The Art of Vicki Blum

A couple of months ago, we purchased a Vicki Blum painting called "Rendezvous" and thought you might enjoy seeing the artist's website below. Ms. Blum is a classical realist. Initially, I discovered Blum's portrait work and was later thrilled to see the quality of her still life paintings. They are even more brilliant in life than they appear on the website.


A story that makes us proud:
Recently a guest in our home mentioned that her favorite Blum painting was the one of the Red and Green cabbages. With pride, I replied; "Why don't you come into my dining room" and we had a memorable conversation about it. It felt good to hear that someone else was drawn to the same painting. Later, I learned that working on that painting inspired Vicki Blum to start actively creating Still Lifes.

If any of you can convince her to part with her "Purple Onions" pictured above, let me know. I would love to know the person who gets that one. If you enjoy collecting as an investor, contact her about her tapestry paintings which are not currently on the website - they are also outstanding and show some of the best attributes of her current work.

I hope you enjoy viewing her work and welcome comments.


Painting Pants are a Big Deal

I found this on Digg!

Dude! - I'm an artist, so naturally I have 20 pairs that look just like this! $100 each if anyone wants one - includes domestic shipping.

Jeans worn by future famous artist:
- Hand colored with the finest Vasari, Old Holland or imported Holbein oils
- Available with latex or multi-color
- Perfect fraying
- Rolled or straight cuff
- Soft
- Proven sturdy
- Pre-washed (hundreds of times)



Art Appreciation ... or faking it.

I got a kick out of this article. It's light hearted and somewhat educational in it's simplicity. The reason I'm posting it here is that I love the "Pretentious comment to say" along with each art period description.


I think there's a gentleman's agreement that when an author offers doses of humor freely, we should repay him/her by overlooking inaccuracies.


VIDEO: Update on "Moose" the reverse graffiti artist

Here's a new video of that graffiti artist from an earlier post. Many of you told me this was one of your favorites. (Me too!) This guy has finally gotten worldwide attention. I really respect the fact that he's turned his art form into a unique business. People pay for things they value - and this green company obviously values his approach.


Portrait Models - Request for your comments!

In an earlier post, artist Peggy Habets commented to ask the name of the model in our workshop. First - Yes - his name is "John Irvine" and he is a well known model in portrait circles because he is such a pleasure to paint. I'd like to do a post of models, so if you know someone who models or a place to find great models, comment on this blog!


Something for your bucket list

A useful article if you're in the process of making your bucket list and are also planning to travel soon:

The World's 50 Best Works of Art (and how to see them)

It may sound creepy but I've had a kind of bucket list since I was 12. My whole life is like a running bucket list. It has given me endless goals and things to look forward to: "Walk to Sleepy Hollow", "Bike Across America", "Buy the biggest Victorian on the block so I can invite all of my friends over for parties" (remember, I was 12 when I wrote this one) - eventually the list evolved "Help clean up an oil spill", "start my own business", "Conquer public speaking", "Plant a garden", "Grow Bonsai Trees" - Later a mentor told me to write my epitaph I realized that sometime before I die, I wanted to find a way to leave a legacy (still figuring that out). Then - fall in love and have the experience of raising a child (That's in process). Now I'm working on "Become a great artist", "Travel the world" and "Inspire Others". Let's face it, in 100 years, I couldn't possibly experience every culture in the whole world. So, instead, we make short lists like "Visit Italy", "create a painting that will inspire someone" and "See the Parthenon".

What's on your bucket list?


Tips for your Artist Website

Wow ! I just found this and want to share it with all of you.

How Not to Display Artwork on the Web".

Although it's written as what "not to do" - this article provides outstanding and specific feedback that can help you create a great, simple artist's website. Hope you have fun with it!