Jim Allen’s Monumental Protest Against War

Jim Allen’s Monumental Protest Against War

This painting by Jim Allen, heroic in scale and steeped in one of philosophy’s conundrums, packs a knockout punch at the Berkshire Museum of Art in North Adams. Called “Not Just Another Pretty Picture,” the exhibit was put together by Eric Rudd , the artist-entrepreneur who bought the church and transformed it into a showplace for his and other artists’ work. The  stone church is located across from the monument at the end of Main Street in North Adams.It  can be viewed Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 through October 13....
The Art of Eroding Memories

The Art of Eroding Memories

Here’s the portrait I didn’t see in my first visit to Installation Space in North Adams. Photo by Grier Horner. For a week I’ve been trying to come up with the best one-word description of Robert Maloney’s installation at the Installation Space in North Adams.  Brilliant. That was one of the first words I came up with. Brilliant isn’t a word to use lightly. So I went up to North Adams Saturday to take a second look at his installation at Anna Farrington’s Installation Space on Eagle Street. I wanted to make sure I could defend...
Bold, Beautiful – and Happy

Bold, Beautiful – and Happy

Jesse Tobin McCauley in her studio in the Lichtenstein Center in Pittsfield. Photo by Noel Henebury For Jesse Tobin McCauley her current show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield is a sentimental journey. Just six years ago she had showed with Group W at an exibit at the Lichtenstein. Although he lived near Pheonix, her father, FX Tobin, whose work was wild and woolley and often X-rated, was the spiritual leader of this “industrial strength” art tribe. The other members were her uncles,Jay and Bill Tobin, along with Mike Melle and...
Portraits of Flowers

Portraits of Flowers

This post came to me when I was carrying the garbage can in from the street this morning. Cutting through Babbie’s biggest garden, I saw how the early  sun was catching a cluster of purple flower flowers. (I’m sorry but I’m as bad at remembering flowers’ names as peoples’.) I went in for the camera. The beauty below – I think it might be a flock – is the one that spurredd this post. Oh, while I’m guessing at names, I think the one above is a day lilly.   Above, we have white flowers and below multicolored....
More Abstract Photos

More Abstract Photos

Like so many of my abstract photos, this one may have been born in the kitchen sink. There I see a lot of reflections and colors when I do the dishes and the pots and pans.. Or it may have been a photo of something else entirely. I call it Twelve Meter 2. All rights to these photos are reserved. This abstract was made in a few minutes by messing around with my photo of a woman who posed for me. I got some of the effects using the smudge setting. I have no idea of this child’s beginnings, other that I am the father. I should add a reminder that these are...
Me with My Models

Me with My Models

Taking a cue from the name of my blog, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man,  I thought I’d show you portraits of the “old man” along with some of the Runway portraits he’s painted. I can’t remember this woman’s name sadly. I found this  photo of her (below) in a fashion shoot in The New York Times. I painted her, trying to keep her image close to that in the photo. She was painted on one of my Jeanne d’Arc paintings. I had so many – about 37 – I thought I could sacrifice it. Then I drew a grid in red China...