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The discipline of solitude

If you want to make any progress as an artist, keep the door firmly shut. Victoria Street, by Carol L. Douglas. Available. Shelter-in-place has, perversely, not given me lots of alone time. My adult children have, in various combinations, come to quarantine themselves at our house, and who can blame them? Tiny apartments may be smart […]

Interview with Bill Scott

Bill Scott’s studio, Philadelphia, 2020 I’m delighted to share this email interview with Bill Scott who writes from his home in Philadelphia. I’ve long been intrigued by Bill Scott’s paintings and prints and was lucky to view an exhibition of his works last year at the The Pierre Hotel in NYC. He was scheduled to […]

The final lap home

Yes, we should be more self-reliant, save more, have deep pantries and buy local, but don’t underestimate the greatness of the economic system we have created in this country. Photo courtesy of Kellee Mayfield. I’m writing this from my own home. That’s a wonderful statement, but there’s also a certain irony in admitting that I’m […]

Montezuma’s revenge

We had almost cleared quarantine, so why were we suddenly all feeling rotten? Kellee Mayfield listens to rap music while painting. Photo courtesy of Jane Chapin. “Kellee,” I said quietly over breakfast, “you need to take my temperature.” Kellee Mayfieldhas this nifty no-touch thermometer that she aims at your forehead. If you’re below 100° F, […]