My painting process (which Lola could NOT do)

My granddaughter Lola loves to do “scribble scrabble,” defined as “when a person, usually a child, scribbles all over a sheet of paper randomly.” In my last email I talked about some famous abstract artists, and how they expressed human emotion. Joan Mitchel, one of the leading Abstract Expressionists, said: “I want to paint the feeling of […]

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Why your 5-year-old could NOT have painted this

When you look at a yellow square glowing on a dark background, or see a profusion of scribbles, do you automatically think, “A child could do that?” Yes, a child could draw a square or circle, or boldly scribble with bright crayons. But could a child use different types of lines or shapes to take […]

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Decor inspiration from Netflix

Ok, I love Netflix, and you probably do too. From Call the Midwife to The Crown (some of my favs), they have great series and movies. But did you notice the art? Yes, the art! It first caught my attention on Dead to Me, where Christina Applegate plays a real-estate agent in California. She shows […]

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What the heck does abstract art really mean anyway?

My husband used to love my art. It was mainly flowers, and sometimes had a bird thrown in. A butterfly was appreciated too. He understood the flowers and birds, and loved the pretty colors. Easy peasy. Then I started painting abstracts and he would stare at a piece, wondering, “What is it, exactly?” Sometimes he’d […]

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