“You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”                                                             John Singer Sargent   (from Brainyquotes)      Sketching is vital to developing artistic vision.  For some artists it requires focus and discipline. For others, sketching is the artistic vision.  As sketching evolves by the hand of the later, it gains an energy and dramaContinue reading “Sketchlife”

The Case of the Forging Forger

“Every good painter paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock CBS Sunday Morning this past Sunday told the story of hugely successful art forger, Ken Perenyl. It appears that Perenyl has had an immensely lucrative career as a forger of the works of a number of mainly eighteenth and nineteenth century artists. He boastfully demonstrates hisContinue reading “The Case of the Forging Forger”

A Heart Falls in the Woods

“Art is Literacy of the heart”—Elliot Eisner The heart speaks through art as any artist can attest but do others always hear?  Does it matter as long as the heart speaks?  Artists are driven to continue to speak whether anyone is listening or not.  Does it matter to the artist whether or not his/her heartContinue reading “A Heart Falls in the Woods”

Attachment Syndrome

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (from Many artists become attached to paintings. Each painting is a self -portrait in a sense, regardless of subject.  Creating a work can feel almost like birthing a child.    It’sContinue reading “Attachment Syndrome”

Stop Signs

“Art is never finished, only abandoned” Leonardo Da Vinci (from Where is the stopping place on any painting?  Does a red light come on and say, “Stop?”  How do artists know where that place is?  Ask any artist and you will likely get different answers.  It is not easy to come to the finishedContinue reading “Stop Signs”

The Courage to Paint

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”  Georgia O’Keeffe Was O’Keeffe right?  Does art take courage?  Painting takes time, effort and energy.  But is courage behind the time, effort and energy?  Courage is perhaps the necessary force for getting art out of the studio and into the public domain.  Is itContinue reading “The Courage to Paint”