Falling Chips

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” Hugh Nibley (from The Painter’s Keys) Suppose your goal is to create “beautiful” art. The first thing you might set out to do is define, “beautiful.” Good luck with that! Volumes have been written about what is and isn’t beautiful. The subject was examined in a movie documentary starring Mathew… Continue reading Falling Chips

Hurdling Hurdles

“I like the fact that there is challenge.” Keren Ann (from The Painter’s Keys) The latest sales figures, in an article by Melanie Gerlis, for The Art Newspaper, reveal the online art market to have reached the one billion dollar mark. While the online art market continues to grow, as the same article discusses, it… Continue reading Hurdling Hurdles

Crashing Matters??

  “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” Coco Chanel (from The Painter’s Keys) One writer sees the culture of creative people as “crashing” leading him to lament about the state of the current art world. He believes artists are seen as “cultural elites” “idle dreamers” or “self-indulgent… Continue reading Crashing Matters??

Colorful Fridays-Accidental, Grandmotherly, Dusty Purple

“Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.” James McNeil Whistler In the nineteenth century, the color mauve became all the rage in more than one country, so much so that the 1890’s were called The Mauve Decade, in a book by Thomas Beer. The rage started with two royal ladies, Queen Victoria of England… Continue reading Colorful Fridays-Accidental, Grandmotherly, Dusty Purple

Brushing up Adventure

“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” Ovid (from The Painter’s Keys) Suddenly the realization dawns that things have gone stagnant.  The same direction is going on and on, endlessly.  Everything is feeling redundant.  It’s a circle going round and round.  What can be done to stop this looming boredom?  Maybe its time to go for… Continue reading Brushing up Adventure