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Heisler Park

Emotions Are Indicators

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

Artists are capable of intense emotions. That's something I've had to navigate in life over and over. They say the "sensitive" in a herd of animals is the one who senses danger first and alerts the rest which is a good thing, but high sensitivity can also drive a person completely insane. What I finally learned to do after many years of suffering is, yes... be aware of my emotions because they inform me. I don't suppress emotion, but I let it serve as guidance. I'm careful to not indulge in negative thoughts for too long though, because that habbit almost destroyed my life at one time. When...

She Walks the Vineyard

Finding Alphonse Mucha

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

I was in Barnes and Noble one day and found a book about Alphonse Mucha. I didn't know much about this artist before finding and reading the book. Although I did take art appreciation and art history classes in college, I was far more interested in my own self discovery than I was in other artists. I think a lot of us artists are self absorbed. But anyway, I am impressed by his sense of design and line work. I also love the way he portrays women. Alphones's women are classy women though feminine as well. I decided to allow myself to experiment with a little of his flavor in my painting, "Sh...

A Day at the Beach

Thoughts on How to Make a Living As An Artist

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

I have had the most success through my personal sales at art shows where the artist sells their own work. This way I have a connection to my clients that I wouldn't have through a gallery. Galleries are nice, but you can't count on them. If you are in a gallery and sell your own work as well, avoid selling your work for less than the gallery does no matter how tempting it is. 1. Have a mailing list!!! Get people who even stop and look for a few minutes to sign it. 2. Get "Constant Contact" a newsletter that goes to your clients once a month. Write your thoughts and show th...

Sunrise in Idyllwild

A Weekend In The Mountains

Posted: May 16, 2011 12:09 Last Updated: | Robin Wethe Altman

I could have pushed myself to work last weekend.  I didn't think I could afford to take a trip. But one thing I know is that life is for living. I don't think I will say on my death bed, "I WISH I would have created 20 more paintings". An artist NEEDS to take time to drink in the beauty of life, take time to observe, to breath, taste, smell and feel. That's part of our work! I did that last weekend with my partner Paul who had 4 gigs in the mountains, enough to make it worth his while to go. We were provided a rustic cabin to stay in and there was a fresh snowfall up there. Oh com...

Fine Art Daily, London flower stall, irises

Fine Art Daily, May 12, 2011

Posted: May 12, 2011 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 12, 2011Miss Morning Glory can grow irises in Florida, but I can't. I have to be content with my ongoing hydrangea experiment. If I was a wandering hiker in Scotland right now I would be enthralled by the magic that comes with bluebells, which have been duly noted by our intrepid Highlanders stalking the Great Glen Way. And if I were in London I would be joining the scrum of garden folks, queuing up for tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show. Sigh.

Fine Art Daily, pansies and geraniums

Fine Art Daily, May 11, 2011

Posted: May 11, 2011 05:12 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 11, 2011It is starting to heat up here, and some of the spring flowers are gasping for coolth. The pansies incinerated a few weeks ago. We had a cheerful purple-y display near the front door in a chartreuse trapezoid of a pot. This morning I noticed that the petunia that I was ready to toss had put out two more brave pink trumpets. I'll stick it in the shade with the orchids, which are just going to town with exuberance. I guess I finally hit upon the right mix of shade, watering and benign neglect. Two of the orchids are from my cubicle days and were used to arctic blasts of ge...

Fine Art Daily, London flower stall

Fine Art Daily, May 10, 2011

Posted: May 10, 2011 05:39 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 10, 2011It's Spring with many blooming flowers. In my garden here in oh-so-warm-already Florida the hydrangeas soldier on bravely with their companion penta, vinca and something blue and spikey (I'll have to ask Miss Morning Glory what they are called)along with the bougainvillea (which have just been spectacular this year) and the oleanders. The container garden is a riot of blues and pinks - for once the lobilia have not burned to a crisp! The nasturtium are toast, however, and I really need to cut them back. The Evil Roxanne and Thuggie Hoover know that they are in for a cat...

Fine Art Daily, St.  Michaels, MD

Fine Art Daily, May 5, 2011

Posted: May 05, 2011 04:49 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 5, 2011These are some houses along the water in St. Michaels, Maryland. I think I am getting a little too cynical in my dotage. I still look at hilly fields and wonder how they would be in the winter, if they would be good for sledding or if the grasses would become a drag factor. This is good, because we have lived in Florida for almost 20 years and the snow days here have been very few and far between...Now I look at these enviable houses, with their well-tended gardens, lacy gingerbread, inviting sleeping porches and their water views and wonder how much their flood insurance...

Fine Art Daily, Historical Society of Talbot County

Fine Art Daily, May 4, 2011

Posted: May 04, 2011 04:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 4, 2011When you walk around Easton, which is always a delightful proposition, you can find all manner of interesting routes. This is an almost secret garden tucked in near the Historical Society of Talbot County, which should, of course, be on your agenda. There is a crazy quilt of brickwork, fragrant boxwoods and the perky little avian detail on the wrought iron fence. The Historical Society building is red brick, edged in purple, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it!

