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How have I coped with this time of social distancing? I took a walk, then another one, and it turned into over 364 walks! From 3/29/2020 until 3/21/2021 I logged in 2200, the length of the Appalachian Trail. Walking daily is probably the best decision I never made! Things I’ve noticed are:

  • I began to listen to nature, and my observational skills increased
  • My concentration level increased
  • I feel in better shape than I have been in decades
  • I am eating much healthier
  • I fit into all my clothes
  • My most creative ideas have come while walking – and I’ve learned to take a notebook with me

According to a study done by Stanford University, walking can increase your creativity by 60%!!!!
If I had read this a few years ago, I would have laughed. But – it Is true. You can read about about this study HERE.

Ampitheater found in the woods

In looking back through history, many of the great creatives walked daily. 

  • Aristotle gave his lectures while walking. His followers were known as peripatetics – Greek for wandering about.
  • Wordsworth walked an estimated 175 thousand miles during his life
  • Dickens walked everyday after writing from 9a-2p – and 20+ miles was not unusual.
  • Thoreau felt walking was a pilgrimage to his Holy Land.
  • Beethoven  took breaks throughout the day to “run into the open”. 
  • Virginia Woolf and James Joyce  took several of their characters on walks that she took herself.
  • Nietsche felt it was where he worked best.
  • Mahler walked up to five hours a day. He had a jerky weird walk which his daughter claimed came from his shift in rhythms.

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Nietsche


I have discovered a hidden world of treasures in my own neighborhood. I have collected over 80 bird feathers, I found a hidden beach, a hidden teepee, a hidden ampitheater – all in my neighborhood!

I have seen a gleeful boy and his father take a bike ride throughout the neighborhood every day after lunch. I have seen a neighbor taking her bird on a walk. I discovered there are three greyhounds (in different homes) on one street, and three standard poodles. There is a cat that likes to walk with her favorite dogs. 

So, get out there and take a walk. Don’t use weather as an excuse, learn to dress properly. As Roger Miller said. “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet”.

And, I know a lot of you will say – you just don’t have time! I have found I don’t have the time NOT TO WALK. As I said, I walk often these days – often working out a problem in my head while moving. A fifteen minute walk outside is better than no walk at all.  Out of ideas? Again, take a walk!

One last observation, 99% of all dead-end streets or cul-de-sacs have a basketball hoop. I wonder what that means?

Basetball hoop

Do you have an walking stories to share?








332 Ormond St. NE

Atlanta, Ga. 

Dementia and Alzheimers are probably the most feared incurable diseases there are. As the people are living longer and the population is aging, most of us will be affected by some form of dementia. This series is inspired by my mother’s journey into dementia.

I begin each painting with multiple layers achieving a tactile surface. The layers are symbolic of the abundance of plaques and tangles that are found in the brain of Alzheimers/Dementia patients.

Each piece represents a different aspect of what I observed during mom’s struggle.

The first is the isolation and the feeling of invisibility patients frequently experience. A figure is painted on a multi-layered textured background. The entire surface is painted out and with mark making the figures begin to emerge from the background, while still being faint and translucent.

Some paintings illustrate the confusion that comes with this disease.I make seemingly random marks creating chaos. Using pen and ink, the lines and dots are connected bringing order to the composition.

Connect the Dots – 18×24

Let Me Call you Sweetheart, 8×10 collage, framed 11×14

There are also a series of collages illustrating the power of music, which has been proven to be an effective treatment to help patients access their memory. As the grand-daughter of both a piano tuner and music teacher, this is close to my heart. Each collage included is based on a particular song that has been proven to be effective. 

The inspiration for the piece on the right is a powerful story.  A woman had been verbally unresponsive for a year. But, when we heard this song on the piano, she began humming along, ultimately singing the words. They found this was the song used in her wedding.



The work shows those with dementia can still be present and they still have stories to share.

For the opening on April 21, 2018, two pieces will be auctioned and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Georgia Alzheimers Association.

