Category Archives: Painting

Ancient Vessels

Returning to ancient sources offers opportunities for re-invention and discovery. The enigmatic imagery and classical forms of ancient civilizations tantalize with their indecipherable mysteries.  Borrowing two thousand year old shapes and merging them with contemporary landscape images took art history … Continue reading

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The Cat’s Tail, and Other Abstractions

In early childhood we learn to attach words to pictures. In later adulthood we continue to conceive of images through schematic pictographs whether we are photographing, sketching, doodling or painting.  Examining how we begin and advance this process allows me … Continue reading

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David’s Living Art Award from Silvermine and Gallery Opening

Last weekend David was honored with a Living Art Award from Silvermine Arts Center in CT, where he has taught for many years.  He was honored along with Legacy Award recipient Ann Weiner and Guild of Artists Award recipients Alberta Cifolelli and Bonnie Woit.  Congratulations … Continue reading

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Blog Post Notification Test

Hello, Everyone!  Sadly, many of you have not been receiving an email notification when David posts a new blog.   As you may know, this occurred because our old server was bought by a new company and something stopped working … Continue reading

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Spring from History

Our brains have acquired models for spring; for art in spring, for gardens in spring, for poetry in spring. When making pictures these models have plasticity. If you are well versed in art history, you may fuse your knowledge with … Continue reading

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Models For Gardens

For thousands of years we have cultured symbols for picturing flora. We still borrow the same stem imagery, the same schema for our fabrics, dining plates, wall coverings and quick sketches. We can trace how these models of flora are … Continue reading

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Abstracting The City

We have varieties of tools to begin abstracting a forest, a city street, a stream, a still-life, a nude.  Tools like brayers or squeegees can pry us away from dogmatic representation.  Photo software can provide freedom to improvise with images … Continue reading

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Deliberate Confusion

Organizing chaotic territory is a joy of art.  Arranging notes into a pattern packed with surprises sustains the attention of the artist as well as the audience.  Finding a visual field which threatens to dissolve into chaos offers a delicious … Continue reading

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Evolution of Rocks and Waves

Early in the 19th Century English artists like Turner, Bonington and Constable focused on the shore, its vicissitudes of weather, its reflective sunlight, its human drama.  By the late 19th century Americans like Winslow Homer had simplified their designs to … Continue reading

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Search For Water

Hints require guessing. Guessing is a game and purpose of art. In painting we forever try to find something, some mental anchorage. In the late 19th century we learned to make the guessing the central theme of painting.   The artist … Continue reading

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