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Art in my Home

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

The Art in my Home

The art in my home is not all old. On this page, the third in a series of three about art, I will present an eclectic mix of paintings I have acquired, beginning with some living artists who caught my eye recently.

First up is a painting entitled "Pannonia" by Csaba Markus. Csaba was born behind the Iron Curtain in Budapest, Hungary in 1953. He moved to California in 1978 where he resides today. There is something exotic about his paintings.

Pannonia

Csaba Markus (2000)

Csaba Markus (2000)

From Hungary to Italy

Pino (Daeni) now lives in New Jersey; and in Naples, Florida. He was born and reared in Italy and specializes in painting beautiful women. And this one is special indeed. This Pino painting was named "Evening Thoughts."

Evening Thoughts

PINO 2001

PINO 2001

From Italy to Ireland and Israel

I just love the colors in this painting by the only female painter I own a painting by, Sevitt Francis. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1942, she moved to Israel in 1959 where she has lived ever since. I own two Sevitt Francis paintings and this one is titled "Shadows of Love."

Shadows of Love

SEVITT FRANCIS 2001

SEVITT FRANCIS 2001

From Israel to Poland

Tomasz Rut is from Poland but now makes his home in Hollywood, Florida.   He spent considerable time in New York City, and Asheville, North Carolina as well. I own three of his paintings and they are quite sensual, if not erotic. This name of this painting is "Volere."

VOLERE

TOMASZ RUT 2003

TOMASZ RUT 2003

From Poland back to Israel

Isaac Maimon is an Israeli painter who was born in 1951. His paintings evoke the Parisian "Boulevard Culture." The title of this suite is "Le Cotillion."

Le Cotillion

ISAAC MAIMON 2002

ISAAC MAIMON 2002

An American painter from Chicago

Warner Sallman was from Chicago. He was born in 1892 and died in 1968. He was the best known artist of the 20th Century—though I wonder how many remember his name today in 2009.

His painting, "The Head of Christ," is the best selling painting in the history of the world; selling over 500,000,000 copies.

I have that painting, of course, but I am presenting his painting entitled "Christ in Gethsemane" because it has sentimental value for me.

My Paternal Grandmother, who was a Saint and a Prophet, went straight to Heaven (without passing Go) in 1987. Every time I visited her home I saw this painting there (as well as the "Head of Christ" and "The Lord is our Shepherd" and "Christ our Pilot").

Christ in Gethsemane

WARNER SALLMAN 1942

WARNER SALLMAN 1942

Let us proceed to Paris

Renoir was a French artist who was one of the originators—and my personal favorite—of the Impressionist style of painting. He was born in 1841 and died in 1919.   I present here the "Le Moulin de la Galette,", which he painted in 1876. Is not it fabulous?

LE MOULIN de le GALETTE

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR 1876

PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR 1876

Back to The United States

I love this painting. Look at George standing up in the boat as they traverse treacherous, icy waters with his ragtag bunch of individuals that he must mold together as a team. It is life or death, of course—for these men and for the American Revolution.

Emanuel Leutze was born in 1816 and died in 1868. He created this Painting: "George Washington Crossing the Delaware" in 1851.

George Washington is my favorite American personage. He was not only the leader of the Revolutionary War and the first President of the United States of America. What I love most about him is, that he is one of few individuals in the history of the world who declined when his citizenry wanted to make him their king.

George Washington Crossing the Delaware

EMANUEL GOTTLIEB LEUTZE 1851

EMANUEL GOTTLIEB LEUTZE 1851

The Mona Lisa of the North

Johannes (or Jan) Vermeer lived a short life; born in 1632 and dying in 1675. Obviously, he was an incredible painter. I own a copy of "Girl with a Pearl Earring," which I shall present to you now below.

Girl With a Pearl Earring

JOHANNES VERMEER 1665

JOHANNES VERMEER 1665

Giorgione of Venice

I have many more paintings in my home including exquisite copies of the "Mona Lisa" and "The Doge." But now, I will close out this hub by leaving you with one last painting from my collection—and something to think about.

