Monthly Archives: March 2016

Outsider politics

"Bernie Birds," by Suzanne Ryan

Earlier this month I wrote about art dedicated to presidential candidate Donald Trump. I’d seen examples in a news story in the Guardian. On the other hand, I noticed the phenomenon of Bernie Sanders art by watching it cross my Facebook newsfeed. These were posted by the artists who made them. Sanders’ artists are making a […]

Marrying a rock

“Bathers at Rest,” 1876-77. Cézanne used the mountain as a background element.

Mont Sainte-Victoire near Paul Cézanne’s home in Aix-en-Provence was one of his favorite subjects.  It was in painting this mountain that he developed the spatial effect (sometimes called flat-depth) that became the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism. Mont Sainte-Victoire is, therefore, not just a plein air motif but an icon in the development of modern […]

Whimsy and wonder

From “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton

One of my pals is a children’s librarian. At times she shows me the Caldecott Medal finalists and talks about what makes them great kids’ books. They don’t always get it right—they missed Barbara Cooney’s delightful Miss Rumphius, for example. But they did honor Robert McCloskey and Virginia Lee Burton, and their 2011 pick, A […]

Late for class

Victoria Brzustowicz, weekly student

There are times when I completely lose the thread. That’s my only excuse for forgetting to tell you about my painting classes in Rockport, which start next Tuesday. These classes will run from 10 AM to 1 PM in my Rockport studio. The session is six weeks long, and the fee is $230. If you’re […]

Help a brother out

Painting by Daniel Corey, available at

Last week a fire severely damaged an apartment building on Main Street in Rockland. The fire was notable to me for two things. First, although the ground floor was gutted, the utilities survived so that the upper-floor tenants could reoccupy their homes. Second, those tenants included two artists of my acquaintance: painters Alison Hill and […]