Painting interesting things has an inherent problem. Those interesting things are already, well, interesting. A tattooed woman is fascinating by herself and maybe a photo of her would be interesting as a beautiful record. But I feel a painting needs to be more.
Picasso is worth looking at, again and again, though the world seems divided on that thought. Oh, his brush work is simplistic compared to Rembrandt. His use of color can't compare with the mastery of a Cezanne still life, a Klimt or Matisse. Though precocious early with art skills he can't compare with Bouguereau for beautiful rendering. And as for gritty anguish, Scheille or Van Gogh give him a serious run for his money.
Labels are clever but, at least in the arts, they do us a disservice. All too often we stop really looking once we have labelled, catalogued and shelved an...
Art needs a strange alchemy of several factors. Imagination, skill, content, vision and perhaps, as some today are saying, empathy. None of these elements by itself is enough to become Art in CAPS. Imagination won’t suffice alone. Without skill riding shotgun, even the most imaginative idea runs the risk of poor execution, and perhaps wasting […]
Some artists perfect a signature style. Their work fits into one general theme or look, and as their work matures that style is honed into perfection. I have tried to do this but I can’t pin my head down. It wants to try different things. It doesn’t mean I don’t create true feelings, but for […]
I needed to repaint the mermaid in the Hallowell Mural. So here is a video of the redo. The mermaid is in the mural to reference our very own Slate’s restaurant which burned a number of years ago. And the Slates mermaid rose from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix.
Don't call me a fascist on this 4th of July. I am an American.
People are crying, "Something is wrong. All is not right." I have listened. You have not.
If my black friends and brothers are saying equality is not here, I will listen. If my gay brother is in pain, I will listen. If my Latino brother says all is not well, I will listen. If my wife and my daughter and my sister say equality is not here, I will listen. I love them; I trust them, so I will listen — as they would listen to me,...
There is a new website for the Hallowell Mural Project, the 700 square foot mural for downtown Hallowell, Maine. You can see it here: https://hallowellmural.org/ A few small details of the work in progress.
I put together this little video time-lapse of our mural efforts yesterday—Jen and I built the temporary wall/easel in the old Hallowell Firehouse–this is the wall that will hold the mural canvas while I work this summer on the Hallowell Mural Project. Well, actually this wall only holds about one third of the entire mural–but […]
Summer Comes Slow This Year For Bev Bevilacqua Thick coastal grove of pine,limbs twisted, entwined.close kin branches, needles warp and weft,failing, sieve like, to hold their resin scent. Endless sea breath, with her perfume tells,rent from futile needled clutches,salt and bay and juniper, as well. Yes, I see them cling theretheir roots up on that […]
Yesterday, we scarfed on a second piece of canvas to lay in the top 4 feet of the sky…a 14 x 28 foot arched mural. And I scrubbed in the first of the hot air balloon stuff going partly on the lower canvas part above. Painted basket on lower canvas, charcoal scribble on the bottom […]
[thermometer] A 750 square foot mural for downtown Hallowell. Fundraising is going well for the project…about halfway to our goal to get this mural done. Here is a link to our Indiegogo Mural Campaign–just one source of funding: Hallowell Mural Project–You can contribute here.
—a color study for one figure in the Hallowell Mural. acrylic on panel, 24 x 18— In the ongoing Hallowell Mural research, Sam Webber, our grand historian, introduced me to the story of James Matthews—a man from South Carolina, born into slavery in 1808, who eventually escaped, making his way north to finally find refuge […]
Work continues on, what, for now, we are calling the Celebrity Mural, because if includes the likes of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Ellen Degeneris, Marilyn Monroe..a cast of over 30 people of note. This is acrylic on canvas, about 8 x 34 feet. Oh did I mention, Lincoln, Maya Angelou, Samuel L Jackson, Princess […]
Currently working on studies and design for another mural. This will be a large almost 1000 square foot mural for downtown Hallowell, telling the story of this enchanting town where we live. Here are a just a handful of the hundreds of drawings I have been doing in developing this mural. More to come. And […]
New 2 Mural Project with John Gable. Currently Jack Gable and I are collaborating on a 2 mural project for a venue out of Maine. Here are some detail images of the work-in-progress. Jack and I are splitting the work, literally trading brushes back and forth as needed. After years of working solo, working side […]
My wife Jen Greta Cart has started an online greeting card shop with her very popular paintings at JenGretaCart.com. Her work is beautiful, a combination of real and fantasy, magic and quietly normal all adding up to a lovely charm. She has been painting for many years and has quite a following of patrons. And […]
The history mural has begun! I am designing and painting a new history mural for my home town of Hallowell, Maine. This is going to be 38 x 30 feet on an exterior wall at the north entrance to town. Chris Vallee has donated the north wall of his real estate building on 89 Water […]