Monthly Archives: August 2013

That “how-to” I didn’t do yesterday…

Megunticook River at Camden, ME, 9X12, oil on canvas, by little ol’ me. Yesterday I intended to write about how I do field sketches, but distracted myself with raving about a most-excellent new student. Today, then, I get down to business. This is my method of producing a relatively-quick, finished field study with a minimum […]

Painting side by side with a beginner, you learn things

My painting (left), my student’s painting (right). I had the opportunity this week to paint side-by-side with a student. He has painted exactly three observational pieces in his life, all under my tutelage. However, as a lifelong builder, he actually has pretty decent drawing chops; he just hasn’t dignified his sketching by calling it art. […]

Three paintings on the block in Castine, ME

Midsummer Reverie, 6X8, oil on canvas.  One of three paintings for sale at Castine Historical Society today. I finally figured out what I like so much about Castine, Maine—it reminds me of Lewiston, NY, where I spent a good deal of time in my salad days. Anyone who knows Lewiston will recognize a parallel with […]

The Corn Harvest (alt. the Harvesters), 1565

This week I’m on the road. I’ve left you with six landscape paintings that should be on everyone’s Top Ten list, but probably aren’t (for the simple reason that there are way too many great paintings out there). The Corn Harvest (alt. the Harvesters), Pieter Bruegel (Brueghel) the Elder, 1565 Bruegel’s great device is in putting important action […]

The Meeting (Bonjour Monsieur Courbet), 1854

This week I’m on the road. I’ve left you with six landscape paintings that should be on everyone’s Top Ten list, but probably aren’t (for the simple reason that there are way too many great paintings out there). The Meeting (Bonjour Monsieur Courbet), Gustave Courbet, 1854 Courbet was one cocky artist, and he knew how to […]

On the Delaware River, 1861-1863

This week I’m on the road. I’ve left you with six landscape paintings that should be on everyone’s Top Ten list, but probably aren’t (for the simple reason that there are way too many great paintings out there). On the Delaware River, 1861-1863, George Inness That’s the Delaware Water Gap in the background. US Interstate 80 […]

Le pont de Narni, 1826

This week I’m on the road. I’ve left you with six landscape paintings that should be on everyone’s Top Ten list, but probably aren’t (for the simple reason that there are way too many great paintings out there). Le pont de Narni, 1826, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, oil on paper, the Louvre. This oil sketch, done on site […]

Beamsville, 1919

This week I’m on the road. I’ve left you with six landscape paintings that should be on everyone’s Top Ten list, but probably aren’t (for the simple reason that there are way too many great paintings out there). Beamsville, 1919, Frank Johnston Landscape painting and war art are closely tied. In 1919, Frank Johnston (later a […]

A world without art is a world without common culture

Yesterday I railed about the educational establishment, which practices intellectual gavage on our children at the expense of creativity. Perhaps they should remember that all, or nearly all, of the unifying icons of the American experience were created by artists. Daniel Chester French’s colossal Lincoln in Washington’s Lincoln Memorial Daniel Chester French’s name is not […]