More than Ordinary

In Robert Henri’s classic book “The Art Spirit,” he speaks of “more than ordinary moments of existence." A spontaneous trip to Madrid with my artist friend Jim Aplin led to such a moment. Actually it was a series of moments over a period ... Read More...

Great Expectations

21 Days “Painting” on the Road “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, ... Read More...

On the Road to the OPA National Exhibition in Fredericksburg

Early this year one of my paintings (a large one) was juried into our Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in Fredericksburg, Texas. I knew both that it would be very expensive to crate and ship the painting and also that I wanted to ... Read More...

Taking Flight: Tips for the Winged-Artist

"How do you pack when you are taking a trip to Europe?" I get asked that a lot. My first thought is always, "The same way I pack for (readers, insert your favorite U.S. painting destination here.) I'm not sure what it is about going over a ... Read More...

Ponderings from an Oil Manufacturer

I am writing this from an express train traveling from London to Edinburgh. It is the third week of January and the snow is unusually deep here in Britain. I am on an adventure from my home base at Jack Richeson and Co., Inc.in Kimberly ... Read More...

The Traveling Artist

After my youngest went off to boarding school a little over a year ago, I decided to create a new job for myself. The very-tall-order job I created was to become a “Traveling Artist.” The job description: learn how to paint like a master ... Read More...

Art in Cuba and the Traveling Painter

There are no starving artists in Cuba. One reason for this is that each person receives food from the government each month: one quarter of a chicken, 5 eggs and 5 pounds each of rice, black beans and sugar. (Sugar is cheap in Cuba and ... Read More...