Giorgione only lived to about 32 years old. People were well acquainted with death in those days. Their loved ones did not die in antiseptic hospitals. They died at home; in front of their eyes. And many died young of various diseases that were not understood. Much like cancer today.

Giorgione was born in Venice, Italy, in 1478 and died in 1510. Who knows what he might have accomplished as a painter had he lived longer; or if he had known he wouldn't. He was a great painter. Here is his painting "Old Woman." The Old Woman has a piece of paper in her hand. It says, "With Time" or "In Time." I will not explain what this means because one of the great gifts of art is to make us think and reflect about what a created piece of art from a human imagination means.

Old Woman

GIORGIONE 1508

GIORGIONE 1508

Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 28, 2019:

Carol Sword ~ What a coincidence! How about that. Thank you for telling me that.

Carol Sword on November 02, 2018:

I have the same Volere painting by Tomasz Rut. I believe I got the last one. I love it!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 13, 2013:

Jen Card--- You are quite welcome, my friend. Thank you for the kind compliments. I sincerely appreciate this visitation from you, Jen, as well as your thoughtful remarks.

:-)

James

Jen Card on February 11, 2013:

The art work in your home is beautiful indeed. You have a lovely variety of art and artists. Thank you for sharing such beauty. ~ Jen

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 02, 2011:

justmsuzanne— Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate the visitation to my humble Hub. I do love my art. :-)

justmesuzanne from Texas on February 28, 2011:

A very lovely collection! Your home must be fascinating! :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 18, 2011:

RosWebbART— You have a good idea there. Thank you for complimenting my art. And you are most welcome.

Ros Webb from Ireland on January 17, 2011:

I think it's time to open up your home as a gallery , some great art here, thank you for sharing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 08, 2010:

shafiqahmed— I must confess, I had not heard of Sadequain. I did go look at his paintings before writing this comment and he is certainly an excellent artist. Thank you for telling me about him.

shafiqahmed on December 07, 2010:

Without a Sadequain your collection looks incomplete

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 14, 2010:

Tapestries— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community. Thank you for complimenting my art. I love "Evening Thoughts!" Probably my favorite piece. Pino is a fine artists. I appreciate this visit from you.

Tapestries on November 13, 2010:

You have very beautiful art here. I really love the Evening Thoughts painting, so beautiful rendering of light, and looks like much of the master works from last 2 centuries, yet is modern - just nice.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 30, 2010:

Paul_Steads— Thank you very much for sayin so. I love all of these. Of course the Renoir is special. But my favorite may be the Pino: "Evening Thoughts." I appreciate your visit and comments.

Paul_Steads on September 30, 2010:

There are some very beautiful paintings here. I love le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir. I've never heard of Pino or Tomasz Rut but the paintings "Evening Thoughts" and "Volere" are amazing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 27, 2010:

GmaGoldie— I think Goya is a brilliant artist who was also nearly insane at times. He was horrifed by war, the treatment of the insane (and of prisoners-of-war). The painting you mentioned was painted on a wall of his house I believe. I have not before heard of a connection between Goya and witchcraft. Do you recommend the film?

All times of history feature madmen, methinks. Thank you very much for your comments.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on September 26, 2010:

Just watched the Michael Douglas film - Wall Street Money Never Sleeps. Hunted for the painting - Goya Saturn Devouring his son. The movie really has several layers of meaning but everything points to that painting. I am not a fan of Goya, watched the movie Ghosts of Goya and was even more dismayed. The painting that Goya did is pivotal for our society as well as the movie. Goya's series of 14 paintings - in response or in celebration of the witchcraft in Spain?

Life is so beautiful to depict wars and the ugly side of human nature is showcases Goya's madness, but yet he lived during a mad time in history. Are we living in yet another mad time of history?

