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…

Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris

Claude Monet maintained (I’m paraphrasing) that caricature was the soul of art.  Not a surprising statement coming from a master caricaturist.  I agree with Monet wholeheartedly. The exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art—Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris—provides a great opportunity to examine some drawing and prints by Cassatt and her…

Dayton Art Institute—Fail

The Dayton Art Institute is handsomely situated on a hill above the Great Miami River.  The museum’s beautiful Italianate main wing provides a remarkable view of the Dayton skyline.  Travelers along I-75 passing beneath the museum’s imposing facade can’t help but be intrigued by the marvelous piece of architecture. The museum’s collection, while not as large…