Archive for December, 2008

Anuvue presents MaryBeth Leonard

Posted in Art, artists, Famiiy, Friends, gallery, Honor and Remember, reception, Uncategorized on December 28, 2008 by anuvuestudio


Thank you

Posted in Christmas, Famiiy, Friends, gallery, thanks, Uncategorized on December 25, 2008 by anuvuestudio


Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

I wanted to wish everyone who reads this blog, Friends, Family, all the Artists who are my new Family… and all the visitors to the gallery…a very Merry Christmas.

And if you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, have a most happy one as well.

This month, even as the economy slides, through your support… the gallery has entered “the black” for the very first time since we opened our doors in July.

I wanted to thank you all for your well wishes and patronage…and… to all of you that selflessly gave your time freely…to help this one woman operation get some rest…my heartfelt gratitude to you all.

Thank you Jamie, Susan, Jim, Julie and Nicole for everything.

Most important, to my Husband Micheal, thank you for understanding…that dreams may not always be lucrative…but they can mend a tired soul and allow it to grow new wings .

Coastal Access

Posted in Images, Ocean, photography, The Coast on December 21, 2008 by anuvuestudio


Young Rembrandts ;)

Posted in Art, Christmas, Christmas windows, Cool, fabulous, Teaching, young rembrandts on December 20, 2008 by anuvuestudio

I came back from vacation to find Jamie all set up to have her class paint Christmas windows downstairs at all the local businesses. Each owner had decided it was a great idea and I thought it was brilliant!!! I only wished I had come dressed to be outside at night (a skirt and sandals)… but the kids were bundled up and they took off with smiles, determined to do well. Now, I’m not sure if you have ever painted windows before but it’s much harder than you think. Paint needs time to dry if you are going to overlap it…and if it’s at night…well…forget it. The kids had to pre-plan, and with Jamie’s guidance, they progressed very well. The last time she and I did Christmas windows we were 17 and we painted for Jack in the Box. It was tough! It’s hard to get tempera paints to look opaque enough to show up and still not crack off! Bradley, Ishika and McKenzie did a mighty fine job working together and it was fun just to watch them having fun. The pizza guys rewarded them with a large cheese pizza and when then owner asked Ishika (our youngest artist) whether she enjoyed the pizza or the painting better…she replied “the painting”…HA! That made my night!


Through an open door

Posted in Art, Choices, Entering New Territory, Images, photography on December 16, 2008 by anuvuestudio


She’s backkkkk

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Just back in from the coast. Started from Astoria, Oregon and came all the way down to San Francisco.

Oregon reminds me of my home about 40 years ago. People are pleasant, very polite and genuinely helpful.

They care that you are comfortable when you come for a visit and they take pride in their towns.

I came away with some very good memories…and hopefully some photos as well.

Those, well they are to come 😉

On the road again

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2008 by anuvuestudio

suitcase1Heather will be missing from the Gallery for about a week or so. In her place, four, very lovely Ladies will be hanging out. Please do come by to say Hi to Jamie,  Susan, Julie and Nicole.

The Coronation of the Emperor

Posted in Art, Images, Life on December 1, 2008 by anuvuestudio

I’m a self proclaimed History buff. I love world history and all the art that goes with it… although I do tend to nod off at the Greek period (sorry). I love all forms of art but I thought I might show you my favorite painting even though this tiny little picture can’t bring to life the sheer magic it invokes. It’s approximately 30 feet in length and about 20 feet in height and is housed at the Louvre in Paris, France. Now, before I ever traveled abroad, I was warned that I would need a week to see the Louvre and give it’s it fair due. As I said, alas the Greek period ( I skipped), saving me some time…Hey, I’ve seen enough Greek Goddesses here in the States to last me a while. I, of course, was going to see the Mona Lisa…like every other American tourist. I saw her and yes, she is a beauty to behold. That little mysterious smile and of course, the brilliance of Da Vinci. How could a sane person not want to see it? Truth be told, after I traveled around the grand museum, I was left breathless by The Coronation of Napoleon, and today (even with O’Keeffe) it remains my favorite to this day. Sadly, I can never remember the name and have always called it “The crowing of Josephine”. In my defence, Napoleon is depicted crowning her and he already has his laurel wreath. The story that goes hand in hand with the painting (Political Propaganda) is almost as good so I’ve naturally plagiarized it for you all to read. Hey, If the French are going to keep the painting all to themselves, the least they can do is give up the story…

l love the part about his Mother 😉  If you’re ever in Paris, make sure to see it. You’ll have to make up your own mind on the Greeks.

