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I just started a summer art history class, 'Women and Art: Medieval through the 19th Century'. Wow, has art history changed since I last took a class! These are all paintings by women I had never heard of before today... above is a self-portrait by Hildegard of Bingen, a nun who had visions, wrote books and painted, she was the 10th child in her family and given to the church as a child...
... this is a self portrait by Angelika Kauffman, a Swiss-Austrian woman who spent much of her life in Italy where she was quite famous in her day...
...and this one, my favorite, by Suzanne Valadon, who grew up in Montmartre in Paris. She was a model for Renoir, Degas, and Toulouse-Lautrec, posing and learning painting techniques from them. Their life stories are all fascinating, as is their art.
But why are there no art history books for kids about these amazing women??
Happy New Year to you, dear readers. How was your 2012?
Mine was really pretty good, now that I look back on it. Highlights:
- Had 2 exhibits of my work.
-Hosted an art sale in our garden. We had so much fun, it may become an annual event.
-Set up a family etsy shop. We actually sold a few things, too.
-Made more money from my artwork than ever before!
-Finished grad school: I now have 5 picture book biographies I am excited to send out into the world in 2013.
-Helped our boy finish high school and go off to college. Sent him across the country. He thrived. We survived.
-Celebrated our daughter's 21st birthday, and watched her grow into an amazing filmmaker.
-Moved into a beautiful new art studio where I teach. Trying to remember where we've put everything.
-Saw lots of art at galleries, Art Murmur, museums.
-Traveled: New York, Rhode Island, Oregon, Cazadero, Half Moon Bay, the Sierras of California.
-Turned 50! Celebrated with friends near and far.
Sunday night Dan made dinner while I finished off the thesis... Look at that gorgeous calzone!
It tasted great, too.
Signed, sealed, delivered. DONE. Yes! We had a drink in the city last night to celebrate. It was fun looking at all the store windows decorated for the holidays. The hotel bars were full of groups of happy people dressed up and celebrating after work.
On a tuesday night. ... Hmm, guess I don't get out much.
I'm back in tea towel production...for my neighbor's holiday bazaar this Saturday.
Requests are already coming. I might just have to make a business out of this.
Oh, and I got some new business cards. I decided, cute as they are, the tiny Moocards are just too small. But look, they're just the same, only bigger. Still cute, don't you think?
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