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August 28

Everyone’s a Critic

When I was in Rome last summer, I had the distinct pleasure of taking in Michelangelo’s artwork in the Sistine Chapel. Most people know about the famous ceiling, but this work is just as impressive. It is the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel and depicts the Second Coming of Christ and final judgment by […]

August 23

A Gentle Answer

Not much needs to be said about this painting. It is self-explanatory. I identify with both figures—the one with the arrows in the back and the one with the bow. How about you? I am currently reading a book, A Gentle Answer: Our “Secret Weapon” in an Age of Us Against Them by Scott Sauls. […]

August 16

Loneliness or Solitude?

Elijah, the subject of this painting, was a great prophet in the Old Testament. At one point, he predicts a terrible draught is going to ravage the land. God told Elijah to flee to a stream called Cherith. Lonely and in despair, Elijah did as he was told and waited on the Lord. Ravens delivered […]

August 07

Let Us Rejoice!

Let’s have a little fun. When Italian pastry chef Matteo Stucchi makes his culinary creations, you can bet he has a little fun. His cakes are clever, imaginative, and put a smile on my face (as well as a craving for sweets in my mouth!). I would love to be a fly on the wall […]

August 05

Healing Our Wounds

When I was at an art retreat in Venice last summer (seems like years ago!), I found myself with a couple of unscheduled hours, so I made my way to a museum to do one of my favorite activities: look at art. I came across this painting of the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke […]

July 31

Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

Claude Vignon’s painting, “The Lament of St. Peter,” is a beautiful example of how an artist can use lights and shadows to create a sense of depth. The background is almost indiscernible, yet the robe, hands, and face of Peter are richly illuminated. We see the pain in Peter’s eyes, but with a glance, we […]

July 23

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Summer—the time of year for flowers! Everyday I linger among my peonies, marigolds, and geraniums, thanking God for their beauty. We often send flowers to people we love to show our affection or to brighten their day. In the Victorian age, flowers became the primary way people shared their feelings. Proclaiming affection in those days […]

July 10

I Have Called You Friend

This lovely painting of two friends reading together comes from the French impressionist, Pierre Auguste Renoir. His first foray into art was creating designs on fine china, but he went on to become a prolific painter, creating several thousand paintings in his lifetime. In his later years, he suffered severe rheumatoid arthritis which left him […]

June 26

Standing Strong

One of the attractions in New York City is a bronze statue called, “Fearless Girl,” sculpted by Kristen Visbal. She is a 50-inch high ponytailed powerhouse with attitude, facing down the famous Charging Bull sculpture, a longstanding symbol of Wall Street. After she was installed on March 7, 2017 (the day before International Women’s Day), […]

June 19

The Journey, Not the Goal

If you want to see some amazing paintings of the sea, go here. Marine artist Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky creates mesmerizing waves and seascapes and has over 6,000 paintings devoted to the subject of oceans. An article in “My Modern Met,” says, “What separates Aivazovsky’s seascape paintings from others is his ability to replicate both the […]