Artist Eric Cator just featured my work on a recent post on his blog, Paintblog and said some nice things about me. It always feels great to get positive feedback, especially in these times of uncertainty. His blog is a great resource of many artists whose work I was not familiar with, but nevertheless very impressive. I'm reminded that my little slice of the art-world is indeed, just that; a little slice. There's a whole big world of art out there, and if I don't put the effort to seek out what's new and exciting, I'll remain a little fish in a little pond. Which leads me to this question; is it better to be a little fish in a little pond, or a little fish in an ocean?
Speaking of oceans, I'd like to introduce you to a brand new book, Sargent and the Sea.
This is an exhibition catalogue for a fascinating exhibition now showing at the Corcoran Gallery. The show features Sargent's masterpiece En Route Pour La Peche, and works related to it, including Fishing for Oysters at Cancale, studies made specifically for this painting, and many other maritime themed works which I have never seen before. It is a fantastic collection of works. It's too bad I can't go to Washington DC to see the exhibit in person. The show is up till January 3, 2010, so if you're anywhere near DC, go see it. And if you can't, this catalogue is a must have for any student of representational art.