Illustration? or Painting?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in blog | No Comments
Illustration? or Painting?

After reading my previous blog on Ox Herding, my insightful friend Charles said, “I’ve been thinking a lot about your series and wondering how they will be seen…. Are they painting? or illustration?” I replied, “Yes.” …a smart ass reply to a serious, double-edged question. The first edgy question is, “can they be seen?” By […]

Ox Herding

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in blog | No Comments
Ox Herding

I have been working on a series of images for several months now based on another series of ten pictures drawn by a Chinese monk in the 12th century. That series is commonly known as “The Ox Herder Parable” or “The Ten Ox Herding Pictures” of Kakuan Shien or simply as “10 Bulls.” Although the […]

What’s wrong with Cezanne?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in blog | No Comments
What’s wrong with Cezanne?

Sure, he was an obsessive, troubled, loner who died without the joy of knowing that he almost single-handedly altered the course of modern painting. C’est la guerre. But that’s not what I mean. My good friend, Charles–historian, artist, teacher–recently sent me an observation by Cezanne that he thought might have some resonance with my Zen […]

Goodness, Truth, and . . .

Posted by on Feb 3, 2020 in blog | 2 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.