Category Archives: history

Painting from Plein Air Drawings, Part 2

The routine: door closed, music cranked up, paint brush moves to the beat. Time flies agreeably as a painting takes shape. Yesterday’s soundtrack: Warren Zevon, Talking Heads and the ever-energetic Rolling Stones. These are places of rich history. The beautiful ruin of an apple-cider mill on … Continue reading

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Friday Sketchbook: Hans Christian Andersen Slept Here

Magasin du Nord in Copenhagen is Denmark’s oldest department store, founded in 1870. They have the best scarf selection in town (my opinion), their housewares floor is a near-museum of Danish design, and their basement’s a wonderland of fancy foodstuffs. But 144 years ago, Magasin du Nord was Hotel du … Continue reading

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Sketch of the Day: Four Days,Two Gardens, One Paris

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Sketch of the Day: Art, Babies, and Beer

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a Copenhagen museum founded by the Carlsberg brewing family, with sculpture being the main attraction, but they also have great French Impressionist paintings, a tropical garden in the main rotunda, a nice cafe, and today, a surprise choral group in … Continue reading

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Friday Sketchbook: All the King’s Horses

Any day that begins with horses is a good day in my book. Happy Friday.    

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Sketch of the Day: Ganymede and Jupiter’s Eagle

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New Orleans Gumbo Report

On Magazine Street over margaritas and sherry-soaked scallop tacos, a New Orleans friend put it this way: “we are drinking people with a parading problem”. He was talking about his relatively local wheelbarrow parade, but he might have meant the … Continue reading

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