Painting with Big Mama

Painting with Big Mama

By Phillis Ideal I still see Big Mama leaning over her garden to pick a zinnia to put in her still life. Her old pink slip hung diagonally, a foot below her hiked-up stained dress, half-covered by her paint smock, which matched her white faux-fur bedroom slippers,...
My Mother, My Self

My Mother, My Self

Lessons and inspiration from an artist mom By Patricia Moss-Vreeland In all my years of training as an artist, both at the University of the Arts and Tyler School of Art, I can recall many gifted and inspiring teachers, but none gave me quite so solid a sense of...
Reflecting on Vermeer

Reflecting on Vermeer

Reflecting on Vermeer By Riad Miah Photo credits: bottom of page “Every work of art causes the receiver to enter into a certain kind of relationship both with him who produced, or is producing, the art, and with all those who, simultaneously, previously, or...
Sanctioned Spaces

Sanctioned Spaces

Sanctioned Spaces Living with the most important legacy of a famous father and his equally famous wife: the studios Photo credits: bottom of page Robert Motherwell, my father, purchased our home the year I was born. My earliest recollection of entering his studio is...
Not-So-Still Life with Children

Not-So-Still Life with Children

Not-So-Still Life with Children By Christine Taylor Patten Photo credits: bottom of page Without my four sons, I would be a different artist. They were born one right after the other—the oldest was four when the fourth was born—simplifying as many complications as...