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Via 57 West
New York City's Via 57 West (center)--distinction amid monotony. Vitruvian Man , Leonardo This past spring as my wife and I gazed down from the observation level of New York's Freedom Tower at some two-hundred years of American architectural history spread ...
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Why Paintings Become Famous
Girl with a Pearl Earring , 1665, Jan Vermeer  It has always fascinated me to contemplate why some paintings down through the centuries have become so famous that even those who know only a little about art can instantly identify them, often even naming th...
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Skunk Art
Puppy Le Pu , Roger Cruwys The designation "wildlife art" is so deep and wide as to be far too ungainly to handle in a single posting. Fortunately wildlife art (mostly paintings) have proven to be among the most well-received of all the subjects I write abo...
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Spring Art
Copyright, Jim Lane Maple Flavored Landscape , Jim Lane Last year, on the first day of each month, I made an effort to explore paintings having to do with that particular month. Naturally the mass of art associated with each month was just that--massive. Wh...
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Vanessa Poutou
Voices 2016 , Vanessa Poutou. At first glance it appears to be little more than a Jackson Pollock inspired splash of paint. One thing quickly learned by artists wanting to sell their work and make a name for themselves is that they must stand apart from the...
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The Billy Rose Fire
Fire and paintings do not mix. (This is a reasonably accurate digital reconstruction. I did NOT run out and
take a picture of my stupidity for old time's sake.) About fifty years ago, when I was a sophomore art student at Ohio University, my wife and I liv...
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Mona Caron
Outgrowing, Mona Caron's urban weeds left unattended, though in this case grown for their medicinal qualities in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. There was a time when I was growing up during the 1950s and 60s when virtually every family in Stockport, Ohio, had a garden....
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Ed Emberley
Ed Emberley joins his creations. Ed Emberley's thumbprint instructional illustrations.   At the most elementary level, children, and even adults, have long been taught to draw using basic shapes--circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, and thumbprints. Thu...
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Nancy Fouts
Butterfly Owl , 2012, Nancy Fouts. Though stopping short of a true oxymoron, Fouts' taxidermy sculpture is certainly surreal. This is not a pipe , 1929, Rene Magritte Today, most people (adults at least) are familiar with the term "oxymoron." If you think a...
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Monochrome Painting
Tree in Red , Sunmallia. A monochrome painting (black and white are not regarded as colors). Understanding and employing color is almost synonymous with being a painter. In fact, until the advent of the 20th-century monochrome paintings were virtually non-e...
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