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Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 7 comments

Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Everyone who knows me or has taken my classes knows that my favorite artist in this world is Wayne Thiebaud. Here is an article on the uniqueness of this man. Last year I flew to San Francisco with my friend Mary Ann, just to see his newest show. His art is the kind you have to stand in front of, but since most of you cannot, I am going to legally share his show with you now. The gallery gave me permission to share the photos I took. Thiebaud is known by many as a pop culture artist because in the 70s he painted cakes and pies. I missed that phase of his work. I discovered his landscapes...

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My UK Adventure: Finale

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

My UK Adventure: Finale

After traipsing around the Cotswolds I returned to London for art seeing and adventures in the Ancient Mysteries of Britain. For two days I walked around seeing art, at all the museums I could handle. One of my favorite small galleries is the Courtauld. The first time I went there was just out of college, and I remember the impact this painting had on me. This is by Degas. What struck me the first time I saw this small beauty was how very little he touched the canvas to create this very complete scene. I stood in front of it, 22 years old, and tried to count the layers. Background, dark...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 5

On my second day in the Cotswolds I had a little car tour with Tim, the farmer. We drove through many small towns and he told me stories. There is nothing like having a local historian guiding your way. I was in heaven. The tiles on the roofs of many of the houses are stone slate. In the winter, they took large blocks of limestone and laid it on its side. The snow and rain would drip between the layers, freeze, and crack the stone apart into tiles by springtime. Mother Nature makes a roof.  Thatched roofs are less common, but there are still many of them. If you have a thatched roof now it...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 4

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Art Adventures | 2 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 4

Outside of Chipping Campden, a town in the Cotswold hills where the Arts and Crafts Movement was born. “Chipping” means “market”, so all towns with this name have or did have a central market area like this one. It also means the streets are wider, to allow for more carts. This is the local bus stop, which is on a block that runs down the middle of the town. The buildings were built from the 14th to the 17th centuries. These are 21st century teenagers. I stayed on a farm that had been in the same family since 1760. The family who live there consisted of one aunt, a...

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My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My UK Adventure: Chapter 3

After my glorious week in London training with Golden Paints, I took the train to Middleton in March, the only train to get close to the Cotswolds, the hilly area in south central England that is a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and  a great place to walk. I took a train to Moreton-in-Marsh and then a drive to Chipping Campden, outside of which I would stay on a fruit farm b and b. The first thing I did was head up to Hidcote Manor Gardens, and Arts and Crafts Garden of growing outdoor “rooms.” They really did feel like rooms too, rooms of fading color, wafting leaves and...

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