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Hack a Museum

Recently, I went on a Museum Hack tour -- "unconventional tours of the world's best museums" -- at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mine was an "un-highlights tour" which -- according to their website -- put "an alternative... Continue Reading →

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Visit Vermeer at the National Gallery of Art

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, on now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is a gorgeous exhibit showcasing over 70 paintings by Dutch masters of the Golden Age, including 10 by Johannes Vermeer (There are... Continue Reading →

Meet Monet in San Diego

A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Diego for a book event and stopped by the San Diego Museum of Art (no better way to beat a SoCal heatwave than to spend an afternoon in the museums around... Continue Reading →

See the Top 10 Works at Portland Art Museum

Earlier this month, I spent an afternoon at the Portland Art Museum, and I was delighted by this oasis of art. Around every corner there was a new masterpiece to enjoy... So to help you navigate your way through this... Continue Reading →

Up Close with Renoir in Madrid

The artwork must grab you, envelop you, transport you... -Pierre-Auguste Renoir When I came to Spain, I expected to get up close and personal with Picasso, Goya, Dali, Velasquez, El Greco... But I did not expect to have a personal... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Must See Art in Los Angeles

Since my bestselling novel, Oil and Marble: a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo, is art historical fiction, a lot of fans ask: "What are your favorite pieces of art?" And since I've lived in Los Angeles for over 15 years, people... Continue Reading →

10 Reasons to Visit the Phillips Collection

When you visit DC, your "to do" list is long: Capitol, White House, Supreme Court. The Vietnam, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials. The Washington Monument. Seventeen Smithsonian museums. Not to mention the zoo. The Phillips Collection might not make your initial list, but... Continue Reading →

10 Artists Plagued by Self-Doubt: Lessons from the National Gallery of Art

It's so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas. -- Paul Cezanne I've never had writer's block, but ever since my debut novel Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo has come out (and... Continue Reading →

Why I Love SAM (Spartanburg Art Museum)

I'm grateful that my national book tour for Oil and Marble took me to the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, South Carolina... Because if I hadn't gone with my novel, I might never have visited. And then I never would've seen Spartanburg Art Museum,... Continue Reading →

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