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Thanks moms; thanks pops

The The Defiant Ones on HBO is a stirring documentary that made the hair on my arms stand up, exactly the way Dr. Dre got “goosechills” on camera as he remixed a favorite track from the past. The show humanizes this billionaire rapper in a way I haven’t seen since I spotted the snapshot of Nas when […]

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Stop moving

Jim Mott paid a visit last week and we talked for a couple hours, as he sat in one of our Adirondack chairs and sketched a bit of what he saw in the yard, probably some of the birds attracted to our feeders. He was wearing a Red Sox cap someone had left in his […]

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Landscape Show

Ashland Design Studio will be showing my landscapes during the month of August.  The opening party is this Friday, August 4 from 5 – 8 pm. I’d love to see you there! Ashland Design Studio 287 4th St Ashland, OR    Filed under: Uncategorized

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The sublime and the beautiful revisited

In the The Sublime and the Beautiful Revisited, Iris Murdoch rexamines an aesthetic distinction that most people would associate with Edmund Burke—how what is beautiful and what is sublime occupy completely different modes of human experience. Her subject is Kant, though, and Kant presented Burke’s distinction in a slightly different way. For Kant, art creates […]

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Jean Stephens

A detail of Summer Storm by Jean K. Stephens, one of many great paintings on view at Oxford Gallery in the summer show.

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Americas 2017

Chevron Bowl and Red Bartletts will be on view at Minot State University in the Northwest Art Center’s Americas 2017 from August 15 through September 28. Chevron Bowl was included in an exhibition at the New Jersey Center for Contemporary Art late last year. This is the first exhibition for the pears. They are both part of […]

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Butler award

I was honored to be informed that I won Director’s Special Mention at the Butler Institute of American Art’s 81st Midyear Exhibition for “Breakfast with Golden Raspberries.” I had intended to attend the opening this year, but was sorry to miss it, coming back from California two days later. Hard work is rewarded: it’s probably […]

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Early This Year

Table Rocks are situated at low elevation in the Rogue Valley, so are most comfortably painted in the Spring – as you see here.  Now, as I write in July, it’s a very hot and dry place, full of rattle snakes.  It’s been a very busy year, so I’m just sharing them now.  This could […]

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Sunshine – breeze – ahhhhhhhh.  Tom and I were able to take a great vacation to a Caribbean Island early in June.  I’ve never been anywhere like it and I can see why it’s so popular for vacations.  I’m about to get my yearly blood work back from my doctor and I’m guessing my vitamin […]

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Emperors of ice cream

I’ve often talked with Bill Santelli about having personal, felt rules, a set of boundaries for how I paint, which create a skeleton of principles around which to make a picture I want to see–which is my first rule, actually, to paint only what I really want to look at, with almost no other consideration. It’s odd, […]

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