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reviewed Hawthorne on Painting. October 16, 2011
Hawthorne on Painting
BEST BOOK ON PAINTING TIPS FROM CHARLES WEBSTER HAWTHORNE (1872-1930)  As An artist and a writer, I study all the time the masters in those fields, those who struggled and won. Why? Because I …
posted a Quick Tip about Adam and Eve. March 15, 2011
Adam and Eve
   I've only very recently become aware of Gail Potocki's artwork mainly through her new works for the Nitrate + Kinogeists exhibition inspired by silent films. Her works are so full …
posted a Quick Tip about Book of Dreams. March 15, 2011
Book of Dreams
Without a doubt, this is my favorite work of art by Dave McKean and probably the quintessential painted comic book cover. Featured originally on The Sandman: Book of Dreams short story collection in 1996 …
posted a Quick Tip about Madonna. November 15, 2010
Of all of Munch's paintings, this one is easily the most sensual and though the colors aren't as bright as in some of his other paintings, the work is as vibrant as ever!
posted a Quick Tip about The Dream. November 02, 2010
The Dream
Wow, I don't know what else I can say. Wow. This is just bizarre... and eerie... and haunting... and wow!
posted a Quick Tip about Lust for the Undead. October 09, 2010
Lust for the Undead
There have been numerous depictions of everyone's favorite vampire Count in artwork over the years, but this is perhaps one of my favorite of the more recent works. It's also a great example of …
posted a Quick Tip about The Plague. October 09, 2010
The Plague
This is a truly superb example of Gothic Symbolist artwork. One of Böcklin's most iconic and grim paintings.
posted a Quick Tip about The Visage of War. October 09, 2010
The Visage of War
Dali creates a haunting and visually striking image in protest of the horrors of war.
posted a Quick Tip about Bat-woman. October 08, 2010
An absolutely awesome image that just screams "Goth".
posted a Quick Tip about Conan the Adventurer. September 24, 2010
Conan the Adventurer
The quintessential image of Robert E. Howard's pulp adventure hero Conan! Frazetta's work here is just exquisite. This is, undoubtedly, my favorite painting of his as well as one of my favorite works …
posted a Quick Tip about Topstar International Paint Can Opener. September 04, 2010
Topstar International Paint Can Opener
I love getting these free when I buy paint at my Lowe's hardware store.  So much easier to open the paint can with this "Topstar" tool instead of using a screwdriver.    …
posted a Quick Tip about The Lady of Shalott (J.W. Waterhouse .... August 24, 2010
The Lady of Shalott
Agatha Christie took Tennyson's words from the Lady of Shalott "the mirror crack'd from side to side" as the title of one of her novels. When she faced reality and looked out the window instead of at …
posted a Quick Tip about Lady Lilith. July 29, 2010
Lady Lilith
Rossetti's depiction of Lilith is classic and gorgeous in its own right, but unlike Collier's imagining, this Lilith seems less empowered and more vain. Still, it's a stunning painting.
posted a Quick Tip about Lamia (Draper). July 29, 2010
Draper's depiction of Lamia seems somehow colder and more emotionally distant than the two versions done by Waterhouse, but I love the textures and colors here. A very moody and evocative piece.
posted a Quick Tip about The Beguiling of Merlin. July 29, 2010
The Beguiling of Merlin
Although I don't visualize either Merlin or the Lady of the Lake looking like this, I do love this painting and the use of soft Earth-tone colors. Somehow, it also reminds me of the Elves in Tolkien's …
posted a Quick Tip about Beata Beatrix. July 29, 2010
Beata Beatrix
I'm not a religious person, not in the least, but there is something inherently spiritual about this Rossetti painting that I find to be at once both rapturous and heartbreaking. It's a shame that he …
posted a Quick Tip about A Mermaid. July 29, 2010
A Mermaid
For me, this is one of Waterhouse's greatest works and it remains the singular image of a mermaid that comes to mind. Hauntingly beautiful.
posted a Quick Tip about Lady Godiva. July 29, 2010
Lady Godiva
I love all of Collier's work, but I regard this and Lilith as his ultimate masterpieces. I love the lighting to this and the composition. At once the painting is both melancholy and sensual.
posted a Quick Tip about The Lady of Shalott (J.W. Waterhouse .... July 29, 2010
The Lady of Shalott
One of my favorite Pre-Raphaelite works. This image is almost synonymous with Tennyson's poem.
reviewed Nonna's Book of Mysteries. June 21, 2010
When I picked up this book, I thought it would be a murder mystery.  Boy, was I surprised to find out that it was about painters in the 15thcentury.  Even though it wasn’t what I thought …
Van Gogh's Women: His Love Affairs and a Journey Into Madness
This book focuses on an area of Vincent Van Gogh's life that isn't widely known: his relationships with all of the women in his life, and the impact they had in shaping not only his personal life, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Vampire. June 02, 2010
The Vampire
Love this painting so much....
reviewed Fabric + Paint + Thread = Fabulous. May 28, 2010
Fabric + Paint + Thread = Fabulous
   This book caught my eye as my niece is a painter and I am a quilter.  The projects in this book are something that she and I can do together.   The first step is to get your “picture” …
posted a Quick Tip about Lamia (Waterhouse Version I). May 21, 2010
Lamia (Waterhouse Version I)
Waterhouse's first Lamia painting is more melancholy & tender than his second. Here we see that longing look of love that was his signature.
posted a Quick Tip about Queen Guinevere's Maying. May 21, 2010
Queen Quinevere's Maying
As far as artistic depictions of Guinevere go, I don't think anybody has done better than John Collier did with this astonishing painting.
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