De Jong writes: "Usually intimately small, a few inches up and down, or medium sized, a few feet either way, Arikha's pictures are curtailed and often blank. Corners of desks, the spines of books or an expanse of wall will often take up unusually amounts of space in a composition. Arikha’s portraits are ungainly and awkward, but also touching in their attempts to make a genuine likeness in a limited amount of time. His drawings, made with sumi ink brushed directly onto the paper, graphite, silver-point and pastel, are some of the most exquisite renditions of objects made in the last fifty years. A pot of flowers, the tops of a tree or the side of a pot are all that is needed for a moment of observation and introspection."
Larry Groff blogs images and an essay by Richard Dean on the late painter Barnet Rubenstein (1923-2002).
Dean, a former student of Rubenstein, remembers that "Barney became a model for what a real artist should be. Real artists should work hard, should be open to ideas and experience, should ask questions and look for answers. Real artists didn’t take anything too seriously except for their work, which was absolutely serious and real artists didn't pay any attention to fashion or fame. Real artists looked at everything and knew the whole history of art and kept on learning, always. Art was slow and real artists took their time."
Catherine Kehoe posts an interview with painter George Nick.
Nick comments: "In the beginning, I always felt I couldn't remake the world but I would like to try. I didn't know how so I tried different ways. I am still doing that. I am not that focused. I go out to paint. I look for something to paint. All these ideas stay in the background, out of sight, until I am through painting. I get ideas from the act of painting and it guides me either into a dogma or chaos. All my paintings start from what is seen. The painting marries in different ways and set up its own laws, which I try to deduce and follow. The awareness did not change the painting. The conclusions of the finished piece changed the process of translating the seen."
Larry Groff blogs images from a "a rare show in Alba, Italy of Giorgio Morandi's Landscapes where some 70 landscape paintings were shown." In addition to the landscape paintings, Groff also includes an interesting image of Morandi's view finder.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.