John LeFan on writing and the new book
July 2017:  John on Writing and Apparitions
... Out of dance in the late nineties with injuries I
wrote a screenplay and actually got paid for it.  
Boy, did that put the hook in...  
A Whale Tale - about a new oil painting of a bone
June 2017:  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!  This is the story of the painting and
the bone.
Pastels - about working with pastels, pastel paintings
April 2017:  Pastels
On a recent trip to the mountains, I took my pastels
with me.  First time on the road.  They're messy and
bulky.  And visceral.  I get my hands dirty.   
Lighting art
March 2017:  Lighting Art find the right place for a piece, or the right
piece for a place, often involves lighting
considerations...  ways to think about light as you
place and rotate the art you own, as well as make
new art selections.
Apparitions - new book of poetry, songs and paintings
February 2017:  Apparitions - new art | poetry book
Four years ago, ghosts began appearing in John’s
poems... Inanimate objects were taking on life in my
paintings... We decided to embark on a ... project,
Apparitions at an Exhibition...
work in progress, oil painting, records of making art
December 2016:  Studio Records - the trail of a
...I also keep a file on each piece, for whatever
scraps of notes, samples, sketches & photos I have.
Here's the kind of stuff that collects there...
open studios at Mariposa Studio
November 2016:  Where's the Mess?  Open
...I set it up like a gallery.  I'm aware that some
people are expecting to see an "artistic" mess...
Here's a peek behind the scenes, and some
secrets: ...
Bob Taxin at Defenestration opening - story behind a painting
October 2016:  The Story Behind The Knot - a
straitjacket painting
The story behind the straitjacket paintings is
important, because every fold & crease has its
history.  These garments got their knocks in the
institution of performing arts.
Why is Water So Compelling?  paintings about water
September 2016:  Why is Water So Compelling?
...Staring at water is something I really get into.
Looking back, I'm surprised to find so much water in
my paintings.  It was not a calculated theme...
A story of stolen paintings and tips for collectors
August 2016:  The Purloined Paintings
Two paintings, taken from the collector's home in a
burglary have been returned... At the police station,
the officer on duty said, "this never happens".  The
story illustrates the often avoided subject of
misadventure; here are 7 tips...
collector profile
July 2016:  Collector Profile:  Joan Lazarus
"Everything I have was picked up from a living
artist.  I'm interested in what people are doing now.  
My art, I've actually met each artist.  
I like that."
Reselling Art - what do you need to know?
June 2016:  Reselling Artwork
"I am considering selling a piece of artwork that I
purchased.  What do I need to know?"
Coherent Collecting - noticing collectors' choices
May 2016:  Coherent Collecting
Art collections are started, built and shaped one
object at a time... Luckily I get to see this process
often.  Some things stand out for me about
collectors' choices.
is written correspondence a thing of the past?
April 2016:  Poor Penmanship?
"Illegible".  That's how the post office labeled a
whole pile of my recent mailing of postcards...  it
was the nudge that took me into bringing our public
front a little more up to date.
Cubic Space - a performance lab
March 2016:  Cubic Space performance lab
John and I have seized an opportunity, and are
taking a fearless group of performing artists along
for the ride.  Salon performances in a raw space, an
experimental project.
Selection - composing new art work and editing ideas
January 2016:  Selection - composing new work
...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...
fragile packages - shipping art
November 2015:  Fragile Packages a container for an egg using toothpicks, then
drop it off the roof of the engineering building.  
Shipping artwork these days feels a bit like that...
Coastal Field Trip - how I use field trips in making art
July 2015:  Coastal Trip - field notes
...Field trips are part of the fabric of my work; a
chance to see in different ways...
Finding Balance - between making art and secondary roles
February 2015:  Finding Balance
...the balance of primary art work with supporting
Art at Home - ways people take art into their homes
August 2014:  Art at Home
This month I call attention to the way people take art
into their lives.  ...That's where collectors come in.
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