On the Easel 1/6/13

“The Gift” (large painting on the right) and several smaller paintings.  “The Gift” is 48″ x 48″.  The smaller ones are from a batch of new canvases I stretched and prepared during the holidays. The ground is snow covered but the light is good for January.  Over the past several days Lake Erie started its…

White Paint–in Praise of Lead

The most important color–by far–is white.  White oil paint comes in three flavors: Zinc white (zinc oxide, PW4, usually called Chinese White when used in watercolors).  Although known from ancient times, its common usage is relatively modern, dating from the 18th century when it was developed as a replacement for lead white, which was long known to be…

Thumbs-up: Bonnard; Thumbs-sideways:Vuillard

Vuillard Have you dated someone whose online profile scored highly, only to be disappointed upon meeting her/him?  I’ve never used an online dating service (my wife has strong opinions on this subject), but my relationship with Vuillard feels like a disappointing blind date.  At different times I’ve studied him closely.  He has a beguiling profile filled with attributes I admire: he’s…

Oil Paint Brands

I’ve used oils paints from almost every producer known to man, or at least those known in the US.  This photo shows my two paint cabinets.  The one on the left has tubes of blue, green, yellow, and earth red.  The top-drawer, for example, contains only yellows.  The barely-visible cabinet on the right contains reds, whites,…

In the Studio 12.16.12

For a Sunday during December in NE Ohio the light is good. Here’s a photo taken in the studio today.  I’ve been painting since 7:00 and now it’s time for lunch and the Brown’s game on T.V. The large painting on the right “Garth and Jane” was finished yesterday. The portrait on the left–“Garth in…

Painting: Mother Nursing Infant

This is an older painting from the gallery. Working on a painting, I get it to a certain point then put it aside.  I rarely finish a painting, even a small one, in a single sitting.  The task is to remain objective without becoming over critical of oneself, which can ruin a painting. This is…

Timothy Callaghan—Life Slow Still

I recently paid my second visit to the William Busta Gallery.  Busta is one of those cafeteria-style spaces where several shows—about 6 in this case—run concurrently.  The artists shown represent, no doubt, an attempt to cast the widest possible net.  Don’t get me wrong, you won’t find a Corot, a Philip Pearlstein, or even a…

George Mauersberger at Bonfoey

I walked into the George Mauersberger exhibit at Bonfoey expecting to see a passel of prints.  Nope.  While a few prints are on display, drawings and watercolors make up the lion’s share of the show.  Even so, Mauersberger has a printmaker’s personality—a love of process and fondness for drawing. Most of the pieces on display are tromp…