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Christie Barbie: Celebrating Black History Month

Judy Ragagli

Christie Barbie:  Celebrating Black History Month
We celebrate Black History Month to recognize the sacrifices, contributions, and achievements of African Americans to the United States and the world.  During the civil rights movement, 1968 welcomed Christie into the Mattel family, Barbie's first African American friend.

Getting Ready for A Solo Art Show: A Walk Down Memory Lane & Lessons I Learned

Judy Ragagli

Getting Ready for A Solo Art Show:  A Walk Down Memory Lane & Lessons I Learned
Getting ready for a solo art show can be quite nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. I always liked group shows better because it was less pressure. For group shows, you usually show 1 or a few pieces. For a solo show, the focus is entirely on your best work.

When I was first approached by the gallery owner for a solo show, I could tell the gallery owner had confidence in me and my work, but, I wasn't sure if I had confidence in myself. I doubted myself for several reasons, some real, some fabricated. I knew this was a great opportunity to challenge myself and get my work out into the world on a larger scale. I decided to handle it like this: Have the best work completed on time and promote the work all in a timely, professional matter.

Holiday Barbie!

Judy Ragagli

Holiday Barbie!
No holiday would be complete without Barbie and 1988 marked the beginning of Mattel releasing a special Barbie for the Holidays. Holiday Barbie quickly became an instant sensation and each edition of Holiday Barbie delighted fans and was anticipated every holiday season. The Holiday Barbie was one of the most popular series of all time and upon their release each year, the dolls quickly sold out and became highly collectible. Below is a compilation of Holiday Barbie beginning in 1988 through 2019. Enjoy!

Oil Painting Tips and Tools

Judy Ragagli

Oil Painting Tips and Tools
Here are some tips, tools, and techniques for starting an oil painting.

Barbie Gets A Makeover -New Website Features Realistic Oil Paintings of Vintage Barbie by Artist Judy Ragagli

Judy Ragagli

Barbie Gets A Makeover -New Website Features Realistic Oil Paintings of Vintage Barbie by Artist Judy Ragagli
The new website features Judy Ragagli's hyper-realistic original oil paintings of Barbie and her glamorous couture days beginning with her spectacular debut in 1959 as the ultimate fashion model.
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