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Gaudi’s La Pedrera: Night or Day?

Nearly everyone's "Must See" list in Barcelona includes a visit to the Antoni Gaudi apartment building Casa Milà (commonly called La Pedrera). It's widely considered a modernist masterpiece and WELL worth a trip. But when you go to buy your tickets, you'll... Continue Reading →

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Casa Batlló: My Dream Home

Over 13 months ago, my husband and I sold our condo in Los Angeles to go on the road to promote my debut novel Oil and Marble. At every stop, we ask ourselves: would we want to settle down here?... Continue Reading →

To Be a Cubist, You Have to Have Been Born in Malaga

One of our first stops in Spain was the Reina Sofia in Madrid to see Guernica. Seeing Pablo Picasso's anti-war masterpiece in person -- suitably from around a corner at first, a fractured view -- is arresting. The painting is immense, and... Continue Reading →

Fear of a Book Event in Madrid

Last night, I went to my first international book event for Oil and Marble (Leonardo y Miguel Angel in Spanish) at Libreria Le in Madrid. I was terrified. I've done over 100 book events all over the US; I no... 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 →

12 Art Museums That Will Change the Way You See the World

On my most recent trip to Europe, I realized that a few art museums have profoundly affected the way I see the world. These museums showed me something new and unexpected; they shifted my perspective. And isn't that what we... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Must See Art in Spain

Since my novel, Oil and Marble, is art historical fiction and was recently translated into Spanish, a lot of fans ask what art MUST they see when traveling to Madrid, Barcelona and everywhere inbetween? And, they say, "what if I’m NOT an... Continue Reading →

Hometowns of Famous Artists

Here's a secret: If you visit an artist's birthplace, some of their creative genius will rub off on you... and if THAT doesn't work, then at least these picturesque hometowns are sure to inspire. Don’t look for Paris, New York, or Tokyo here—these... Continue Reading →

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