Category Archives: Art

Guest Post: James Abbott McNeill Whistler – Landscapes, by Joy of Museums

Guest Post: James Abbott McNeill Whistler – Landscapes, by Joy of Museums

Thank you to Joy of Museums for this discussion of some of Whistler’s landscapes.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903) was an American artist active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in the United Kingdom. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake.”

He found a parallel between painting and music and entitled many of his paintings “arrangements,” “harmonies,” and “nocturnes,” emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers.

A Tour of James Abbott McNeill Whistler – Landscapes

Southend Pier by James Abbott McNeill Whistler


Southend Pier by James Abbott McNeill Whistler depicts groups of people walking at the water’s edge. Southend Pier, a major landmark in Southend-on-Sea, in southeastern Essex, England, is in the background.

In the early 19th century, Southend was growing as a seaside holiday resort. The coast at Southend consists of extensive mudflats, so the sea is never deep even at full tide. The pier was built to allow boats to reach Southend at all tides. By 1848 it was the longest pier in Europe at 7,000 feet (2,100 m). By the 1850s, the railway had reached Southend with it a significant influx of visitors from London. After this painting was made, it was decided to replace the pier with a new iron pier.

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Video of the Week #241: Wet on Wet


Creative Juice #177

Creative Juice #177

The Valentine’s Day edition of CJ. Wishing you lots of love.



A few years ago I started a tradition of posting a bunch of Zentangle® valentines in February. Last year I thought I coined a new term: Valentangle. This year I discovered there has been a Valentangle challenge for several years already, so I didn’t invent the word.

I tried to join the Valentangle2020 Facebook group (in fact, I tried several times), but I never got approved. I don’t know if it was a glitch, or I missed a secret deadline, or they really don’t want me.

Anyway, I’m still calling these Valentangles.

This one uses the pattern Ixorus:


This one combines Snail and Florz:


This design is called Pepper. Doesn’t it look like a zebra?


This one uses the design Mistrel:


This one is filled with Double S:


This might be my personal favorite of the group. Drupe:


I am calling this one “Heart Attack”:


This one uses Puffle, Onamato, and Luv-A. Puffle reminds me of ribbon candy.


Which one do you like best? Vote in the comments.

If you want to see my previous Valentine posts, click on the years: 2019, 2018, 2017.

Video of the Week #240: Origami Stop-Motion Animation


Saturday Sculpture: Art Show




Taken at the Arizona Fine Art Expo in 2016. Click on the images to enlarge and read captions. Photos © ARHuelsenbeck.

More Sculpture Saturday.

Creative Juice #176

Creative Juice #176

Beautiful stuff and also sad news.