Fine Art Daily, Academy Art Museum

Fine Art Daily, May 3, 2011

Posted: May 03, 2011 04:52 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 3, 2011We have been busy with the launch of The Talbot Spy. I hope you'll get a chance to visit the site, and perhaps "Like" us on Facebook. The Eastern Shore of Maryland is thriving with culture, nature,food,gardens, boats, views, vistas and fascinating people. One of our readers said it pithily, "Every town needs a Spy." This seemingly austere building houses the Academy Art Museum in Easton. One almost expects Grant Wood's dentist and his sister to be the docents. Don't let the exterior fool you. Inside is a world of color and imagination.

Sketch Class at the League, 1919


Posted: April 28, 2011 09:51 Last Updated: | Susan Teller

PEGGY BACON: DRAWINGS AND PRINTS, 1915 THROUGH 1976   LAST WEEK, ENDS SATURDAY, APRIL 30   The Peggy Bacon show runs through Saturday. From Union Square soap box speakers, to Art Students League studios, to audience and beach crowd scenes, to children’s book illustrations and relaxing felines -- no one does it like she does! There are drawings, drypoints, lithographs, and one fabulous embroidery.     The entire show may be viewed under Exhibitions at WWW.SUSANTELLERGALLERY.COM  

Monty at Westminster Abbey

Fine Art Daily, April 28, 2011

Posted: April 28, 2011 05:29 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 28, 2011Monty here. Back at the Palace, but yesterday we went on an outing!I can't tell you how exciting it was! We went in the Roller! (Sometimes I find dropped sweeties in the cushions...) We had a little walkabout at the Abbey. The detectives needed some of my expertise in sniffing the area, to make sure the crack team of Metropolitan Police Dogs had done their jobs. And of course, all was well. I particularly enjoyed a little snackum of Twiglets just behind the gift shop! The choir boys were singing up a storm, much to Kate's delight. It sounded like a lot of caterwauling ...

Fine Art Daily, Royal Wedding Hat, corgi

Fine Art Daily, April 27, 2011

Posted: April 27, 2011 04:31 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 27, 2011Monty here, upstairs today. HM is having a devil of a time deciding which hat to wear on Friday. Philip Treacy has designed some spun-sugar confections for her approval, and her favored milliner, Freddie Fox, has some very attractive designs, as usual. But we are hoping she picks our Linnet's inspired design. It is an homage to Alexander McQueen, Izzy Blow and the beautiful and loyal troops of corgis who have amused and served HM through the years. See is you can find me in the delicious kennel of corgis encircling HM's head! (I don't see the nuisance of royal cats dev...

Your own Royal Wedding bunting

Fine Art Daily, April 26, 2011

Posted: April 26, 2011 05:07 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 26, 2011Monty here, reporting from London. I am below stairs today, helping Cook with some of the decorations for the staff quarters. She has been so busy, starting to create 90,000 canapés for the parties here on Friday. You have no idea how much work goes into canapé construction! The salmon! The pâtés! The créme fraiche! The caviar! The taramasalata! And Vol-au-vent! A veritable smörgåsbord, and who do you suppose does the taste testing? Well, of course Wills and Kate have a tiny say in the day's choices, and so does HM. But HM relies on me! Those other dogs are rubbish! Em...

Asher Durand's "Progress (The Advance of Civilization)" seen here at the Booklyn Museum in 2007

Two American Treasures, Sold

Posted: April 22, 2011 10:09 Last Updated: | Paul G. Stein

Everyone knows that art world players throw big bucks at Picasso, Warhol, and Monet. Yet within the past couple of months, the typically serene and dignified field of Hudson River School art has been ruffled by the secretive sale of at least two monumental paintings, along with several lesser, but still important works.Upwards of $100 million may have changed hands, most of it for one painting by Asher Durand and one by Thomas Cole, in what may be the highest prices ever paid for nineteenth century American art.The Hudson River School paintings were part of the Westervelt corporate collecti...

Fine Art Daily, Hot Cross Buns, Charles and Camilla

Fine Art Daily, April 22, 2011

Posted: April 22, 2011 04:52 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's Food Friday!   Happy Earth Day!Charles and Camilla are a little rushed these days and have a slew of parties they must attend this weekend (out of their deep sense of duty, and Camilla's love of excellent Champagne). So they will not be hanging by the pool they way they usually do on the weekends. Charles wanted me to share Nanny's recipe for her traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns. He hopes that you are recycling, mulching, conserving water and eating his organic Duchy shortbread, because as they say on the BBC, "It's really very good."Hot Cross Buns1 cup milk2 tablespoon yeast...

