Category Archives: Art

Monday Morning Wisdom #390

Monday Morning Wisdom #390

“If you’re not failing now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
—Woody Allen

Creative Juice #319

Creative Juice #319

The Thanksgiving weekend edition. I’m thankful for all the creative artists who inspire us.

Creative Juice #318

Creative Juice #318

Note from Andrea: I goofed. This article was supposed to appear tomorrow, but when I turned on my computer today, I forgot what day it was; I thought it was Friday instead of Thursday and I expected to see Creative Juice up on my blog–so I went to my future-scheduled posts and edited this to publish immediately, and it wasn’t until afterward that I realized my mistake. So, I’m sorry–I’ve got nothing for tomorrow; I jumped the gun today.

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Creative Juice #317

Creative Juice #317

Lots of gorgeous photography this week.

Paul Gauguin


In researching Paul Gauguin’s life for this post, I came across these four lovely videos from the National Gallery of Art, which tell Gauguin’s story much better than I could. Each is short; altogether it takes a little over half an hour to watch all four.

The Tahitian paintings are the ones that come to mind when I think of Gauguin, but many of his earlier paintings are very charming and more realistic.

Suzanne Sewing, 1880
Susanne Sewing, Paul Gauguin, 1880
Still-Life with Fruit and Lemons (c. 1880)
Still Life with Fruit and Lemons, Paul Gauguin, 1880
Martinique Landscape 1887
Martinique Landscape, Paul Gauguin 1887

I think Paul Gauguin was not a very nice man, at least not toward his wife. They had four children, but Paul was always going off and leaving them and his wife behind. In Tahiti, he took 3 child brides.

The Swineherd, Brittany (1888)
The Swineherd, Brittany, by Paul Gauguin 1880
Painter's Family in the Garden in Rue Carcel, 1881
Painter’s Family in the Garden in Rue Carcel, Paul Gauguin 1881
La Bergère Bretonne, 1886
La Bergère Bretonne, Paul Gauguin 1886

And now we go to Tahiti.

Tahitian Women on the Beach (1891)
Tahitian Women on the Beach, Paul Gauguin 1891
Sacred spring, sweet dreams, 1894
Sacred Spring, Sweet Dreams, Paul Gauguin 1894
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 1897
Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Paul Gauguin 1897
Two Tahitian Women (1899)
Two Tahitian Women, Paul Gauguin 1899

I love all of these paintings. Gauguin is considered one of the leading Post-Impressionists. He was a major influence on Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque, among others.

Inktober2022 Day 30


I’m using the Twinchietober prompt today. The pattern is Heart Stack by Barbara Duel Johnson.

Heart Stack by Barbara Duel Johnson

I only managed to make six drawings for Inktober this year, mostly because I started late. Nevertheless, I’m glad I jumped in, because I did more drawing than I would have without the challenge.

Inktober2022 Day 28


I played with one of the patterns from Twinchietober, Champ by Antje Romers:

Champ by Antje Romers

Creative Juice #315

Creative Juice #315

Some pretty things, some scary things, some tips for fiction writers, and more.

Inktober2022 Day 26


Tangle Pattern D-D-D by Barbara Duel Johnson. It reminds me of wrought iron scrollwork.

D-D-D by Barbara Duel Johnson

Inktober2022 Day 24


Today’s prompt is fairy.