Cleveland Art museum visit

Why is a visit to the art museum blog-worthy? After all, my near-weekly museum visits are a longstanding habit. The headline is that this is my first visit to the Cleveland Art museum since the COVID mess started. I haven’t visited a museum or cut my hair since March 2020. (Yes, I now look like…

Review: RGH Flemish White

I am a fan of RGH’s cremnitz white and regularly use it in my paintings, Like their cremnitz white, RGH’s Flemish white is lead-based. Regular readers know that I only use lead-based whites in my oil paintings. Flemish white is made with lead sulfate. There are many ways to make lead paint which is not…

Peace, Brothers

As a Christian, I hope all people of goodwill will join me in praying for peace in Ukraine. The longer the conflict continues, the more chance there is for an accident that triggers an inferno. I urge all parties to move to end the conflict as quickly as possible. As a US citizen who remembers…

Blind?

A reader, responding to a recent post, asked if my recurring problem with ‘seeing’ is physical. I do wear glasses these days but no. The seeing I’m describing is seeing with judgment. This is aesthetic judgment that engages beauty.  Unfortunately, when most people hear the word “beauty,” they think of Playboy models. While this example…

Struggles

I have been struggling with a painting for the past week. It was not going as I wanted and it was difficult to “see” it. This “blindness” happens to me periodically. The first few times it happened when I was young, it troubled me a lot. I thought I’d lost my talent. Sudden changes like…

Covid fairy

Two Fridays back, I became tired and took a nap. I never take naps so everyone instantly knew I was sick. My body ached and I couldn’t get warm. I remained in bed from Friday afternoon until Monday lunchtime. I treated myself with ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. By Monday afternoon, I was feeling better. If it…

Teaching myself Latin

As scholarship has become politicized, one would be foolish to continue trusting the translators or their translations. Why not read the original and cut out the middleman? Besides, learning Latin is fun!

Preparing a big painting

Lately, my paintings are in the 40″ x 60″ range. For example, the painting in this photo, The Fair, is 44″ x 60.”  My next big painting ups the scale. The grided canvas in the photo is 60″ x 72″ (5 x 6 feet). As usual, I’m working on the design and when it’s done…

Eagles above us

American bald eagles are nested here. Yesterday I was able to get some photos of the eagles cartwheeling and cavorting above our house. There are a lot of bird species here: gulls (of course), herons, bluejays, cardinals, crows, robins, and many others. And these days there are flocks of geese. But the eagles are bird…

Another canvas ready

I applied the second and last oil ground to this new 44″ x 60″ canvas. I made the tone by adding a little burnt umber and burnt sienna to the Williamsburg lead-oil ground. I applied the ground with a scrapper as usual. After letting it cure for a few weeks, I’ll prepare a drawing for…

Changeable Lake Erie

Because Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, it’s very changeable. Mild storms can transform into violet cataclysms instantly. Inexperienced boaters are regularly caught out. Small boats swamped while desperately making for the safety of the river is a common sight. But this changeability provides never-ending entertainment for those living along the shoreline.…

Pre-dawn moon

When I woke at 6:00 AM, I thought a helicopter was outside my bedroom shining a searchlight onto the shore. The authorities still haven’t found the body of the man drowned in a recent boating accident. A helicopter searched my shoreline a fortnight ago looking for his body. I thought they were searching once again.…