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A Little Light on the Subject

Gerard Van Spaendonck, Still Life Dear Friends: Once again, I have been receiving several requests for information on light boxes and light tables. In response, I have prepared the following updated information  to help you find your way to the light box that best suits your purpose. My personal favorite is the Gagne Porta-Trace Line of light boxes. I have three in different sizes and find them all to work very...

The Language of Flowers

Dear Friends: The vernal equinox (near March 21) marks the first day of the season of spring. It is the date when night and day are nearly the same length and the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northward. Delighting in the approach of Spring, I begin to plan for my garden and an incredible journey of discovery unfolds. Amidst my collection of Florida plant books, I find a book of Botticelli paintings. His  La...

Cupids – On The Move!

Dear Friends: To celebrate romantic February, I write about an interesting love story.  And for those of you “in love”, I thought I’d play cupid to help you get to the heart of the matter… Nicolas Robert (1614-1685) was the son of an innkeeper.  He became the most accomplished botanical illustrator in Europe in the 17th century. In 1634, Robert’s fame brought him to the attention of Charles de Sainte-Maure, future Duke of...

Write It In Your Heart!

Dear Friends: What a warm, cool January is shaping up to be here in sunny Florida.  The holidays brought familiar faces back into our lives; it brought the kind of humanity we long for throughout the year.  We moved from one pattern of living to another — designing space that could encompass others — space that would only grow deeper as we shared emotions and bread.  And, thus, after the harvest, an empty field...

The Unfinished Work

  The Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo Da Vinci   Dear Friends Recently a student expressed a situation that we all can benefit by examining.  She stated, “For whatever reason, I rarely work on my art. Does this happen to anyone else? I still love it and think of it often, but have several unfinished projects.” Has this happened to you?  Hmmm, I bet it has and more than once. At the outset, let me first say that an...

A Little Bit About Framing

Dear Friends: The world of framing often leaves the consumer at a disadvantage.  The problem always arises from too little knowledge and too little money.  Quality framing is expensive.  Good framers who follow the “quality” rules are often hard to find.  The factors involved in protecting your artwork range from acidity to humidity.   In warm climates, paper art swells.  Images that are created too close to the...