July was a busy month for us! Over the first 2 weeks, we gathered together 8 sold paintings from collectors who gave me consent to offer them as fine art prints. We then had them professionally photographed and they are
now available to you with an additional 15% off all prints through Labor Day!
For the last two weeks of July, we flew to Europe to visit family in Berlin. It was great fun seeing Jordan's granddaughter Ophelia and her parents. We spent a lot of time biking around and seeing the sites. Such an interesting city! Back in the mid eighties I traveled to East Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The concrete barrier divided the city from 1961 to 1989. It's fall was a pivotal moment in history which marked the falling of The Iron Curtain. The difference in the city cannot be described. In 1984 it was drab and gray with evidence of the severe damage of WWII everywhere one looked. Soldiers with automatic weapons were never far. And Now? Wow! How far they have come. The people, the restaurants, museums and shops! The care of the historical monuments! It is fascinating!
From there I traveled solo to Paris where I met my German friend Sybilla, who I shared a studio with at The Mauser House Artist Residency in Costa Rica in 2019. Her sensual, mysterious paintings can be viewed on Instagram @billebilla_fineart. It was my first time to Paris in over 30 years! Four days were spent mostly admiring art at The Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre,
The Musee de L'Orangerie and the Centre Pompidou.
The Musee D'Orsay I visited twice...there was so much I wanted to see. Located in an old train station on the Left Bank of the Seine, it's architecture alone is worth the visit! The collection is mostly French, created between 1848 to 1914. It is home to paintings by Van Gogh, Manet, Gaugin,
Renoir and so many more great masters!
The L'Orangerie was my favorite when I lived there. Located in Tuileries Gardens, the collection of Impressionist and Post Impressionists works is not large, yet it includes the works of Mondrian, Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse and others. In the 80's, Monet's eight Water Lily Murals had not yet been installed. As I entered each oval shaped gallery, the murals literally took my breath away! It was absolutely incredible.
Again I boarded a train and headed for Geneva where I met a fellow student in the meditation teachers training class I am taking. Geneva is a beautiful city! Full of swans, Lake Geneva was exceptionally clear and the mountains grace the far shore. The work of one of my all time favorite artists, Ferdinand Hodler can be found at the Musee d'Art d' Histoire. He is one of the best known Swiss painters of the 19th century. I was blown away by his mountain scapes and large figures of women. Such an inspiration he is to me! For more on his work click the button below and let me know if you see how he inspires me!
Inspired by the sunset one evening, I was taken aback by the deep red in the sky, the white sand reflecting the color so vividly and the calm water so beautifully mirroring a momentary splendor.
The stillness of the water and the vibrant red I found to be an interesting contrast in emotion. Red is representative of energy, excitement and passion. Still water often represents a calm mind.
Oh to be energetic, passionate and mentally calm simultaneously! It’s easy to be calm when we are hanging out on a beach or lounging at home while taking the day off. To be calm while hard at work, under intense pressure or with one thousand things to get done before the week is out, now that’s another matter!
This painting is a reminder that it can be done. In this chaotic world in which we now live, may this painting be a reminder that it is within our control to remain calm no matter what may come our way.
"She Sings" 16x40" Oil on Canvas. This painting is suitable to be hung both horizontally and vertically,
which do you prefer?
The unbroken shell of the lightning whelk is treasured by collectors and can be found along the U.S. coast from North Carolina to Texas. At maturity, her shell can reach a length of 16”.
Little more than 3” long, this broken lightening whelk would have been left lying in the sand by most beachcombers.
Broken and faded by the sun, her life was not long.
Yet what this sea snail left in her short life is a gift. It is a reminder of the beauty that is within most everyone no matter what their physical characteristics may be, no matter their disabilities or how “broken” they may have become.
As is often the case while I paint, “She Sings” took on a life of her own. Painted in the vertical position, she seemed to be singing, the leaves and tiny balls of the Sargassum seaweed, dancing to her song.
Countless times, my paintings have been described as "peaceful, calming and soulful".
Studies have shown that peaceful imagery that is inspired by nature helps people better handle pain, stress and fear.
Art has the power to heal.
Create a peaceful sanctuary in your own home with the healing power of my soulful art.
The many images I now have available as archival prints are an affordable way to do just that.
With great care, we have made sure the quality is so high that it is very difficult to tell a canvas print from an original! Additionally, it will stand the test of time.
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There's a "Wall Preview"tool which enables you to view a chosen print in various settings such as a living room, bedroom or conference room. It also enables you to change the wall color to best match your own.
With the use of the camera on your phone, the "Live Preview" tool gives you the ability to view a chosen print on your own wall.
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If you need help in deciding which painting, canvas or metal print would work best in your home, I am happy to help!
Contemporary American artist Margaret Biggs is an oil painter, writer, and poet. Her unique interpretations of beauty are deeply personal statements made to stimulate, inspire, and heal through a sense of peace and connectedness she evokes from the natural world.
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