Monday, February 8, 2016


I paint in order to see what it is I am looking at. Making art is a way of taking possession, making it my own to keep.

Friday, February 5, 2016

the aim of art

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

I am married to a Philosophy professor, my oldest son is a Philosophy professor now, my father was a philosophy major in college, and I had not heard this before. 
This is from my sketchbook, while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Campo di Fiore

I asked for two things when we traveled to Italy this past July.
Number 1; Every day I must have time set aside to draw, preferably sitting at a cafe with a glass of good Chianti next to the sketchbook. And the number 2 thing was to enjoy a gelato every day. Both of these requests were honored every day, I am happy to report.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

a bull at school

Sketching with my students in the Persian Gallery while visiting the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

Friday, January 22, 2016

tut tut

I brought my sketchbook with me to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. By my example I want to demonstrate for my students how important direct observation and drawing is when absorbing and appreciating what we see in a museum.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I took my Rhetoric and Logic art students on a field trip to the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. (I teach at a private classical school and the designation Rhetoric means high school, Logic means junior high.)

We have been studying ancient art in my art history classes. The visit to see Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Syrian artifacts fit right in with our study of ancient Mesopotamia. This museum is extremely cool. There is a gigantic lamassu installed in the central room. The lamassu is a 16-foot tall, 40-ton, human-headed winged bull.

I have always loved to see these ancient figures. And our guide told us that many of these are being destroyed in Iraq and Syria.

The photos below show the art projects that my students completed after our study of lamassu. We made 7 inch high colossal lamassu replicas out of air dry clay and wood.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Vermeer and more Vermeer

There are four Vermeer paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
I was so excited. Each one was a  precious jewel.  I could not look enough.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

dinner cruise and Renoir

Dinner cruise on the Potomac,
watching the sunset,
and sketching little girls dressed up navy with white collars and red bows. Having viewed a Renoir painting of a similar little girl in her prussian blue pretty dress at the National Gallery made the evening more scenic yet.