All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual” ~ Honore de Balzac 

My field of study throughout college was economics and psychology. Therefore, the study of art history was not within my radar screen of classes to take. Many years of fulfilling internet orders for art books and films, stirred within me a deep seated interest in Art that I barely knew was there. 

In the past few years, I have stumbled upon several books that have brought me closer to knowing more about art history. “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” gave me insight into Vermeer, “The Painted Kiss” led me into life in Vienna during the late 1880s  and into the life of artist Gustav Klimt.  The other day, I began my journey into learning more about the life of Vincent Van Gogh through the book “Sunflowers” by Sheramy Bundrick. Fictional stories about artists have drawn me in and whetted my appetite for art history. I’d like to learn more!  

The other day I began to think how independent publishing is the perfect conduit for artists and art historians to teach others who would have no interest otherwise, about the finest masters of Art. Fictional stories provides an interesting way to explore art history without having to sit through classes filled dates, facts and figures.   

Artists, does your palette of creativity and knowledge include the ability to write and illustrate? If so, a unique opportunity stands before you! You can share your talents and knowledge of Art through independent publishing. Your market even includes people like me, who ordinarily wouldn’t be drawn to learning art history, but love a well told story. How about it, artists?

 P.S. Something I never took notice of before – Van Gogh signed all his paintings simply “Vincent.”

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Art and Romance


“All art is erotic.” ~ Gustav Klimt

A few years ago, I was wandering all up and down the aisles of the tiny, but wonderful library in Winhall, Vermont looking for nothing in particular. Suddenly, a book nearly jumped right off the shelf into my awaiting hands.

The book was called “The Painted Kiss” by Elisabeth Hickey.” The story is about Gustav Klimt, painter and owner of an exclusive fashion house, who was hired by a father, to give drawing lessons to his daughter, Emilie. The daughter blossoms into a spirited woman, and mistress to Gustav Klimt. Despite tragedy and scandal and a very vague place in Klimt’s life,  the young woman’s loyalty earns her a role as model for Klimt’s most important masterpiece painting “The Painted Kiss.”

Gustav Klimt lived during the late 1880’s and the book is set during the Vienna Succession Movement. The descriptions in the book of Vienna’s elegant cafes and grand opera houses were so atmospheric, I felt as if I was right there. As I traveled through the story, it seemed I was among the community of painters, composers and writers in the community that existed in Vienna during that era.

“The Painted Kiss” by Elisabeth Hickey is a moving love story. The book would be the perfect thing to give your Valentine if he or she is an artist, art history buff or fan of Gustav Klimt.

Although Klimt lived in a much different time in art history than Vermeer, whose life was portrayed in the book “The Girl with the Pearl Earring,” I would put both books in the same genre of writing.

To all you romantic artists, writers, filmmakers and composers who  follow in the footsteps of the masters who came before you, Happy Valentines Day! You enrich our lives by sharing with us your passion, your creativity and your Art!

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