Why is there a skull on a table with food, books, and globes? Vanitas paintings were reminders to wealthy patrons of the inevitability of death. But why?! Read on to see why this genre was popular in both 17th century Dutch society and contemporary art.
An artist has many tools at their disposal, and each ensures they are able to convey their message to the viewer properly. Here, we explore the use of the palette knife to layer paints and create textures.
August was Plein Air painting month, but with the weather (finally!) cooling off, #fwmoa is keeping the festivities going. We followed painter Gwen Gutwein into the open air to see how she creates her work, rain or shine.
Visiting #fwmoa for the first time and not sure where your eyes should start looking? We're here to help! See how understanding the parts of the composition-foreground, middle ground, and background-can make it easier.
In her visitor services role, Michele Andrews gets to interact with the art at #fwmoa all the time. So, how to pick a favorite?! For this round of exhibitions, she chose a painting from Jon Schueler's solo exhibition, "Lost Man Blues".
Bob Cross, not to be confused with Bob Ross, is a contemporary artist whose work stems from the simple notions of day-to-day life. Here, we get a peek into his process as he creates a painting, "It Started Like This".
Today in the Studio, we're making paintings inspired by African American artist Felrath Hines, who we profiled in a past "Treasures from the Vault" post. Learn an easy way to make mirrored, symmetrical images just like Hines to add to your Studio gallery!
Samia Halaby expresses her myriad life experiences in her harmonious abstract paintings, simple compositions that are masterful in color. A graduate of IU, we take a closer look at her work in the #fwmoa collection, entitled "Mars".
Abstract artist Alma Thomas experienced a lifetime of firsts after she transitioned from educator to full-time artist. Learn about her achievements in this post from #fwmoa Curator of Prints & Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo.
Our last bearded visage, in celebration of #noshavenovember, comes to us from Italian artist Guerrino Guardabassi. A pastoral peasant scene of an interaction between a friar and a flutist on a mountain road. #fwmoa