Letter Z
Today is the letter Z in the A to Z Challenge

I am taking this opportunity in this challenge to learn more about art and the artist who make them today’ s artist is



 Title: La place d’Anvers 1880

Oil on canvas impressionist

            Federico  ZANDOMENEGHI (Italian, 1841 – 1917) Place d’Anvers, Paris, 1880



folks passing the time

on an ideal summer’s day

family memories

PR  2/05/15

La Terrasse Federico Zandomeneghi – 1895

Woman in corset – Federico Zandomeneghi

Zandomeneghi (1841 – 1917)



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M is for Monet

Today in the A to Z Challenge

The letter is M, well yesterday was M playing catch up. Plus, I just couldn’t seem to stop with Monet:)

I am using this challenge to learn more about art and the artists who painted them.


Impression, Sunrise, 1872
Oscar-Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)
(the painting that launched a new style of painting)


rebels with new eyes

creating a new genre

leaves an impression




K is for Kandinsky


K is for Kandinsky

Today is day eleven of the A to Z Challenge

In this challenge I am taking the opportunity to learn more about art and the painters.

Kandinsky one

Autumn Landscape with Boats, 1908

Wassily Kandinsky 1866 – 1944




coloring outside the lines

a new aesthetic



Wassily (Vasily) Kandinsky was born in Odessa, in 1886, where he spent his early years. His father was from near Mongolia, his mom from Moscow and grandma from the German speaking Baltic. He was gifted at an early age. His family encouraged him by sending him to private drawing classes. Despite this early propensity for art he didn’t give it his full attention until he was age thirty; and not before Moscow University, law school, and teaching law. Where did his love of bright colors come from?  That has been with him since childhood, what little kid does not like bright colors.

Kandinsky was influenced by Monet’s haystacks. He was the father of abstract art, he published his first book,“Concerning the Spiritual in Art (1911)”, yes he did this more than once. This was a theoretical treatise on abstraction that articulated his theory that the artist was a spiritual being that communicated through and was affected by line, color, and composition. Now, it is thought that color does have an effect on psyche, mood etc. So I guess he wasn’t far off. He was a very interesting guy. He moved to France in 1932 after his work was targeted by the Germans and considered “degenerate”. He lived in France until his death in 1944.

The little I know of Kandinsky I remember the geometric, puzzle-like shapes with splashes of primary colors. This is different from the breathlessness of the first piece (that’s how I felt when I first saw it).

The funniest thing I read about Kandinsky was that one of his tutors told him his colors were too bright! If they only knew.:)

Composition-VIII (1)


Composition VII 1913  

Wassily Kandinsky 1866 – 1944




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D is for Degas

D is for Degas

Today is day four of the Blogging A to Z Challenge


 The Dance Class, 1874

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917)


attitude filled air

on the trail of perfection

all jitters stifled

figures held in light in time

smell of oil paint permeates



I thought I would take this opportunity to learn a little more about art/artists/painters/paintings and master works than I do during this A to Z Challenge.


Edgar Degas was born , Hilaire-Germain-Edgar de Gas on July 19, 1834, in Paris, France. He showed talent as a child, so at 18 years old he was copying works of the masters on display in the Louvre. That’s what budding artists did then to hone their craft. His father was a French banker and a knowledgeable art lover. His mother was American from New Orleans, who knew! They were from the middle class but decided to change their stars. They had nobler “pretensions”, I love the way they put that. So, they jazzed up the surname made it de Gas (the ‘de’ meaning land owning aristocrat), which they weren’t. Edgar later changed it back to Degas. 

He was one of the founders of the Impressionists’ movement. He arranged exhibitions and participated in them. Yet he was resistant to such labeling, just like Cezanne. He considered himself a realist- representing subjects truthfully, no enhancing of the image. His favorite image to paint were dancers, he produced 1500 such paintings. In his thirties his eyesight started to fail, so he turned to sculpting. Wow! Way to make lemonade when life hands you lemons, right. I did not know that Degas was a sculpture. His work influenced several major modern artists.




Follow this link for a peek at his work as a sculpture

B is for Bunker

Today is day two of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

I thought I would take this opportunity to learn a little more about art/artists/painters/paintings and master works than I do know, which is sorta skimpy.


The Pool, Medfield  1889

Dennis Miller BUNKER  (1861-1890)

Painting is of the Charles River 15 miles outside of Boston in 1889. Bet it looks nothing like that today!


fallen fairy dust
leave periwinkle sprinkles
soothing the landscape



Painter Dennis Miller Bunker (1861-1890) was born in New York City, studied in US and in Paris, graduating in 1885. He taught in Boston  at the Cowles Art School. That same year Bunker had his first one-man exhibition. In 1888 he spent the summer in England painting landscapes. That summer he became greatly influenced by impressionism. His new style of painting was a hit in Boston. He met his wife in 1889 Eleanor Heady, married in october of 1890. He got sick and died that Christmas. He was 29 years old. (http://www.aaa.si.edu/) Wow! A bit of a tragedy. But it’s all about what he did during that dash (-), you know the dash that comes between your arrival and expiration. In Bunker’s case 1861-1890. Looks like he made it count. 



Also linked to NaPoWriMo

A is for Adams

Today is day one of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

I thought I would take this opportunity to learn a little more about art/artists/painters/paintings and master works than I do know.

Ottis Adams was an American impressionist painter and member of the Hoosier Group of Indiana painters. He spent his youth in Franklin, Shelbyville, and Martinsville, Indiana and attended Wabash College for two years. Born: July 8, 1851, Johnson County, IN  Wikipedia

Impressionism and American painters – I did not necessarily put the two together.

Beautiful trees with a quiet river  -  John Ottis Adams

River Landscape


An American Impressionist from Indiana


 cloud free day

reflecting heaven on earth

luminous lighting


winding light – a blend

heaven gently kissing earth







Carpe Diem Prompt

The Scream

Edvard Munch


Outside the mind onto canvas, open to scrutiny, and as many interpretations as there are grains of sand. The only true explanation – The artists’. Sometimes not even the artist knows for sure. He just knew he had to get It out of his head. With that, the torment ends, and the peace begins. Hopefully.


from my brief light sleep

I am awakened  –  startled

no memory of dream



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