James, since you are a lover of history and art, would love to hear your thoughts on Goya - madman or genius simply reflecting human nature?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 28, 2010:

tonymac04— You are welcome.

Thank you, Tony. I'm glad you liked this gallery. Vermeer was an incredibly gifted painter. I appreciate this visitation from you. I wish you all love and peace.

James

Tony McGregor from South Africa on August 27, 2010:

A very interesting and eclectic collection! I always enjoy seeing what other people like in art. My own taste runs more to the modernists but I do love Vermeer, especially his Dutch houses.

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 17, 2010:

Life Unplugged— Thank you very much for your kind words. I am well pleased that you liked my art. I think they cost around a grand apiece. You are welcome.

Life Unplugged on June 16, 2010:

James you have an amazing taste for art.

I really wonder how much did they cost you :)

Giorgione and Volere are absolutely breathtaking.Thanks for sharing!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 21, 2010:

Freya Cesare— Thank you very much. I love that last painting. It is teeming with meaning. I appreciate your insightful comments.

Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on May 20, 2010:

Beautiful collection, James. I don't know much about painting but it psychological meaning only :D, and your collection are wonderful. It is interesting to see how you closed the whole beautiful appearance with old woman. Hmmm...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 12, 2010:

Enlydia Listener— I agree with you that the Csaba Markus painting is incredible. That is real gold in certain places on top of the paint, for effect. Thanks for your comments.

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on April 12, 2010:

all of them are nice, but I LOVE the first one...it is hauntingly beautiful

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on April 10, 2010:

nikki1— Thank you very much for reviewing my gallery and noting your approval. I appreciate it.

nikki1 on April 06, 2010:

beautiful artwork :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 27, 2010:

GmaGoldie— Thank you! I agree that Warner Sallman deserves an article. I believe his portrait of the Head Of Christ is the most sold painting in the history of the world. Not bad. I appreciate this visit and your compliments. :D

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on March 26, 2010:

Kindred Spirit Mr. Watkins,

Outstanding!

Perhaps a Hub on the artist Warner Sallman (I called the family Saloman when I was growing up) would fit nicely with your art and religion theme.

Supposedly, Sallman's family lived near me - 2 houses back in Rockford, Illinois. I read a little on the Internet - something about the YMCA but cannot recall.

Sallman has that very famous - perhaps the most famous painting of Christ today.

Wonderful paintings! Thank you very much!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 21, 2010:

Amez--- Thank you for coming to visit, my friend. I appreciate your warm words. The Warner Sallman is a beautiful painting, to be sure. If I had a degree, I would love to be a professor. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on March 21, 2010:

says:--- Thank you very much for letting me know that you loved it.

Amez from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2010:

I'm always at Awh! with your Hubs, Its like being back in college, except we don't have to go research our material, You bring it to us. You'd make a great professor in one of Our Nations College. I Like this one in your excellent Collection: CHRIST IN GETHSEMANE by WARNER SALLMAN 1942.

on March 02, 2010:

Great hub!!! Love it..

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 22, 2010:

wrenfrost56--- Thank you very much for saying so. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! It's nice to see you here.

wrenfrost56 from U.K. on February 22, 2010:

Very beautiful pictures, what a wonderful collection you have.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2010:

YU_First 1--- I am well pleased that your enjoyed the journey. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community. Thank you for your kind words.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2010:

Cheeky Girl--- I'm with you. I can't draw a good stick man but I love to look at art. Thank you for your well received compliments. I appreciate your visit and your kind words.

YU_First 1 from Uganda on February 08, 2010:

What a journey! I have just been here possibly 20 or 30 minutes but i feel as though you transported me deep into unequalled wells of riches. Impressed! I am especially moved by the girl with the golden earring...

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on February 07, 2010:

As an art lover who can't paint a damn thing I must say that the next best thing to that is to praise others in their art. You have a great hub of fine art here. It would make a great collection on a gallery wall, as it is quite similar. Women feature a lot here. And you have impeccable taste! I did a hub about a portrait painter, he would know a lot of these artists. The Israeli artists I did not know. Very impressed!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 03, 2010:

Cassidella--- Aw, thanks for your kind words. They are gratifying to read. Thank you for coming and you're welcome.

