Consider the owl

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. – Buddha Sadness and anger are quite unpleasant as far as emotions go, and yet they are a normal part of the human experience. Essential, even. Take Riley, the protagonist in Pixar’s 2015 animated movie Inside Out, for example. In … Read more

With love, from Toothpick

A grownup is a child with layers on. – Woody Harrelson The moment captured in Au pays des cheveux gris is peaceful and quiet and soft, like the dawn. The five figures waking to this dawn are both sagacious and childlike: on their heads are piles of gray hair; on their skinny, imperfectly shaped bodies, … Read more

Work to do

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. – Harriet Beecher-Stowe On one side of Nous en prendrons bien soin, people of this world. Opposite them, people from another. In the woman’s long legs and the shape of her hair is something of the four-legged being. She comes … Read more

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