Welcome to the fifth and final installment of A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles! By the end of this post, you'll be well prepared to study any gargoyle you encounter in the wild! What is their significance? No one is really sure why gargoyles exist or look the way they do. That mystery is… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Five: What Is Their Significance?
It's great to look at art online, but nothing beats seeing it up close at a museum. For the best possible museum-going experience, plan ahead. Here are some things to keep in mind. The Louvre Museum in Paris, with its famous glass pyramid entrance. Prepare to wait in lots of lines if you visit. (Photo… Continue reading How to Have a Great Museum Visit (Art Appreciation 101)
If you're on the fence about whether art appreciation is for you, let these ten reasons encourage you to give it a try. Art can be beautiful. But it can also be not beautiful, if you’re more into that. Art makes you think. The most powerful works of art inspire deep and meaningful thoughts. Art lets you see… Continue reading Why I Love Art, and You Will Too (Art Appreciation 101)
Henry Ossawa Tanner was a talented artist who made beautiful religious and genre paintings in the mid-19th and early-20th centuries. He was also the first African-American to become internationally successful as an artist. I just love Tanner's work. Read my article about him on DailyArtDaily to find out about his life, career, and experiences in… Continue reading Henry Ossawa Tanner on DailyArtDaily
Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles. Here, you'll find everything you've ever wanted to know about gargoyles and grotesques. To recap, part one defined gargoyles and grotesques, part two talked about where gargoyles originated, and part three explained where to look for them. To be a successful gargoyle hunter, however, you need one… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What do they look like?
Welcome to Art Appreciation 101! If you enjoy art and want to better appreciate or understand what you're seeing, you've come to the right place. This series is an introduction to art appreciation skills and concepts. The first step in turning yourself into a bona-fide art connoisseur is learning how to look. While this might… Continue reading Art Appreciation 101: How to Look
Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles, your prime source for essential gargoyle information. In case you missed them, check out parts one and two. Now that we know what gargoyles are and where they came from, let's go gargoyle hunting! Where Can You Find Gargoyles? To find an authentic medieval gargoyle or… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Three: Where Can You Find Them?
In honor of Women's History Month, my article about female artists of the Hudson River School went live today on Daily Art Daily - the online counterpart to the Daily Art app I've been writing for. My piece features six female landscape painters who worked in nineteenth century America. The inspiration for this article came… Continue reading Six Female Artists of the Hudson River School
Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles, your answer for common questions about gargoyles and grotesques. Last time, we identified what a gargoyle is and how it differs from a grotesque. Now, let's talk about the gargoyle origin story. Where and when do gargoyles come from? It's difficult to pinpoint when or where the very first gargoyle appeared,… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Two: Where and When Did Gargoyles Come From?
I love gargoyles, and I know a lot of other people do too. Talking to gargoyle enthusiasts, I've come to realize that the origins, terminology, and interpretation of gargoyles can be confusing, and there's not a lot of good information out there. In an effort to encourage greater appreciation of these quirky little creatures, I’ve decided to spend a few posts… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part One: What is a Gargoyle, Anyway?