American Painter Dennis Hartley

Is this not the most beautiful barn you’ve ever seen? I fell in love with Dennis Hartley’s work after seeing it online at the Morrison Gallery.











FLOATING BARN, 2006, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches

I love the dimension created by parallel planes, but what I think is really great is the gorgeous coloration!











WINTER BARN & SHADOW, 2006, oil on canvas, 33 x 26 inches

American painter Dennis Hartley is represented by fine art galleries from coast to coast. Originally an architect, he has spent twenty-five years in design related fields in Europe and the U.S., and has painted professionally since 1998. His media includes both acrylic and oil on canvas. The work often straddles the line between representational and abstract, incorporating ideas from ancient Chinese painting as well as from Western modernist movements of the twentieth century. Besides continuing to explore the American barn and other landscape motifs, his current work is also moving into the non-representational realm incorporating acrylic and mixed media.











WINTER BARN, 2006, oil on canvas, 25 x 38 inches

See more of this beautiful work at the Morrison Gallery


The Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings of Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong is an artist that I have admired for a long time. We live on different coasts but both obviously share a love of the ocean.


Kiss, 2011, oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches

Chris Armstrong studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy before receiving his BA from Bucknell University. After graduation, Chris went on to receive his MFA from NYU where he won the school’s MVP award and exhibited at Washington Square East Galleries. Chris lives in Gloucester, MA with wife Tatiana and daughter Lily and co-presides over North Mountain Press; a fine art publishing company specializing in the work of his late father, American realist David Armstrong. Chris’ work was also selected for the U.S. State Department’s ‘Art in Embassies Exhibition.’


Sleeper, 2011, oil on canvas, 50 x 34 inches

“Chris Armstrong paints with the grace and confidence of considerable training and well-distilled purpose. Armstrong’s pictures are most agreeable to look at, but he has, in addition, both a conscience and a nervously weird eye on the world and its people. The who, and where that he offers are isolated, quietly perilous, and subconsciously full of warning. They are also alive and ever so slightly promising of connection and hope. Armstrong has a unique and dangerously honest vision, and he renders it with disarming precision.”

—Frederick G. Dillen, author of Hero and Fool.


Greenland, 2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 60 inches

See more of this beautiful work at THE MORRISON GALLERY.

The Secret to Creativity Caught in the Ocean

Here’s an article from HYPERALLERGIC about the making of a beautiful film by Mickey Smith. The film is haunting and awe inspiring.
The Secret to Creativity Caught in the Ocean

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.

LOS ANGELES — Creativity is a talent that many artists and designers seek. But in my experience, the most brilliant creative people are the ones who realize creativity is a lifestyle. It’s a way of living and experiencing the world.

A recent post in The Atlantic turned me on to videographer and surfer Mickey Smith’s Dark Side of the Lens, a gorgeous meditation of creative life as told through life on the sea. His compelling dialogue adds texture to the video, already dreamlike in scope:

“Cameras help me translate, interpret and understand what I see. It’s a simple act, and keeps me grinning.”

Smith goes on to talk about the magic of the sea, as he surfs and dives into the ocean. As a nature lover myself, I have to say there are few experiences quite like the ocean. Even challenging outdoors activities like rock climbing rely on familiar skills for us terrestrial creatures, who have to climb stairs and reach for things on a regular basis. But stepping into the ocean is akin to entering a very foreign country, one where we are most clearly the outsiders. There’s magic in dem waves.

“I try to pay tribute to that magic through these photographs,” Smith declares. His short film is a lovely, unironic meditation on the creative life, which can be as mysterious and challenging as the ocean.

Terry Albright – Sculptor of Gourds

Twin Totems I I love the work of Terry Albright. She grows, dries, and cuts gourds, then finishes the strips with leather dyes for a beautiful patina and makes sculptures out of them. These abstract pieces are often winsome and clever. The work has interlocking pieces that create a push-me, pull-you tension.


To see more of Terry Albrights work at the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston go to:



Sandusky a, 2010

Cy Twombly, American Artist 1928 – 2011



“A great American painter who deeply loved old Europe has just left us,” French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said in a statement. “His work was deeply marked by his passion for Greek and Roman antiquity, and its mythology, which for him was a source of bottomless inspiration.”

Twombly is known for his abstract paintings combining painting and drawing techniques, repetitive lines and the use of graffiti, letters and words. He is often linked to the legendary American artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.In 2010, he pain ted a ceiling of the Louvre museum in Paris, the first artist given the honor since Georges Braque in the 1950s.

For that work he chose something simple: a deep blue background punctuated with floating disks and emblazoned with the names of sculptors from ancient Greece, apt for a gallery of bronzes.

“I got into something new in old age,” he said of his choice of color, which was unusual.

The Lexington, Virginia-born artist said he was inspired by the colors he found in a Chinese print as well the blue of early Italian Renaissance artist Giotto, who used paint made from lapis lazuli.

“I was just thinking of the blue with the disks on it, it’s totally abstract … I put all the great Greek sculptors’ names on the top. It’s that simple,” Twombly told The Associated Press at the time.

Simple or not, his work fetched millions at auction: In 2002, an untitled Twombly painting set an auction record for the artist at Sothebys, fetching ?5.6 million. Before that, a 1990 Christies auction set a record for Twombly, with his 1971 untitled blackboard painting fetching $5.5 million.

“In painting, drawings and sculpture, Cy Twombly constantly held himself apart from the great conflicts that would upset the artistic scene of the 20th century,” Mitterrand said.

Mezil, the Avignon gallery director, said his show there was “the most beautiful exhibit before his death.”

Twombly, who had a gallery in his name at the Menil Collection museum in Houston, Texas, won a series of awards, including a knight in the Legion of Honor bestowed at the inauguration of the Louvre ceiling.

He won Japan’s highest and most prestigious art award in 1998, the Praemium Imperiale prize which honors those not covered by the Nobels.

In 2001 he snapped up the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Bienniale.

In 2007, a woman was arrested in France for kissing an all-white canvas he painted, worth about $2 million. Restorers had trouble getting the lipstick off.

© 2011 The Associated Press

Rick Stitch Paintings

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I recently attended an exhibition at the LUX Art Institute in San Diego, California and the artist in residence was Rick Stitch from Santa Barbara, California.


Rick is a surfer and recieves his inspiration from the reflections above and below the surface of the ocean. I met Rick while I was there and found him to be very down to earth and a genuinely nice guy. His paintings are truly beautiful studies in movement and liquid color. Reflections on the water to inspire us all. To see more of Ricks work go to the website:

Howard Hodgkin


I’ve just been to the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park to see the Howard Hodgkin exhibit and I loved it. I was especially fascinated with the way he framed some of the paintings . He turned the frame so that the backside was showing and then incorporated the frame into the painting by actually making it part of the painting.

is one of Great Britains most famous painters of the later 20th century. "Time And Place" explores his most recent work.
In his documentary, when asked about the viewers of his work, he says "I hope that they will feel what I felt. I hope that the picture will get into them in some way. Sometimes the paintings make them smile in recognition, you can’t hope for more."


If your in the area go and see it, but if you’re notgo to the website and watch the videos.