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  • Varnish

    I love new brushes. Had this one recommended to me by one of the guys at Flax, a fancier art supply store in the neighborhood. I regularly buy supplies there because even…

  • My favorite work of art

    What makes a work of art powerful? Size or color? Political content? Or being validated by a major art institution? I will admit to being swayed by all of those things, but…

  • In focus

    In art school, other students would often ask “Who are you looking at?” Besides being tempted to some smart ass response like, “You,” I often felt a bit on the spot since…

  • Invisible writing

    This piece has made me craaaaazy but, as tends to happen, now I like it better for how difficult it was. Not just because of the difficulty, but because the ones with…

  • It isn’t easy being…blue

    The blue I mixed today was a combination of phthalocyanine blue, French ultramarine, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, cadmium red hue, and chromatic black. Although I have been known to make life harder…

  • Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb

    I finally got my frozen rhubarb in the mail today! Actually, it was my Plywerk panels – not as good in pie but perfect for my new Wood & Water letterpress prints.…

  • True story

    A gradually increasing sense of boredom and dis-ease with my current paintings led me to throw it all out this week and start fresh. I am now less certain where I am…

  • A great part of my job

    I was lucky enough to get to spend a couple of hours over at Logos Graphics today, having my letterpress guru, Lars, turn these letterpress plates: Into these prints: On the Heidelberg:…

  • Clean slate

    I was taught to clean my palette each day after painting. Needless to say, I have never gotten in the habit of that, which is why every few weeks I find myself…

  • Lemonade

    For an oil painter, your medium is very important. You depend on it both to create different effects with paint, like thin glazes, and to protect the paint itself. For years I…