What is a Tuck Shop? It is Aussie for a Canteen.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Alice Neel Biography

As a birthday gift, I received this biography of Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty by Phoebe Hoban. I can't wait to start reading it!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Milton Avery, Three Friends, 1944, oil on canvas

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Mantra: If There is No Change,There is No Change

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I think this picture says it all, don't you think? If you are stuck in your work process, what should you do? You should do something and see where it leads you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Cindy Sherman, Film Still, 1977-82

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Mantra: Habits are Helpful

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Sometimes, I feel it is helpful to start out each day with a routine. It is so easy to get distracted and let the day get away from you. I always start the day with breakfast and then I have a schedule of what I plan to do each day. Of course, unexpected things come up but generally my days are planned out. My 2 main things that I should do before I do anything else is come up with a blog post and write in my journal -which, lately, is not happening! These 2 goals need to be habits -things that I do without any hesitation.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In the News

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Loved this fun article about Maira Kalman. The article explores her home office and she talks about her office essentials and what inspires her. She has been illustrating, painting, photographing for over 30 years. I love how she says that her inspiration comes from books and she has 5000 books! And her office is also computer free and email free -how lovely to be distraction free!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Richard Serra, Intersection II (1992–93)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In the News

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Rachel Feinstein, Army of God, 2008

Mr. John Currin and Ms. Rachel Feinstein have become the ruling power couple in today’s art world — perhaps the most potent marital pair since Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in the 1950s.

For the article, go here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

In the News


Mr. Norman Gorbaty, 78, has been making artworks — many of them large — for more than half a century — hundreds, probably thousands, of pieces in more than a dozen media. I liked how he says, he doesn't remember some of the works he has created -which means he has produced tons of artwork! Truly inspiring!

Go here for the article.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Portrait of my son

Oil on Canvas, 14" x 18 "

I had given up on portraiture because I would always get to a point where I didn't like how it was going, it was a frustrating process and I would abandon the work. But since completing a portrait commission, I have found a renewed passion to start up portraits again. I just finished this portrait of my oldest son who is 10 years old.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Learning Mandarin: helpful website

A classmate from my Saturday morning class told me about this website called Yellow Bridge. It is a very helpful site with all kinds of learning Mandarin tools on there.

If you are interested in the website, go here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Arthur Boyd, Oil on Canvas, Jacob’s Dream 1947

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


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What is Vegemite? Good question. It definitely is quite unique in its taste, look and smell. It is something most Aussies grew up with, even from immigrant familes such as the one I came from. You had to have it spread on white toast or have it as a sandwich. Since moving to New York over 16 years ago, it is quite hard to find it here but a couple of places do sell it now. And when I do go back to Australia, I always bring back a couple of jars!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Monday Mantra: Motivate

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One of the main things that motivate me is having the love and support for what I want to achieve. My DH, my kids and some of my friends who are always there to encourage, support and motivate me. I also love to motivate anyone who wants to reach their goals too. What motivates you?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Inspiring Blog: rightbrainterrain.com

I am always searching for art related blogs that are inspiring and helpful. This rightbrainterrain.com blog is all about getting you to create.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

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Sculpture by Lee Bontecou

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Books I Love

Painting by John Currin

I came across this book about contemporary portrait painting. It is a fantastic book full of wonderful artist interpretations of portraits.

It is called Painting People by Charlotte Mullins.