A Holiday Feast of Paintings

Telemaco Signorini, Il Quercione alle cascine, 1862-66, 35.5 x 45.5 cm

Two lovely ones from Fausto Pirandello:

Felice Carena’s “Corsa dei sacchi/Sack Race”

A Constable:

A Chardin:

A Levitan:

Sophie Jodoin:

Best wishes to all for a most happy holiday and a new year of beauty and delightful surprises.

Phew, Time for a Trip

What a crazy past couple months this has been, and I wonder if it’s the same all over. As I am leaving tomorrow for a much welcome trip to Italy (with a whole day in Rome to ponder Domenico Morelli and wander the grounds of Villa Borghese) I realized that I have not shared any of the recent paintings I have been working on in quite a while. The truth is, I have started so many, but they are taking longer. This has much to do with the fact that I am going through many more stages along the way where I stop, ponder, and decide to paint something else on top. So these images here are far from what I would call finished. They are moments of pause in the process, and will likely go through enormous changes before becoming yet another painting. Sometimes I have craved a rewind button, but the further I push it I find some interesting surprises happen that have very little to do with what I began. Losing paintings has become crucial to finding learned paintings.