These pieces are valued at $600 apiece. 


If you have any stories to share, please put them in the comments. 



June was an unusually light month for me.  Partly, because the first selection took longer than usual!  So, here goes:41A9RTmB7dL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_

CLEOPATRA, A LIFE by Stacy Schiff:  Oh, what a life it was! Her story is told by Stacy Schiff, who previously won the Pulitzer Prize for Vera, Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov. But, be forewarned, this book will take some time. What did I learn? First of all, I learned I know very little about the ancient world. And, what did I know about Cleopatra? I knew the story Shakespeare gave us and the face Hollywood gave us (Elizabeth Taylor). However, there is incest, murder, wars and more. Cleopatra married two of her brothers, went to war with one and poisoned the other. Apparently that was not unusual behavior in those days (her parents may have been siblings.) She had children with the two most powerful men in Rome, Julia Caesar and Marc Antony. Speaking nine languages, read also read Homer and travelled all over the Mediterranean. In fact, as the author herself says, Cleopatra has one of the busiest afterlifes in history – and remember none of the early biographers actually knew her!

THE SHIP OF BRIDES by JoJo Moyes:  Taking place after WWII, it tells the story of 600 Australian brides, and their journey by boat to reunite with the men they met during the war. Interestingly, the HMS Victorious traveled from Sydney with 655 brides, and the author discovered her grandmother was among them. This historical fiction novel tells the story of four women from different background that are forced to share a small cabin for the 6 week journey. Good story based on historical events I never knew happened


THE LAST OF THE HONKY-TONK ANGELS by Marsha Moyer: I realized after I began the book it is a sequel to THE SECOND COMING OF LUCY HATCH, but that doesn’t really matter.  Lucy has married Ash after a whirlwind courtship. After three months, Ash’s ex-wife dumps their 14 year-old daughter on their doorsteps. Seems as if everybody has a secret in this small east Texas town. A little predictable.

69076ff8fed758f2061220d74117df15-w204@1xDINNER WITH BUDDHA: A NOVEL by Roland Merullo: This is the third book in this fictional series and apparently there is another one expected to come out in a couple of years. Food writer Otto Ringling took his first road journey with brother-in-law Volya Rinpoche eight years before this novel takes place. Otto has had many changes to his life during this time, and now his sister has been having dreams about her seven-year-old daughter. Could she be the next Dalai Lama? Otto and Rinpoche travel through the west, visiting Native American reservations, diners, casinos and more, Not only is mindfulness an important lesson to learn, so is learning gratitude and compassion. Often humorous, always thoughtful, I look forward to the next installment, even though this had a fairly satisfying ending.

CREATING MOMENTS OF JOY FOR THE PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S OR DEMENTIA: A JOURNAL FOR CAREGIVERS – Jolene Brackey: I will keep this book and refer back to it, it is a great source of information, as well offering solace and comfort. I made some changes in the way I talk to my mother after reading this book. I have given my copy to other family members to help us with this journey and I’d recommend the book to others. It is very readable, with concrete stories that will make you laugh, cry, but also make you think.

My beautiful mom

My beautiful mom

So – now I have to get back to that other book I started over a week ago that I still haven’t finished. It is due back at the library today, and there is a waiting list for the book so I can’t renew it! I’m almost finished with it, and it too wasn’t the easiest read. I found myself rereading portions of it, but I’m finding the pay off if worth it!  You have to wait until the end of July to know what book it is – but I will say it is often classified as scence fiction (written in 1997).



This is the 17th installment in my on-going series WOMEN IN ART. 

Master and Margarita

Master and Margarita

Nadya Rusheva may be one of the prolific artists I have ever encountered. In her short 17 years, (1952 – 1969) she managed to create more the 10,000 drawings, even though during the last years of her life she couldn’t draw more than half an hour a day.

Never heard of her? Neither had I!

