Goodness, Truth, and . . .

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in blog | No Comments

What’s happened to “beauty”? Why is it so hard to talk about seriously? It’s not hard to use the term casually, to refer to a sunset or the touching play of a child as “beautiful.” We might even use the term in exclamatory approbation, speaking of an event or an accomplishment as being “beautiful!” All […]

Why Not Show?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in blog | No Comments
Why Not Show?

Whenever the question is raised, “Is it Art if it has no public?” inevitably Emily Dickinson is invoked along with the query, “why did she not publish her poems?” She is known to have said that “publication is the auction of the mind.” Sounds like an answer to me, but in point of fact, there […]

For What It’s Worth?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in blog | One Comment
For What It’s Worth?

I spent a good chunk of late morning and early afternoon strolling through something we call “the area art show.” It’s an open air event sponsored by our local Art Club that draws artists from across our state and those of our neighbors. It’s a regional show with some artists bringing their own canopied spaces […]

Put Up or . . .

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in blog | No Comments
Put Up or . . .

My cousin, Ken (or “Chet,” as he prefers) told me a while back that reading this blog was a helpful extension of my art. Because my paintings are not always easily accessible having the written word to accompany them pulls the curtain back just a bit. The view may still not be clear, but at […]

It’s Your Imagination

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in blog | 2 Comments
It’s Your Imagination

In The Power of Art Simon Schama says, “Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintinngs grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and […]

Seriously?

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in blog | No Comments
Seriously?

I posted a tiny little sign on my Studio door the other day that read, “Serious art for Serious buyers.” Really?! …I had to post that on my door? Ever since I did, I’ve wondered not only why I did that, but what it means. I haven’t really come up with any good answers other […]

So What

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in blog | 2 Comments
So What

Nobody likes your work…so what.

the Gift of Nothing

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in blog | One Comment

It was a special day and Mooch wanted to give his best friend, Carl, a gift. (Mooch was a dog) But what to get him? He had a bowl. He had a bed. He had a chew toy. He had it ALL. Mooch thought and thought. What do you get someone who has everything? NOTHING! […]

Esoterica, Arcana, Obscura

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in blog | No Comments
Esoterica, Arcana, Obscura

I suppose you could apply all of those terms to the art I do, but not all are equally accurate. ┬áLately I have decided that to avoid endlessly trying to translate what I paint into ideas, concepts, or descriptions for the sake of explaining myself … it’s much easier on everyone to simply say, “I […]

Killing the Dinner Party

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in blog | 2 Comments
Killing the Dinner Party

I was recently at dinner with some friends–good folk, well-meaning & sincere folk–who wanted to draw me into the table talk by saying, “Larry…tell us about your art.” Of course there was none of my art around for anybody to actually look at so I couldn’t help but puzzle over what to say. My wife, […]