Masters of Heavy-Handedness

“I paint for thirty years from now,” responded Adolphe Monticelli to critics of his thickly textured brushstrokes and vibrant colors. Of all the various works in the Through Vincent’s Eyes exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, from Van Gogh’s various inspirations and sources of his unique style, Monticelli’s was the most eerily similar. ManyContinue reading “Masters of Heavy-Handedness”

Count the Roses, Not the Thorns

It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important…People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Little Prince” It’s time for these beauties. Because it’s been awhile since I’ve continued myContinue reading “Count the Roses, Not the Thorns”

All Creatures Great and Small

Perhaps it is because this has been the world through my eyes ever since I can remember – a trusted furry friend, curled up at my feet – that my eye is drawn so often to the same in art. Very often in the same position of the piece: bottom right, and in repose. IContinue reading “All Creatures Great and Small”

Quill Life

I ran away and hid in the woods,I was an imprudent child, inMy charmed hedgehog skin, I ran awayAnd I was happy in my fairytaleForest, where no one came in, norCould have penetrated my white magic,I was protected from any disturbances.I was feeding on blueberries, blackberries, wildFruits, I ate, wept, and I was looking forTheContinue reading “Quill Life”

The Wayward Wonders of Wormwood

The drunkenness it gives does not resemble any known drunkenness. It makes you lose your footing right away […] You think you are headed towards infinity, like all great dreamers, and you are only headed towards incoherence. Alfred Delvau Having only tasted absinthe (which has been described as “more of a soft drug than aContinue reading “The Wayward Wonders of Wormwood”

The Doctor and His Companion

Van Gogh was afraid to depict people when he was actively learning the art of drawing (pre-painting). Fortunately, his future self knew better. More on that soon, I promise. But for today – jump forward in time with me, to the only etching he ever made, during the last year of his life. Dr PaulContinue reading “The Doctor and His Companion”

Drawings from the Big Chair

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. A particular work of art, TV show, book, or experience can come across as the greatest of all time to one, and a boring waste of time to another. Hence, I hesitate to indulge in conversations about the “best film”, “best actor”, “greatest artist”, etc. Such lines ofContinue reading “Drawings from the Big Chair”


A draw-er doesn’t draw because she loves to draw. She doesn’t draw because she draws well. She draws because once she lost something. And by drawing–she will find it again. Liana Finck, Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir In 1881, the beginning Van Gogh’s transition from pastor to artist, he attempted to “go home again”Continue reading “ExistentiaSketch”