Born in Mongolia, her father, Nikolai Konstantinovich Rusheva (1918-1975) was a theater artist. Her mother, Natalia Azhimaa-Rusheva (born 1926) was a prima ballerina in Tyva.Many of her drawings are at the National Museum of the Republic of Tyva, while most of them are located in the Pushkin Museum  in Moscow.

She began drawing incessantly at the age of five, but her family didn’t realiy pay attention to them until she was seven. She had begun painting and drawing daily, and once drew 36 illustrations (or 40 according to her mother) for The Tsar of Sultan, a poem by Aleksandr Pushkin, in one evening while her father read her the story. (The story was immortalized by Rimsky-Korsakov with an opera).

It is said she did not do preliminary sketches and rarely, if ever, used an eraser.

“I live the life of those I draw. I first see them … they appear on paper as watermarks, and I need to do something to lead around them.”

She also made about thirty drawings based on The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Rusheva, Little Prince

Rusheva, Little Prince

Her drawings were first shown in the offices of the magazine Yunost (meaning Youth), a literary magazine that appealed to the younger generation. They later published her drawings.

In 1966, the family moved to Moscow and the school she attended is now named The Nadia Rusheva Education Center No. 1466, where memorial dates of the Rusheva family are observed.

During her lifetime, she had approximately 15 exhibitions around Russia, Poland and the Ukraine.

She is most well known for her illustrations of the book Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Master and Margarita meeting for the first time

Master and Margarita




Originally banned in Russia, this  work was begun in 1928, with a 2nd highly edited version published in 1966 and 1967. It tells two parallel stories, featuring a visit of the Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union, with the second part taking place during Christ’s final days in Jerusalem



Sadly, she died from a brain hemorrhage caused by a congenital defect of the cerebral arteries.





The name Nadya means “hope” or “living eternally”. Her art will live on forever, her name will live on as far away as outer pace – as there is Asteroid 3516 Rusheva named for her, as is also a pass in the Caucasus Mountain.




Appollo and Daphne

Appollo and Daphne

Master and Margarita

Master and Margarita

Pushkin and Wife dancing

Pushkin and Wife dancing

A gifted artist, a life too short, but stunning nonetheless! 

If you can read Cyrillic – there is much more information about her on line! If you can read Cyrillic and find out more, let me know!





War and Peace Pierra and Natasha

War and Peace Pierra and Natasha


This is the 16th installment of “Women in Art” series


Born Alice Prin, she eventually became known as Kiki De Montparnasse. In the 1920’s, Montparnasse, located on the left bank of the river Seine,  became the meeting place for the artistic world – with artists coming from all over the world. Gertrude Stein ran  a salon that was attended by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Hemingway. Sylvia Beach had Shakespeare and Company, almost going bankrupt publishing Ulysses for James Joyce.  Montparnasse created some great colorful characters, with Kiki in the middle of it all. She would appear at Le Jockey Bar and sing bawdy funny songs, climb up on the tables and lift her skirts to dance (not bothering with underwear). But, she was more than an entertainer, she was a friend to many, a model to some and a muse to others – most notably to Man Ray.

Kiki de Montparnassee 1926 - Man Ray

Kiki de Montparnassee 1926 – Man Ray

She was raised in total poverty by her grandmother. At age twelve, she was sent to Paris to live with her mother, working in shops and bakeries (She was fired from a bakery for darkening her eyebrows with matchsticks!) By the age of fourteen she was posing nude for sculptors – causing her mother to kick her into the streets.

It was Chaim Soutine that named her Kiki when she was posing for him.

Other artists she posed for included Foujita, Picabia, Jean Cocteau, Alexander Calder, Moise Kisling to name a few.

