Monthly Archives: October 2013

A tonic after two days of Dead Baby Art

The Lord Is My Shepherd, Eastman Johnson, 1863 Yesterday Jane Bartlett sent thisto serve as a tonic for the two days I spent thinking about what she called Dead Baby Art. Another artist, Kristine Greenizen, calls it Damien HirstSteak Spectacular: spectacle that has little about the craft and thought of art in it. To our modern eyes, […]

Personal performance art, revisited

Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic), 1875, Thomas Eakins. Who knew Eakins was such a visionary? Yesterday, I had a minor medical procedure done, which—as is the nature of these things—will be followed by a slightly-less-minor medical procedure. While discussing scheduling, the surgeon mentioned that he could do it either at an […]

The Witty City

The restored Hotel Lafayette. My home town of Buffalo, NY is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in America. Each time I return, it’s in better repair. Take the Lafayette Hotel, where I stayed this weekend. I remember it as a dilapidated building with one room open to the public. Local and out-of-town acts […]

That mysterious synergy between artists

Pokeweed and ferns set off those florist flowers. When the creative process is working well between two people, there’s what a friend calls “flow.” Solutions seem to flow naturally into the openings created by problems. Jennifer Jones makes smashing statement jewelry out of repurposed buttons, gems, earrings, brooches (and the occasional tiny hot sauce bottle). […]

It was a gorgeous summer in Rochester, too…

Clouds over Barben Farm in Honeoye Falls. This week, I’m taking a look back at my summer, both in Maine and in Rochester.  Catherine, Sandy and Carol at Powder Mills Park in Pittsford. We often light on a place here in Rochester and paint there through a season, but this year we were gypsies. Perhaps […]

And the things that we ate!

My personal favorite will always be codfish, here served with polenta with kale. But it’s equally likely to be grassfed beef, or a curry, or chicken stew. This week, I’m taking a look back at my summer, both in Maine and in Rochester.  Fresh greens with nasturtium blossoms. When I arrived at Lakewatch Manor at […]

Oh, the places we went!

Rocks off Port Clyde. “It’s opener, out there, in the wide, open air.”(Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss) This week, I’m taking a look back at my summer, both in Maine and in Rochester.  There are more places to paint in the Rockland area than we can ever explore in a single week, […]