Tag Archives: Painting

Today’s Portrait: FIREFIGHTER

No, today’s portrait isn’t a flower! It’s occurred to me that other objects besides flowers can emanate presence and personality. Can demonstrate QUIDDITAS, the quality that Aristotle meant when he wrote of “thatness,” or “whatness,” or “what it is.” When I was painting … Continue reading

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Another DON’T: Don’t Leap to Conclusions!

In a previous post, Unlocking the Gate of Dreams, I showcased a striking painting at the Yale University Art Gallery that was titled — UNTITLED: And this is what I said about it:  Another painting, by a painter of whom I’d … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Gate of Dreams —

Our recent trip to the newly expanded and renovated art gallery at Yale University proved a treasure trove of images and impressions, and they haven’t quit yet. A dear friend who combined dual professions of artist and monk once said, … Continue reading

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Beyond Shock and Awe at Yale —

Entering the newly renovated Yale Art Gallery, we were stopped dead in our tracks by a sculpture called Shock and Awe (see previous post). Eventually, though, we tore ourselves away and began to explore other wonders of the gallery, which … Continue reading

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FREEDOM FROM WANT

This has been the iconic American Thanksgiving feast since the painting first appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1943. Painter Norman Rockwell was inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s State of the Union address in 1941 about the … Continue reading

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To Keep the Feast —

When I first took up painting still lifes, it was Cezanne’s apples and oranges that were my ideal and inspiration.  They were an A-B-C for me: they radiate assurance, boldness, confidence and courage. Wouldn’t you think, looking at Cezanne’s every painting, … Continue reading

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This is Not a Pipe —

One of the most famous images from the Dada period of art and literature comes from the brush of the Belgian painter René Magritte: As you see, it’s a painting of a pipe, with the words written on it, Ceci … Continue reading

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