Cassidella on February 02, 2010:

Art, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. You, James, have captured both. Thanks for sharing the pleasure!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 27, 2010:

ruxeen--- Thank you very much for the affirmation. You are surely welcome. I appreciate the visit.

ruxeen on January 27, 2010:

woww!!!! u have a gr8 collection of artwork...thanX for sharing it :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on January 04, 2010:

RosWebbArt— That is my favorite!! Thank you very much for the warm accolades and Welcome to the HubPages Community.

Ros Webb from Ireland on January 02, 2010:

Evening thoughts; is fantastic ; brilliant art and wonderful taste; congradulations!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 19, 2009:

stars439— Thank you for saying so. We do love it. And I love your comments. Very keen insights. I very much enjoy your own art. I appreciate this visitation. :)

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on December 19, 2009:

Your art is beautiful. What good taste you have. Life presents so many visions in so many ways. People in their natural ways can be so stunning and magnificent in doing just simple things of life caught by the eye of the artists. God Bless You.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 25, 2009:

kysnoopyq42— I do own all of these paintings—and more that I featured in two other Hubs: "Fines Arts" and "Beauty is the Purpose of Art". I once had a good living. No more. I might have to sell them soon. :)

I am familiar with Wyeth. I have one of his paintings featured in my Hub:

https://hubpages.com/art/American-Art

Thank you for visiting and commenting. Always glad to meet another art lover.

kysnoopyq42 from no where on November 25, 2009:

I love Art. Well, I love the expressionism that goes with Art. Have you ever heard of Andrew Wyeth? You can't possibly own all these paintings, they would cost a fortune.. but they sure are beautiful, aren't they?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 22, 2009:

It's just me— Thank you. I guess I am a sensual guy. :)

You are welcome. I appreciate the visitation.

It's just me from Alaska on November 22, 2009:

This is a very beautiful collection. A thread of sensuality runs through each painting, yes, even G.W. Crossing the Delaware and Old Woman. Thank you for sharing it here with us.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 12, 2009:

tim-tim— Thank you very much. How nice of you to let me know you enjoyed it. You are welcome. Good to have you on HubPages.

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on November 11, 2009:

You have quite a collection! Thanks for sharing that with us, James:)You have a very good taste in Art.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 09, 2009:

KellyEnglado— Thank you! Please do write about Art and I will surely pay you a call. I appreciate your kind comments. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

KellyEngaldo on November 09, 2009:

What a great hub! I love art and am privilege to sit on a wonderful artboard to promote art. Pino is one of my favorites! And while I don't own any Markus - that really caught my attention. And Christ's in the Garden is one of the most moving paintings! I must consider writing a hub on art - oh, my - never thought about that one! What a wonderful hub! Thank you!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 02, 2009:

the rope— I am truly gratified that you like these wonderful works of art. Thank you for coming by and letting me know. It makes it all worthwhile. And you are welcome.

the rope on November 02, 2009:

I can't wait to share these! We spend a lot of time "enjoying" art in our house and many of these are ones we love. Thanks for adding such a great hub to HP.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 14, 2009:

RNMSN— You know what: Evening Thoughts is my favorite and Old Woman is my wife's favorite! So, you nailed them both. Thank you for your comments. :)

Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on September 14, 2009:

hello james! my favorites are Evening Thoughts and Old Woman...classic!!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 08, 2009:

creativeone59— I sure appreciate your kind compliments. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 08, 2009:

Wow, your art collections are priceless, beautiful and alluring. creatveone59

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 05, 2009:

donotfear— Thank you very much. I appreciate your visit and the forward. I don't know much about art, but I know what I like when I see it. :)

Annette Thomas from Northeast Texas on September 05, 2009:

Very lovely paintings. I'll forward this article to my brother, who is an art historian. He'll like it.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 26, 2009:

sbeakr— That is a favorite of mine. It hangs in my kitchen and it's pretty big, maybe 5X4. You certainly know your art. I just thought it was pretty! :)

Thank you for your kind comments.

sbeakr on August 26, 2009:

I love that Evening Thoughts is a striking hybridization of postmodern fashion iconography and classical technique. The playfully accurate enunciation of light in that piece is absolutely stunning.

