Category Archives: Art

La Vie en Rose

“Painting puts me back together again.”

This painting was done by the one and only Joan Mitchell. Several months ago when I was looking into all of her work, this one instantly caught my eye. La Vie en Rose is made up of four panels. Mitchell created this painting after an abusive relationship with a former husband came to an end. She worked from feelings of love and death. Viewing Joan Mitchell’s paintings allows viewers to to have more sensitivity for what a person is about. Each of her paintings are unique, personal, and engaging.

La Vie en Rose, 1979. Oil on canvas.



Gerhard Richter

Who was Gerhard Richter?
Gerhard Richter was a German artist. I’m not quite sure what art movement he would be categorized in, but he did paint many abstract paintings. His approach to creating these paintings was different just like Pollock’s. He would use large pieces of glass to drag the paint across his canvases. The evolution of Gerhard Richter is very interesting and I recommend looking into his work.



When people hear the word vision, there are several definitions that may come to mind. Vision could mean being able to see something with your eyes. The word vision could also reference an anticipation of what your future holds.

When I think of the word vision, I think of my future. So for my future, I envision myself being a wife, a mom, and a graphic designer. I envision myself living in either Chattanooga or close to Nashville. I think it is good for people to have a vision for their lives. It gives you something to strive for. If there is no vision, it would be harder to be successful. People that have no vision have given up on themselves. Continue reading Vision

Bonjour Julie

One of my favorite pieces from Joan Mitchell is titled Bonjour Julie. 

I would have never discovered this painting if it weren’t for one of my art professors. He mentioned that The Birmingham Museum of Art had one of her paintings and I knew that I had to see it. When I walked into the room, it was the first thing that I saw. It is massive. It’s made up of three panels and it took up a majority of the wall. This painting is so captivating and the image doesn’t do it justice.

This is an image of one of Joan Mitchell's paintings.
Bonjour Julie, 1971

Where can the art be found?

When I first became familiar with all the big names that were associated with Abstract Expressionism, my first thought was, “Where is all the artwork today?” Before then, I had never had the urge to visit an art museum. If you ever want to find where the artists’ work is located, visit some of the well-known art museums such as The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Another option would be to visit their websites and browse their collections.

What was Abstract Expressionism?

A couple months ago, I wouldn’t have known a thing about Abstract Expressionism. Thanks to one of my college professors, I fell in love with the art movement and the art associated with it.

Abstract Expressionism was an art movement in American painting that thrived in New York City after World War II. The artists of this movement used abstraction to convey emotion. Abstract Expressionists wanted to move on from European tradition in art and create a more modern kind of art. A lot of the paintings of this movement were large scale paintings. Artists were very gestural with their paint as well. Abstract Expressionists created a very distinct American style in art.