Monthly Archives: February 2011

What About an Artist’s Statement?

Galleries, dealers, museums and clients often request an artist statement from the artist. I have written many and I just wrote another one in anticipation of  an opening of my works in the Weatherburn Gallery in Naples, Florida. I am … Continue reading

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The Direction of Light

    You and I have a lot in common. Among these commonalities is our sense of the defining effects of natural light. For a long time we have perceived light as falling upon us from above.  This is natural because, … Continue reading

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Open Versus Closed Form, The Illusion in Painting

 Here are two illustrations, illusory cubes; one is persuasive as a cohesive illusion of cube while the other looks like a set of flat distorted “Y’s”  arranged on a surface. Why? We make inferences in order to construct visual sense … Continue reading

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The Quality of Yellow

Without going into yellow’s past as the imperial color of the Kahns or the color of the light of Eden, or the color associatedwith Earth as one of the four elements and, without discussing the historical use of yellow as … Continue reading

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Above, Below and On Water

      I have considered translucence with you before but, today I have more to add. When Leonardo Da Vinci first tackled the sensation of translucence  while still working in Verrocchio’s workshop, the subject was the baptism of Jesus as he … Continue reading

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How Do We See Figures?

  3200 years ago ancient Egyptians conveyed the idea of a human form by presenting it as a complex pictograph ( my example shows you the jackal faced deity, Anubis weighing the heart of a man at his death). The body … Continue reading

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Various Strategies to Suggest Motion and Space

  Margaret Livingstone included this painting of Monet’s in her insightful  and excellent book, “Vision and Art, The Biology of Seeing” as an illustration of  how we perceive motion through blurred images.  Look carefully at Monet’s flags or his figures … Continue reading

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