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…

Robert Smith

Robert Smith was an American artist who died in 1985.  When I knew him, he already was an elderly man.  He lived with his teenage son in Kettering, Ohio in a French chateau-type building that seemed the height of romance to a high school kid, which was what I was when we met. Smith was…

Thumbs-up: van Ruisdael; Thumbs-down: Renoir

I’ve loved art as far back as I can remember.  During the summer before First Grade we moved to a farm, and while exploring the barn loft (true story), I was thrilled to discover a bunch of painting gear—half-empty paint cans, rags, and stiff brushes.  I loved it!  I loved the smell of turpentine! That…

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy came our way and mixed with the Nor’easter that was already pounding our shores.  This video was shot as I walked across our backyard.  Towards the end of the video, you can see the siding torn off a neighbor’s house.   Hurricane Sandy Pounding my Backyard

In the Studio—10/28/12

The winds from a furious Nor’easter pound against the studio windows. Whitecaps crash against the shore one after the other with ceaseless regularity, their white froth nearlty reaching the studio door. They say this storm will join with hurricane Sandy in the next day or so. Inside it’s comfy-cozy. The only thing to complain of…

Smooth Move—Smooth Painting Surfaces

All artists are self-taught today. It doesn’t matter if you have a masters degree or never set foot in an art school–everyone is on their own. The most important piece of painting gear my last professor had was a pair of fishing boots. His technique was to cover the studio floor with huge canvases, and pour…

Cleveland Museum of Art Staff Exhibition

Ever since a significant part of the museum’s renovations was opened (as discussed in this post), it’s a hop, skip, and jump to the main galleries from the parking garage. Before the atrium was opened, visitors had to meander past a small snack counter (primarily a break area for museum staff) then navigate a bewildering maze of…

Stephen Pentak at Bonfoey

The Bonfoey Gallery (1700 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH) is the kind of establishment I adore: it’s an art gallery in the business of showing real, contemporary artists.  Places like it are rare outside New York City, and I tip my hat to them.  I make a point of visiting every new show as well as…