No Sudden Movements

When I was in middle and high school, I took a few art classes partly because they seemed interesting and rather unfailable. Of course it was more difficult than I thought, and I really didn't have any obvious talent. Maybe I just didn't have talent, obvious or otherwise. One class was basic pottery, and I …

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Paintings Wherein the Principals Are Having More Fun Than the Title Suggests

Long time no see! Life (and perfectionism) kept me from posting, but I've been learning from Productivity for Perfectionists -- and also have a new artist friend who cried laughing at some previous art commentary posts. So maybe I'll post every Wednesday, maybe not, but here we go with my favourite series, this one about the …

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Pictures of Men Lurking Off to the Side, Whispering Sweet-Nothings

Shady men in corners is an arty thing, not a creepy thing! Painters prove the artiness with these: - The Awakening of Love (Herbert Gustave Schmalz) I've heard that song before. - Queen Vashti (Alexander Cabanel) - What're you doing later tonight? - Sh! I have to look regally forlorn right now. - The Message …

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Paintings Wherein Baby Jesus Looks Like a Middle-Aged Man or a Pervert or Both

Babies are difficult to depict! One wrong brush stroke and the infant looks like a middle-aged man... or a beached whale! (Maybe a beached middle-aged whale of a man!) All the while, too good of a challenge to pass up for European Catholic artists... - Madonna with the Christ Child and St John the Baptist …

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Women in Awkward Poses for the Sake of Art

For the background story, click here. - An Appeal for Mercy (Marcus Stone) All this groveling... hurts my back (and my boobs). - Allegory of Arts (Hans von Achen) You're a really cute cherub... but this turning my body one side and my head the opposite side is really messin' with my spinal column. - …

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