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June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have not written for a while. I have been painting however. I should say struggling a bit with a work mention earlier. The Narmer Fish. I started painting that when I returned from Minneapolis. It’s going to take more time to finish than I thought.



June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment


Chive Flowers

Chive Flowers

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Since yesterday, perhaps in the middle of the night. the chives in my herb garden have open lovely lavender flowers. They are edible and I should put them in a salad today or tomorrow.

Ancient Egyptian Perspective and Chinese Landscapes

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

When I taught in the Egyptian Galleries at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in the 80’s and 90’s, one of my favorite objects was the the tomb wall of Nespeqashuty. It was a river or landscape that depicted him as a corpse or a mummy with his wife being taken to his tomb by his son.  There is a second boat towing the one that carries the mummy figure. And along the shore are servants that were symbolic representations of different farms of Nespeqashuty, carrying the products of each. One of the great things about this work is that it was never completed. You can see the process of creation, the drawings in red ocher, the rough carvings and the finished carving. None of it was painted.  I had taught in front of this object for a number of years before I noticed the perspective. You had a river with two banks and they were stacked upon upon another visually like three books.  The closest bank on the bottom, the river in the middle of the stack and the far side of the river ( farthest away) in the top.  ( I loved it and it became something that I often pointed out to students)  Last week I was again at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this time looking at monumental Chinese landscape paintings. Something began click in my head. Suddenly I saw it.  The Chinese painters were using what might be called near view, middle, and distant view that is also a stacking of land like three books upon each other with, in this case lots of misty voids , obscuring the links between them. I liked it!

Human Anatomy,Always in the Back of My Mind

June 5, 2011 § 2 Comments

OK, I have long since stop buying arts magazines. I just fell out of the habit and need I say that the major ones are very, very expensive. But yesterday, here I was in Barnes & Nobles, Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall, coming down the newly repaired escalator with my new sifi novel in hand and I happen to notice the Mag art section from above. When I get back to earth I thought, I’ll give that section a brief look. Which I did. I then noticed one of the cheaper Mags. announcing an article entitled ( Improving Your Drawings Through Anatomy, by Dan Gheno) Ok I was hooked. I looked at it and after a struggle, put it back on the shelf and walked away. That is not to say that I was not haunted afterwards. And afterward, by about twenty minuets, I found myself back in the store, buying the Magazine. ( American Artist: Drawing) It seems a great article. The Magazine is their most recent addition ( Spring 2011) I now can’t wait for the plane ride back to New York City, what better thing to read or re-read?





To Fool the Eye?

June 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday I was at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I go often when I am here in this city.  I love the collection. Yesterday I visited a drawing show. One drawing in particular got my attention.  It was by Patrick Lee.  I was astonished by the skill and the patience of this artist! His theme was the danger and the beauty of certain overly masculine males. It seems that he gets there trust, photographs them and from those images, he does amazing graphite drawings. These works are so close to photos you would be hard press to see the difference.  This however for me raises the question of why fool the eye. Why not take the photo and have done with it. What is the point of fooling the eye.  if this is what it is about or is there something I am missing.  Is there something about making the photo into a drawing that brings us closer to the

Drawing by Patrick Lee

theme?  Hummm?

The Use of a Sketchbook

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday I was on my bike with pack, camera and sketch book. I have read something recently about putting your camera away on vacation and use your sketchbook instead. It gives greater depth to what your seeing and this becomes more deeply embedded in the memory. I have been using my sketchbook more often as a result of reading this. I am glad that I have been.


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