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A Grand Vision in Detroit

This last spring I had an opportunity to visit the Detroit Institute of the Arts Museum.  While there, I encountered 'in the flesh' as it were, the Rivera Court, which is home to Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle.  It consists of 27 panels, painted over an 11 month period between April of 1932 and March of 1933.  The subject of [...]

Self Portrait

I think you can safely say that every artist has, at one time or another, created a self portrait.  It makes perfect sense: you can be sure that the model is always available and they are guaranteed to work cheap. When I think of self portraits, I always think of Rembrandt.  Perhaps it is because I am a printmaker and [...]

Why printmaking?

A recent comment on Amie Roman's blog makes the claim that printmaking, as an art form 'is dead'. This was in response to an entry where she discussed reproductions vs. original prints. I have written on this topic myself. This got me thinking. Why am I a printmaker? Other than the investment in presses I mean. What was it about [...]

Some great reading

I have been rereading two of my favorite novels over the last couple of days. I love these books for their look at art, being true to your art and the struggles of a religious person to make art that is meaningful beyond their religious community. They are: My Name is Asher Lev The Gift of Asher Lev The author [...]

My bookshelf, part 1

Like almost any artist, I have quite a collection of art books. Some of them are technical, focusing on techniques and materials. Some are inspirational. They are filled with photographs of work I find inspiring and / or challenging. The following books are ones I have in my studio that fall in to the latter category. Not a complete listing, [...]