Bertha Wegmann
 

Bertha Wegmann

Let me introduce you to Bertha Wegmann (1846–1926), who was a Danish portrait and landscape painter. She painted this in 1877, and it depicts her good friend Jenna Bauck. Bertha Wegmann painted about 20 portraits of Bauck, whom she met when they both stayed in Munich in the 1860s. While...
Green Silk
 

Green Silk

Look carefully at this woman, outfitted in her expensive silk satin gown with its delicate lace sleeves. Note her expensive pearl jewelry. Study her face. It has an upside down triangle with widely spaced eyes, a long nose with a bulbous end, a small mouth, and a definitive sharp chin. It’s a remarkably...
Today’s Featured Image
 

Today’s Featured Image

I’m Trying a New Thing I like pictures. I like photographs. I like all kinds of images. For years I tucked them into folders labeled “Illustrations” and “Portraits.” I’ve done this primarily for my own entertainment, but ever since Pinterest came on the scene; things have gotten out of hand. Knowing...
Carnevale di Venezia
 

Carnevale di Venezia

In New Orleans, the Mardi Gras krewe parades begin marching early in the year. They start slowly at first, once a week or so in January, and as Lent approaches they slowly ramp up to several each day. Thousands of tourists are lured to NOLA each year to party and play during...
Caroline Jasper
 

Caroline Jasper

I remember taking cobalt blue Lowball glasses into the photography studio and trying to capture their translucency on black and white film. (I was using good old Tri-X, that reliable, mid-century staple of photojournalists and wanna be photogs everywhere.) At some point, this attraction twisted into studying how artists portray...
A Conceptual Wit
 

A Conceptual Wit

If like me, you have a dabbler’s interest in art history, the work of Cesar Santos might tickle your fancy. It certainly helps to have a couple semester’s worth of H.W. Janson’s The History of Art, under your belt when viewing his paintings. Santos often tweaks the nose of our...