Blog Posts tagged with contemporary art

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Morning Coffee at the Beach House

East Coast Beach Life

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

   I grew up in an art colony by the sea and I have a fondness for the mentality of "beach people". Beach people value relaxation. I've painted Laguna Beach for years since it is my home. I've also traveled to Hawaii several times and painted Island seascapes. Now I'm enjoying the experience of the East Coast beaches. What I like about them is the subtlety of the colors there and the openness of the beaches. There's a Zen feeling on the East Coast beaches. There are fewer colors available, so these paintings are more restful. In this series I'm accentuating the delicious feelin...

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. Whe...

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, "S...

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 sh...

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. O...

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, 2011 It 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 ...

Fine Art Daily, London flower stall

Fine Art Daily, May 9, 2011

Posted: May 10, 2011 05:31 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 9, 2011 And a happy Monday to everyone! Here are some beauteous hydrangeas I found in a London flower stall. As you might have discovered by now, London is my drug of choice. My little four-legged friend Monty, who gave us all that delicious insider info on the wedding, says that the palace gardens are just awash with fragrant and blowsy blooms right now, an unusual moment in a royal flower bed which tends to be regulated and well-weeded. Those hydrangeas have mop-top minds of their own. The hydrangeas that I have been nurturing in my sad little Sewall's Point garden are bloomi...

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, 2011 These 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 insura...

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, 2011 When 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, 2011 We 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.

Fine Art Daily, Oxford Inn, Oxford, MD

Fine Art Daily, May 2, 2011

Posted: May 02, 2011 04:46 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

May 2, 2011 We are back from the London fantasy that revolved around our below-stairs friend and source of much info, Monty. And we are back on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where there are many views of water. It would be an enjoyable afternoon spent on this porch, watching the watermen bring in their catches, with the odd pleasure craft and sailboat tipping and weaving in the breezes. This is the Oxford Inn, overlooking the little marina on the Town Creek. Everyone coming into or leaving Oxford (except by the Bellevue-Oxford Ferry) passes by here. Be sure to wave! And very happ...

Monty at Westminster Abbey

Fine Art Daily, April 28, 2011

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

April 28, 2011 Monty 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 caterwauli...

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, 2011 Monty 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 d...

Your own Royal Wedding bunting

Fine Art Daily, April 26, 2011

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

April 26, 2011 Monty 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! ...

Fine Art Daily, Buckingham Palace, corgi

Fine Art Daily, April 25, 2011

Posted: April 25, 2011 05:18 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 25, 2011 Good morning from London! This is the big week when Wills and Kate get married, and I will be filling you in with my wonderful behind-the-scenes (under-the-table, more accurately) insights. The security around Buck House has been tightened, and there are more policemen walking the drafty halls, which means extra biscuit crumbs and the occasional crust from a sandwich coming my way. HM has been trying out some new shoes. DofE is having a new uniform made. Kate, who has lovely ankles, comes for tea often, and is trying to befriend us. She is learning the value of fish ...

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 Buns 1 cup milk 2 ...

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, 2011 We 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, 2011 We 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, 2011 Here 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, 2011 This 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 wi...

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, 2011 We 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, 2011 We 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 assi...

Fine Art Daily, Tidewater Inn

Fine Art Daily, April 12, 2011

Posted: April 12, 2011 04:56 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 12, 2011 I felt a little bit like Eloise when we walked through the inviting reception area of the Tidewater Inn. Immediately I was seized with the urge to take off my shoes and slide in my socks across the invitingly shiny black flagged floor. I have no doubt that the friendly staff would have encouraged me in this childish behavior as they were so solicitious about my my other creature comforts. There was not one raised eyebrow when I appeared in the Hunters' Tavern the next day, clutching my computer and seeking a Diet Coke at o'dark thirty. Poof! Magic. Diet Coke and wi-f...

Fine Art Daily, Third Haven Meeting House

Fine Art Daily, April 11, 2011

Posted: April 11, 2011 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

April 11 2011 Fine Art Daily is still reporting from the Eastern Shore of Maryland this week. This is the Third Haven Meeting House, in Oxford, Maryland. You need to get off the main road to see this properly and to be enthralled by the riot of cherry blossoms. The historic marker is on the road, but go down the drive to see the buildings. This is the original meetinghouse and there is a more modern brick building, for the cold weather months. There are scatterings of daffodils among the gravestones. Austere and simple.

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