These articles will challenge your intellect while satisfying your need for beauty.
- The Harlem Renaissance.
- Don’t you just hate it when the block you’re piecing turns out too small?
- Beautiful Zentangle designs.
- I love acapella singing. This group gives me goosebumps, they’re so good.
- I’ve never heard of the Chinese Lantern Festival, but I was delighted to come across these beautiful photographs of it.
- Informative article on sketchbook hacks.
- Sweet little embroidered Psalm 23 book.
- A different way to live during the pandemic.
- Split-second photography.
- An early history of pen-and-ink drawing.
- Some disturbing photographs.
- Gorgeous quilts in fall colors.
Joseph Bologne was born December 25, 1745, on the island of Guadeloupe in the West Indies. His father was a minor French noble; his mother was the African slave of his father’s wife.
His father adored the baby boy, and couldn’t help noticing his quick intellect. He wanted nothing more than for Joseph to grow up and take his place among the nobility. He even gave him a special title: le Chevalier de Saint-Georges. His early education included learning to read and write in French, riding, shooting, and playing the violin.
When Joseph was eight, his father moved him and his mother to Paris. Joseph was enrolled in an exclusive academy. He became an accomplished swordsman, virtually unbeatable at fencing. He was also an elegant dancer and very popular with the ladies.
But his greatest talent was his musicianship. He was a virtuoso violinist. The young queen, Marie Antoinette, herself a fine musician, invited him to come to Versailles and play with her. Joseph was also an acclaimed composer and a sought-after conductor. He aspired to be the director of the Paris Opera. But the three divas of the opera company complained to King Louis XVI that it was beneath them to take orders from a mulatto. The king left the position unfilled.
Eventually, Joseph became aware of the longing of the French people for a more egalitarian form of government. He sympathized with the cause of the Revolution, and became the commander of a regiment of a thousand black soldiers. After the overthrow of the monarchy and the beheading of Louis XVI, the Reign of Terror began, and the nobles’ lives were at risk—including the Chevalier’s. Joseph was imprisoned. Ultimately, he kept his head and was released.
Today Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, is known for the beautiful music he composed. Sadly, after his lifetime, his music fell out of favor and was not performed for almost 200 years; but in recent decades, it has been rediscovered and new audiences appreciate his genius. He is thought to be the first Black classical composer. His style is often compared to Mozart’s.
If you have some time, the following video gives more details of his life and features some of his music. WARNING: Some scenes are not appropriate for children.
On Tuesday, my husband’s podiatrist told us she got her flu shot. Somehow, that fills me with hope for 2021. So do these awesome articles:
- This one made me cry. The video is too echo-y. Scroll down and read the essay.
- Writer’s playlist.
- When we can travel again, maybe we can go to Mexico.
- This article from 2018 may help you set your creative goals for 2021.
- 12-year-old Jesus didn’t have all the answers.
- Interesting shots.
- Everything I know about physicist Richard Feynman I learned from watching The Big Bang Theory. I didn’t know he liked to draw.
- Good advice. And some not as good. And some I don’t understand.
- These signs made me laugh.
- There are reasons why you shouldn’t drive drunk, and there are reasons why you shouldn’t sing drunk. But they’re not the same reasons. Apparently, singing drunk is great fun, and nobody dies. Read about the Australian Pub Choir.
- A quilter shares the 17 quilts she made in 2020.
- This is an interesting idea: praying with index cards.
Happy New Year! (May it be better than last year. Please, God. Amen.)
- A doodle diary helps a man deal with the loss of his wife.
- Gorgeous zentangles.
- Encouragement from strangers.
- Extraordinarily beautiful cats.
- I love this story about a woman who put together an art class for her neighbors’ children.
- A quilter grows in her craft.
- Paper cranes taken to the next level.
- Whoa! I didn’t even know this existed! ChromeMusicLab. You gotta show your kids. Fun for grownups, too.
- Fabulous children’s book illustrators.
- For the children’s writers: magazine markets for children’s stories.
- A forgotten genius, the Michelangelo of the 20th century.
- For the birds.
Merry Christmas! May God’s Love indwell you today and always.
- Beautiful (and humorous) embroideries.
- Zentangle + pottery.
- A quilter grows through the years.
- An Andy Warhol exhibit from two years ago. I missed this article when it was first posted, but I was happy to come across it now.
- The story behind Handel’s Messiah.
- I love libraries. Here are how some decorated for Christmas.
- The story behind “Silent Night.”
- A quilter photographs her many quilts.
- The prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve ever seen.
- Verdigogh always looks so Christmasy to me. Here’s how several artists interpreted it.
- This blog definitely gets the best reader comments. You guys are all going to have to step it up on ARHtistic License. (Let that be one of your New Year resolutions.)
- This might be too late for you, so you might want to bookmark it for next year: how to sew gift bags.
Thank you to Kathy Temean and to Writing and Illustrating for these beautiful Christmas images and lovely accompanying music.
CHERYL PILGRIM: Being featured on Illustrator Saturday Janruary 11, 2020.
KATE COSGROVE: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
DEBORAH MELMAN: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
FRANCE BRASSARD:FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY
Jing, Jing, Jing Jingle,
the bells mix and mingle
with clip-clopping hooves as we glide,
on a sleigh sliding silently,
winding a path
on a shadowy, whispery ride
Toes tap and tingle,
as jingle bells jingle,
a single brave horse leads the way.
We snuggle together
like sleepy snowbirds
at the end of this best Christmas Day.
By Carol Murray
JIM STARR: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
RUTH SANDERSON: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
RUTH SANDERSON: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
RENE GRAEF: FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
TIEMDOW PHUMIRUK:FEATURED ON ILLUSTRATOR SATURDAY.
HOW BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS
How beautiful these wintry nights,
scented trees and twinkling lights,
ribboned gifts, stocking hung,
cookies baked and carols sung.
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Only one more week till Christmas.
- Precision dance team.
- Pretty much everybody’s pandemic experience.
- How a bunch of people interpreted the tangle pattern XLnt.
- Wonderful music for Christmas.
- Lovely embroidered Christmas quilt.
- Beautiful family Christmas tradition.
- Writers don’t have a monopoly on block.
- How to sketch at a concert.
- You still have time to make these masterpiece Christmas ornaments. This is an old article, so some of the product links don’t work, but the video tutorial is very good, and you can use whatever supplies you can find.
- How stacked firewood inspired a quilt design.
- Awesome illustrations from children’s books.
- Crazy Christmas Zentangles!
One of the things I miss most during this pandemic is the opportunity to play in my church’s handbell choir, Ringing Praise. I love the camaraderie with my fellow ringers (they are the nicest people). The sound of bells lifts my heart, especially at Christmastime. I’ve put together a little virtual concert of Christmas music. (And if this is not enough for you, you can listen to the handbell post I put together last December.)
Joy to the World:
Solo: Angels We Have Heard on High:
All I Want For Christmas Is You:
Sing We Now of Christmas:
Fum, Fum, Fum:
A Midnight Clear: A Christmas Nocturne:
We Three Kings:
The Bell Daze of Christmas:
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: