Demo at Hamilton Co Art Association

Demo at Hamilton Co Art Association

I had a great time talking art and smearing paint with this friendly and funny bunch. They got me laughing so hard I could barely paint.           Thank you, Judy Weiss for setting this up. Thank you to Larry and Steve for all the technical and logistical help.      

Build Your Pyramid

Build Your Pyramid

I used to feel guilty for not finishing most of my ideas.  Not anymore.   I’ve leaned that having more ideas than I have time to finish is not a weakness, it is a strength.   An artist should be creating a small mountain of unfinished ideas, half-baked attempts & false starts, abandoned projects, screw ups and […]

Judging Criteria for Art Shows

Judging Criteria for Art Shows

The judging of art shows is a crap shoot.  You never know what to expect.  I’ve heard horror stories, as you probably have.  Here are a few true examples: A judge eliminated all landscapes on principle. Another one ruled out any painting with the color green. A judge was coached by the show committee (which […]

I LOATHE YOU Character Studies

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in A Work In Progress Blog | No Comments
I LOATHE YOU Character Studies

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” – Linus Pauling, (1901-1994), American Chemist and Biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry Here are some of the many character studies I did for my book I LOATHE YOU: Stacks of drawings piled up around the studio. Finally […]

Motherwell on Connecting

Motherwell on Connecting

“What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between?” – Robert Motherwell

Pissaro on Being Understood

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in A Work In Progress Blog, Quotes | No Comments
Pissaro on Being Understood

“When you put all your soul into a work, all that is noble in you, you cannot fail to find a kindred soul who understands you…Is not that all an artist should wish for? – Camille Pissaro [John Rewald, ed., Camille Pissaro: Letters to His Son Lucien, Boston: MFA Publishing, 1958, 2002]   I need […]

Pissaro on Fearlessness in Painting

Pissaro on Fearlessness in Painting

“Where there is inhibition, there is no pleasure.” – Camille Pissarro (Letters to His Son Lucien p. 236.) Which I take to mean: What is there to fear? Why not go for it NOW? I’ve decided to steer into the fear instead of away from it. Turns out that’s where joy is hiding.