Rosa Bonheur was born in France in 1822, the oldest of four children. Her father was a painter, who taught his children all he knew about drawing and painting, as there were no art schools that allowed women. He belonged to the St. Simonians, a socialist group which believed in the equality of men and women. Rosa was brought up with an unusual amount of freedom for a girl of that time. She loved animals from the beginning. When her mother Sophie saw she was having trouble learning the alphabet, she suggested Rosa draw an animal for each letter. Rosa was hooked. Rosa spent a great deal of time drawing out in nature, at horse stables, slaughterhouses, and butchers. She preferred wearing pants and keeping her hair cut short, certainly more practical for the work she was doing, but so unusual in those days that she had to get a permit from the French police to wear pants! The Horse Fair, above, was her most famous painting, especially popular in England and the U.S. Many American schoolro…
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.
Happy New Year!I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was very busy with lots of art sales, THANK YOU to everyone who came to my Open Studio days and/or shopped at my sales events. Currently, I am brushing up my series of picture books about Women Artists. It is time for more books about women in the arts, don't you think? I was at a party over New Year's, playing a game with about 25 people, where you write down names of famous people, put them in a bowl, and the others have to guess who it is. NOT one person, even the other professional artists there, had heard of many of the women whose names I put in the bowl. It is TIME, I thought! I need to get this work out there. Above is a spread from my biography about Sonia DELAUNAY, "Sonia's Moving Colors". Sonia was born in the Ukraine, adopted by her rich uncle, where she was given the best of everything. She moved to Paris to go to art school and stayed there for the rest of her life, making art. She i…