“Temple of Small Wishes” touch the commonality of ordinary life. We often forget the pleasure derived from meeting our basic needs. We take them for granted. But as trivial as shaving, indoor plumbing or comfortable napping, it is the universal desires all humans share. For some, they are the luxury of obliviousness. For others, they are out of reach. Roberts neither comments nor criticizes. Here, she simply paints the joy and enshrines such happiness so we all can embrace.
For those who are used to touring art museums in the Northeast, Frank Reaugh is not a name that can be heard or found frequently. But upon my arrival to Texas, one fact ignited my interest in this artist: the only Texas artist who exhibited at the World's Columbia Exposition in 1893 was not Frederic … Continue reading Seeking Picturesque Texas
Here is a four-question art quiz. We'll randomly choose among those with the correct answers July 31, 2010 and send a free Urban Art and Antiques T-Shirt to a winner. It's not the world's easiest quiz, but we're confident someone will present four correct answers. Click images to expand . 1) This medium of image … Continue reading A Short Art Quiz
Even though Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin has used pastel extensively back in 18th century, the Pastel Society of America was only founded a little more than 30 years ago. (After the death of Mary Cassatt and William Merritt Chase, the pastel as a painting medium almost died.)The opinion that only oil paintings are worth displaying still prevails. … Continue reading The 35th Annual Exhibition of Pastel Society of America at Butler Museum of American Art
After the pastel workshop by Kevin Mclatchy at Hoyt Institute of Art, I didn’t create anything satisfying. It is hard to concentrate when you know you have to finish something within one and half hours and it is even harder if you try to do a landscape painting from places which do not inspire you. … Continue reading Pastel Workhop at Hoyt by Kevin McLatchy
The opening reception of recent works by Joe Witzel is held at PANZA Gallery in Millvale yesterday. Joe, living in Troy hill of Pittsburgh, frequently drives up to Moraine State Park to draw the goldenrods in different seasons. When I stood in a full room of goldenrod paintings in vivid colors and eye-catching forms, the … Continue reading Mainly Goldenrod — Works by Joe Witzel
The Hoyt Institute of Fine Art now features a special exhibition of works by Wolf Kahn in pastel, a medium what Kahn calls his determining medium. On the one hand, it is special to show works in a medium which directness and freshness are less known compared to oil paint; on the other hand, the … Continue reading The dust on butterflies’ wings – Wolf Kahn in pastel