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

Perkins Rubber Stamps

  During our stay in the US this summer, I spent a lot of time hanging around Bikram Yoga New Haven, on Elm Street.  I must have passed this Perkins Rubber Stamp Company sign at least 20 times.  The business is still listed at 43 Elm Street and you can still buy rubber stamps from them.  I’m not the only one who loves this sign.  Here are a couple of photos of it on … Read more