10 Amazing Art Blogs and Websites

I love art. I love to make art, see art, and read about art. Today I am sharing ten of my favorite places on the web to find art.

  • Artiscoveries. Judith began blogging about learning to make art in 2015, and I discovered her blog soon afterward. As a person who loves art and would like to be more proficient at it myself, I follow Judith with interest, and delight in seeing her grow.
  • The Frugal Crafter. Lindsey Weirich posts great tutorial videos on her blog and her YouTube channel. She explains her process clearly. (Plus, she’s adorable.)
  • Inkygirl. Way back in the 1990s when the internet was new, I subscribed to Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s email newsletter. It seems to me that it was mostly about writing in those days. Debbie is now an accomplished children’s illustrator as well as author, and I love to visit her website and blog to get a dose of inspiration.
  • Colossol. This is a gret compendium of artistic stuff.
  • Nathalie’s Studio. Nathalie Kalbach is a mixed media artist and instructor. I’m obsessed with the tessellating stamps she designs. I love her “Strolls in the Hood,” her museum visits, and her journal pages.
  • Joy of Museums. This vast website offers virtual tours of museums all over the world. It also can help you zero in on works of particular artists, or certain genres, and even includes in-depth discussions of individual works. Many art history rabbit trails to follow.
  • My Modern Met. Although this website covers topics of science, history, technology, nature, and travel, it also features many artists in diverse genres like embroidery, photography, dioramas, makeup art, architecture, painting, sculpture, and graphic design.
  • Artangleology. I first discovered Alice Hendon through one of her earlier blogs. She’s a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher), and that’s what first attracted me to her work; but she works in other media as well.
  • The Art Dive. Mira Tudor writes about artists and works of art.
  • Brooklyn Street Art. This blog is new to me, but I can tell it’s going to become one of my favorites. It’s not just murals and street art, but also paintings done in the style of street art.

Now it’s your turn. Do you know a wonderful art blog that I haven’t mentioned? Or do you blog about art? Please leave a link in the comments below.

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I live in the desert, where we don’t have to shovel our weather.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t love to see pictures of snow, or better yet, beautiful illustrations from children’s literature. Thank you to Kathy Temean for assembling this collection.

Writing and Illustrating

I thought most of you would enjoy some snowy illustrations from 2022 to get you in the winter mood. For those of you who were affected by the winter storms that caused so much trouble across the US during the holidays, I hope you can find some pictures that make you smile, so you can put that nightmare to bed.

DEVON HOLZWARTH: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

SAM CALDWELL: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

JULIANA OAKLEY: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

NATELLE QUEK: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

AFSANEH SANEI: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

GABRIELLA VAGNOLI: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

WENDY LEACH: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

SARA UGOLOTTI: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

CLAUDIA RAVALLI: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

JULIANA OAKLEY: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

BRITTANY BAUGUS: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

CARRIE O’NEIL: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

KATIE MAZEIKA: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

KATIE MAZEIKA: Featured on Illustraor Saturday

LIZ DUBOIS: Featured on Illustrator Saturday

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed celebration of Our Lord’s birth. For your listening pleasure, here is a wonderful performance of Handel’s Messiah. It’s long, so you may enjoy having it playing in the background as you go about about your special day.

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Merry Christmas Concert

From 2018.

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Scripture Break #41

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Handbells for Christmas, 2022

One of the activities I’ve missed since the beginning of the pandemic is playing in the handbell choir in church. They started up again in September of 2021, but I opted out until September of this year. Here is the Desert Cross Lutheran Church Ringing Praise playing “Angels We Have Heard on High” in 2017.

And here is “To the World Joy” in 2018:

I discovered a wonderful virtual handbell concert recorded in 2020. The program includes:

  • Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
  • O Come, O Come Immanuel (not a separate piece, but woven into a couple of arrangements)
  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Coventry Carol
  • Sing We Now Of Christmas
  • Rocking Carol
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Silent Night (sorry if I missed any)

And finally, I think you’ll agree that it takes careful choreography for four musicians to play the Hallelujah Chorus on handbells.

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Scripture Break #40

Psalm 23 as translated by Taki Miyashina

The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.

He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,
And His guidance is peace.

Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret for His presence is here.
His timelessness, His all importance will keep me in balance.

He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity.
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility;
My cup of joyous energy overflows.

Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours.
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord and dwell in His house forever.
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George Frederic Handel

Georg Friederich Händel (1685-1759) was born in Halle, in what is now Sachsen (Saxony), Germany. Though he showed interest in music as a child, his father wanted him to study law. His mother, however, encouraged his musical inclinations. While still young, Georg had an opportunity to play the organ at the court of the duke of Weissenfels. There he met composer and organist Frideric Wilhelm Zachow, who invited him to study music with him. By age 11, he was composing church cantatas and chamber music.

When it was time to go to university, Georg started out in the law program to please his father, but he soon dropped out to devote himself to his music full time. He accepted a position as a violinist and harpsichordist at Hamburg’s Oper am Gänsemarkt. He supplemented his income by teaching private music lessons.

He began writing operas, and as he experienced success in that form, decided to travel to Italy. Composing and performing there for three years, he socialized with many prominent musicians, some of whom talked about the London music scene. Fascinated, he traveled to London in 1710, and received a commission to compose an opera for the King’s Theatre. Two weeks later, he delivered Rinaldo, which earned him widespread recognition.

In 1717, King George I of England requested a concert played on a barge on the Thames. Handel complied with the Water Music, a collection of three orchestral suites, which was performed three times that year and remains a concert favorite to this day.

In 1719, he became Master of the Orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music, which specialized in Italian operas.

He eventually decided he would never leave England, and became a citizen in 1726, at which point he anglicized his name.

In 1727, Handel broke away from the Royal Academy and founded the New Royal Academy of Music, where he wrote two new operas per season for the next decade. All told, he wrote almost 50 operas. But when Italian operas fell out of fashion with audiences, Handel looked for something new.

His next focus was oratorios. Since they didn’t require costumes and sets, they were much more economical to produce, and they became the new craze in London. Handel even revised Italian operas into the new format, translating them into English. He wrote 30 oratorios in all.

In 1747, King George II (son of King George I) requested music for a celebration in honor of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which ended the War of Austrian Succession. Handel delivered Music for the Royal Fireworks, a suite in D Major for wind instruments.

The piece of music which Handel is most famous for is his oratorio The Messiah. The story of this inspiring composition can be found here.

Information for this article came from Biography and Wikipedia.

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Gather the children.

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Video of the Day: Happy Thanksgiving

For your listening pleasure today.

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