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2024-03-01 11:17
Helen Frankenthaler- Savage Breeze There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about. –He… Read More
Once In A Blue Moon
2024-02-29 12:10
BlueMoonWatch– Now at, West End Gallery Once in a blue moonSomethin’ good comes alongOnce in a blue moonEvery thing’s not goin’ wrong — Van Morrison, Once in a… Read More
Ruskin/ Imperfection
2024-02-28 11:58
John Ruskin- Near Interlaken Hitherto I have used the words imperfect and perfect merely to distinguish between work grossly unskillful, and work executed with average precision and science;… Read More
2024-02-27 11:34
Moment of Pride— At Principle Gallery Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore i… Read More
As Much As You Can/ Cavafy
2024-02-26 11:12
Mystic’s Way- At the West End Gallery And if you can’t shape your life the way you want,at least try as much as you cannot to degrade itby too much contact with the world,by too… Read More
The Moon
2024-02-25 11:50
Winterglide— At Little Gems, West End Gallery You can go to the moon or walk under the sea, or anything else you like, but painting remains painting because it eludes such investigatio… Read More
About That Red Chair
2024-02-23 11:32
Student and Master— At West End Gallery “I sit in the chair and think about the word chair. It can also mean the leader of a meeting. It can also mean a mode of execution. It is… Read More
Durrell/Joyous Compromise
2024-02-21 11:26
The Fulfillment– At West End Gallery As for me I am neither happy nor unhappy; I lie suspended like a hair or a feather in the cloudy mixtures of memory. I spoke of the uselessness of… Read More
Imagining Futures
2024-02-19 12:07
Soul Boat, 2019 The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia I wasn’t planning on writing anything today. Work… Read More
2024-02-18 12:04
Dawn’s Return–At West End Gallery I believe that we are lost here in America, but I believe we shall be found. And this belief, which mounts now to the catharsis of knowledge… Read More
Break Time
2024-02-11 11:55
Dawn of Memory– At West End Gallery I have never described, even in the diary, the act of self-murder which takes place after my being with people. A sense of shame for the most trivia… Read More
Little Gems 2024/ Opens Tonight
2024-02-09 12:10
There is another language beyond language,another place beyond heaven and hell.Precious gems come from another mine,the heart draws light from another source –Rumi The annual Little Ge… Read More
2024-02-08 11:39
Nightbloom— At Little Gems at West End Gallery The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a c… Read More
A Great Bellow
2024-02-07 11:46
A Great Bellow— At Little Gems, West End Gallery Storms, thunders, waves!Howl, crash, and bellow till ye get your fill;Ye sometimes rest; men never can be stillBut in their graves. &nd&hell…Read More
2024-02-06 11:46
Coolway— At Little Gems, West End Gallery Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. The way of nature is unchanging. Knowing constancy is insight. —-Lao T… Read More
4 Artists Paint 1 Tree
2024-02-05 11:59
Disney Artists circa 1959 The best advice I have ever given students who have studied under me has been this: “Educate yourself, do not let me educate you—use me, do not be used… Read More
Instrument/ Eyvind Earle
2024-02-04 11:26
Eyvind Earle- Santa Ynez Memory Then very slowly I go to slightly lighter colors until little by little, the forms begin to take shape and I start to see what is happening. Since I never pla… Read More
A Finite Being
2024-02-02 11:38
GC Myers/ Work-In-Progress, February 2024 Can a finite being ever attain infinity? After all, isn’t that ultimately the goal of the artist, to seek that intangible state of infinity, t… Read More
Songs We Carry
2024-01-31 11:40
The Song That Brought Me Here– At Principle Gallery What we have not had to decipher, to elucidate by our own efforts, what was clear before we looked at it, is not ours. From ourselve… Read More
Van Gogh/ Mementos, Again
2024-01-30 11:45
“The world concerns me only in so far as I owe it a certain debt and duty, so to speak, because I have walked this earth for 30 years, and out of gratitude would like to leave some me… Read More
Not Really About Degas
2024-01-29 12:00
