Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Review: Eyewitness Views

The Cleveland Museums of Art’s Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe is the best show I’ve seen at the museum since I started my near-weekly visits six years ago.  As good as the show is, however, the theme–artists as eyewitnesses to history–is a stretch.  The paintings are souvenirs of public events in (equally important)…

Turpentine diaries 4/15/18

Last week, I saw one of the better shows that I’ve seen in Cleveland.  Global Matrix IV at the Gallery at Cleveland State U  contains first-rate prints from contemporary European artists.  I plan to review the show later this week after I visit it one more time. Along 4th Street is poking along (ahem), although…

Turpentine diaries 3/18/18

I had a lot of trouble this morning with the painting on the floor, Down on Prospect Avenue.  Why?  Who knows?  If I could see, I might be able to make good paintings. Things perked up after lunch and I made progress.  I think the head of the left-most figure is finished.  I like it…

Turpentine diaries 2/25/18

I finished Three Women in Sandals (I know, I know–a lame name.  Three Women in Sandals is another painting in my Playhouse Square series.  It’s 44″ x 60.” By now, I’ve created a large number of paintings in the Playhouse Square series and I still plan several more.  I have not exhausted the subject–far from it. 

Turpentine diaries 1/28/18

I’ve written several times about the oil paint manufacturer RGH.  No, I don’t have a relationship with them, it’s just that I use their product a lot.  Their flake white is my current go-to white.  They also sometimes send me free paint when I order from them, such as the jar of blue ochre on…

Turpentine diaries 12/31/17

One day in the park at Playhouse Square, I saw a young lady sitting alone and eating her lunch.  As usual, I was taking photos and I wanted to take some of her but I didn’t want her to freeze as people sometimes do when they see a camera.  So I asked if she would…

Turpentine diaries 12/17/17

I feel like Sisyphus. The batch of paintings that are working me over are all in mid-flight.  I keep rolling the rock uphill but I haven’t reached or even seen the crest of the hill.  Not only that, I’ve fallen backward with some of them–bah. The Press is 40″ x 50.” Studio corner with The Offensive in the…

Turpentine diaries 11/11/17

I finished On the Square then put down my brush and took a walk. Sometimes I have to get out of the studio to cure “studio blindness,” during which I lose my objectivity and focus instead on some narrow aspect of the painting. After a 45-minute walk, I returned to the studio and the painting…