Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler

“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.” Washington Allston (from The Painter’s Keys) Whether or not competition between artists is a good thing is the subject of opinion.  Some believe competition inspires creativity.  Others do not.  Rivalries among artists are not new. Perhaps, it is human nature for some to be… Continue reading Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler

Magnetic Obsession

“Most inner-oriented artists share a common characteristic, a certain quality of obsession.”  Kenneth Coutts-Smith  (from The Painter’s Keys) Much has been written and will continue to be written about the strange story of Cornelius Gurlitt and the hoard of some 1400 works of priceless art in his Munich apartment.  How much of the art legally… Continue reading Magnetic Obsession

Weekend Inspiration–Seeking Kindred Spirits

“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.”  James McNeil Whistler (from skinnyartist.com) Art inspires literature.  Literature inspires art.  Music inspires both art and literature, and vice versa. There is an emotional connection that is felt, one for the other on a deep level.  It has been going on… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–Seeking Kindred Spirits

Forging Reality

“The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery.” Ralph Hodgson (from Brainyquote) Two opposing articles have been published recently about the forgeries that brought down the venerable Knoedler and Company Gallery in New York City.  One viewpoint in the New York Times, argues that forgeries are a good thing for the art world.  The… Continue reading Forging Reality

Totally Dada

“With the sound of gusting wind in the branches of the language trees of Babel, the words gave way like leaves, and every reader glimpsed another reality hidden in the foliage.”   Andrei Codrescu (from Goodreads.com) The vocabulary of the art world often sounds to others as a strange and different language.  It is.  Strange and… Continue reading Totally Dada

Weekend Inspiration–All we are saying…….

This 20- minute lecture by Dr. Gil Dekel is worth a listen.  The feeling at the end is, “How awesome creativity is!”  What is the artist really saying in each and every painting?  Dr. Gekel tells us.

Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.”  Aristotle (from Thinkexist.com) Discussions of the origins of Indian Yellow vary though most authorities believe it to have arrived in Europe from Asia in the Fifteenth Century.  Conflicting accounts exist as to the truth of a 19th century investigation into the process of creating Indian Yellow.  The disgusting smell… Continue reading Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

Walking Through History with Norman Rockwell

Having grown up with Rockwell illustrations, I was expecting a general look at his work in American Chronicles: the Art of Norman Rockwell at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, but was more than pleasantly surprised.  The exhibit covered Rockwell over the years as a look at Twentieth Century American History. … Continue reading Walking Through History with Norman Rockwell