, even if I did I wouldn’t do that. I’m an artist and I went over there basicaly to see as much great art as I could, and as many museums as I could enter and try to soak up a little of the greatness and quality of art historGreetings to Art Bracket members and visitors around the world! First I want to thank Ms. Dominic Richardson for kindly emailing me and pointing me toward this forum. I assume there is a lot of pressure on her from members and especialy “newbies” to have her help them to steer their works in the most advantageous position. Last summer (2012) I uploaded about 7 or 8 imagaes from my new website up on google (starrssiteartofimagination.com) and I assume other venues, and Art Bracket reviewed them with about a “10” on almost every “upload”. I also wrote a profile and a few short blogs. I then was basically “gone” for 4 or 5 months. I went from Calfifornia, where I live and spent a good deal of the summer and fall in Europe. I didn’t go over there to go shopping in Paris or Rome. I’am a fairly young, emerging artist and don’t have that kind of budgeties’ greatest creators. When you are in a great museum looking at a great artist’s work, and all the other tourists and visitors have vacated the room, and it’s just you and the painting masterpiece, it’s a really intimate incredible experience. I had this happen in many museums in Europe many times and I can’t help but think it has had a very positive effect on me. It helps you to set the bar up really high. It’s not tht you are going to be as good as these great cretors, but it unconsciously helps you to strive to be the best creator YOU can be! My mother’s family comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, so I flew there first, stayed with relatives I had never met, and spent a lot of time at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen (National Gallery of Denmark). The have a great collection of art from post-modern all the way back 600-700 years. Then it was on to Amsterdam, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, and a 1000 other artists (especially from the 17th century) who are basically in their league but except for historians and teachers are almost unknown. The Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum. The Hermitage was under renovation until April 2013, but the Hermitage on the Amstel River was renovated several years before (a dependence of the “Russian Hermitage”), one of the of biggest and finest museums in Amsterdam. There was the Stedelyk (sp?)Museum, modern art. There was the Civic Guards Gallery, a lot of 17th century art, including if I remember some Franz Hals and other equatable talent. Then it was on to Brussels. I concentrated on the Museee royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgigue. There are a total of 8 floors below ground level (a statement on the price of real estate in Brussels!). I focused on 19th and 20th century art. On the mezzonine floor you get to the real heavies: Brughel(sp?) (I think the elder), Reubens, Jordaeens. and of course many other great classics. I then drove to Paris. The first museum I saw was the Musee National Eugene Delacroix. I’m a colorist and of course Delacroix was a colorist, so I very much wanted to see his work. Dekacriux gad a huge influence on Van Gogh. I was struck with Moreau’s paintings (though few) at the Huntington Museum in San Marino Ca. I studied many of his workds at the Gustave Moreau Musee. oulouse-Lautrec ath the Musee de Toulouse-Lautrec. More modern but a favorite of mine (many of his pictures at the L.A> County Museum of Art, Los Angeles), Musee Nation de Fernand Leger. Even Fragonard, who I saw as a child at the L.A. County Art Museum, has his own villa-musee. In Nice, Matisse Museum. Marc Chagall, Henri Bouchard, nd of course the Musee de l’Orangerie, Monet and other greats. Last I travelled to Madrid, of course first to the great Prado Museum. Murillo, Zubaron, Velazquez, El Greco, Goya. And in the Picasso Museum at least a couple thousand of his workds, including the Blue Period! (And Guernica!). In between I studied with other young artists at various places, and also did a lot of tourist art and portraits for Euros! The Euros absolutely did not hurt me, I was not on an expense account on Daddy’s $, and it was also a great learning experience to turn out pen and ink drawing for tourists, as portraits or standing near famous locations, done quickly, but not badly at all. For many more euros, I would do the same, laying in the work with a broad pencil, as I like to do, and then filling and finishing with oil pastels. Some of these pastels were quite well done, the $ did not hurt, and it just help me to be able to work faster and just get the essential of the scene, not being concerned with the little minor, non-important details. It was a great learning-work experience for me. That was my summer and early fall. Check me on my site: starrssiteartofimagination.com. All the best to all other artists everywhere and good luck to all. Starr (back in California where today in February it is eighty degrees).