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Zentangle (and wine) with me!

  • Nancy Monson
A Zentangle tile by Nancy Monson, CZT
Zentangle x 4 by Nancy Monson, CZT

The Zentangle® Drawing Method is a structured drawing technique that is relaxing and fun—it’s so absorbing, it pushes away your anxieties and worries! It doesn’t require artistic experience, so it is accessible to all. The technique looks complicated…read more

Tips for Gifting a Pet This Holiday Season

  • Nancy Monson
USA Today Pet Guide – In It For Life
USA Today Pet Guide – In It For Life

The holiday season has everyone in gift-mode, and with that, many tend to consider surprising their loved ones with a pet. The idea might be brilliant in theory, but it’s important to take several factors into consideration to prepare the recipient f…read more

Craft to Heal and the 11 Health Benefits of Woodworking

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Photo courtesy of The Center for Wooden Boats.

GUEST POST BY Paul Moore, Woodworkboss.com The art of woodworking has been around for decades. This pastime can produce beautiful results if the person is skilled, and more and more people are getting interested again. You can make a variety of project…read more

Scrapbook.com shares the Craft to Heal philosophy!

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"A River Runs Through It" by Nancy Monson, mixed-media.

I recently came across Scrapbook.com, a website dedicated to the benefits and joys of making and crafting. According to Sarah Richards, a member of their content team, “We help empower people to create with their hands by providing inspiration, resea…read more

Understanding Picasso’s Paintings

  • Nancy Monson
"First Steps" by Pablo Picasso

For most of my life, I was no fan of Pablo Picasso’s. I just didn’t get what he was trying to do with his art. But then I took an art history class at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut run by a sometime Yale professor who loved art…read more

MOMA and The Modern

  • Nancy Monson
Vincent Van Gogh, "The Starry Night"
A wall full of Monet's water lilies.
Robert Rauschenberg, “Signs,” 1970
Robert Rauschenberg, “Mirthday Man,” 1997
Robert Rauschenberg "Tree Frog," 1964, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Robert Rauschenberg, “Glacier (Hoarfrost),” 1974
The lounge at MoMA.
Jackson Pollock's "One Number 31," 1950.

I recently visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It’s always a pleasure to view its collection of van Goghs (including his very, very famous “The Starry Night”), Monets, Cezannes and Picassos. I also enjoy the more contemporary Andy Warh…read more