Ketman

People who are out of step with the prevailing authority practice ketman to avoid trouble. Ketman is a way to dissemble. At a minimum people practicing ketman must self-censor their speech. When silence isn’t enough, ketman-practitioners find ways to appear to actively support the regime. When ketman-practitioners cannot escape the oppressive regime, they develop ways…

Beach market photos

I use my Nikon Z7 camera all the time. Nearly all my paintings include elements from my own photographs, typically mashups of several photographs. Summer is a great time to take photographs, of course. I stay alert for festivals, fairs, or other events that promise to provide a harvest of usable photos. Next week, I…

Thomas Crow

Thomas Crow is an American art historian. For a short time, his interests overlapped with mine, which is how I became aware of him. Some readers might know that I am a fan of the French artist J.L David. Early in his career, Crow wrote a book focused on David and his circle, Emulation: Making…

Cleveland’s van Goyen

My next video about painter’s paintings is on van Goyen’s painting titled View of Emmerich in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Van Goyen is another artist from the Dutch Golden Age. He is a contemporary of Rembrandt and is from Rembrandt’s hometown, Leiden. I started making art-related podcasts a couple of years ago. Discussing artworks…

Get the lead out

OK, the title of this post is a bit of misdirection. I mean to say ‘get the lead in.’  Quick-drying oil is very important for oil painting. Not only do quick-drying oils enable artists to finish paintings quickly, drying oils improve the way paint handles. It gives artists more control over the paint–an altogether good…

Death of a brush

Serves me right. After I bragged about how rugged the Old Holland sable oil brushes are, this brush died, as you can see. It lost too many fibers and lost its usefulness. It lasted longer than most comparable oil sables, however, so I’ll buy more of them. In defense of Old Holland, oil kills sables…

Blue Ridge’s cremintz white

The brands I use most often for the all-import flake white are RGH, Blue Ridge, and Utrecht. I crossed Utrecht off the list after discovering that they’ve added zinc to their Flemish white. I don’t buy the premier brands–Blockx, and Old Holland–anymore because the small manufacturers provide excellent paint at reasonable prices. Blockx is $92…

New paintings

The painting on the floor, Arts Guild, is my newest painting. I’ve worked on it steadily this week. The underpainting is done and I started the first overpainting yesterday. It’s 40″ x 54.” Arts Guild is still a baby and has a long way to go before it grows up. On the left-hand canvas, I…

Utrecht is dead to me

Flake white is critical for oil painting. I buy flake white from RGH, Blue Ridge, and (occasionally) Utrecht. I discovered this past weekend that Utrecht doesn’t sell flake white any longer. This unwanted discovery kills the Utrecht brand for me. Their oil paint is decidedly on the low-end of professional brands. Except for their flake…

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Tom Hudson

This site was disrupted overnight. A lot of my readers are outside the US and they want to know what’s up.

I’ve transferred my domain registrar. The process is messy. To complete the transfer, I have to update several records. The catch is that I cannot update the records until the transfer is technically finished. Anyway, things should be back to normal.

Why did I transfer? My host was also my registrar. While their hosting service is still the same and they respond to my support tickets quickly, they haven’t updated their FAQs for some time–a bad sign. So I am also preparing to migrate my site to another host.

Migrating a WordPress site is a painful process and is something I don’t look forward to. I am currently administering a site for someone else that I developed with the static site generator Hugo. I am experimenting with WordPress to Hugo migrations. 

My next YouTube video will be about the Dutch artist Jan van Goyen. 

Grumpy book review: 1177 B.C.

The book’s complete title is 1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed. The book addresses the mysterious collapse of the Iron Age civilization. The author, Eric Cline, claims that recent findings prompted him to update his book that was originally published in 2014. I am reviewing the Audible version. If you’re asking “What is the Iron…