Kiki by Moise Kisling

Kiki by Moise Kissing

 Her companion for six years (or eight years depending on where you look) was the photographer Man Ray, and his most iconic image was a photograph of her, which was reproduced on the cover of the graphic novel about her life. She also starred in several surrealistic films by Man Ray (see link at the end of the post for a tribute to her)

Le Violon d'Ingres - Man Ray

Le Violon d’Ingres – Man Ray


She was a painter in her own right, having a sold-out exhibition of her work in 1927 (however, none of these images were available). It is reported her drawings and paintings included self-portraits, dream landscapes and animals apparently painted in an Impressionistic style (which I find interesting as many of her friends were Surrealists).

In 1929 her memoirs were published (at age 28) with an introduction by Hemingway who wrote:

“about as close as people get nowadays to being a Queen, but that, of course, is very different from being a lady.”

For a few years in the 1930’s she owned a Montparnasse cabaret known at “Chez Kiki”.

“All I need is an onion, a bit of bread, and a bottle of red wine, and I will always find somebody to offer me that.”

Her health began to decline in the 1930’s and she also began financing medical care for her mother.  She left Paris in 1940 to avoid the German occupation living mostly in the South of France.

Kik died in 1953 after collapsing outside her flat. She was only 52, suffering from complications from alcoholism and drug dependence.  Her tomb says:

Kiki, 1901-1953, singer, actree, painter, Queen of Montparnasse

The painter Tsuguharu Foujita said that with the death of Kiki, the glorious days of Montparnassee were buried forever.


This book was apparently banned in the US until the 1970’s. In her honor, a daylily was named Kiki de Montparnasse. There is also a high end sex store that bears her name.

Here is a video of a tribute to Kiki with clips of some of the surrealistic films made by Man Ray.

If you are interested in learning more about Kiki, I highly recommend the graphic novel about her simply titled Kiki de Montparnasse.  I enjoyed researching this, I would like to read more about that glorious time in Paris, so you have recommendations, let me know. I found Kiki was more than just being famous for being famous, there was more to her than that! She lived gloriously for a time, with a tragic ending.




Something I am enjoying about researching this series is discovering artists I was not aware of, but I should have been. Edmonia Lewis is one of these.


UnknownThere isn’t much known about her early life – she was born around 1845 in upstate New York. Her father was African American or Haitian and her mother was part American Indian, possibly Chippewa.  Her parents died when she was nine years old, and at that time her aunts adopted her and her brother. She helped her aunts sell baskets, moccasins, blouses and the like to tourists visiting Niagara Falls. At this time, she went by her Native American name Wildfire (her brother was Sunshine).  Her brother was much older and left for California in 1852, but he sent money back for her care. In 1856 she enrolled in the New York Central College, which was a Baptist abolitionist school. Later, with the help of her brother and abolitionists, she went to Oberlin College when she was 15 and changed her name to Mary Edmonia Lewis. Interestingly, at this time Oberlin College was one of the first higher learning institution in the U.S. to admit both women and people of different ethnicities. This is where she discovered art! She was there from 1859-1863.

At this point, she moved to Boston and studied with the neoclassical sculptor Edward Bracket – a moderately successful sculptor that specialized in marble portrait busts. However, his clients were some of the leading abolitionists of the day, Longfellow and John Brown among them. It was at this time she made her first sale – a sculpture of women’s hands she sold for $8. 

She met Union Colonel Robert Shaw, the commander of an African American regiment from Massachusetts. She created a bust of his likeness and the Shaw family purchased it. Always resourceful, she made plaster cast reproduction of it and sold 100 at $15 apiece.

Bust of Robert Shaw

Bust of Robert Shaw

She was inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha and made several pieces based on its leading characters, off which he drew from Native American legend.

Marriage of Hiawatha

Marriage of Hiawatha


Because of the popularity of her works, she was able to afford a trip to Rome in 1866.  On her passport it was written:

M. Edmonia Lewis is a Black girl sent by subscription to Italy having displayed great talents as a sculptor.”

She spent most of the rest of her life in Rome – working in marble, but focusing on themes and images relating to Black and American Indian people. Working in Rome inspired and influenced her work which continued in the classical style.  For instance, instead of clothing her subjects in modern day clothing, she put them in drapes and capes.

