Why is Painting like Fishing???

Dear Friends and Family, When I was a kid, I went fishing almost every afternoon after school with my uncle Bill. Before he’d get home from work I’d walk down the street to Dee’s Bait & Tackle to buy a can of worms.  Uncle Bill arrived home and we’d go fishing. Last March I claimed that Painting was like Cooking, but painting (at least plein air painting) is also a lot like fishing. Why?  Here … Read more

On (Painting) Safari in New England…

Dear Friends and Family, This summer we combined a quick college tour for Bella, with visits with good friends and cousins in Maine and Cape Cod.  Flying from Paris to Montreal, we stopped at McGill University, then travelled down through New York State, stopping at other schools.  After dropping Bella and Sam off at their respective summer programs, Caryn and I spent a week in Brunswick, Maine. The population in Maine is about one … Read more

My Painting “Go-Bag”

Dear Friends and Family, A Go-Bag or Bug-Out Bag originally refered to a backpack containing enough supplies to survive for up to 72 hours.  In the event of a disaster, you would have everything you need already packed and ready to go, or at least near at hand. A more friendly use of the term go-bag includes a kit of materials and supplies for a particular job or event, like a student’s bag, a … Read more

We’ll always have Paris… (except for these 4 things)

  Some things change and some things stay the same.  We all know that, but don’t we somehow want Paris to stay the same?   The smoky cafés, the strolls down broad avenues, the delicious two hour lunches?  Time spent with family and good friends? We arrived in Paris on January 3, 2002, the first day of the euro.   Since then I’ve noticed many changes in Paris.  Here are four: 1. More coffee and … Read more

Why is Painting like Cooking???

I’ve always thought that painting and cooking have a lot in common.  Haven’t you noticed that most painters are great cooks?  Because I love to cook, I’ve been giving this idea some thought over the past couple of weeks.    Ingredients in the kitchen are like colors on the painter’s palette.  Cooks combine ingredients to please the sense of smell, taste and sight, with an eye toward balance, harmony and composition of the meal. … Read more

Baby it’s [still] cold outside…..

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/winter.html#br2wPZf2IGuSBgwX.99 Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. Victor Hugo Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/winter.html#br2wPZf2IGuSBgwX.99 Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.   ~Victor Hugo   Dear Friends, You all know that I love to paint en plein air.  But when the weather is cold and I haven’t painted outdoors for … Read more

What does a painting sound like?

Dear Friends and Family, Helen Davey, an Australian musician who composes and performs music in response to art works, has set my painting “Samuel” to music.  My painting is eighth in a series of 52 pieces of art in her current project “Project 52 Sound-Paintings.”  Fifty-two musical compositions in response to fifty-two artists over fifty-two weeks.   I am honored to be a part of this project.  – When I painted this picture of Samuel, … Read more

What’s the deal with Felice???

Happy New Year, 2014!  Wow, January is almost over.  This blog celebrates its one year anniversary this month.  In January 2013 I published my first post, International Plein Air Painters. I’ve gotten quite a few comments over the last twelve months.  One of them was, “What’s the deal with Felice?”  You probably know me as “Phil,” then saw my name in print or on my business card and were not quite sure which to … Read more

Thanksgiving in the Round

  A round painting, or “tondo”, always attracts my interest.  Whe I see a round painting in a gallery or a museum I go up and check it out first.  I’m surprised there are not more of them out there.  Actually the term “tondo” is from the Renaissance, and refers to larger round paintings or sculptures.  My painting technically would not qualify since its diameter is only about 16 inches, or about 41 centimeters.  … Read more

Festival of Ham and Secondhand Goods

Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_music.html#4Yvi8vIrVrMDO00T.99 “I don’t know anything about music.  In my line you don’t have to.”  – Elvis Presley   Dear Friends and Family, The Île des Impressionistes, or Île de Chatou, is an island in the Seine, about halfway between Paris and Saint Germain-en-Laye.  Here in 1881, Pierre-August Renoir painted “Luncheon of the Boating Party” or “Le déjeuner des canotiers.”  The restaurant depicted … Read more