Susannah Coffey at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects

Oh, how I wish I could see this show! Susannah Coffey was a professor at my alma mater, and I came this close > || to taking a class with her. It was Figure in the Landscape at Oxbow summer art camp, and she was to co-teach it with Dan…

Review of Scott Barber Selected Works 1995-2005

Scott Barber Selected Works 1995-2005 by Scott Barber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just finished rereading the two essays in this exhibition catalog of the work of Scott Barber, a Dallas painter whose work I first saw — and fell in love with — at the Galveston Arts…

Jackie Tileson

I could fall into one of Jackie Tileson’s paintings and wander around for hours or days. She creates a deep ethereal space filled with wonderful surprises of different types of imagery: explosions of paint, drips, amorphous shapes, graffiti, circles, loops, and fractal imagery — different vocabularies of expression skillfully combined in one large space.

Beili Liu

I’ve had several opportunities to see Beili Liu’s work up close and personal right here in Austin. She teaches at the University of Texas and shows from time to time at one or another of Austin’s galleries. The last show I attended was “The Mending Project” at Women and Their Work in 2011. A room is filled with a cloud of hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, points down, just over your head.

Heather Patterson

I love the richness of Heather’s mixed media paintings, her use of color and her imagery from life and science. Looking at any of her paintings, I feel as if I could walk into her oddly populated world. She creates a sense of space and a sense of place that stands in contrast to her use of ornamentation, drips and flat shapes that reference the language of painting.

East Austin Studio Tour 2010, Part Three

Reporting on my experience of the 2010 East Austin Studio Tour: my one day playing hookie from my space at The Vortex so I could visit a few more artists' studios.

East Austin Studio Tour 2010, Part Two

Reporting on my experience of the 2010 East Austin Studio Tour: a visit with three artists during the EAST Artists Tour.

Ten Rules of Thumb for Maintaining Creativity

I just discovered this great blog post about an artist/craftsman named Wendell Castle at Emily Evans Eerdmans' blog.  Wendell Castle has been creating amazing furniture for over 50 years.  He has ten "Adopted Rules of Thumb" for staying at the top of one's creative game that I find very compelling:

RIP: Ray Yoshida, Painter and Teacher

I just learned that Ray Yoshida, one of the Chicago Imagists and one of my painting teachers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, passed away this week.

I'm sad and very nearly speechless.

Life is as complicated as it appears

Painting by Matthew Ritchie "Self-Portrait in 2064" 2003 Oil and marker on canvas 80 x 100 inches

That quote is from an interview with Matthew Ritchie.

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Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.

— Leonardo

da Vinci

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