Nov
11
2014

Happy Birthday Paul Signac

This French Painter who helped develop Pointillism would be 151 today   Born in Paris on November 11th, 1863, this Neo-Impressionist painter came into the world with a mission to pursue a career as a painter. Inspired by an exhibit of Claude Monet's paintings, Paul Signac sailed around the great coasts of Europe painting impressionistic landscapes along the way. In 1884, Signac met Georges Seurat and was inspired by him to take a systematic approach to the impressionistic style he had been taken with in Monet's work. Although he experimented with a variety of media including etchings, lithographs and pen and ink sketches, his true artist... [More]
Jun
16
2010

Painting in Your Own Backyard by Deb Bartos

This sounds like something you would do if you were three and your mother was hanging clothes on the line.  It is really excellent art education advice.  Ordinary and mundane objects can be the best subjects ever.  An added advantage is not wasting time or money on the commute to painting expeditions.Consider the impressionists and what they painted.  Their subjects were their families, each other, a table set for lunch, a vase of flowers.  OK, there was Renoir and the women and Degas and the ballet dancers, but they generally painted every day life.  Impressionism was just a phrase coined by an art critic who sa... [More]

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