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Painting is Propaganda

I have embarked on an adventure to paint whatever I want and as much as I can—and to give it all away. When I decided to retire, I knew I wanted a focus to take me into the next chapter of my life. I had to retrain my brain from running a business for so … Continue reading

Italy 2017.11.11>11.24.046+47

Weeks 46 and 47 With only three weeks left in my time in Florence, weeks 46 and 47 were packed. We visited Venice and Lisbon on two consecutive weekends. We enjoyed both cities immensely. Seeing the Tintoretto and Titian painting in Venice was especially invigorating. It was also very pleasant to travel out of season. Lea … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.28-11.3>44

On Saturday, we toured the Altes Nationale Museum in Berlin to see paintings from the late 1800s to the early 20th century. This purpose built museum for a fixed collection was the first in the world to collect impressionist paintings (Monet in 1876). It houses work by Adolph Menzel, Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Blechen, Anton von Werner, Max Lieberman, Arnold … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.21>27.043

Week 43 in Florence began with my first lesson with Davide Barbini, my former instructor at The Angel Academy of Art. I chose Davide because of his experience with color, his keen eye and his innate understanding of the needs of the neophyte student. My first lesson was a 30 cm X 40 cm oil … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.14>20.042

We arrived in Florence on Sunday, September 15 in the early evening. Bright and early the next morning I began classes at Amy Florence Mosley’s studio located on Piazzale Donatello (just 10 minutes further walk north from Angel Academy and 3o minutes from my apartment.) I will study with Amy until November 8. The first … Continue reading

Mérida + US: 2017.08.12-18.033

The first part of week 33 was spent in Mérida settling back into my daily routine. I tidied my studio in preparation for getting back to work. The rest of the week I traveled to the US to have  photoradiation therapy. Aminolevulinic acid is a drug that’s put right on the skin—in my case my … Continue reading

Back Home 2017.07.08-14.028 Week 28

Last week I visited my children and their families. I also had three wonderful meals with former colleagues at Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. and with former employees from 1989 (John Cook) and 1991 (Joan Sorrano), now friends (Tim Carls, the CEO of HGA Architects was also there). Sharing a meal and good conversation is … Continue reading

USA 2017.07.01-07.027 Week 27

I left Rome for the US on June 30 after sitting in on a critique, the afternoon of 29th, of a design project of the summer program of the University of Minnesota School of Design. Gayla Lindt runs the University’s summer program in Rome. The students, from all disciplines—including architecture, interior design, graphics and retail—presented ideas for … Continue reading

Italy 2017.05.27-06.02.22 Term 2 Week 8

2017.05.27 Having spent the last several weeks finishing both the charcoal drawing and the 3-week figure, this weekend I rested and continued reading Michelangelo: His Epic Life by Martin Gayford. I watched In Brugges last night—along with an episode of Fawlty Towers and Monthy Python’s Flying Circus. I was distraught over what is happening in our world and I needed … Continue reading

Italy 2017.05.13-.05.26.020+.021 Term 2 Week 6 + 7

2017.05.13 Saturday started very slow after a late night on Friday. I finished the blog post for week 19. Did laundry and worked on my charcoal cast drawing in the afternoon. In the evening I went to the opening of a portrait show at the Florence Academy of Art featuring the portrait of one gentleman … Continue reading