Edgar Degas– The Millinery Shop Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. —Edgar Degas I have always loved this quote from the great Edgar D… Read More
Lay Down/ G’Bye, Melanie
2024-01-27 11:31
Lit Candles, 2006 We were so close, there was no roomWe bled inside each other’s woundsWe all had caught the same diseaseAnd we all sang the songs of peaceSome came to sing, some came… Read More
Hard-Earned Joy
2024-01-26 11:30
Breaking Joy–At Principle Gallery Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself. — Mahatma Gandhi How do you define joy? Is the… Read More
Pilgrim Rock
2024-01-25 11:41
Pilgrim Rock– At West End Gallery And thus ever by day and night, under the sun and under the stars, climbing the dusty hills and toiling along the weary plains, journeying by land and… Read More
Saul Bass/ Why Man Creates
2024-01-24 12:22
I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or wh… Read More
In Full Regalia
2024-01-23 11:31
In Full Regalia— Coming to West End Gallery He alone is great and happy who fills his own station of independence and has neither to command nor to obey. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, G… Read More
2024-01-21 12:13
Evercool— Coming to Little Gems, West End Gallery One of the many suppressed longings of creation which cry after fulfilment is for neglected joys within reach; while we are busy pursu… Read More
Getting To Know Klimt
2024-01-20 11:48
Gustav Klimt- Beech Grove I Whoever wants to know something about me – as an artist which alone is significant – they should look attentively at my pictures and there seek to rec… Read More
2024-01-19 11:42
Point of Contact, 2016 The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. –Bertrand Russell These handful of words from the great British thinker … Read More
2024-01-18 11:20
Joni Mitchell- The Mountain Loves the Sea- watercolor 1971 Everything comes and goesMarked by lovers and styles of clothesThings that you held highAnd told yourself were trueLost or changing… Read More
Bluemner, Revisited
2024-01-17 11:50
 When you feel colors, you will understand the why of their forms. –Oscar Bluemner I’ve written several times about Oscar Bluemner, an early and relatively obscure Mo… Read More
2024-01-16 11:44
A Matter of Perspective— At the Principle Gallery “As for the dead”, she went on after a moment, “I have always thought that the dead think of us as dead. They have r… Read More
2024-01-15 11:24
Dare to Know (Sapere Aude) Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from ano… Read More
2024-01-14 11:56
Winterglide– Coming to Little Gems, West End Gallery The unconscious self is the real genius. Your breathing goes wrong the moment your conscious self meddles with it. –Bernard S… Read More
An Early Friday Morning
2024-01-12 11:42
The Moon Resonates– At Kada Gallery, Erie, PA Society, as we have constituted it, will have no place for me, has none to offer; but Nature, whose sweet rains fall on unjust and just al… Read More
2024-01-11 11:56
A Rising Peace– At Principle Gallery A new moon teaches gradualnessand deliberation and how one gives birthto oneself slowly. Patience with small detailsmakes perfect a large work, lik… Read More
2024-01-10 12:04
Early Work: Dance Hall, 1994 It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one’s nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ. –W. H. Auden, The… Read More
Kidstuff (Kind Of)
2024-01-08 12:17
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. — Pablo Picasso, At an Exhibition of Children’s Art, Quoted in NY Times, 1956 I posted some ima… Read More
2024-01-07 12:15
In a Warm Breeze— At Principle Gallery Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates. –Mark Twain, Old Times on the Mississippi Thi… Read More
2024-01-06 11:50
Paul Gauguin–Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? What still concerns me the most is: am I on the right track, am I making progress, am I making mistakes in art? &nd&hell…Read More
Guenther Hears The Boogaloo
2024-01-05 12:13
Guenther Hears the Boogaloo Softly, 1994 Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move. –Ossie Davis, Quoted… Read More
Silver Joy
2024-01-03 11:26
Pull of the Moon— At West End Gallery Let me sleepIn the slumber of the morningThere’s nowhere I need to beAnd my dreams are still calling –Damien Jurado, Silver Joy Workin… Read More
Is This The Train Bound For Glory?
