Van Gogh Immersion: Art & Travel, Mpls. MN USA

Art & Travel: Van Gogh Immersion! Great experience! Immersing in the best of Van Gogh as one artwork morphs seamlessly into another, it is accompanied by music to make it even better. My blog shares lots of photos and reasons why this is a Must See with a trip to NE Mpls – or somewhere near you!

Race Horses in Art: Kentucky Derby Runs Again (Degas)

Known for his renditions of ballet dancers, Edgar Degas’ paintings of race horses in this week’s blog honor the famed Kentucky Derby which historically runs the 1st Saturday in May. His race horses reveal the same impressionistic style as his dancers, and his unique “snapshot” compositions. Learn more in this week’s blog discussion.

Film Discussion: Julie & Julia (France, NYC)

“Julie & Julia” is a fun, inspirational film on the true stories of 2 women who are passionate about French cooking. Julie Powell (NYC 2002) sets out to prepare all 524 recipes in 365 days in the French cookbook by the infamous, Julia Childs (Paris 1950s). I found cause for deep retrospection in light of the pandemic’s impact on our lives.

Smile, Mona Lisa! (Leonardo da vinci)

No study of famous art would be complete without a look at what is arguably the most famous painting in the world: the Mona Lisa–and her famous smile! Who is she? Where is she? What’s the big deal about her smile? Her eyes? Find out more on my blog!

Film Discussion: The Monuments Men (N. Europe)

“The Monuments Men” (2014) is a true mission impossible film about an unlikely WWII platoon of experts in art, not warfare, assigned to rescue art masterpieces stolen by the Nazis across northern Europe. A star-studded cast, drama, adventure, authentic history, beautiful scenery and great art, make it a great movie! Dig deeper in my blog about the movie, the men, and the mission.

Autumn Harvest in Art (Millet & Van Gogh)

Autumn equates harvest. Millet, with peasant origins, identified with the hard work of the country poor. Van Gogh paraphrased it in his work. These oil paintings depict 3 peasant women tediously gleaning a field of stray stalks of wheat left over after the harvest. Both are at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

Colors of Autumn–& Cataracts – in Art & Life! (Monet & My Grandma)

”Japanese Foot Bridge” Claude Monet, c. 1923-25, French Impressionist Travel Tips: Giverny Colors of Autumn–and Cataracts. As we begin to watch the Minnesota colors turn from bright greens to oranges, golds and browns, I have been thinking about paintings that portray autumn. Monet When one thinks of Claude Monet, one usually thinks of soft pastelsContinue reading “Colors of Autumn–& Cataracts – in Art & Life! (Monet & My Grandma)”

Pandemic Delight: Patio Dining in Art & Life (Renoir)

Local suburbs are helping restaurants stay afloat during the pandemic by allowing them to carve out patios on sidewalks and streets to increase seating capacity. I love dining in outdoor cafes; it makes me feel very “European” even if I am in a local café. Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party is one such place!

Art for Easter: The Resurrection of Christ (Grunewald)

On this unusual Easter 2020 when gatherings are non-existent, let’s reflect in why we celebrate: the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This alone sets Christianity apart from other religions and gives us hope. For me, this painting stands apart in portraying the power and might of the event and the glory of the risen Savior!