July 4, 2018

Since my 9 year-old great-nephew was visiting from Pittsburgh, I decided to do something fun with him that I haven't done since I was a kid. Nature prints, or sun art. We made a bunch of these beautiful pictures and actually framed one for a bedroom upstairs in the Tru...

June 19, 2018

After waiting a week, I got my grade. My thesis earned and "A" which made me VERY happy. Then, finally on June 18th, I got the official notice that it was approved. I am officially done and just waiting for the paper to prove it. Now I can finally breath and figure out...

May 24, 2018

It seems impossible, but it's not. Two weeks ago I commenced, wore my hat, gown, and graduate hood through a wonderful ceremony at AAU. That gave me 2 1/2 weeks to finish my thesis, odd, to have the ceremony before the end of the semester, but schedules are tight for t...

April 7, 2018

Wow, time is flying. I cannot believe that it is April already and I am still spending so much time on my graduate thesis. I can't wait until it is done, but I also am so in love with the subject, that I may end up researching further and writing a book. Most of all, I...

March 8, 2018

February 15, 2018

Wow, it has been a crazy couple of months. The holidays flew by and so did the new year. That meant it was time to get back to class but first, a trip to Paris. Yes, an amazing week in Paris in January spent visiting every museum that we could fit in and all of the chu...

November 29, 2017

I don't know when I became obsessed with skulls, but I am. I love to paint, draw, sketch, etc. images of skulls. This is not limited to animal skulls, although they are my favorite, but human skulls as well. My favorite however are bovine skulls, with the horns attache...

November 28, 2017

During the Thanksgiving week, we had an exercise to help us paint clouds and trees in an Impressionistic style. It amazes me how quickly these instructors put paint on the canvas and turn it into art. It seems like they use a minimum of brush strokes and their brush ju...

November 17, 2017

Fayum Paintings, or Fayum Mummy Portraits, are portrait paintings that were discovered in Fayum, which is an oasis region 150 miles south of Alexandria, from the 1st and 2nd century AD. They were excavated from a cemetery, found buried with the mummified remains of the...

November 15, 2017

One of the reasons that I decided to study Art History at AAU is the requirement for studio classes. Understanding the artistic process is important to understanding the art. It also helps to understand terminology better. Terms like underpainting, cartoon, glazes, etc...

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