Lovely hub, sir.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 19, 2009:

NaomiR— Why, thank you! I appreciate your warm words.

NaomiR from New York on August 19, 2009:

Wow, what a great collection! Your home must be amazing. I really like the colors in Shadows Of Love.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 16, 2009:

Charia Samher— Thank you for visiting and leaving your comment,

Laura Spector from Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 16, 2009:

Thank you for sharing!

Charia Samher on June 03, 2009:

You're welcoming. This is worth a read. =)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 02, 2009:

Charia Samher— Thank you! I am not an art expert but I know what strikes me as beauty when I see it. My grandmother is no longer living but she was a saint yes—not a Catholic Saint—just a Christian saint. I appreciate you visiting my art Hub.

Charia Samher on June 02, 2009:

Exceptional collection you have there! Although I don’t have much knowledge when it comes to these things, by just looking at them I know they are precious and first-rated work of art. And btw I don’t know if I’ve understood it correctly; you have a saint for a grandmother?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 28, 2009:

ripplemaker— I am so glad you appreciate beauty and beauty in paintings. We are kindred souls in this regard. I have surrounded myself with beauty in my home and it does lift up the soul. Thanks again for your insight and gracious words.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 28, 2009:

Oh but Sir James, I was enthralled and encouraged myself with the words you wrote , "make us think and reflect about what a created piece of art from a human imagination means.." ...and I allowed myself and viola! All these feelings came pouring in. It was a beautiful experience..and I believe even a "sacred" one to connect with the real painting. :-)

Thank you for your kind words. It makes me happy as well.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 27, 2009:

Mike Lickteig— I appreciate the compliment. From your analyes of the paintings I can tell you know quite a bit about art. So, this makes your words even more meaningful. I am glad you liked them.

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on May 27, 2009:

That is an amazing collection of art, and I am delighted you shared with us here. Evening Thoughts is terrific in its depiction of light on fabric, and you are correct in pointing out how lovely the woman in the painting is. Shadows of Love is alive with color and motion, emphasized (also) through a delicate, ornate study of light on cloth. In fact, ditto for Christ in Gethsemane, although the subject matter tempers the urge to view this work in a strictly painterly manner.

Again, thanks for sharing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 27, 2009:

ripplemaker— I always look forward to reading your bright cheerful Hubs, and now I see your also write beautiful comments!  I love the way you saw each painting, what the artist expresses.  I think I should be your student! :D

Thank you so much and you are welcome!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on May 27, 2009:

Hi James, I thank thee for the lesson on art.  I am not well versed on this area and truly I had a wonderful time going through these beautiful pieces.  I was captivated by Evening Thoughts, awakened my passion by Volere, feeling tender watching Christ in Gethsemane, got me into a festive mood when I saw Le Moulin de le Galette, impressed by George Wahington's determination, the simple yet profound promise of the Girl with the Pearl Earring and the Old Woman...ahh yes, I am letting my imagination run now...With time or in time the paper says...hmmm...I'd like to think she is thinking...it will be alright.  On her face is her desire to hope that things will be well. 

Hey I am absolutely delighted with how you wrote this hub and shared your art in your home.  It is a joy to be your student. :-) Many thanks James!

 

 

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 27, 2009:

caoshub— Thank you very much! I will visit your Hubs very soon. ciao

caoshub from Portugal on May 27, 2009:

amazing paintings! congratulations!