2024-01-02 12:28
Ventura– At Principle Gallery And there is the headlight, shining far down the track, glinting off the steel rails that, like all parallel lines, will meet in infinity, which is after… Read More
Perilously Into The New Year
2024-01-01 11:10
Here’s to 1942, here’s to a year of toil—a year of struggle and peril, and a long step forward towards victory. May we all come through safe and with honour. – Winst… Read More
No Predictions Today
2023-12-31 12:23
Time Passage— At Principle Gallery Predictions can be very difficult—especially about the future. –Niels Bohr On the last day of this year, I wanted to write about what mig… Read More
Beautiful Quiet
2023-12-30 11:58
In Stillness and Rhythm-At Principle Gallery, Alexandria The world is hard and cruel. We are here none knows why, and we go none knows whither. We must be very humble. We must see the beauty… Read More
Is It There? A Revisiting…
2023-12-29 11:43
First View, 1994 His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog. –Victor Hugo, Les Miserables [From 2016] I am at a low ebb right now in… Read More
What Can I Hold You With?
2023-12-28 17:25
Absorbed– At West End Gallery What can I hold you with?I offer you lean streets, desperate sunsets, themoon of the jagged suburbs.I offer you the bitterness of a man who has lookedlong… Read More
Sense Of Rightness
2023-12-27 11:37
Monde Parfait— At West End Gallery Even imperfection itself may have its ideal or perfect state. –Thomas De Quincey, De Quincey’s Writings: Miscellaneous Essays, 1851 I&rsq&hell…Read More
2023-12-25 11:00
The Christmas Stick, 2023 The Christmas Tree Put out the lights now!Look at the Tree, the rough tree dazzledIn oriole plumes of flame,Tinselled with twinkling frost fire,Tasseled with stars… Read More
The Twelve Terrors Of Christmas/ Gorey
2023-12-24 12:13
If you’re doing nonsense it has to be rather awful, because there’d be no point. I’m trying to think if there’s sunny nonsense. Sunny, funny nonsense for children &m&helli…Read More
Getting Ready For Christmas
2023-12-23 11:47
From early in November to the last week of DecemberI got money matters weighing me downOh the music may be merry, but it’s only temporaryI know Santa Claus is coming to town –Pa… Read More
Practice Giving, Again
2023-12-20 11:21
Practice giving things away, not just things you don’t care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachmen… Read More
Must Be Santa/ Christmas Dog
2023-12-19 11:55
Santa, Early Work July 1994 “But how did he get in?” asked the children. At this the fathers shook their heads, being themselves unable to understand how Claus had gained admitta… Read More
Ah, A Victorian Christmas
2023-12-18 12:31
I shared some vintage ads a few weeks back that showed Santa enjoying a smoke and an adult beverage or two. It reminded me f a post from a number of years back that shared a group of odd Vi… Read More
A Found Harmonium
2023-12-17 12:04
Desire’s Passage– At Principle Gallery Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. –Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island (1955) So… Read More
Zenith Of Power
2023-12-16 12:18
Zenith— At Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA Man, if he compare himself with all that he can see, is at the zenith of power; but if he compare himself with all that he can conceive, he… Read More
Gaudete Season
2023-12-15 11:38
Pieter Brueghel the Elder- Hunters in the Snow (Winter) 1565 Darkness stalks the hunters,Slowly sliding down,Falling in beating rings and soft diagonals.Lodged in the vague vast valley the v… Read More
Dance With Waves
2023-12-14 11:48
Navigating Chaos– At West End Gallery You have discovered the spiritual universe. Many others have discovered this same world, but each must make the discovery for himself. You are goi… Read More
Vertical Mysticism
2023-12-13 11:55
Mystic’s Way- Coming to West End Gallery Miracles in mysticism don’t occupy such an important place. It’s metaphor, for the peasants, for the crowds, to impress people. Wha… Read More
