March 6, 2019

After having studied classical painting Paris and visiting the Louvre so many times I lost count, I decided to bookend my studies by viewing some of the oldest masterpieces in the world, so I boarded a train and seven hours later arrived in the Dordogne, where Cro-Magn...

June 6, 2017

I was unpacking my clothes for my week-long stay in London when I began to hear sirens. My first thought was that they're like our American sirens, the tones of which go up at the end, not like the ones in Paris. I made a mental note to mention this to my daughter. 

Mos...

May 21, 2017

I had the thought again. It's usually a variation on, "What makes you think you're good enough to be a full-time artist? And what purpose does art serve anyway?"

Since I've been listening to this voice all my life, I'm going give the commenter a name. Henceforth he sha...

May 10, 2017

On my quest to see all the Rembrandts in the world  I've been to the Mauritshuis, (pro tip; it's pronounced "Mawr-its-house) the Rijksmuseum, and the Louvre and in each case, when I've found myself in front of a painting I can learn a lot from, I pull out my sketchbook...

May 10, 2017

Sometimes you don't need any "outside help" to see a rainbow of colors on the human face.

I began my first conversation with my instructor at Studio Escalier by saying that I wasn't yet able to see on the model all the colors that I know are there from viewing portraits...

May 1, 2017

RuPaul says, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love anybody else?" Part of loving yourself is allowing yourself to be happy, not feeling guilty about it. But do you deserve to be happy? 

There will be a quiz at the end of this article, but first may...

April 24, 2017

When I got onto the bus to go from Hoorn to Medemblik, I asked the driver to make sure I was on the correct bus. An older, white-haired man was driving the bus and took pity on me. In his meager English (hey way more than my Dutch!) he said I'm was on the correct bus a...

April 20, 2017

We don't know how deep his voice was and we can only guess how tall he was, but in his day, he was a rockstar. I think he swaggered.  

Look at him. By the time he was in his late twenties he was an acknowledged master of painting, with money rolling in from wealthy patr...

April 20, 2017

Although I don't recommend going on a trip to Europe and leaving your medicine in California, even a big mistake like that can have its hidden benefits. 

Don't get me wrong; forgetting medicine is a nightmare. First of all, it's illegal for someone back home to ship it...

April 4, 2017

the last 5 things I need to do before my trip to Europe

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