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Sex, fighting, art and gambling

In that order? From today’s Book Review: “Freud’s early works were strongly marked by Morris’s influence, with an exquisitely linear style, brittle and subtly exaggerated. What you remember about them — and they are mostly portraits — are the subjects’ wide, haunted eyes. One sitter later recalled how “he always started with an eyeball, then […]

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Going too far

As a follow-up to my last post, a friend sent me this: Kurt Vonnegut:  ”…my father, who struggled to become a painter after he was forced into early and unwelcome retirement by the Great Depression. He had reason to be optimistic about his new career, since the early stages of his pictures, whether still lifes […]

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Improving on mastery

This is interesting, from Brain Pickings, a quote from a book on intuition, Answers for Aristotle: Research on acquiring skills shows that, roughly speaking, and pretty much independently of whether we are talking about a physical activity or an intellectual one, people tend to go through three phases while they improve their performance. During the […]

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Art’s permission to stare

“I have an enormous appetite to see life as I know it presented in front of my eyes. That seems strange—after all, why don’t I just walk out into the street? But the thing is that you can’t really look at things out in the street, much less in your own apartment or in your […]

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Thank You!

Big thanks to everyone who came out to my show opening last Friday, or sent notes etc! It’s a high like no other, I have to admit. Anyway, party is over, back to work! :)Filed under: Uncategorized

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Leonardo was a loser

  Great short video on working in obscurity. Leonardo: fail, fail, fail, fail, fail . . . success. “John Coltrane practiced the saxophone feverishly every single day for seventeen years before he got his first big hit . . . ” A previous video shows you a whole rogue’s gallery of losers in their twenties […]

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Simple hearts

“Works of art . . . (create) about them a confluence of simple hearts, a community united not in what they are . . . but in the collective mystery of what they are not and now find embodied before them. Unfortunately, the democracy of simple hearts is founded on the dangerous assumption that gorgeous […]

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Rain and light

Cozy/Rainy Day, Davis Cone, acrylic on canvas

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Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

Come to my show opening, Friday, July 18, 5 -8 pm at the Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR! There are 20 plein air landscape paintings created in the Rogue Valley.  The pieces are arranged geographically and while some have been shown before, but many are new.  If I didn’t title my pieces so literally we could have a […]

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Bill

Submissions until July 21 for the all-Bill Murray exhibition at Public Works in San Francisco. It could be so much better than much of what appears here. Opens Aug. 8.

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