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“But I thought the French were rude…?”
France Paris

“But I thought the French were rude…?”

As an American artist based in Paris since 1994, I am weary of hearing, “But I heard the French are...
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My “Rude” Parisian Turn
Paris Personal Stories

My “Rude” Parisian Turn

FAITES ATTENTION! Stop whacking people with your backpacks!Photo © Ann James Massey Coming to my studio on the metro after...
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The Making of the Blessing of the Animals
Art Technique Personal Stories

The Making of the Blessing of the Animals

It has always been in my mind to pay homage to the presence of animals and spiritual support in my...
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Tools of the Trade
Art Technique

Tools of the Trade

Every artist sets up their own studio with materials, equipment and tools they use in creating their work. For those...
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Parlez-vous français? (Do you speak French?)
Paris Personal Stories

Parlez-vous français? (Do you speak French?)

Shortly after I moved to France, I complained to Henri Bérenger (then friend, now my better half) that the French...
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The Nude in Art
Art History

The Nude in Art

The release of my nude drawings, “Liz II” and “Liz III” as limited edition prints by Solomon & Whitehead, Ltd....
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The Art Pendulum
Art History

The Art Pendulum

Victorian Painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was one of the highest paid artists of his day, selling A Reading From...
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Do You Know Where Your Belly Button Is?
Art Technique

Do You Know Where Your Belly Button Is?

Contemplating your belly button at length does not mean you know where it really is. If navel gazing was never...
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Looking at the Dog Days of Summer in France
France Paris

Looking at the Dog Days of Summer in France

These dogs on patrol turned out to be aoûtiens Photo ©2003 Ann James Massey Crates still need to be guarded...
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In Memoriam: Thomas Calloway “Tom” Lea III (1907-2001)
Art History Personal Stories

In Memoriam: Thomas Calloway “Tom” Lea III (1907-2001)

Just six days after my father’s passing, another man in El Paso who had a profound influence on my art...
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The Stars and the Moon
Paris Personal Stories

The Stars and the Moon

There is no doubt I love Paris, but there are some things a girl from Southwest Texas misses. The hardest...
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The Stars, a Funny Story and Existentialism in France
El Paso, Texas France Personal Stories

The Stars, a Funny Story and Existentialism in France

Growing up in the wide-open spaces of the high desert city of El Paso, Texas instilled a passion in me...
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Parking in Paris and the Moral of the Story
Paris

Parking in Paris and the Moral of the Story

When I first moved to Paris in 1994, I was amazed at what I perceived was the parking deftness of...
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It Really is a Small World
France Personal Stories

It Really is a Small World

When I was growing up in El Paso, Texas, it seemed to our family as if the whole world was...
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Manna From Above in Paris and Versailles
Paris Personal Stories

Manna From Above in Paris and Versailles

Today Paris has a multitude of ways and venues to feed the less fortunate, though history has not always proved...
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The Pickpocket Diaries
Paris Personal Stories

The Pickpocket Diaries

Despite being one of the largest cities in the world, Paris is a very safe city, with negligible violent crime...
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The Montmartre Myth and The Epitome of Success
Paris

The Montmartre Myth and The Epitome of Success

In the mid 19th century, Montmartre was a hamlet on a butte outside of Paris.
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Veronese and “The Wedding at Cana”
Art History Art Technique

Veronese and “The Wedding at Cana”

Art is communication and needs no interpreter. However, there can be histories, anecdotes, and observations that add another dimension to...
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The Atelier Shuffle
Paris Personal Stories

The Atelier Shuffle

X marks the locations of Ann's ateliers in Paris and Ivry-sur-Seine, The red A in the 15th marks the location...
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Keeping it in Perspective (Linear That Is)
Art Technique

Keeping it in Perspective (Linear That Is)

Why is it some artists shudder or shy away from learning the basics of perspective saying it is just too...
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In Memoriam  to my dad, Fred Keith James (1923-2001)
Personal Stories

In Memoriam to my dad, Fred Keith James (1923-2001)

Fred Keith James My miniature painting In Memoriam is a tribute to my father, Fred Keith James, who passed away...
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Picasso & the Portrait
Art History

Picasso & the Portrait

I admit it. This exhibit was not high on my list of priorities.
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