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Textured Pastel Art Captures Fantasy Landscapes in Vivid Color

When Baroque Has Modern Accents In Amazing Paintings 

Self-Taught Genius Gallery Queens, New York – In 2017, the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan opened an offshoot space for the exhibition of artworks from the museum’s vast collection of some 8,000 items. Entitled the Self-Taught Genius Gallery, visitors to this Long Island City space will find folk artworks made by extraordinary self-taught (also referred to as “outsider” or “Naïve”) artists over the last 300-odd years.

Ember Wednesday in Lent Roman Station Church: The Basilica of St. Mary Major @ Barnhardt

Winnemucca Lake – Nixon, Nevada  Using the test information, the carvings were estimated to have been made somewhere between 14,800 and 13,200 years ago or between 11,300 and 10,500 years ago, as those are the periods when the water levels were low. The latter date range is most likely, as it correlates with other archaeological finds in the area. Regardless of which date range the petroglyphs were made in, they’re currently the oldest known carvings in North America.

How Portraits of Women and Cats Break the “Crazy Cat Lady” StereotypeThis Ski Jacket Mimics the Color-Changing Skin of a Squid

Unnatural Selection: Emil Schachtzabel’s Pigeon *Prachtwerk* 

daily timewaster: Vintage and Beautiful

20 Contemporary Quilt Patterns You Can Start Working on Today

This Fantastic 1000-Piece Full Moon Puzzle

Brazilian Artist Tullius Heuer Creates Digital Paintings That Leap Off The Page

Beautiful Blooms Look Like Real-Life Flowers

“From Far Away…”: Mustafa Said Bilir Creates Dreamlike And Surreal Photo Manipulations

Eye Candy for Today: Vermeer’s Geographer 

Street Photographer Uses San Francisco’s Fog to Enhance His Images

Aerial Lavender Field Video Lets You See the Site from New Heights

Photographer Stephen Wilkes Talks “Day to Night” and Its Evolution

Utagawa Hiroshige: Last Great Master of Ukiyo-e 

Casey Klahn / “Small Maiden”

O Magnum Mysterium:” The Persistence of Sacred Beauty

“We no longer have time for the good, the beautiful, or whether or not something is true. We have only time for conversation.” — John Cage

It is a commonplace that the overwhelming mass of our contemporary art that is “exhibited” has devolved into mere “exhibitionism.” Vapid, disposable, and preening the works are doomed to be buried in the gaping garbage pits of marketing-driven museums, and crapulous galleries that hold most contemporary American and European art. Still, great souls persist among us, and great art, though it is often obscured by poseurs and perverts and pallid imitators of all stripes, can still emerge when talent and skill are wedded to inspiration and belief. . . .

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  • jwm March 10, 2022, 11:25 AM

    What a wonderful counter to an otherwise less than great morning. This was some good medicine.
    Thank you.


  • Ruth March 10, 2022, 12:17 PM

    A little while ago we buried our dear kitty Sissy (Miss Sissy-Bunnie, for short) and as we stood over her grave, I lamented to my husband that after 13 years with her, we don’t have a single good photo to remember her by. She had such an unusual fox-like face.

    Well, I came in the house and began scrolling through “Beautiful Daze” for distraction…and comfort. And suddenly, there is my fluffy, golden, foxy-faced kitty staring back at me (the “Crazy Cat Lady” picture). If you were to shrink that enormous fellow down to about eight pounds, you’d be looking at our girl. Even the fluffy toes. I saved the photo…it will have to do.

    It was literally just a few minutes between my wishing for a photo…and finding one here. So thanks, Gerard. You’ve made a tough day a little easier.

    • Vanderleun March 10, 2022, 12:33 PM

      You are most welcome, Ruth.

  • Casey Klahn March 10, 2022, 12:45 PM

    Kind thanks, Gerard. I’m humbled.

  • jd March 10, 2022, 2:42 PM

    Quite the mix, Gerard. Thank you.

  • Princess Cutekitten March 10, 2022, 4:29 PM


    Thank you! Those are great.

    The Cat Lady I knew was not the stereotypical misanthrope trying to substitute cats for a man. ( A fruitless endeavor, by the way—while cats are happy to kill spiders, they refuse to cut the grass.).

    She was a sweetheart who always wanted to help, whatever the problem was, and not at all “political “ as the word is understood today. She voted but did not practice politics as a religion. She was nice to talk to. Also born blonde. She had guys calling her the day after her husband’s funeral. I think a lot of cheerful Cat Ladies are like her.

    Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, there’s the stereotypical hateful liberal I saw scowling into the camera—with an adorable puppy on her lap. Unless you live in one of those countries where people only like dogs if they (the dogs) are medium-rare, how is it humanly possible to look that angry with an adorable puppy on your lap? ‘Tain’t natural, say I.

  • mmack March 10, 2022, 7:28 PM


    First, cool picture of an Aeronca Champ (the high wing monoplane on skis). I saw one or two around the airport I took my first flying lessons at.

    Secondly, thanks for all the other pictures of art 🖼. My late mother-in-law painted in watercolors and did some wonderfully detailed paintings which are framed and hanging around our house for us and visitors to view. I have four of her paintings in my office. She had that weird artist’s temperament: Some of her best paintings she thought were no good and she shoved them in a drawer for us to find after she passed on.

    We thought they were incredibly detailed and treasure them, she thought they were junk.

  • Terry March 10, 2022, 10:09 PM

    Wonderful visual display. Made me believe I was in the real (old) world again.

    We all need more positive, and beauty in our lives as of currently.