Book Thief

We were poor when I was a kid.  My father changed jobs frequently, and we moved around a lot.  Early on, my younger brother and I were far down the wrong road.  By the time I was in second grade, I was experimenting with cigarettes and acting the thug. In the summer before third grade,…

David Hickey’s Air Guitar

Do you like to read?  Me, I’ve always been a voracious reader.  Like other autodidacts, I let my interests take me where it will–I read what I damn well please.  Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of art theory  (Foucault, Panofsky, Derrida, Johnson) and criticism, which brings me to Hickey.  I recently finished two of…

Carl Gaertner

Yesterday was a lucky day–I discovered an artist new to me: Carl Gaertner (1898-1952).  Gaertner’s reputation is almost entirely local  to Cleveland, as  Robert Smith‘s is confined to Dayton. Gaertner was born in Cleveland and lived in and around there until his death.  He taught for many years at the Cleveland Institute of Art.  The Bonfoey Gallery…

Love Everything About It

I love everything about art making.   This has always been the case for me, but when I was young I was more impatient.  I also had an elevated view about the role of artistes.  As a consequence, I was sometimes careless with my equipment.  Brushes could remain brush-down in turpentine for days–horror!–until I got around…

Thomas Frontini at the William Busta Gallery

Yes, the Frontini show really is at the Busta Gallery.  Frontini is not listed online among their stable, but I was there–I saw the show with my own eyes.  Apparently Busta has given up on its online persona; their Flash-encrusted Web material is haphazard and their blog hasn’t been updated since 2011. Anyway, according to the…

Aside

I missed the Toledo Art Museum’s Manet exhibition.  As consultation I am reading Foucault’s “Manet and the Object of Painting.”

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…