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Painting with a Twist

Originally posted by Sheila Moss on Humor Columnist blog.
When you create art and make memories with those you love, all art becomes “Fun” art!

Painting and Wine image courtesy of Georgioa

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Sunflower on Brown

“It will be fun,” I said.

“How do you know?” asked my sister.

“See, it says right here on the Internet ad, It’s FUN art, not FINE art!” I was trying to convince her to go to one of those painting classes that have become popular lately.

“But, I can’t paint!” she exclaimed.

It doesn’t matter. Right here it says, step by step instructions. Anyone can do it. They provide the canvas, paint and brushes. All we have to do is paint.”

“I’ve heard of those places,” she said, “but I’ve never been to one.” She still wasn’t sure, but she agreed to try it. I had never been before either.

We dutifully showed up at the art shop at our appointment time with our suggested bottle of wine. My sister uncorked and poured the wine. I tried to set mine down where I would not mistake it for water…

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Drawing Work

Originally posted on Art Education Outside the Lines. I love this mom’s gentle encouragement of her young daughter’s creativity. Thanks Jodi for posting this great lesson in patience!

Featured Image: Hens and Hawks artwork by Cora.

Art Education Outside The lines

(This is a follow-up to my last post about drawing with Cora.)

Cora’s friend sent her a drawing of her baby chickens last week. It was sweet and simple. I suggested she send a drawing of our girls in return.

She dictated a message and I wrote it for her. She proceeded to make marks on the paper with glitter glue talking her way through. In the end, she had a collection of blobs haphazardly scattered around the page.

After some discussion, I convinced her to give it another try. Afterall, she was trying to communicate an important message to her friend.

“Amelia…If you see a hawk put your hens away in the henhouse.”

We talked about where the chickens would be standing and where the hawk would be flying and she made lines for earth and sky. That seemed to be all she needed. Something to break through the…

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Doctor Who?

Originally posted on Fine Art for All blog.  The actor who plays Van Gogh did an excellent job. His subtle range of emotions as he listens to the Curator praising his work and humanity is truly touching! I think most artists would be so moved.  Please visit Fine Art For All blog to get the link to see the video.



I love Doctor Who “Vincent and the Doctor” episode; I believe they (the writers and Ton Curran) captured Van Gogh’s gentle and loving soul perfectly.  This scene makes me emotional every time I watch it!:  DoctorWhoVanGogh

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Clementine Hunter, Louisiana Artist

Thanks Louise Canfield for this great post about one of the South’s best known African American artists Clementine Hunter. Hunter worked hard all her life. Her joy was in making art. Art still refreshes the spirit! Visit Real Southern, Real Women blog to read more.



Possibly Louisiana’s most famous artist,  Clementine Hunter was Cotton Pickingborn in 1886 at Hidden Hill Plantation and spent most of her life at nearby Melrose Plantation  in the  Cane River region in Louisiana owned  by John and Carmelite (“Miss Cammie”) Henry  She worked as a field hand and was proud she could pick 250 pounds  a day  (a single cotton boll weighs about 0.15 oz).  She  bore seven children and on the morning before giving birth to one of them, picked 78 pounds of cotton.

In middle age, Miss Cammie brought Clementine into the Big House to cook and clean. There  she met Alberta Kinsey, a New Orleans artist who inspired Clementine to  paint.  In her words, ”

“ the 1930s Alberta Kinsey came here…to paint and I had to

Melrose Plantation quilt, Clementine Hunter Melrose Plantation quilt, Clementine Hunter

clean up her room. She gave me some old tubes of paint to throw in the trash, but I didn’t pay…

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