Monica’s blanket chest

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
Monica’s blanket chest

Last year at the CraftBoston show I was approached by furniture maker Monica Raymond about collaborating on some pieces. This blanket chest was our first, and it was, at least from my point of view, WAY fun. Don’t let anybody tell you artists can’t work together.

The final fish

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The final fish

Not to say that this will be the last fish I will ever paint, just that this marks the end of the limited palette fish painting exercise. I didn’t plan for an end point or have anything specific in mind, I was just going to paint a fish a day until something interrupted me. That […]

Daily Fish the Seventh

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
Daily Fish the Seventh

  Two colors: phthalo blue (green shade) and azo yellow medium, plus titanium white, makes this my most limited palette yet. And this was one of my favorite fish of the bunch. That’s one fish that has seen it all, man, and he’s just not impressed.  

Lovely Etsy Treasuries

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized, your brain on art | No Comments
Lovely Etsy Treasuries

A pair of orange and red enamel earrings have been getting some love here and here and then there’s this one too, and too again, for a little bit of blue oh, and this one

The Day of Fives

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Day of Fives

Today marks the fifth day that Fred, the dogs, and I have been essentially stranded here on top of our hill, thanks to the big snow storm of the first of May. Truthfully, we could snowblow ourselves out of here if we really wanted to, but we didn’t have anywhere urgent to go, and it […]

Unarmed — a counterintuitive design choice in Journey

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in the technician, your brain on art | No Comments
Unarmed — a counterintuitive design choice in Journey

I’m nobody’s idea of a gamer — Journey has been out for a year and I knew absolutely nothing about it when I decided to give it a go. From a gamer’s perspective, there is sweet bugger-all I can add to the discussion. But as a visual artist, one little design choice in particular intrigues […]

The Fourth Day of Fishery

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Fourth Day of Fishery

Day Four of the paint-a-portrait-of-a-fish challenge (limited palette) was the final day I painted a subject from Fred’s aquarium supply catalog. This little guy is a clown anemone fish. He was an interesting subject because, unlike the fish that came before him, he wasn’t scaly. Funny how much one relies on the presence of scales […]

The Daily Fish, number 3

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Daily Fish, number 3

The third fish I painted for my daily fish portrait/color wheel/limited palette exercise is this guy (or gal). I think the original photo (which came from the pages of an aquarium supply catalog) is of some kind of angel fish, but I don’t really know my fish types, so I’m just guessing here. In any […]

The Daily Fish, Painting 2

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Daily Fish, Painting 2

I decided to invert the split complementary color scheme of the first day’s fish painting for day two of the color wheel exercise. I also nudged the colors into a redder purple and yellower orange. The first couple of days into this project I didn’t keep very good notes, so I don’t remember exactly which […]

Daily Fish Portrait – Entry Uno

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
Daily Fish Portrait – Entry Uno

I decided to get back to my roots. As I have said before, painting is for paint. When I found myself, contrary to my own desires, essentially painting with enamels, I decided I was wasting too much money, materials, and time. Copper is no longer the cheap material it once was. Paper still, more or […]

Hasta la vista, cheap earrings

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
Hasta la vista, cheap earrings

When I was twelve years old, my father trundled me out to the back porch of my grandfather’s house one summer and read to me The Enchiridion of Epictetus. I tell you this not to gain your sympathy, but as a small illustration of how I came to be formed. For me, everything is and […]

Have You Seen This Bird Before?

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
Have You Seen This Bird Before?

My habit, these past few days, has been to crash on the couch about an hour or so before bed, put some British crime drama on the Netflix, then sit there and sort of watch tv while I do an outline sketch. The object of the sketching game is to draw something completely out of […]

Top Ten Questions to Never Ask an Art Fair Artist

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art in tents, your brain on art | 2 Comments

Part 1 Art fair organizers love to crow about how great it is to go to their shows, where you can meet real-live artists face to face! It’s better than a trip to the zoo, because when you taunt these captive creatures they won’t, usually, throw their feces at you or go hide in the […]

Why lie?

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art whore, your brain on art | 2 Comments
Why lie?

My most recent show I was next-booth to a guy who only sold one piece all weekend. Still, when people wandered in to admire his amazing work and ask him, as far too many people do, “how’s the show going?” he always lied: “Great” he’d say to them, with a cheerleader’s enthusiasm and a hooker’s […]

The Commodification of Everything

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in art whore, your brain on art | No Comments

Dorothy Parker said: “If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” Do you ever get the feeling we’ve taken her advice too literally? That people with money are the only people we do look at? The subject of money is so vast, money itself […]

ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in art in tents, art whore | No Comments
ACC Baltimore Retail Craft Show 2012 — Review

The American Craft Council show in Baltimore was my first indoor fine craft fair. It’s a long trip for me, but this show is rumored to be one where its high participation cost can be more than compensated by high sales. That didn’t turn out to be true in my case, or for many of […]

If I wanted to be a painter, I wouldn’t have sprung for the kiln

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
If I wanted to be a painter, I wouldn’t have sprung for the kiln

Woodrow Carpenter, in the pages of Glass on Metal, has been waging a one-man campaign to get enameling recognized as a form of painting.¬† His premise, which I agree with, is that enameling can be every bit the fine art that painting is. His frustration, which I share, is that the medium isn’t well recognized. […]

Unmixed Media — a new taxonomy of art fair categories (or, help the homeless enamelists!)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2012 in art in tents, art whore, your brain on art | No Comments
Unmixed Media — a new taxonomy of art fair categories (or, help the homeless enamelists!)

Non-jewelry enamelists who do art fairs are not only not common, they’re kind of screwed. We are homeless orphans who do not fall into any of the standard art show application media categories. With the exception of the ACC which is, as far as I know, the only organization running¬† a show with an enamel […]