A time for everything

Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God. – Karl Barth The inspiration for Sœur Odélie-Ursule-Ida-Émonde de l’Incarnation (1919 – 2020) is neither a splatter nor a stain offered up from a sidewalk, but a formation resulting from improperly sanded wood that has been painted over multiple times. This sister goose appeared to … Read more

Mission Dirigo

There is a voice that doesn’t use word. Listen. – Rumi In Petite boule magique, a little girl stands alone against the backdrop of a white winter day. In her mitten-clad hands, a snowball the size, shape and color of her own head. The ball is precious to her; she gazes at it lovingly, but … Read more

A green turd walks into a lockerroom…

Salvation is a helmet. – Vance Havner « Moi, je ne vois que trois bites, » says my friend from his little box in the Zoom call. I am holding up Malas noticias, that week’s artwork of choice. I had seen snakes, which seemed comical enough. Dicks, though? That’s funny! Three years later, it’s my boyfriend’s turn … Read more

Who’s counting?

God gave me a great body and it’s my duty to take care of my physical temple. – Jean-Claude Van Damme Like many of the pieces I was painting in the early months of 2020, the title of this week’s feature is a caption: Jean-Claude-Philippe-André, ça suffit maintenant ! The mouse has had it with … Read more

The Watchmen

The art of life is to live in the present moment. – Emmet Fox For Easter Sunday, a piece about resurrection. It’s called Les Veilleurs, and it was painted on 6 April 2020. It has the markings of my early paintings in the sense that what we see on the page mirrors very closely what … Read more

The rightful king

The real me is so different from the way I look on the outside. – Dolly Parton Brooklyn, April 2020. The city is quiet, a ghost town. Those of us who don’t have the luxury of escaping to houses in the Hamptons or other far away places are confined to our apartments where everything is … Read more

A place at the table

The will of God, to which the law gives expression, is that men should defeat their enemies by loving them. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Loup is no wolf; he’s just a bird dressed in a wolf pelt. Where did he get this pelt, and why does he choose to wear it? This thing is clearly not … Read more

Real work

All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. – Elias Canetti In the dream, the red backpack hangs on a hook in the closet of the childhood bedroom I shared with two of my sisters. I pull it down. I put it on the bed. I open it. The bag is full … Read more

Love is forgiveness

Just listen, the inner child, let it whisper in your ear. – Grigoris Deoudis Amour was painted on 28 April 2020, inspired by a large patch of water discovered near the Washington Park Street entrance of Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park. This piece stands out from the others I was making in the early months of … Read more

Welcome back, Johnny Colorful

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. – Charles Dickens Suspicion is painted on a small piece of scrap paper using watercolor pencils. It is inspired by a stain located at the base of a wall of a building in Brooklyn Heights, at the corner of Montague and Clinton. Of … Read more