I Felt…
2023-12-12 12:36
The Enlightenment— At the Principle Gallery I felt before I thought… –Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions, 1782 I came across the short line above today from one of the lea… Read More
Rouault, Revisited
2023-12-11 11:40
Georges Rouault -Christ in the Suburbs Anyone can revolt. It is more difficult silently to obey our own inner promptings, and to spend our lives finding sincere and fitting means of expressi… Read More
2023-12-10 12:04
Bluefire— Small Works show at Principle Gallery Where rose the mountains, there to him were friends;Where rolled the ocean, thereon was his home;Where a blue sky, and glowing clime, ex… Read More
Duty And Joy/ The Fulfillment
2023-12-09 11:55
The Fulfillment– Soon at West End Gallery I slept and dreamtthat life was joy.I awoke and sawthat life was duty.I worked — and behold,duty was joy. –Rabindranath Tagore Whe… Read More
Still Tilting At Windmills
2023-12-08 12:29
The mass of mankind is divided into two classes, the Sancho Panza’s who have a sense for reality, but no ideals, and the Don Quixote’s with a sense for ideals, but mad. –Ge… Read More
Dawn’s Return
2023-12-06 12:07
Dawn’s Return— Now at West End Gallery A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. –O… Read More
Arp/ Silence Becomes Legend
2023-12-05 12:18
Jean Arp- Torso of a Giant 1964 Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract… Read More
Wintry Wyeth
2023-12-04 11:21
Andrew Wyeth – Fence Line 1967 I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits ben… Read More
Vivaldi’s Winter
2023-12-03 12:12
Moonlight Quartet–At West End Gallery Winter Allegro non molto To tremble from cold in the icy snow,In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;To run, stamping one’s feet every moment… Read More
Room To Breathe
2023-12-02 12:18
Room to Breathe, 2010 Each for himself, we all sustainThe durance of our ghostly pain;Then to Elysium we repair,The few, and breathe this blissful air. –Virgil, The Aeneid, ca 25 BC Go… Read More
The Redtree Show, 2000
2023-12-01 12:07
Principle Gallery Redtree Invitation, 2000 Fogeydom is the last bastion of the bore and reminiscence is its anthem. It is futile to want the old days back, but that doesn’t mean one sh… Read More
Steinbeck And Hope’s Place
2023-11-30 11:58
The Attuning– Part of Small Works at Principle Gallery Hope is a diagnostic human trait, and this simple cortex symptom seems to be a prime factor in our inspection of our universe. Fo… Read More
Baldwin: Change The World
2023-11-29 10:46
Three Sides to the Story— At West End Gallery The bottom line is this: You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing th… Read More
Blank On Blank/ Sisters Of Mercy
2023-11-27 11:56
A Song For the Eye— At West End Gallery That’s the only song I wrote in one sitting. The melody I had worked on for some time. I didn’t really know what the song was. I rem… Read More
The Untroubled Mind/Placidarium
2023-11-26 11:27
Placidarium— Now at Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA Are you distracted by outward cares? Then allow yourself a space of quiet wherein you can add to your knowledge of the Good and lea… Read More
2023-11-24 11:47
Carnival— Now at Principle Gallery Alexandria Carnival is not a spectacle seen by the people; they live in it, and everyone participates because its very idea embraces all the people… Read More
Another Sick Dog Day
2023-11-23 11:23
Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.–Joseph Stalin I was looking at a selection of quotations with a Thanksgiving theme when I stumbled across this lovely item from that grea… Read More
Adding A Dimension
2023-11-22 12:02
Garden of Delight– At the West End Gallery Simultaneous contrast is visible depth – Reality, Form, construction, representation. Depth is the new inspiration. We live in depth, w… Read More
The Parent Of All Virtues
2023-11-21 11:39
The Welcome Tree–At the West End Gallery Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others. – Marcus Tullius Cicero From 2018: The great Roman orator Cic… Read More
