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Crafting Mother Nature

Painting Mother Nature? I'm an artist who likes to understand what I'm painting and get the full story behind what I'm painting.  This is my story of understanding the story behind mother nature.  One of my most popular painting is a depiction of mother nature, infact many of the women I paint could almost be seen as a nature influenced or different versions of mother nature.  To understand the paintining we must know the story. Who is She? We have all heard references about mother nature.  When we are trying to connect to nature we say that we are trying to connect to mother nature.  Who exactly is mother nature?  Where did the idea come from and when was it...

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My Delft Blue Heaven

     Delft Blue and the Netherlands When the Belgian potters in the Netherlands first laid eyes on Chinese porcelain in 1602, they were enchanted. Belgian potters had fled Antwerp back in 1585 when Spanish conquerors laid waste to their city. They settled in Delft, a town just south of current Dutch capital city The Hague, and continued their craftsmanship. This Chinese porcelain had a beautiful sheen and unlike any they had ever seen. The potters were determined to create their own. From 1600 to 1800, the city of Delft was at the center of pottery production in Europe. Delft Blue pottery was enormously popular and rich families would display it prominently on their fireplace. Status and Prestige In the 17th and 18th centuries,...

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Be Fierce

Societal Norms In order to make society work, we must fit into social norms.  Attitudes like this often push up one set of people while pushing down another set.  Life is hard enough already.  You can look at how society has pushed down people so much.  For a fantastic example look at the television show Mad Men.  Mad Men is a sort of time capsule showing us what life was like in the 1960s.  We see women constantly be put down and made to stick to their correct place in society.  When a woman dares challenge society's place and wants more for herself, that is when she becomes an outcast or dare I say, Bitch?  Alas, you say, that is a...

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Nectar, The Building Blocks of Honey

Nectar Nectar according to the dictionary means "a sugary fluid secreted by plants, especially within flowers to encourage pollination by insects and other animals. It is collected by bees to make into honey." How Honey is Made The nectar is gathered from plants and flowers by honey bees.  The bees then transfer the nectar to one another by regurgitating it.  This partially digested nectar is then deposited into a honey comb.  It is then sealed up by the bee. Nectar Contemporary Art Painting All of this talk about honey and nectar leads us to my latest contemporary painting called "Nectar".  Nectar features flowers and honey bees.  The painting symbolizes the simplicity and complexity of life.  Honey needs to be made,...

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Apex Predator - The Wolf

What Does the Wolf Fear? What does a wolf fear most? Quite high on the food chain, there are not many predators who will take on a wolf, let alone a wolf pack. Wolves are pack animals, and besides environmental and weather factors, such as droughts or food scarcity, wolves are not afraid of much. However, they are afraid of humans. The Big Bad Wolf Wolves have been feared by humans, vilified, and hunted throughout all of agrarian history. Where people settled, they attracted smaller animals who in turn were prey for larger animals. Inevitably some humans, especially the smaller kind, would be attacked by wolves.  Stories of wolves as villains populated humans' imaginations. European folklore abounds in warnings about...

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