February 15

At What Price?

What interesting subject matter for a painting—a 16th Century knight paying ransom for the return of his two kidnapped daughters. The painter, John Everett Millais, was an Englishman and a child prodigy. At the age of eleven, he became the youngest student to enter the Royal Academy Schools. He is also known for establishing the […]

February 08

Go Out Into the Deep

First, a little art history lesson. During the Renaissance, artists transferred their designs to the wall, canvas or drapery using what was called a “cartoon.” This term comes from the Italian word for paper (cara) and the suffix “-one,” so basically it was a large piece of paper. After the art was created on the […]

February 01

So That No One Can Boast

I stumbled upon this artist, Cody F. Miller, while browsing the web and I love his work. He creates with cut paper and paint, which explains the unique look. In his artist’s statement, he says, “The paintings I have created are my thoughts on the rich and complex message of God handed down throughout history […]

January 26

Reckless Abandon

The winter is getting long and yes, I know it is January and I live in the north country, but I do long to look out my window and see more than mostly white (and for the thermometer to go above zero!). My heart aches for spring and green and color, which will be here […]

January 13

Words Stuck in My Head

As I’m writing this in my office, I can hear our preschoolers in the room across the hall singing at the top of their lungs: “My God is so GREAT; My God is so MIGHTY; there’s NOTHING my God cannot DO, for YOU!” Yes, they are shouting the words that are in upper case. I […]

January 09

Worthless or a Masterpiece?

Just when you think you’ve seen it all. Today, we are not looking at some great Renaissance masterpiece, but something quite different. Paint has been replaced with dryer lint, meticulously placed by Laura Bell of Roscommon, Mich., to create a 14 ft. wide by 4 ft. high reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The […]

January 06

What the Heck?

Last summer while in Vienna, my husband and I went to the Belvedere Museum. Off to one side, I spotted a room that immediately sparked my interest. I couldn’t help being drawn into this round room that held 60 or so busts by sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Each bust’s facial expression looked as if they […]