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Homebodies - Perspectives No. 399

Homebodies

Perspectives No. 399

Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878,  Mary Cassatt
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair     1878     Mary Cassatt

   We hope that you are all well and adjusting, gradually, to our new way of life. While we have lost much of our mobility, most of us are compensating by becoming better connected digitally. We are currently ramping up our efforts on The Artist’s Road to provide you with more downloadable content to enjoy and encourage you to take full advantage of all the other 750+ articles, including videos, step-by-step demonstrations, artist interviews and more. Just type in a subject in the search bar on our home page and a list of articles related to the subject will pop up.

   Since most of us are stuck at home these days, now might be a great time to become an “armchair traveler”. You can settle into your favorite chair while enjoying some our many workshop and travel adventure articles. They are packed with stories of places we have gone to paint overseas and in the U.S., accompanied by interesting pictures, maps, and other important information which you can use to plan a future adventure. We are working now on part II of our trip last October to St. Rémy de Provence, France, where Van Gogh spent the last year of his life painting so many of the masterpieces loved by the world today. We visited the hospital where he stayed and painted the ancient olive groves there, looked at the famous gardens, and even saw the view from his bedroom window, all of which he memorialized in his paintings. We can report that St. Rémy is still a very inspiring place for artists. Members read: In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Part I.

   We’ve been revisiting a book from our library of art books:  Impressionist Cats and Dogs: Pets in the Painting of Modern Life, by James H. Rubin. We don’t know how we would get through this time without our own furry companions and the paintings in this lovely book reinforce the importance of pets to the impressionist artists. There are paintings by Cassatt, Renoir, Monet, Degas, Manet, Caillebotte, Bazille, Cezanne and many more by artists throughout history. Perhaps this book might inspire some wonderful pet paintings to be created by our Artist Road members. If you do paint your furry pals, send us a good jpeg—we’ll show it off on the site!

   Perhaps the best thing we can all do in this unparalleled time is be kind to each other and ourselves, something our pets seem to do for us effortlessly. We’re trying to be more like them while we work at creating beauty in our studios. Beauty and kindness are healing and have never been more needed than now. Best wishes to all of you.




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