Slow and Cranky

I like the site The Creative Independent, usually a lot of good food thought in the realm of “just keep at it”. Today’s interview with Richard Kern started out that way and I like this quote: We’re going to take some pictures later. We have something to do today. We’re going to have fun. We Read the full post…

Katherine Bradford

I keep unknowingly gravitating to Katherine Bradford’s work. This fall, on a very brief visit to Maine I was at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, viewing a new acquisitions exhibit and came across her painting Fear of Dark which transfixed me. It captured perfectly a single feeling, a snapshot that welled up in me,  Read the full post…

Pie Pieces

Here’s the part of life I’ve never figured out how to manage. How do you keep the pie pieces all intact? When life goes of the rails and the pie bursts into a million pieces, what do you do? I looked at my calendar and haven’t had a moment since late April to think. Adding Read the full post…

Bill Sketchbook

From the press release for the show at Shift Studio (Sept 2005)* What started as an inside joke – a single doodle of a vest worn religiously by an art school professor – turned into a full blown, year long examination of the idealized hangovers of the art world, all represented simply through the singular Read the full post…

Bill Drawings

Bill Work A good long time ago a spent a couple of years making drawings, paintings and sculptures as a method of softly poking fun at a professor I had a CWU (Country Western U) and then using the work as a device to think about the whole dynamic of the pupil/teacher relationship and how Read the full post…

Tiny Tortures oil enamel and oil on canvas 72″ x 60″ 11/87 Thinking a lot lately of when I first fell in love with painting and gathering up my heroes from that time. I’m certain Matisse’s The Red Studio was a heavy influence here. Also thinking about trying to find the beauty in the everyday, Read the full post…

A Life Well Lived

I am not terribly acquainted with you Mr. W. S. Merwin, but now that you have passed I hold you up as a life to strive for through your gracious poetry and ecological stewardship. This profile on the PBS site is worth a read. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he was raised in the Read the full post…

War Hawks

War Hawks (Ken’s Dream) charcoal and pastel on paper 1984 (Drawing with Ken Cory) This past December, in some effort of tidying up messes I digitized 35 years of 35mm slides.  It’s an ongoing organizational shamble but also a pile of joy. Lots of imagery I haven’t thought about for a long time. There is Read the full post…

Jasper Johns

Here’s one I wish I could get on a plane to go see, Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks. NYTimes Review by Roberta Smith. At the age of 88 Johns is still producing remarkable work. In 2014, the “Regrets” series (2012-14) had its debut at the Museum of Modern Art. The title comes from a rubber Read the full post…

Currently obsessed

with Terrence Malick’s movies. Just watched Tree of Life and now want to see the rest of his work. This started not long ago with Days of Heaven, which is magnificent. As is the lovely Sam Shepard seen above. More soon. On the cinematography of Days of Heaven (1978)] “With Néstor Almendros, we decided to Read the full post…