As busy as I have been, I have been trying to devote at least a half hour or more to study. I use my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Paintings-by-Emily-Christoff-354496231352637/ as a short blog post, so you can read some of my study there as well as see more of my recent work.
Today I devoted an hour to the study of William Merritt Chase. I am pretty familiar with most impressionists, but found that I was very lacking in my know how about Chase. He created some brilliant pastels that to my eye look very contemporary in their approach. He was a teacher, the creator of an art school, father of 9 kids and a huge influence on many mid 20th century artists. Here is just one of his pastels that I fell in love with. After studying an artist I always print at least one of their paintings and stick it up on my studio wall. I am going to print this one.
Read more about Chase at http://artseverydayliving.com/blog/2012/10/arts-everyday-living-william-merritt-chase-artistic-companion-week-fast-facts/. or just google his name and enjoy the many images that will pop up.