I've recently started reading this book, The Lucid Dreamer, A Waking Guide for the Traveler Between Worlds, by Malcolm Godwin. Perhaps one of the things I appreciate the most are the illustrations, ranging from the little known to Surrealist paintings and diagrams showing brain activity.
I am not a big believer in cleaning brushes. It has always seemed to me to be a colossal waste of time. My solution over the years has been to wipe off excess paint with a rag or paper towel and simply leave the brushes soaking in solvent, usually an inch or so of odorless mineral spirits in a tin can. Recently I've switched from using mineral spirits to using safflower oil-the very kind found in the grocery store. Much of the oil paint I use includes a little bit of it anyway so I know it isn't going to have an adverse effect. I've found that it is more pleasant to use, there are fewer fumes in the studio, the brushes stay softer, and I don't worry about getting any on my skin.
The reception at TAG, for Lightfall, Interstate 80, and Bridal Suite, was Saturday, April 7th. It was great to see so many people come by and wonderful to meet new people. Thanks to everyone for attending.
From San Diego to Vancouver, 100 Artists of the West Coast II covers 100 artists with over 400 full color photographs of their work. The collection includes art from private as well as public collections and installations, including the collections of LACMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art New York, and the New York Public Library to name just a few. I'm happy to be included.