn important lessons about the relationships between subject matter and materials AND about letting the work process direct the final product. No prior art training is required for these workshops, and students can create a work as large as 60”x60” or work on several smaller projects. I offer this workshop every term at PVAC. Visit their website for more info and to REGISTER NOW.


500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Nicely done....

by Philip Scott Johnson. Music: Bach's Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma. For a complete list of artists and paintings CLICK HERE.


Salvador Dalí Illustrates Alice in Wonderland, 1969

Salvador Dali, The Queen's Croquet Ground, 1969

I knew he'd done this but hadn't see the work until now; it's pretty amazing. Alice in Wonderland is such a surreal story--and so layered in terms of how it can be understood (from both the adultt's and child's perspective) -- that it's a perfect fit for Dali's somewhat childlike mind--and surrealist view.


Published by New York’s Maecenas Press-Random House in 1969 and distributed as their book of the month, the volume went on to become one of the most sought-after Dalí suites of all time. It contains 12 heliogravures, one for each chapter of the book, and one original signed etching in 4 colors as the frontpiece, all of which the fine folks at the William Bennett Gallery have kindly digitized for your gasping pleasure....

Click here to read the story and see more illustrations....