Fine Art Daily, the schooner Sultana

Fine Art Daily, April 21, 2011

Posted: April 21, 2011 04:47 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 21, 2011We took a quick walk down to the docks in Chestertown where I finally got my first glimpse of the schooner Sultana. This is the Sultana, quiet and crewless. I cannot imagine what it must be like in foul weather, with sailors clambering over her decks, coiling lines, pulling and moving in unison. So much choreography in so tight a space!The Sultana and the Pride of Baltimore will be hosting some public sails on April 30.

Fine Art Daily, Trappe, MD

Fine Art Daily, April 20, 2011

Posted: April 20, 2011 04:24 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 20, 2011We managed to get lost in Trappe, Maryland, which I gather is a bit difficult. We found these dear lambs, gamboling and lolling about in a large grass field, oblivious to us and the subsequent chase given by the attendant Labs. You can glimpse a little bit of the water way down there through the trees and beyond the fence. Around us, on the side of the road, were irregular patches of telephone-like daffodils and jonquils. Another glorious Spring day.

Fine Art Daily, Easton, MD

Fine Art Daily, April 20, 2011

Posted: April 19, 2011 05:44 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 20, 2011Here is a tiny slice of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I missed seeing the 4-foot wide Magazine Alley, though. I have to put that on the list for my next investigative journey. Every day you can walk through history on your way to the grocery store, cocktails or the drugstore. I love the different architectural styles that exist cheek-by-jowl in an old town. Everything is re-purposed and re-used; recycling at its highest level.

Fine Art Daily, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Fine Art Daily, April 18, 2011

Posted: April 18, 2011 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 18, 2011This is St. Michaels, Maryland, from the water, with a view of the wedding cake-like lighthouse and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. With the warmer weather finally upon the Eastern Shore it is time to take advantage of the great outdoors and the many opportunities to paddle about in the water. We saw some ducklings this weekend, having a giddy time getting their bearings under the strict tutelage of their parental units. We also saw some ospreys working on new home construction - it looks like spring is finally here!

Fine Art Daily, Uncooked Tomato Sauce

Fine Art Daily, April 15, 2011

Posted: April 15, 2011 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's Food Friday!This wedding is getting to us all. Last night Gwynnie's smile was a little strained when she commented about having to dance attendance, then that nit found the jelly bean with Kate's likeness divined from the freckle spatterings. Camilla has just about had it. Charles phoned to ask anxiously if he needed to order more Prosecco. I imagine that a little more bubbly will be flowing than is usual this weekend...Camilla requested, rather petulantly I thought, because she knows that Friday night means pizza here, to have something different. She wanted some pasta with Un...

Fine Art Daily, The Smoke House, Easton, MD

Fine Art Daily, April 14, 2011

Posted: April 14, 2011 05:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 14, 2011We walked from the Tidewater Inn to our elegant dinner party at Mason's, past this delightful little structure. Its address is The Smoke House, 102-2 East Dover Street. Like 221B Baker Street, although without any of the fictional mysteries attending... It was a evening bathed in butterscotch light and an early spring glow. I like the small scale here, and that the building is still being used. There was a cat sitting on the porch next door, who seemed quite put out that we stopped to comment and take photos. Watch your step when you go exploring in Easton.

Fine Art Daily, Greenhouse at The Inn at Perry Cabin

Fine Art Daily, April 13, 2011

Posted: April 13, 2011 05:18 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 13, 2011We spotted this vision of delicate tracery on the grounds of The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels. It was set back off the main drive, with a few clumps of daffodils and jonquils in the newly green grass leading up to it. I have always thought that a glass greenhouse would be the perfect place for a studio, although if I had one here in Florida I would probably get burned to a crispy critter on the first day with any sunshine. Wouldn't you like to while away your working hours here? Or would you suddenly wonder if you had become a character in Clue, and had an assign...

Fine Art Daily, Chicken Cordon Blue

Fine Art Daily, April 8, 2011

Posted: April 08, 2011 05:22 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Charles and Camilla are bickering just a bit these days – I guess the strain of planning the wedding is getting to everyone. There are just so many avenues for making social gaffes. Did you know that Kate ate some pâté de foie gras a few weeks ago, when Charles has strictly forbidden it from Palace menus? Heavens to Betsy!  (Charles has privately confided to me that he misses the good old days when the Palace would serve Veal Cordon Bleu and Veal Scallopini, but he must be firm in his stance…) Camilla is quite sure that we have done Chicken Cordon Bleu for Food Friday before, but Charles in...

Fine Art Daily, Against the Grain, Chestertown

Fine Art Daily, April 7, 2011

Posted: April 07, 2011 05:01 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 7, 2011Another destination I discovered on my whirlwind research trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland was this fabulous new bakery in Chestertown: Against the Grain. I spent years standing in the cafeteria line at the College trying to figure out what "Chicken Fried Steak" really was, while today's students can stroll into town for buttery, flaky pain au chocolat. The bakery's address is 203 High Street. I do not know why the geese aren't camped out front, waiting to get their fair share of the bread crumbs!