09 Jan Intellectual Indoors, or Windswept Treasure Outside?

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now that the Art of Action written proposal has been submitted, I feel as if I am embarking upon a new chapter as far as refining all of my topic narratives for this project. It doesn't really matter...

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05 Jan Tip Top Gathering and Partir Est Mourir un Peu

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]I was nervous about attending the Art of Action soirée at the Tip Top on Saturday evening among such a large group of artists who I knew mostly only by name. Not to mention the silent context...

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29 Dec Maryland Revisited: Clutter Literacy and Waltzing Grande Dames

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Driving south to Maryland on Christmas Eve to visit family, I was struck visually by a spectrum of landmarks that I have known and passed along Interstate 95 for at least forty years. They include an isolated Victorian...

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21 Dec Bifurcation and Gainsborough

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] I met with Reverend Thomas Brown at the rectory of St Michael's Episcopal Church yesterday afternoon, where I made his portrait sketch. Even with the snow already coming down, we proceeded as planned.  We spoke at great length...

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17 Dec Recent Discovery of Awe-Inspiring American Paintings

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] I recently made a visit to the Book Mill in Montague, MA, where I discovered a variety of paintings by American artists, paintings that really struck me. Among them: - John Ferguson Weir, Forging The Shaft, at the Met -...

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15 Dec Nugget Mania

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Although I've appreciated the phenomenal beauty resulting from an ice storm, after the fourth full day of being dislodged from my house and living out of my car (minus the sleeping, which is indoors), I have had moments...

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12 Dec Devastating ice storm finds me sketching at McD’s

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] What a strange place to find myself, no? So, stirring in my sleep in the wee hours of the morning, I was quite accepting of the racket the ghosts were making in the north bedroom overhead. But as...

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11 Dec Halifax’s Explosive Winery

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] How does unregulated zoning in a small rural town influence my painting ideas regarding the Art of Action? It is a complex issue, dealing with a prospective business that is promising local people jobs in a poor town,...

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09 Dec American Marriage, third version

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Art of Action: Attempted my third version of American Marriage. Essentially, two sets of figures occupy the foreground; embracing nude women and the standing male wood splitters. It is a more fluid drawing, and the overall composition is...

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09 Dec the Grippe and the Town Clerk

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]I hope I am finally recovering from a forty-eight-hour flu which has gripped every aching corner of my body. All I could manage to do was to rest and sleep...

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