Daniads by Rodin and Waterhouse





The story of the Daniads is they were the 50 daughters of King Danus an ancient Greek, who were promised to marry the 50 sons of Danus’ brother. On their wedding night all but one murdered their husbands by cutting their throats. They were sentenced to carry buckets of water to fill a tub with holes in it. Also, their buckets had leaks, so they could never finish the task.  It’s a myth that was used as a theme in art by various artists. Rodin shows the Daniad collapsed by the futility of the punishment.

The Rodin exhibit at the VMFA is a great inspiration. Danaides_by_John_William_Waterhouse,_1903

This is a Pre Raphaelite painting by John William Waterhouse showing the Daniads.


new show at Henry St. Gallery

I entered 3 of my collages.

I entered 3 of my collages.

It will be a great show. If you’re in the Richmond VA. area you should check it out!

5 photos from Rebirthing the Classics opening night at Art6

debriefing follows

debriefing follows

This shot shows the hall looking towards the front door on Broad St. with my work on both sides. The camera shots on the wall show the original masterpieces from the VMFA and Hollywood Cemetery that are the inspiration for each piece. Last Sat. was the day to take our entries to Art6. I loaded up my car in the morning and got there at noon. As I was unloading my work in the gallery Helene talked about putting my smaller pieces in the hall. That meant a bigger showing for me so I drove home and loaded my car again. I also brought 4 landscapes and some things I made up from my imagination. They don’t all fit the theme but it’s ok because they show continuity.

Naiad by Antonio Canova / marble / National Gallery

1815 - 17

1815 – 17

Isn’t she beautiful !!

Acis and Galatea by Antoine Jean Gros

The cyclops Polythemus loves the nymph Galatea, but she loves the shepherd Acis. They’re hiding from the cyclops, but they can hear him calling her.

I was sad after I read the plaque in the museum, because it says this genius master artist committed suicide after the critics hated this painting. They thought  Gros was too old fashioned because he still painted in this neoclassical style, and the art world had moved on to newer styles..

He could have made more great paintings if he’d have lived out his natural life. Why didn’t he reject the criticism as coming from unreliable sources ?  Through out the history of modern man, the art world has been a magnet for fakes , fraud and con men. I think he probably knew that.

As an artist, I know a little about depression. But I’m not opening that can of worms. You’re welcome.

I just want to say, artists and non artists, STAY ALIVE ! KEEP WORKING !

Maybe you’re life sux and there’s nothing you can do about it. Time will change things for you.  Mental health gets better. Meanwhile distract your brain with art, music, sports, games or conversation as much as possible. Eventually you will have a new perspective and be better than ever ! You know I’m not lying.

Now lets talk about those critics that drove Gros over the edge. Click all that apply. They were :

A. perceptive

B. obtuse

C. independent thinkers

D. sheep

E. good at making judgement calls

F. on drugs

G. honest

H. taking bribes

darn, I don’t know how to tally votes.  🙂

Passion is the element

The Powerful, Passionate Woman Retreat

Powerful, Passionate Woman

Passion motivates.


Nymphs by Aristide Maillol

the Ludke girls in our younger days 🙂

This is the same artist that made La Riviere.

When I started to draw them, I was struck by the difference between the Impressionists and the classical Greek style of the figures in Hollywood Cemetery.
These figures are standing flat footed. They’re kind of primitive looking. At first I thought stiff, but later thought graceful.. This artist was a master at making the figure. The Impressionists liked primitive art and showed it in their work.
I drew them each a few times, then arranged them like the 3 Graces. I made up a reason for their hands to be posed like this. They’re having an apocalypse party. You can see my finished pastel on my web site.