Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Artist Corner: Historical Didja Know

In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg." (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint.)


Heads up on the latest news! Check out my paintings in the Texas Pastel Society's 2nd Annual All Member Show! The show is from June 4 through 20, 2009, at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts, 115 Melrose Place, San Antonio, Texas. Plus, you are officially invited to our opening reception which will take place on Thursday, June 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours take place on Friday, June 5 & 19, 12 - 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 6 & 20, 10 - 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!

If you need more information about the show and TXPS, go to our website: I'm an active member of this society. You can access me through the members link on the website.