Wednesday, July 13, 2022

La Paula Herrera patinates a sculpture


Here are some candid photos of seƱora Herrera in our courtyard. Pat Brutchin was teaching her how to patinate her sculpture.

Her recent performance of Chilean folk music at the Old Town School was a great success.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Urban Sketchers : Chicago Chapter





 Yitian  Tang


Started by an illustrator, the Urban Sketchers seem more more about journalism and than the PAPC which has annual shows at the Palette.

Witness their manifesto:

Urban Sketchers Manifesto 

We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. 
Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where we travel. 
Our drawings are a record of time and place. 
We are truthful to the scenes we witness. 
We use any kind of media and cherish our individual styles. 
We support each other and draw together. 
We share our drawings online. 
We show the world, one drawing at a time.


They also seem to be more about teaching and recruiting.


Yet  much their work does indeed look like plein air painting to me.



Jung Zhang

Evelyn Brody
This is her homage to Milton Avery - executed on an I-pad with Procreate.

Sherry Smith

Barbara Weeks

Don Colley
 No one captures the grittiness and weight of reality better than Don.

Don Colley

Joann Harling

One of my favorite pieces in the show - Harling is a graphics and educational professional.

Joann Harling

Tomoko Tanaka

Rachel Pasch Grossman
reminds me of an architect's project proposal

Arun Dabholkar

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Summer Suite 2022


Jean Spitzer

Jean Spitzer

Michele Soncini

Have the aliens come to stare at her -- or is she on their menu as some kind  of desert?

Mary Klug

My favorite piece in the exhibit

Mary Klug

Mary Klug

More from the warped world of ordinary people

Bodo Soltczenberger

It looks like Bodo has joined the Monster Roster - possibly in response to the pandemic.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Shannon Joy Burch


Crown /d with Stars

These two  seem to be the centerpieces for this exhibit -- everything else feels like figure studies made in our workshops.

They feel deeply personal - but also like posters for a movie - possibly science fiction.

I'm more interested in the untold story behind them than in the paintings themselves. Same thing with the lyrics to the King Crimson song.

But not with the poem by Yeats.  Knowing the backstory, if there is one, would only distract from the flow of language.

MIsha - painted, appropriately enough, with the chiseled planes favored by the Soviet school.

Model and artists --- one of my favorite subject matters.

Roberta - one of our favorite local character models

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Kuhn Hong: Ethiopia and Chicago



In the Chicago portion of the show, I was most fascinated by his spot-on portrait of Phil Kanz doing what he's been doing on our third floor for at least thirty years.






 I also enjoyed his tributes to the safety protocols of the  Pandemic


And here is his fine depiction of a regular model who is quite identifiable from his back.


Dr. Hong's travel documentaries seem to belong to an age before color photography

Monday, May 02, 2022

Cass Waters : Microbial Animism




A Means for Heat, 2020 

Every decade or so, an incredibly talented young person from out of state finds the Palette and Chisel - the last one being Tim Rees back in 2010



(Note: according to Misha from Minsk, the Hebrew text is Job 25:5 - the gist of it being, in Protestant translations, that if even the moon and the stars are not perfect, how much less are human beings in the eyes of their creator - to which one may conclude:  "so why even try?" )

 Cass has confirmed that she was relating it the N.I.V. (Evangelical) translation as copied below.

Job 25:5, 6
"even if the moon does not shine and the stars are not pure in his sight how much less man, who is but a maggot, and son of man who is a worm"


 Cass is so gifted!  A tight sense of form - a strong, wild spirit - a vivid imagination.

She could become a successful illustrator  (i.e. sensational)

- but I hope she becomes a Rembrandt - i.e. a maker of profound and beautiful paintings.







What an amazing self portrait of a young woman at the threshold of life.

The other portraits are pretty good too. 

She paints the flesh as well as the aura.

An expressionist portrait to rival Oskar Kokoschka


The artist's companion depicted as some kind of saint.


Wonderful, quirky cityscape

A charming landscape --even though it appears to be nothing more than scrubby trees by the edge of a parking lot.

Self portrait as an ancient Roman - looking down through the centuries.

(though it's quite possible Cass has yet to see much ancient art)

This piece refers to Demian, by Herman Hesse

So where does Cass go from here ?

She'll spend the summer at the New York Academy of Art.

I hope they can help her find whatever  she needs.

Most  P&C members, like myself, for example, try to make something joyful and pleasing. 

Cass is more like a spiritual visionary - and like the current leader in that genre, Odd Nerdrum, her vision is dark. Same thing with two of leading artists associated with the New York Academy, Steven Assael and Vincent Desiderio.  I have no idea why anyone - especially the gifted - would choose to express the dark, depressing side of life. But perhaps it hasn't really been their choice.  As Cass suggests in one of her texts, we are full of  hitchhiking microbes who have a will of their own.  It's amazing that we can  even tie our own shoes, much less feel good about the human experience.