Mish Mash and a Tip of the Hat

#52 – Tuesday March 13th

Fifty two, a year of Tuesdays. Today I present a not so random selection of twelve favorites (one for each month) highlighting this past year of It Happens Every Tuesday.

 March – The Donna’s “You’ve Got A Crush On Me”. Soundtrack to the beginning of this missive. Old school fast and loud, played with verve. These women rock.

April –  Strange Life Of Blue (#9) rambling toward The Color Of Tuesdays (#48).  Cold then hot, in 39 weeks.

May – Forrest Bess. Antique Roadshow  to the Whitney Biennial.  Forrest was an odd bird, but I love his paintings.

June – A virtual exhibition, excerpts from the show at Perimeter Gallery, Chicago. The new paintings set to music.

July – A Word A Day.  Familiar to the esoteric. What words mean, usage, and history . . . as a bonus, every Word a Day is accompanied by a quotation gleaned from the writings of the famous or infamous, right to the inbox each and every morning. A delightful partner to my french roast, a jump start for the day.

August – Subtle Magic (#39). In my dreams. Ocean of Art and Seeing Spots (#49)

September – Cornucopia Tuesday (#26). Art for bikes. Words for art. Two in transition, and languid husky vocals.

October – Thomas Nozkowski, Lee Bontecou, and Authur Dove. Enough said.

November – Listing of Artistic Intentions (#47). A list for a list, and another on the far side of amazing.

January – Nine Weeks (#2). Steady hand, youthful exuberance, and nod to those who helped make it happen.

February – The original It Happens Every Tuesday. It started as a simple artistic exercise and wound up here.

March –  My clowning Muses

It Happens Every Tuesday.

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Serendipity and Twenty Three Seconds To The Middle

#44 – Tuesday January 17th

Forrest Bess – Untitled, 1967

I really don’t remember how or when I first came across Forrest Bess, but I do know it was sometime back in the early eighties, and he’s been on my short list of favorite painters ever since. Forrest had a unique perspective that guided his work, and while I don’t share his philosophical bent, his unwavering commitment to his vision and the paintings he made because of it, both resonate with me. I hadn’t thought about Bess for a while, but this past week, I stumbled on this video segment taken from a January 9th airing of Antiques Roadshow featuring one of his paintings. In 1962 Bess had given a painting to a neighbor as a wedding present, and now the neighbor was curious what it was worth.

A mini-exhibition of Forrest Bess’s paintings will be included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2012 Biennial. More of his work can be seen here kirkhopperfineart.com.

One of my new paintings, from near the beginning to the middle in twenty three seconds.

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