Art Against War: Echoes From Guernica

Today is the anniversary of the massacre of civilians in the small town of Guernica. On this day, April 26, 1937, Spanish cubist Pablo Picasso, who was living in Paris, worked on a painting with a familiar theme, the autobiographic subject of a painter and his model. The painting was commissioned by Spain’s Republican government…

Remembrance of Things Polish: The Power of Art

October 2012. I stood in the Bibliothèque Polonaise on the Ile Saint Louis in Paris, looking at the works of Andrzej Kreütz-Majewski. Captivated. Unsettled. His images haunted me and I had to find out more about him. An operatic and theatrical scenery designer, and professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Kreütz-Majewski was…

Macau’s Portuguese Legacy

Custard tarts and patterned stone pavements. These are the attractions that stood out for me in Macau when I visited it with my husband before China reclaimed it. Both are Portugal’s legacy to China. You may know that Hongkong once belonged to the British. But it’s neither the first nor the only Chinese region occupied…

What Is Art, Really? Part 1

This is a reblog from my old “lost” site. But, I believe it deals with a question we revisit all the time. What is art? Is it what YOU call art? What an art critic calls art? An art historian, perhaps? Or, is it what WE all collectively call art? Is it art because an…

The Arabesque in a Calla Lily

Monet has his haystacks, George Morandi his bottles, Cezanne his Mont Sainte Victoire. There are probably many other artists obsessed with a specific thing to make art with. I’m very far from counting myself among those masters, but I do see how easy it is to get mired in one subject matter. For me, recently,…

Playing with Digital Art On A Big iPadPro 

I’ve been playing with iPad art-making since 2009, mostly because I have fun doing art. Okay, yeah, it makes me feel good every time I finish a piece and my ego swells a bit when a piece is “successful.” A few months ago, I got a gift of a big iPadPro (12.9 inch) and since…

Making Art: Digital Painting

One good feature the iPad has over a typical computer with mouse-driven software is that it lets you mimic directly on the screen the gestures you make when painting on canvas. I paint free-hand, with all the idiosyncrasies of my flawed perception and hesitant strokes.