One of the most rewarding aspect of writing this blog has definitely been realizing how many other people share my fascination with gargoyles and grotesques! It has been so wonderful and surprising to hear friends and readers tell me they enjoy my gargoyle posts and miss them when I take a break from them. It… Continue reading The Gargoyle Appreciation Society
I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments! Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered
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 recently took some time to visit a local landmark - Kip’s Castle in Verona, New Jersey. The former home of textile industrialist Frederic Ellsworth Kip and his family, Kip's Castle is a sprawling stone mansion at the very top of a hill. It was built between 1902 and 1905 in what's termed the Norman Revival style. The fortress-like castle has… Continue reading Kip’s Castle – My Visit to a New Jersey Mansion