Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy new year to all! I unfortunately was reminded recently that my personal champagne consumption is not, in fact, unlimited. It was nothing that a few Advil and hours in the spa couldn't cure though.

Santa duck below was still drinking a tasty beverage while I was recovering.

A few days ago I was excited to find a book about painting for sale by one of my favorite contemporary artists, Juliette Aristides. The Classical Painting Atelier goes through the logical curriculum of the way that painting was taught before modernism and 'concept' art (Sorry Mr. Pollock, but I will never see the incoherent scribbles as art). It's been out there for a while, but I had not seen it in the store.

I'm already through four chapters, and the painting exercises are great. Juliette's book has the forward written by Mr. Ross at the Art Renewal Center (listed over there as my favorite art group for some time now). Mrs. Aristides uses very little superflous writing, it's all to the point. And many of those points are made very quickly, I've found myself rereading some sections to make sure I don't miss anything.

I need to ask if any of her students at Gage Academy have some old practice paintings of casts they wouldn't mind selling.


  1. Happy New Year, Eric!

  2. A very very happy new year full of joy, love, laughter and creativity!!

  3. Bob Ross?! I loved that guy.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Santa Duck is positively AWESOME :) He's a bit tipsy so he can't go in the water, right? Happy New Year!

  5. Champagne, eh? You know what they say about that stuff. You shouldn't have sex in the room where they keep it. Or something.

    Happy new year, dearest Eric.

  6. I am not sure what is happening in that photo. Is the duck drinking steaming flood waters?

  7. Hi is everything ok? You have not visited recently and I may want to know I am in the process of doing a little mosaic printing on clothing..

  8. Vic,
    Happy New Year! I think I've recovered finally.

    Thanks, reading your posts are part of the fun!

    Yes, happy clouds with the 'Boston' afro... :)

    Thanks, yes, he drank more than I did, I'm fairly certain.

    Happy new year! It feels odd saying it now, kind of like 'Frosty the Snowman' when the hat went on.

    The duck's libation was a bit more high octane than steaming flood waters. :)

    Hi thanks, I'm busy making a dollar. I want to see your clothing mosaic project. X