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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