She was part of a circle of expatriate artists among them Nathaniel Hawthorne, Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe – all of whom were living in Rome at the time. 

Her work sold for huge commissions – it was reported in 1873 in the New Orleans Picayune she had accepted two $50,000 commissions. Her studio actually became a tourist destination in Rome!

She participated in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and created the 3000+ pound marble sculpture The Death of Cleopatra, showing the queen in the throes of death.


The sculpture was very popular in the exposition,  but interestingly it disappeared. After being placed in storage.  It was found in a race track in Illinois during World War II atop the grave of a horse named Cleopatra. The grounds ultimately became a shopping mall and the sculpture was moved to a work yard. At some point, a group of well-meaning Boy Scouts actually painted over it. It was eventually given to the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1994 and restored.

She was so popular, former US President USS Grant commissioned her to do his portrait in 1877.

As the neoclassical style diminished in style, so did Lewis’s popularity. She began creating altarpieces for Roman Catholic patrons. She eventually moved to London and not much is known about her later years. It was often thought she died in Rome, but it has been speculated she was buried in San Francisco. But it appears she may have died in near London in 1907 of Bright’s disease. 

Even though there are some holes in her history, it is still fascinating! Her life is still being researched and her work is gaining in popularity again. 

Bust of Lincoln

Bust of Lincoln

Forever Free, the Emancipation of the Civil War

Forever Free, the Emancipation of the Civil War

Indian Combat

Indian Combat





Artemesia Gentileschi  (1593 – 1652/53)

This is my 7th installment in my weekly Women in Art series.

Why do we need to set the record straight? Artemesia fell into obscurity after her death, even though she was one of the first female artists to paint more than the traditional portraits – she actually painted major historical and religious scenarios. The Medici family collected her work.  Michelangelo Buonnarti the Younger (the more famous Michelangelo’s nephew) helped her start her career in Florence. She was friends with Galileo. But, after her death, many of her paintings were thought to have been done by her father, Orazio Gentleschi,  from whom she received early training.

Her technical abilities were beyond reproach. The following painting was done when she was but 16 or 17 years of age.

Madonna and Child 1609

Madonna and Child 1609


When she was not allowed to study in the art academies of the time her father arranged for a friend of his, Agostino Tassi, to teach her. In 1612 her father brought charges of rape against Tassi that resulted in a seven month trial. During the trial it was found that Tazzi planned on murdering his wife, planned to steal some of Orazio’s painting and was having sex with his sister-in-law. Can you believe that? He was sentenced to either a year in prison or banishment – neither of which was carried out. 

After the trial, Artemisia’s father married her off and she moved to Florence. In Florence, she was the first woman accepted into the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno.

Susanna and the Elders 1610

Susanna and the Elders 1610


This is a painting that was attributed to her father for awhile – but it is the first known signed painting by Artemisia. The story is of a virtuous Susanna being sexually harrassed by the elders in the community. Most male painters approached this with a flirtatious and coy Susanna. But, you can see Artemisia shows her scared, upset and vulnerable. Was she our first feminist painter?

Judith Slaying Holofernes 1612-1613

Judith Slaying Holofernes 1612-1613

This painting was possibly inspired by an earlier painting by Caravaggio. But Artemisia’s depiction is must more bloodier and graphic. (see Caravaggio’s below – not nearly as bloody)


Caravaggio's Judith Slaying Holofernes  1598

Caravaggio’s Judith Slaying Holofernes 1598

To read the story of Judith Slaying Holofernes – click here

Judith and her Maidservant 1613-14

Judith and her Maidservant 1613-14

This is a scene after Holofernes is beheaded and they are attempting escape. One interesting thing that is very hard to see online – Judith has an ornament in her hair that is a picture of a man with a lance – was it possibly David, who decapitated Goliath? Scholars believe it is a homage to Michelangelo’s statue of David.


