Thomas Moran's "Venice, from near San Giorgio"

Heavens: Moran’s “Venice”

I love to be in nature. Well, some nature…not the 94 degrees, 100% humidity and the mosquitos are eating me alive nature I have out my back door most of the time. I love to be in the 40-85 degree nature with a nice breeze and lovely trees. I grew up on a prairie 18…

Simone Martini and Lippo Memmi's "Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus"

En Vogue: Martini’s “Annunciation”

I’ve seen plenty of fancy golden altarpieces that are shiny, and that’s their sole allure. Simone Martini’s The Angel and the Annunciation, painted in 1333 in Sienna, now Italy, had a different affect on me. Forget for a moment, if you already know, what the “annunciation” story is. Just look at these folks, er, I…

detail of Jesús Rafael Soto's "Houston Penetrable"

Delightful: Soto’s “Penetrable”

“I like that art we jumped through. It tickled me!” proclaimed one of my three year old sons when asked about the art we saw recently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His twin promptly chimed in “it tickled me!” We went to the MFAH to view Jesús Rafael Soto’s Houston Penetrable. This is…