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February 21, 2017

The recent storms here in Southern California have been dramatic—because we’re simply not accustomed to them.

We’ve seen scary seas in Moby Dick—but that’s cinema. Generally for us today the ocean offers surf, beaches and a sweet breeze. Its storms can be wild and beaut...

January 27, 2017

The good ones make you feel warm

Pieter the Elder Bruegel - Hunters in the Snow 1565 

Pieter’s painting is regarded as the first true winter landscape painting. Commissioned by a rich noble in Antwerp, it was painted during a particularly cold winter. It’s cheerful. Vill...

December 19, 2016

Regardless of your religion, you’re probably familiar with the image, three solitary men on camels trudging across a vast desert, following a star.  It’s even on  stamps.


Little is known about the Three Wise Men. They followed a star (or comet or supernova or stra...

December 1, 2016

Morning Sun, Edward Hopper, l962

Painting shadows and tones is akin to writing lyrical music or mayhap a haunting poem. The dark shape produced by something between the light and a surface can turn the ordinary into the sublime.

Look out the window in the painting above...

August 24, 2016

Women have long loved their dogs. This Bronzino portrait of a Lady in Red in 1533 depicts an elegantly attired woman with a dog on her lap. They both seem poised and alert. And resemble each other.

Painting dogs has been popular for thousands of years, in many different...

July 20, 2016

"A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou,” wrote Omar Khayyam in the 12th century. Picnics are a long human tradition. Ever since we left life in the caves, we’ve returned to nature to savor food, beverages and friends in a quiet pretty places, preferably with good vie...

June 20, 2016

Sunflowers symbolize the essence of summer.


Their brilliant yellow is the strongest color, psychologically.  It lifts our spirits, signifies confidence and optimism.   Yellow elicits friendliness and creativity.


No wonder sunflowers have proven irresistible t...

April 25, 2016

Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Spring is synonymous with the twitter and trills of birds, aflutter with life. Birds provide the glorious music to remind us of the sweetness of renewal. There’s a mockingbird which daily perches to...

March 16, 2016

Vantablack is a recently invented substance which is blacker than black. It is manufactured in a lab. It is the blackest black on earth. It never existed before scientists recently created it.  

Do artists care? 

After all, we are creatures of color and light.  Color tra...

February 22, 2016

GREEN is the color we crave in the winter, our senses deprived of the color of Spring, of renewal and rebirth.  

Green is the predominant color on our sweet planet. A combination of blue and yellow, it combines the clarity of blue and the optimism of yellow. It elicits...

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