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Paul Klee and Musical Polyphony

Perhaps the biggest decision in Paul Klee’s life was whether to pursue a career as a musician or as a painter. Klee especially liked the music of the 18th century, composers such as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as Haydn and Schubert.

Rothko and Michelangelo

In thinking about a series of paintings he gave to the Tate Gallery in 1968 and 1969, Rothko spoke of Michelangelo’s walls in the staircase room of the Medici Library in Florence.

Lucretia, detail of head and shoulders

Lucretia

‘Lucretia’ (c.1666) by Rembrandt van Rijn. Minneapolis Institute of Art, US. Public Domain. Background: The story of Lucretia has been painted many times. The story

Robert Ian Najlis

Fulbright

Robert Najlis Receives Fulbright Scholarship I have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. The Fulbright scholarship, whose goal is to improve intercultural relations, is one of

China, Xi’an 2017

This past summer I went to China where I assisted in teaching a painting class, and then had a painting residency for a Month.  I

Proportions and Intervals

A quick look at the relationship between figure drawing proportions music intervals.
In both cases, and understanding of these relationships is crucial.

Learn from the Greeks

reek vases are a great place to learn about spatial movement in visual art. Rhythm, overlapping planes, repitition and variation, tension, movement, its all there.

New Book!

See Color

Learn about color relationships and movements.

Working with color is attractive and yet challenging. In this book we will develop a flexible and lively understanding of color on a personal level. This will help us become more aware of and sensitive to colors, and to better understand their interactions and uses.

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