Figure Skating

Skating Through Time on a Snow Day

Snow day! Who doesn't love those words? Here in the northeastern United States, we are currently having a nice snow day, which makes it seem like a perfect time to do the second part of the winter paintings series I started around Christmas time. While part one was about winter landscapes, part two is about ice skating paintings!… Continue reading Skating Through Time on a Snow Day

Living Artists · Spotlight on Artists

My Experience Seeing a Live Painting Demonstration

Last Sunday afternoon (January 29th), I had the opportunity to see a live painting demonstration. This was exciting because I had never before watched a painting be made right in front of me. I met Gerard Amsellem, one of the two artists involved, at a studio tour event last fall. He and his friend/frequent collaborator Mikel Frank reached… Continue reading My Experience Seeing a Live Painting Demonstration

Architecture · Art History · Historic Places · Places

Kip’s Castle – My Visit to a New Jersey Mansion

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

Art History · Nerd Candy

The updated Daily Art app is here!

I'm excited to report that the new and improved Daily Art app was released today! Because I'm a Daily Art contributor, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek as a beta tester earlier this month, so I already know that I'm a big fan of the updates.* I love the new searching and sorting features, as… Continue reading The updated Daily Art app is here!

Art History · Places

Happy New Year! A few updates.

   Hi everybody! Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a nice holiday season. While I'm a little sad that the holidays are over, I'm also looking forward to getting back to all the exciting stuff I have planned for 2017. While I'm working on that, here are a few things I may have missed telling you guys… Continue reading Happy New Year! A few updates.

Art History · Articles · Headstuff.org Articles · History of Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages – now on HeadStuff

Last month, I told HeadStuff that I wanted to write an article about the origins of Santa Claus and the evolution of his appearance. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The history of Santa Claus is way more complicated than I thought. He doesn't have any one single origin or neat… Continue reading Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages – now on HeadStuff

Art History · Articles · Female Artists · Living Artists

“Ladies’ Night” (The Dinner Party) – Now readable on Artips

Remember a little while ago I talked about how I was going to be writing for awesome French website Artips? Well, I'm excited to report that my piece "Ladies' Night" about Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party was just released today via Artips's email newsletter. If you followed my advice and subscribed to Artips, you should… Continue reading “Ladies’ Night” (The Dinner Party) – Now readable on Artips

A Scholarly Skater's Picks · American Art · Art History

Christmas, Winter, and Holiday Paintings – A Scholarly Skater’s Picks, part one

Sometimes, the problem with writing about art is that I can't feature every single work that I like. I usually have to narrow things down and eliminate images that I really love because they don't fit my topic or work with my concept for the piece. I've written several Christmas and winter-related articles recently (all of which will be featured… Continue reading Christmas, Winter, and Holiday Paintings – A Scholarly Skater’s Picks, part one

Books · Theatre

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (an eyewitness account)

As some of you may know, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. has taken several of its 82 copies of the First Folio on tour this year, bringing one to each of the fifty U.S. states and Puerto Rico to honor the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Drew University, my alma mater, was the tour's only stop in New Jersey, most likely due to the… Continue reading First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare (an eyewitness account)