April 9, 2017

Katie sat at the breakfast table, creating a drawing of everyone's chosen cloth napkins, and pairing them with their corresponding glassware. When I laughed and asked her what she was doing, she calmly replied "I'm warming up with some low-stakes art."


Art for the sake of loosening up, practicing, keeping her hands busy.

No other stress or expectations for it.

Deliberate usage of common materials, perhaps non-archival i...

June 4, 2016


 Grisaille (pronounced griz eye) is a painting technique that dates back to the Italian Renaissance. By developing the subjects on canvas using only varying shades of grey, the artist could save his more precious pigments for the final layer. This method was generally hidden from the viewer, as it was completely covered in color at the last stage of creation.A new use of grisaille is popping up, and I must say, I like it. Tak...

May 27, 2016

While at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland, I read a portion of a letter written in 1886 from Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. He confesses: 
"You know, Jeannin has the peony and Quost has the hollyhock, but I am in a way the one who has the sunflower." ​

This triggered my concern about repeating images (or compositions, or processes for that matter). Is it OK for an artist to identify with a style and a specific aest...

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