It’s the holiday season, and I’m thinking about workshops. Yeah!
If anyone suggests using medium or oil at this phase of your painting, back away slowly. There are teachers who encourage students to coat their canvases with medium and paint into it for a sort of cheap faux luminism. These paintings will darken and crack over time.
Occasionally I’ll see an older couple together, walking with obvious solicitude toward each other. That devotion and mutual support seems to me to be as precious as a newborn baby.
Answered prayer can be big or small but it always leaves you chuffed.
Who needs sleep? I do, of course. But I feel the likelihood of a spectacular night-sky event in my bones.
My pal is a righteous church-going grandmother from Pittsburgh. Yesterday, she was offered money to perform an immoral act. Just part of the annual craziness of the dog days of summer. But here in Maine, it’s cool and breezy, which is a big reason you should come paint with me.
My NYU professor pal and I had a cheerful row about a non-French-speaker who is teaching French at Houston Independent School District’s Energy Institute High School. She says that a good teacher should be able to teach anything. I don’t believe it. Looking convincing is not the same as conveying knowledge. Art, music and language […]
Yesterday, I wrote about using a projector to scale up work. This is the more traditional way to grid, for those of you without a projector. When working on a very large canvas in a normal-size room, I start with a smaller sketch (either in oil or graphite) and scale it up. There just isn’t […]
I’m not in Rochester to paint but to sell a house. Still, when the opportunity presents itself, I can’t resist. Patricia McDermond is the current chair of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP). She got a message from a Rochester-based painter asking if there was a chapter in Rochester. That’s embarrassing, because it’s where I […]
The Clothesline Arts Festival in Rochester is nearly sixty years old and had 400 artists participating this year. I did it for many years, and my heart always goes out to my artist pals who are still doing the slog—setting up, charming customers, and then tearing down. The first one, in 1957, was held in […]