Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long. — W. Somerset Maugham Who in his right mind spends three hours over a cup of coffee? That's what I did yesterday. "Cuppa Joe" (oil on canvas, only 5 x 7 inches) took...

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. ― Marilyn Monroe Fashion footwear―boots, shoes, sandals and slippers―no longer captures the bulk of consumer spending in the footwear category, according to retail analysts. "Athleisure"―sneakers, flats, slip-ons and flip-flops―has walked off with it. The reasons for the...

Art doesn’t have to be expensive. — Judith Selkowitz, Art Adviser Al, a painter I know, asked me yesterday about the size of my works. He's friend to another artist who is enjoying commercial success with large abstract paintings, which he sells to interior decorators. Al wondered...

  The whole aim of civilization: to make everything a source of enjoyment. — Leo Tolstoy   Singapore-based Wealth-X asked over 2,000 people, Why buy original works of art? How do you think they answered? Nearly two-thirds (62%) said "my enjoyment." Pleasure—what the researchers termed the "emotional return on investment"—represents collectors'...

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. — Deepak Chopra Still life derives from the 17th century Dutch word stilleven, a collective name for paintings depicting objects like fruit, flowers, food, and everyday household items. Still-life paintings are magical, I believe, because...

A new study by University College London finds adults live longer when they go to art museums, fairs, and galleries. Researchers tracked 7,000 adults 50+ over a 14-year period. They found that men and women who took in art at least once a year enjoyed a 14%...