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Artist of the moment…….Mimi Chen Ting


Mimi Chen Ting is a wonderful abstract artist. Mimi Chen Ting was born in Shanghai, China in the year 1946.

The artist attended college in the U.S. earning  B.F.A. from San Jose State located in San Jose, Calfornia. Chen Ting went on to earn a M.F.A. from California State University.


In this brief clip we view some more works by Mimi Chen Ting. Its great to see them on the walls so that the viewer can picture the vast size of her works:

The artist has studios in California and New Mexico.

In this clip we visit a group show with Mimi Chen Ting’s work appearing at 40 seconds into the clip:

What I enjoy most about this artist can be found in her artistic statement. To quote her ” When I enter the studio I am the child delighting in endless possibilities.” What a great outlook at attitude to have about creating.

Below a link to the website of Mimi Chen Ting:

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Artist of the moment…….Mary Blair



Mary Blair is one of my favorite artists who worked with the Walt Disney Company. Mary Blair is just as extraordinary as Disney’s famed Nine Old Men and worked for years as a concept artist with the Walt Disney Company.

Mary Blair was born in McAlester, Oklahoma in the year 1911. Blair’s style can best be described as Surrealist. My favorite work of hers is the image of a boat flying over the moon.

Mary Blair also had a very successful commercial advertising career. She often portrayed young children of foreign countries.

Blair grew up in California and attended San Jose State. Blair also studied at the Chouinard Art Institute located in Los Angeles, California.

Some films she helped to create include Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland.

Blair also produced many murals for the Disney Company. She also helped to create the Disney theme park attraction ride “It’s a small world.”

In this clip we view a great montage of works by Mary Blair:

Mary Blair passed away in 1978 at the age of 66 years old.

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Artist of the moment……Marilyn Simandle


Another great artist working in the medium of watercolor in addition to oils is American artist Marilyn Simandle. Marilyn Simandle was born in 1946 and began to painting at age six. She went on to take classes as a teen and attended San Jose State earning a B.F.A.

Simandle is renown for her landscape paintings of the coastal areas of California.

The artist has been a teacher at the Scottdale Artist School for nearly two decades.

In this clip we view many works of Marilyn Simandle:

What I enjoy most about her landscapes, she knows an appropriate amount of green to use in a landscape. I love to visit galleries and see many landscape paintings that depict the wild with wonderful greens, but there are too many of them on the canvas to put on a house wall. Her work has lush greens, but still many warm sienna, ochre, and umber colors.

A good example of what I mean can be seen in the works of Andy Wyeth. He took harsh criticism to heart when a critic said his work compared his use of browns to baby poop. His work did a wonderful job at capturing the atmosphere, but I just don’t think a large painting of browns and greens is going to be a nice addition to any room regardless of how accurate it is. Simandle provides great contrasts to the greens she uses in her work.

Simandle has also published two books, one of them with North Light Books, a big name in the art education business.

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