A Whale Tale

A beautiful whale bone was lent to me by an artist/collector who wondered if I’d like to use it for a painting.  Yes!  How could I pass this up?  Bones are a subject I love to explore.  It turned out to be a bone of multiple personalities, and it presented me with challenges.  This is the story of the painting and the bone. Continue reading “A Whale Tale”

Studio Records | the trail of a painting

Several years ago during a visit to Santa Fe, I saw one of the most interesting presentations of fine art I’d seen in a museum gallery.*  It left a big impression.  Next to each painting, there was a display of relevant documentation by the artist.  Field notes, sketches, photographs.  Paste-ups with drawings and photos combined.  It gave me a sense of something being worked out for that specific painting, not just appearing fully formed onto a canvas.  I couldn’t get enough. Continue reading “Studio Records | the trail of a painting”

The Purloined Paintings – 7 tips

The impossible happened late last month.  Two paintings, puloined from the collector’s home in a burglary three years ago, resurfaced and have been returned to their owner.  Finally reunited at a police station, the officer on duty said “this never happens”.  The moment of recovery was ecstatic.  The paintings are in my care now, getting cleaned up and repaired.  Soon they’ll be home where they belong.  The story illustrates the often avoided subject of misadventure; here are 7 tips for starters: Continue reading “The Purloined Paintings – 7 tips”

Selection – composing new work

Chuck Close said it best, “… if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.  Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive.  You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

In setting out new work, I sift through an abundance of ideas, rather than await inspiration.  I was asked recently about how I edit these ideas, so I thought I’d write a little about that this month. Continue reading “Selection – composing new work”