This is considered a self-portrait. In fact, alot of her paintings were self-portraits.

There is must more to know about her life – she even joined her father in London in 1638 into the court of Charles I.

For more information about her life – here are some more references:

The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland

Artemisia – movie from 1997






This is part of an on-going series Women in Art Wednesdays

When I first saw Ingrid Calame’s work, I was blown away. Learning about the process she uses changed the way I forever view the world!


What does she do? Along with assistants, she goes out into the world armed with mylar and spends days tracing the world. What do they trace? Sidewalks, graffiti on a river bed, tire marks on the street, an abandoned pool, the floor of the NYSE, or the Indianapolis raceway (yes, you read that right!) to name a few.

When the seemingly random marks are done,  they are combined by overlaying all the drawings. This is what Calame uses for her paintings.



I think it is best in her own words:

Since the early 90s, I have been working with tracing. I go to specific locations to trace marks, stains and cracks on the ground on to architectural Mylar (polyester-based tracing film). From these tracings I make drawings and paintings. I clean the original tracings and layer them on top of each other. Once I’ve piled up the tracings, I place several rectangles of drafting Mylar on top of them. This determines the size of the drawings I will eventually make. I then start to trace the layers of rubbings that are beneath the rectangles, with a different colour pencil for each layer, peeling back the layers one by one until I reach the bottom of the pile. The final drawings are always a surprise.

Tracings from Buffalo

Tracings from Buffalo

I was recently invited to do a resency at the Albright-Knox art gallery in Buffalo, NY. I traced for three weeks with nine assistants for five days a week. We took tracings from a storage hall at the Arcelor Mittal steel plant, from a wading pool, a parking lot. This working process is important – going out into the world.

My journey through tracing different sites, working with and meeting people and seeing their reactions to the work – all this has changed my understanding of representation and abstraction.


It has been said the Ingrid Calame finds beauty in the grime, starting with markings from places in the world that are in plain sight, but of things very few people stop and look at.

Here is a link to an article about the tracing of the Indianapolis Speedway.

Who wants to go exploring Atlanta with me with a couple of rolls of mylar?





B is for Bourgeois – Women in Art Wednesdays


Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris on Christmas Day, 1911.  A sculptor, she is known for her spiders (hence the nickname Spiderwoman) and the founder of confessional art.  What is confessional art? It is a term used to denote female artists that use biographical elements in their work.




Her family owned a gallery that dealt mostly in antique tapestries.  When the designs had been worn through, Louise filled them in.

Her father was a philanderer, had an explosive temper, dominated the household and also had an extended affair with her English teacher and nanny.  Her disdain of her father resonated in her work throughout her life.

In 1930, she began studying mathematics and geometry at the Sarbonne.

“I got peace of mind, only through the study of rules nobody could change.”

When her mother died in 1932, she decided to leave mathematics and began studying art.  Her father did not approve and would not support her financially.  She managed to continue studying by  taking classes for free by translating for English speaking students.  It was here that artist Fernand Leger  told her she was a sculptor instead of a painter, probably changing her destiny. She continue to study at various art schools, and it is believed while enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, she began using her father’s affairs for inspiration.

She briefly opened a print store next to the family tapestry workshop. It was there she met her husband Robert Goldwater, an art historian. He visited her store searching for Picasso prints, and they eventually married. Moving to New York in 1938, he was a professor at the New York University Institute of the Fine Arts while she attended the the Art Students League of New York.

She continued to work, but received very little attention even though she had a solo show in 1945.  In 1954 she joined the American Abstract Artists Group that also included Barnet Newman and Al Reinhardt. She also befriended De Kooning, Pollock and Rothko.  At this point, she made the transition from using junkyard scraps and driftwood to using marble, plaster and bronze – as well as non-traditional material such as latex and plaster.

In 1958, she and her husband moved into a house on West 22nd Street in Chelsea where she lived until her death in 2010.

