Found on the shore of Tempe Town Lake. Doing double duty today for the Sculpture Saturday and Sunday Trees challenges.
You’re bound to find some inspiration in one of these twelve articles.
- Sometimes reverse psychology is just good parenting.
- Because Father’s Day is just around the corner.
- Lovely scrap quilt.
- Who knew chard could be so inspiring?
- Interesting facts about James Joyce.
- Sculpture and trees just naturally go together.
- A herd of elephants in London.
- A debut novelist’s journey to finished book. And a giveaway!
- Improving your photographs by looking for contrast.
- I love this artist’s Instagram page.
- Lovely watercolors.
- Want to write a story but none of your ideas are working? Here—try one of these story starters.
Today all my curated articles are from one of my favorite blogs, MyOBT (aka My One Beautiful Thing). Blogger Donna has a daily mission to share one beautiful thing. And she succeeds every day.
- Get funky with the Ember Trio.
- Gorgeous embroidery.
- Photo-realistic paintings.
- Braids to die for.
- Dogs, beautifully photographed.
- Now that we’re approaching the end of the pandemic, quarantine seems oddly funny. . .
- I didn’t realize there are so many different varieties of birds of paradise.
- Tour some famous residences.
- Dance rehearsals.
- Safety helmets don’t have to be bland.
- Bird watching.
- Fanciful creatures fashioned from papier mache.
Enjoy these? Maybe you should follow MyOBT.
Awesomely inspiring stuff this week.
- Bank of America is celebrating art by posting videos discussing artworks in their Masterpiece Moments series.
- Beautiful photographs of a special child.
- I just love this quilter’s sewing room. (Remember, thou shalt not covet.)
- Nathalie transformed an old ledger with foam stamps.
- I love to see what people do in their art journals. Don’t you?
- I know I’ve linked a lot of these fine art recreations over the past year, but I don’t remember if I’ve linked this particular batch.
- There’s a lot of wisdom in this collection of unsolicited advice.
- You’re never too old to start to paint. (Also, you can too have a career making music.)
- Lovely zentangles on this Instagram page.
- Toward AAPI understanding.
- Glass sculpture.
- Make stuff out of pallets. If only I knew where to get some.
The French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is considered one of the founders of the Impressionist movement.
His father expected him to study law, for which Edgar had no enthusiasm. He dropped out of law school to enroll in the École des Beaux-Arts. He intended to become a historical artist, and studied the classical techniques.
Degas enjoyed going to the Louvre and copying the work of the masters. It was there that he is said to have met Édouard Manet, one of his influences. Soon he gave up painting historical scenes in favor of depictions of contemporary life. In 1868 painted his first painting with a ballet theme, a subject with which he will forever be identified.
In 1872 he visited relatives in New Orleans, and while there produced a number of paintings, including A Cotton Office in New Orleans.
Degas was an organizer of the Impressionist Exhibitions, eight art shows from 1874-1886 that showcased artists who were eschewed by the French Academy Salon. By then he was friends with a number of the Impressionists, including Mary Cassatt, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, and Édouard Manet, although he hated painting outdoors and considered himself a realist.
Perhaps one of his most famous works is his sculpture The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, which critics proclaimed ugly. I’ve loved that statue since I first saw a picture of it when I was a freshman in high school.
Things to try. Things to remember.
- Famous musicians photographed with their parents.
- Sketch of a Mumbai market.
- Traditional sculptures with a twist.
- An article about the pandemic from a year ago. Interesting.
- 25 ways to make your kid smile.
- Amazing tricks of nature.
- For the writers: here are some challenges to ramp up your writing skills.
- Have you always wanted to learn free-motion quilting, but were afraid to try? Here’s a free challenge to get you started.
- Is the pandemic over yet? Here’s a playlist.
- Could your kids use a virtual storytime? How about with astronauts reading from space?
- How choice and chance play out in our lives.
- A watercolorist describes her process.
Pretty to look at. Fun to think about.
- Paper sculptures.
- Beautiful quilts-in-progress.
- What happened when James Baldwin and Margaret Mead got together.
- The truth about the National Parks.
- A treehouse resort.
- Night stars. Blue photography.
- A February stroll through an artist’s Jersey City neighborhood.
- A new picture book about the first female fire spotter.
- A year’s worth of coronavirus photographs. You might want to get a tissue.
- Amazing octagonal homes. Skip over the racist views.
- Some unorthodox hair colors make me wonder, what was she thinking? These are mostly gorgeous.
- Manet’s art as performance, performance as art.
I recently read a captivating article in the Smithsonian magazine about a French artist I’d never heard of, Rosa Bonheur (March 16, 1822—May 25, 1899). Her story is a perfect topic for Women’s History Month.
Named Marie-Rosalie, she started painting as a child, with a little instruction from her art teacher father, and by copying paintings in the Louvre. By the time she was 26, she was winning awards for her art. Empress Eugénie (the wife of Napoleon III) awarded her the medal of Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, the first woman to be so honored for achievement in the arts. Royalty of Mexico, Spain, and Russia also honored her. She was the richest and most famous female artist of 19th-century France. Yet, today, few recognize her name.
Bonheur loved nature, and she collected many pets, such as dogs, sheep, horses, monkeys, lions, and tigers. She produced many detailed, life-like paintings and sculptures of animals. She liked to observe animals up close, often in all-male settings like livestock fairs and slaughterhouses. Wearing the long skirts of the day in such locations would be inconvenient; she had to apply for a special permit to wear male clothing, documented by a letter from her physician that it was required “for reason of health.”
Rosa Bonheur achieved fame as an artist at a time when most female artists were not even taken seriously. After her death, her work fell out of fashion, but a woman recently purchased Bonheur’s former residence, which she is transforming into a museum of her work. To learn more about Bonheur and the effort to give her the attention she deserves, click the link in the first paragraph of this post.
Doing double duty today with Sunday Trees and Sculpture Saturday.