I'm a painter too :) althoug I do not have paintings like yours, I would like you to see mu paintings in my hubs.

cheers

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 26, 2009:

ruthy2008— I love it, too. It is a pretty big painting and hangs in my dining room. I appreciate your comment!

ruthy2008 from palma de mallorca.spain on May 26, 2009:

I just love shadows of love,I think it´s a beautiful painting

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 25, 2009:

Thank you for taking the time to peruse my favorite art and the much appreciated dialogue.

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on May 24, 2009:

Thanks for the links. I'll check them both out.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 24, 2009:

I have the Csaba in my bedroom and the Pino is in the kitchen.  They are both pretty good sized, too.  I love them.

Both artists have pretty nice websites.

http://www.csabamarkus.com/csabamarkus_com/Home.ht...

http://www.pino-artist.com/

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on May 24, 2009:

It was wonderful.  I don't think I would view the world in the same way if it weren't for watching her paint and going through her art books.

I want the top two so bad it hurts. I'm going to have to find copies!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 24, 2009:

Frieda— How cool that must have been to grow up withan artist for a mother! I can tell from your favorites that you have refined tastes. Boucher certainly created many beautiful paintings. I appreciate your comments.

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on May 24, 2009:

My most favorites are the Csaba, Pino, Tomasz, Vermeer, and Georgeone. I grew up with the last two. My mother would spend hours replicating those two artists and various Baroque artists before she moved on to Boucher. Exquisite.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 23, 2009:

trish1048— Why, thank you very much. I am glad you enjoyed them. You are welcome and I appreciate you for commenting.

trish1048 on May 23, 2009:

These are stunning. Your taste is very similar to mine. My collection is eclectic for the most part. However, I am always drawn to Victorian pictures that reflect either a cat, dog or both. I also have one picture of an old woman, a sketch, I believe, sitting with her hands folded, that I need to research. The detail is incredible, you can see every line, wrinkle and vein on her. If I'm not mistaken, it's titled 'Prayer or Pray For Peace'. I'll have to check though.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 21, 2009:

There is nothing as sweet as a Southern Belle.

newsworthy on May 21, 2009:

As we say in the south: the pleasure is all mine.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 18, 2009:

And I hung it in my kitchen! Thanks for viewing and for your thoughts. Nice to meet you.

newsworthy on May 18, 2009:

Its been fun being nosey and seeing art that is so personal to you.

My favorite here is by the Italian artist. The woman featured in his painting resembles a runway model. Interesting that the artist puts an apron on her, leans her against the dining room table and titles it Evening Thoughts.

Its just par.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 18, 2009:

RueVera— You are most welcome. Thank you for viewing them and leaving your kind comment for me. By surrounding my home with beauty, it makes the world a little softer.

ReuVera from USA on May 18, 2009:

Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your collection. Especially, Renoir and Vermeer's girl. I prefer pictures that leave nice feelings inside you. I don't have to be reminded of hardships of the world, I keep them in mind anyway and try to live the way not to offend anyone.

When I lived in USSR and had a chance to visit Moscow or St.Petersburg (Leningrad at that time) I always took time to visit great picture galleries and museums. It was giving me fuel to live.  

It is so nice you have an oportunity to have these nice pictures in your personal collection. Again, thank you for sharing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2009:

Kushal Poddar— I know! I loved that painting the first time I laid eyes on it. I have another, smaller but similar, paintings of hers, too. Thank you for reviewing these works of art and for leaving your comment.

Kushal Poddar from Kolkata,India on May 17, 2009:

Sevitt Francis amazes me with her blast of colors swirling to form expressions.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 17, 2009:

IslandVoice— Thanks! I am glad you liked them. And I am indeed lucky to have these beautiful creations to surround me each day.

Sylvia Van Velzer from Hawaii on May 17, 2009:

I 'covet' these paintings!!! Some folks are luckier than others, and when it comes to being collectors, not all are 'created equal'! Lovely hub.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 16, 2009:

prasetio30— I appreciate the visit and you for leaving a kind comment.

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