Her work is known for being organic in form and became more sexually explicit. She dealt with themes that centered on the need for nuture and protection in a scarey world. This protection sometimes became a shelter or home.

She received her first retrospective in 1982 at MOMA. At this time she said her work was very autobiographical, reliving the trauma of discovering her father’s affair with her governess.

After her husband died in 1973, she began teaching at Columbia University and Cooper Union, She received honorary doctorates from both Yale and Pratt Institute (where she also taught).

In 1993 she was chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale.  In 2007, she had a retrospective at the Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This exhibit traveled to New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC.  She was in four Whitney Biennials.

She was named Officer of the Orders of Arts and Letters by the French minister of culture in 1983.  President Bill Clinton gave her the National Medial of Arts in 1997. She received the first lifetime achievement award from the International Sculpture Center in Washington DC.

Later in life, she used her art to speak for the LGBT community.

“Everyone should have the right to marry. To make a commitment to love someone forever is a beautiful thing.”

In 2011, her work SPIDER sold for $10.7 million – setting a new record, and the highest price ever paid for a woman!

She died of heart failure at the age of 98 in 2010. She finished her last pieces the week prior to her death.

“The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.”

“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.”

Spider at Dia

Spider at Dia


images-5ted-thai-louise-bourgeois-with-her-sculpture-femme-maison-at-the-museum-of-modern-art What do you think of Louis Bourgeois’ work?

Next post will be about a female artist with the name starting with a “C”. Hint: her work changed the way I look at the patterns in the roads and sidewalks forever.

Do you have a favorite female artist that starts with the letter “B”?

Do you have any requests for the letter “D” or “E”?







This is part of the Flying Sister’s Blog Circle – follow it around to find out what movies other women found inspirational.  Mine is not a movie, but a documentary series that I have watched more than once!

POWER OF ART is a BBC documentary series by Simon Schama, a professor of art and history at Columbia University.  In his own words”

“This is not a series about things that hang on walls, it is not about decor and prettiness.  It is a series about the force, the need, the passion of art – 

….the power of art.”

“Great art has dreadful manners”

“The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things; visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure, and then proceed in short order to re-arrange your sense of reality.”

He then takes us on an amazing journey,  highlighting eight masterpieces, from Caravaggio’s David and Goliath to Picasso’s Guernica. He takes you into the lives of eight great artists, each who faced a crisis and created masterpieces that changed the way we look at both art and the world.

Sometimes told in a “wink wink, nudge nudge”way, you feel as you really get to know each artist and thus understand their world.

Each of the eight episodes examines the biography, the world and a key work with some reenactments:

  • Carvaggio – David and the Head of Goliath
  • Bernini – The Ecstacy of Saint Teresa
  • Rembrandt – The Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis
  • David – The Death of Marat
  • Turner – The Slave Ship
  • van Gogh – Wheatfields and Crows
  • Picasso – Guernica
  • Rothko – Black on Maroon

Why did I find this series so inspirational?

Take a look at the works below. With the first installment, it begins with an artist – Caravaggio – leaving Rome because he killed a man, I was hooked.  The “wink wink” style of storytelling even called Rembrandt “Mr. Cleverclogs”.

DAVID AND GOLIATH by Caravaggio.  The head of Goliath is a self portrait.

DAVID AND GOLIATH by Caravaggio. The head of Goliath is a self portrait.

do you see the ecstasy?



this is only a 5th of what is left

After he slashed the painting, this is only a fifth of the original work – all that is left


Van Gogh

Van Gogh






the death of marat

The Death of Marat

JMW Turner  Slave Ship

JMW Turner
Slave Ship


Black on Maroon

This series simply made me want to learn MORE!  Below is a small snippet from the Rembrandt episode.


Now, follow the Flying Sisters blog circle around to see other inspirational works.  Next up is Lulu Bea – click here to see her inspiration movie!  Enjoy your journey.

PS – this is available on Netflix and YouTube