Elizabeth Nourse, The “First Woman Painter of America”

Judging by her representation at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Elizabeth Nourse is the Queen Artist of The Queen City- Cincinnati, Ohio. On a recent museum visit, I was thrilled to find two gallery walls dominated by her work, not surprising considering the museum has 32 of her works in their permanent collection! Though she spent much of her career in France, Nourse hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was so respected as an artist, even in her own time, that in 1893 the Cincinnati Museum of Art director invited her for a major exhibition of her work, 102 paintings in all. Featured in multiple smaller shows during the intervening years, 90 years later, in 1983, the Cincinnati museum hosted, “A

How to Become a Better Artist (While You Wait)

I’d bet most of us would choose to stay buried in our art around the clock – endlessly brainstorming, building, sketching, sculpting, pouring, firing, drawing, painting, matting, framing – only to emerge from the studio for the occasional emergency snack. Unfortunately, we can’t get away with sequestering ourselves in our studios forever. We have to eventually emerge since we can’t completely wriggle out of the routine, mundane tasks that are part of life. Sometimes we just have to stand there and wait as we take care of chores like gassing up the car, camping out at the DMV, visiting the dentist, sitting behind a school bus, or hanging around for an oil change. So how can we put all of that

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