The Artist: Jacques-Louis DAVID – Paris, 1748 – Bruxelles, 1825

The Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon I and the Crowning of the Empress Joséphine in Notre-Dame Cathedral on December 2, 1804


© Musée du Louvre/E. Lessing

The Coronation of the Emperor Napoleon I

(a bigger picture)


It took David three years to complete this vast painting commissioned by Napoleon I to immortalize his coronation on 2 December 1804 at Notre-Dame. Specially redecorated for the occasion in neoclassical style with painted trompe-l’œil wooden paneling, the choir of the cathedral resembles a theater stage in which each actor has his place amidst the grandiose scenery. As in any work of political propaganda, there are certain notable arrangements with reality: the presence of the emperor’s mother on a throne in the center, when in fact she was absent that day, as she was angry with her son; or the idealized beauty of a slimmer, taller Napoleon and a younger Josephine, rejuvenated by the brush of a diplomatic artist, recently appointed First Painter to the Emperor. It depicts Napoleon crowning Josephine, blessed without great conviction by Pope Pius VII, seated behind the emperor, and is less provocative than the painting in which he crowns himself. Amidst the 150 portraits of spectators, his skillful lighting effects play up these central figures, lingering over the brilliance of a jewel, the richness of a fabric, or the softness of a velvet cushion. David was the precursor of modern-day photographers who immortalize celebrity events in magazines where luxury is supposed to feed the dreams of the public. Yet the most lifelike figure of them all is Talleyrand, dressed in red, on the right. He seems to be casting an ironic eye on this ostentatious display.


The Characters

1. Napoleon (1769-1821), is standing, holding sacred, similar to that of Roman emperors, others are merely passive spectators.

2. Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763-1814), is kneeling in a submissive position, as called for in the Civil Code French. She received the crown from the hands of her husband, not the pope. His robe is decorated with silk according to Cartoon by Jean-Francois Bony.

3. Maria Letizia Ramolino (1750-1836), mother of Napoleon, was placed in the stands by the painter. It occupies a place more important than the pope. Actually, she did not attend the ceremony to protest the blurring of Napoleon with his brother Lucien. Napoleon’s father, Charles Bonaparte died in 1785. Maria Letizia asked the painter to give it a place of honor. In 1808, when Napoleon discovered the canvas completed in the workshop of David, he was transported, and said his gratitude to the painter who had managed to pay tribute to posterity to the affection he was carrying a woman who shared with him the burden of his office.

4. Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846), at the beginning of the empire, he received the title of grand constable. King of Holland in 1806. He married Hortense de Beauharnais, the daughter of Josephine.

5. Joseph Bonaparte (1768-1844), after the coronation, he received the title of imperial prince. Then he was king of Naples in 1806 and Spain in 1808.

6. The young Charles Napoleon (1802-1807), son of Louis Bonaparte and Hortense de Beauharnais.

7. The sisters of Napoleon.

8. Charles-Francois Lebrun (1739-1824), the third consul alongside Napoleon and Cambacérès. Under the First Empire, it took the place of prince-architrésorier. He holds the sceptre.

9. Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès (1753-1824), archichancelier prince of the empire. It takes the hand of justice.

10. Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753-1815), minister of war under the Consulate. Marshal Empire in 1805. He keeps the globe surmounted by a cross.

11. Talleyrand (1754-1836), grand chamberlain since July 11, 1804.

12. Joachim Murat (1767-1815), marshal of empire, king of Naples after 1808, brother-in-law of Napoleon and husband of Caroline Bonaparte.

13. Pope Pius VII (1742-1823), was content to bless the coronation. It is surrounded by dignitaries clerics, appointed by Napoleon since the Concordat. In order not to jeopardize the new balance between Church and State, the pope accepted to attend the coronation.

14. The painter Jacques-Louis David lies in the stands.