Art Blog

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Out To Sea

Unchartered Waters Late last year I decided to take a risk, head into uncharted waters, so to speak, and experiment with different methods of painting. My new venture included changes in “mark making”, or drawing, and new the use of mediums like oil pastel, ink, and acrylic paint. The new tack was a result of an effort to expand my artistic voice by taking classes at the Art Students League of Denver. In one class I was challenged to approach all exercises in a non-objective manner. One of my really great teachers, Jeff Wentzel, suggested that I use my left […]

Realism vs. Expressionism: It’s All So Abstract

Kathy’s Thoughts: We had a busy Fall season and I apologize for not getting a newsletter out for several months. The twins are in high school and now have a Driving Permit! Scary. Ron has had works hanging at the Littleton Museum and currently, a piece at the Impasto Art Gallery in Longmont, CO. But the most exciting news of all is that Ron is experimenting with Abstract styles. After years of painting Abstract Realism, he is beginning to test the waters of Abstract Expressionism. Thus, I’ve had to do some research… Abstract Realism vs. Abstract Expressionism: In my ongoing education of […]

Identify Your Individuality: The Best You Can Be

Caravaggio: Identify His Strengths I had Michelangelo da Caravaggio looking over my shoulder recently. During our visit to Scotland, we had a chance to view the Beyond Caravaggio exhibit at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. The collection of paintings identifies artists that were influenced by his use of light and shadow. That’s him behind me from the amazing “The Taking of Christ”. Art historians celebrate and identify Caravaggio for his groundbreaking use of shadow to create depth and an amazing sense of realism. However, I find an immediacy in his tableaus which makes the viewer feel as if they […]


A Scottish Anniversary: A Beautiful Place to Be!

In case you hadn’t heard, Ron and I have just returned from a 10-day Scottish 20th-anniversary trip. What a beautiful place it is. I have always wanted to see it as I am amazed by the history and contributions to modern society that this small rather remote Isle has given us. Not to mention the Edinburgh International Festival and the accompanying Fringe Arts Festival that takes place in August. Magnificent all around! All Things Scottish We began our Scottish adventure in the beautiful medieval city of Edinburgh. In August, the population doubles as people from around the world flow into […]

Art Deco at Radio City Music Hall

Kathy’s thoughts from New York: I recently chaperoned one of the twins and 19 of his peers to New York City for a four-day, fun filled, jam packed weekend of adventure, discovery, and excitement. Most of the kids had never been to the Big Apple before, nor seen any city quite like it. We went to two Broadway shows and the Ballet. We visited Ground Zero and Ellis Island. The kids took two fantastic acting classes and rode a subway for the first time. All very exciting, however, my personal favorite was… Radio City Music Hall Radio City Music Hall. In […]