Postmodernism is officially dead? Article

I’ve just finished reading this fascinating article about a retrospective of post modern art at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. My friend Michael Adams commented that the article really helps to put the New Romantic Figure exhibit into context. From the end of the piece: “These three ideas, of specificity, of values and…

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Studio talk

  I had the pleasure of hosting a studio talk at my space at CLU yesterday afternoon, including a brief demonstration of glaze painting, using a Sap Green over the background of the Star to show the luminosity and  flexibility of oil painting. Between twenty and thirty people attended, and we had a very pleasant…

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Open Notes to Alexey Steele

Although technique and studio practice is obviously foundational to painting of a high quality, the style of the paintings need not imitate Impressionism, or the Academy, or the Pre-Raphaelites, or any other school; we need to work toward paintings that belong to the future, the New Millennium, building upon the foundations of the past, but…

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California Art Club

We visited the California Art Club exhibit at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, a small town on the California coastline north of Thousand Oaks. It’s a lovely neo-classical museum faced with white pillars. Inside, the pillar theme continues, giving the exhibits a formal classy quality that makes paintings that are more traditional in technique…

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The World is Mud-luscious

Working with paint in a loose and spontaneous way has resulted in this Raw Umber layer that will provide the structure for the mud surface of the land around the pool. It all looks a little dark now, but the next layer of white will doubtless lighten the surface even after a glaze coat goes…

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Solid rock

On Thursday I shot photos of one of my students in the role of the Magician – I posted the sketch for it a few days ago. She has a particularly dramatic appearance that’s going to be really wonderful to paint, with a high-boned pale face against long dark hair, while a fabulous black and white…

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