Women in Art

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli , Boltraffio, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Messina, Perugino, Hans Memling, El Greco, Hans Holbein, Rokotov, Peter Paul Rubens, Gobert, Caspar Netscher, Pierre Mignard, Jean-Marc Nattier, Vigee-Le Brun, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Winterhalter, Tyranov, Borovikovsky, Venetsianov, Gros, Kiprensky, Amalie, Corot, Edouard Manet, Flatour, Ingres, Wontner, Bouguereau, Comerre, Leighton, Blaas, Renoir, Millias, Duveneck, Cassatt, Weir, Zorn, Mucha, Paul Gaugan, Henri Matisse, Picabia, Gustav Klimt, Hawkins, Magritte, Salvador Dali, Malevich, Merrild, Modigliani, Pablo Picasso

Turn up your speakers and listen to Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma

For a complete list of artists and paintings go to:

500 Years of Women in Western Art


Flowers are Red

With School starting in just a week and a half there has been a lot of talk between moms about which teacher they would like for their child and why. “I want a teacher who…” is heard everywhere. Yes, the class rosters were posted today. Run, do not walk to your local Oxford school and see where your child was placed.

A friend and I were having a conversation about teachers the other day and this post I found on a fellow KM teacher’s blog reminded me of that conversation. Lara, this one’s for you!



Harry Chapin wrote a song that every teacher should hear and ponder its meaning ~ FLOWERS ARE RED. It deals with how teachers can stifle a child’s creativity by “dictating” what “should” be done. In the song, a small boy wants to paint a picture using “all the colors of the rainbow.” The teacher reminds him that “Flowers are red, green leaves are green. There’s no need to see flowers any other way than the way they always have been seen.” After being nagged by the teacher repeatedly and being put in the corner for “not conforming,” the little boy finally succumbs to what the teacher wants him to be. What a tragedy! Thankfully, the little boy moves to a different school where the teacher encourages “creativity,” but; alas, by now the little boy can only see things “one way.”

Thanks Sharon for finding this one!

William Faulkner on Music


I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express what the pure music would have done better.

–William Faulkner

In Oxford Mississippi William Faulkner holds a very special place. Not only is his home here in town but many of his settings and characters were bases on local areas and people.

The Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference is going on this week bringing even more great literary minds to our town!


The Definition of Success


To laugh often and much.
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children.
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
false friends.
To find the best in others.
To appreciate beauty.
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden
patch, or a redeemed social condition.
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.