cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

perplexing

I don’t mind if people find my work perplexing. I’m often equally perplexed. Fountain (I), Found Steel/Welded Steel/Horsehair, 9" x 7" x 12", 2012 Fountain (I), Found Steel/Welded Steel/Horsehair, 9" x 7" x 12", 2012 This...

how to look like an artist

1. Wear pants like these (and brushing hair is optional): 2. Wear something that matches your painting (refer to these photos of Claire Thorson, Tom Maderos and I, next to our paintings today):

pentimenti

Pentimenti – “A painter’s term for the evidence in a work that the original composition has been changed. Often the opaque pigment with which the artist covered a mistake or unwanted beginnings will, with time or injudicious cleaning, become...

it doesn’t always need to be good

After my friend wandered past my open studio door and smelled that distinct smell of oil paint, she asked on Facebook if I’d done some good paintings that day.  No, I did not have such luck, and I publicly admitted it on Facebook.  In fact, I’d had a...

the couch

Here it is, my studio couch. It’s humble, paint-spattered, and very comfortable. I got to thinking about my couch when my new studio neighbors, both sculptors, commented on how my studio looks like a ‘painter’s studio’ because of the couch. At...

dusty little secrets

This excerpt is from Colum McCann’s discussion that is printed at the end of his novel, Let The Great World Spin. Wonderful book, by the way. I enjoyed his discussion as much as I enjoyed the book. He said it as well as I can. Actually, he said it better,...