Visting an Art Museum 101

Visting an Art Museum 101

Many years ago when I began teaching I excitedly told my Introduction to Art Education class that we would be visiting an art museum as part of our course work.  I was met in return with long faces and frightened looks.  It turns out that many of the students did not...

Collective Memory

Collective memory refers to the idea that many people can share a story about a place, a time, a concept. River Road, Topsfield, MA: When I was asked by the Topsfield Library Board of Directors to create a work of art for the new addition of the library, I chose River...

Forecast: Mixture of Clouds and Sun

Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem, (1670). Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 in. Mauritshuis, the Hague. Meg Black (2010). Van Ruisdael’s Vision. Inspired by the Dutch artist Jacob van Ruisdael. Mixed media painting, 30 x 22. Meg Black (2005) Sweeping Dunes 40X20 inches....

Do you know what tea bags are made from?

Tea bags are made from Abaca, the Philippine word for Manila hemp (Musa Textilis), a type of banana tree.  Abaca is a strong fiber capable of standing up to hard use. Tea bags are no thicker than a standard tissue, but try dipping one of those in boiling water!  It is...

Netherlandish Influence

I am working on two new paintings that are smaller versions of this one. Jacob van Ruysdael is one of my favorite artists. His division of the canvas into 1/3-with the sky taking up 2/3 of the space is masterful. Very difficult to make “sky” such an...

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Black Meg Holding Carnations White Frame

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