Recent work is Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA until
December 30. Thirty-some pieces are on view in the McCarthy Gallery in
Holekamp Hall, in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics &
Government. Opening night was a small reunion. Family, childhood
friends, college buddies, artist friends, collectors, and even my
teacher from Virginia Tech days, Ray Kass, all turned out to welcome me
back to Virginia.
Suzanna Stephens, a student of mine at Ohio Wesleyan University, is responsible for this remarkable visual. She took the photo sequence from a recent posting here and turned them into the time-lapse animation below. Thanks Suzy! If only paintings came off this quickly!
The painter David Levine once said, "There's nothing new but what's been forgotten." Paul Simon sang, "The world is old..." A lot of time has passed since the glaciers receded and many good ideas have been forgotten. A few of those good ideas can be found in used bookstores.
Years ago I found a copy of Sir Joshua Reynolds' Discourses on Art, delivered as a series of lectures to students at the Royal Academy in London between 1768 and 1792. Reynolds' thought and rhetoric has an almost impenetrable 18th century air about it, but hiding there among the flourishes are wonderful gems of advice. In Discourse XI Reynolds addresses the issue of "finish" and the relationship of the parts of a painting to the whole; in other words, composition.
For an abstract of the essential points of Discourse XI, go to my recent post on Painting OWU, my blog for painting students at Ohio Wesleyan.