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Artistic Pursuits

"In the Chinese calendar, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, which is predicted to be a peaceful year, conducive to artistic pursuits."

Thus begins the Wall St. Journal article, "Cultural Resolutions," which goes on to profile this year's creative goals from some well-known folks in fashion, art, music, literature, architecture, theater, and food (it's an eclectic bunch; check it out).

As for my own artistic pursuits in 2011, I think I'm going to make it oil painting. I've always loved the medium, and while I used to dabble in drawing and water colors, I've never tried oil. Yes, I realize it's the hardest to master, but oil paintings are just gorgeous.

Look at this one from my new, favorite up-and-coming-artist gallery, ArtQuiver. It's called Fifth Avenue Ladies and is by American artist Kathryn Trotter. Gorgeous!

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Her style is referred to as "impasto" - she applies layers of paint with a palette knife for depth, color variation, and texture, using her past experience in the corporate world of fashion, interiors, and textile design for her subjects.

I'm thinking that photos from my travels may provide some good inspiration of my own.  So I've purchased the materials and will start to dabble in this new pursuit. Watch this space!

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