2023-11-20 11:19
Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays I didn’t really need confirmation of the fact that I have been doing… Read More
Real Abundance
2023-11-18 11:30
A New Cornucopia– At West End Gallery In big cities, on farms, in remote places, throughout the countryside, people are moving busily. Why? We are all motivated by desire to make ourse… Read More
Severini: To Create A Harmony
2023-11-17 11:47
Gino Severini- Red Cross Train Passing a Village, 1915 Philosophers and aestheticians may offer elegant and profound definitions of art and beauty, but for the painter they are all summed up… Read More
The Spiral, Again
2023-11-16 11:41
Robert Smithson– Spiral Jetty Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution. – Johann… Read More
“I Just Quit”/ Rosalie Gwathmey
2023-11-15 12:36
Rosalie Gwathmey- Deep South I was doing a little research on the painter Robert Gwathmey, the social realist painter (1903-1988) whose work most often depicted the day-to-day life of p… Read More
Klexos: The Art Of Dwelling On The Past
2023-11-14 11:48
Closing the Door, 2013 Maybe it’s not so bad to dwell in the past, and muddle in the memories, to stem the simplification of time, and put some craft back into it. Maybe we should thin… Read More
2023-11-13 12:42
Bradford County– GC Myers, 1994 When we are in competition with ourselves, and match our todays against our yesterdays, we derive encouragement from past misfortunes and blemishes. Mor… Read More
2023-11-12 11:52
Silent Eye of Night– At West End Gallery Testimony is an integral part of the Black religious tradition. It is the occasion where the believer stands before the community of faith in o… Read More
2023-11-11 11:21
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France Ah young Willie McBride, I can’t help wonder why Do those that lie here know why did they die? And did they believe when they answered the cause… Read More
In Still Wonder
2023-11-10 11:47
In Still Wonder – At Principle Gallery, Alexandria Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the int… Read More
Send Me Postcards From Better Places
2023-11-09 12:06
Egon Schiele- Vier Baume ( Four Trees) I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. –Egon Schiele There was a John Mel… Read More
Sensing The Unseen, Again
2023-11-08 12:03
Radiance and Shadow And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Ex… Read More
“Gonna Keep On Trying…”
2023-11-07 12:02
GC Myers- Blaze, 2014 In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for tho… Read More
Cleanup In Aisle 6
2023-11-06 11:42
Imitatio – At the West End Gallery “… Mr. Bankman-Fried said: “I’m very skeptical of books. I don’t want to say no book is ever worth reading, but I actu… Read More
Style Is Character, Again
2023-11-04 10:44
Georgia O’Keeffe- Sky Above Clouds IV, 1965 I recall an August afternoon in Chicago in 1973 when I took my daughter, then seven, to see what Georgia O’Keeffe had done with where… Read More
Shake It Up, Wake It Up
2023-11-03 10:22
Offered to the Wind— Now at West End Gallery Boychick, wake up! Be something! Make your life something good. For the love of an old man who sees in your young days his new life, for su… Read More
Penelope’s Song
2023-11-02 10:42
Penelope— Now at the West End Gallery   Now that the time has comeSoon gone is the dayThere upon some distant shoreYou’ll hear me say Long as the day in the summer timeDeep… Read More
Questions For Ourselves
2023-11-01 11:06
GC Myers- The Questioning Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question –E.E. CUMMINGS, 1938, Introduction to Collected Poems I had a conversation yesterday about the… Read More
Some Vintage Halloween
2023-10-31 10:52
At last, small witches, goblins, hags,And pirates armed with paper bagsTheir costumes hinged on safety pins,Go haunt a night of pumpkin grins. –John Updike, October, A Child’s… Read More

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