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John Singer Sargent Painted More Than Portraits

Check out this beautiful nature painting by Sargent I discovered on Twitter.


Famous Women Artists – Or The Lack Thereof

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Famous Women Artists – Or The Lack Thereof

Women Artists

I found this article about the lack of knowledge of famous women artists, and the subsequent updating of it. As a woman artist, I believe it is important to bring overlooked women artists to the forefront of our consciousness. Start with naming the women artists in the photo above. Can’t recognize all of them? You’re not alone.  Read this article then share to spread the word.


A Frosty Morning in Idyllwild – Bikini Frog Protests

A Frosty Morning in Idyllwild – Bikini Frog Protests


Idyllwild has finally been dusted with a precious snow blanket. The drought continues, but a small amount of relief has been granted. The only one complaining is my bikini frog.

Google’s New Privacy Policy

Google is changing its privacy policy as of March 1, 2012. What does this mean to you? Google states:

We’re getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.

In this internet dependent world, we are giving up more and more of our privacy. Is this acceptable to you? How much do you want people to know about you? For instance, do you want your cell phone number made public? Do you want businesses to know what color underwear you just bought on a website?

One thing that really bothers me about using Google is the forced advertising. I don’t want to have to sift through a page’s multitude of advertisements just to get to what I wanted to see in the first place. Internet advertising is getting more and more invasive. It is now being placed inside the content of your search. You are forced to watch the ad before your desired subject comes up. Google claims that it collects information about you to send you ads that will be of interest. Well, I have never seen an ad that interested me. I don’t even want ads. Furthermore, when those annoying forced ads pop up, I close the entire window, opting not to watch either the ad or the content I originally searched. Google – are you listening? You are being counter-productive. People are not watching the ads OR the page they wanted to get to.

How about your photography? Is is becoming easier to steal your images from websites? As a photographer who has had to go after several people/businesses for stealing my images, I am concerned. You may notice the copyright watermarks on the images I post. I hate them. They ruin the feel of the photograph. But I have learned through experience that I must place them on every image I post. I suggest you do the same. I also credit every photographer for each image I use in this blog. This gives credit where credit is due, and it protects the image for that photographer. Please do likewise so we, as a community of photographers look out for each other.

We all make choices. There are other search engines and free email providers out there. Maybe we should start looking at our alternatives.

Last WWI Vet Dies At The Age Of 110

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Frank Buckles at age 16

Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last WWI veteran, has died at the age of 110 on February 27, 2011. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

A long-time resident of Charles Town, West Virginia, where he had a farm, Mr. Buckles was born in Bethany, Missouri. He lied about his age to enlist shortly after his 16th birthday and served in France and Germany.

The following is the Presidential Proclamation:



As a mark of respect for the memory of Army Corporal Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I, and in remembrance of the generation of American veterans of World War I, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that, on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day.  I further direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty‑eighth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.


For more information on Mr. Buckles, click here.

Frank Buckles

Opportunity for Paid Internship

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The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA is offering a $350 per week paid internship. The term is for 10 weeks this summer, and they are looking for a catalogue design/gallery assistant. You may apply if you are an undergrad college student.

1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone 310.453.3711 | Fax 310.453.4347 | |

Ask for Amber. Good luck.

Nietzsche Quote

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If you ever feel like no one is paying attention to your art, remember this quote from Nietzsche:

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Friedrich Nietzsche  Oct 15, 1844 – Aug 25, 1900

19th century German philosopher and classical philologist

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