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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...

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Brazilian Bromeliad Dwellers by O.M. Braida 2016 Hello Friends ~   The newly painted watercolor of Neoreglia Bromeliad species showing its inhabitants is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Botany and the Arts.  It is now on view at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens during its “Selby Secret Garden” exhibit.  This wonderful exhibit is show cases Selby Garden’s special archive of Antiques...

A YES is a YES!

Dear Friends: When did the first human being become an active participant in the mystery and magic of the cycle of nature? Was it simply a matter of observation? Did we watch seedlings mature without our help and recognize the miracle? We know that the mysterious forces that give gifts of seed and plant, of earth and water, the cycles of the seasons and of the moon and sun gave way to ancient sacred stories — stories...