Church Mural Re-Creation: Felix Lieftuchter, St. Aloysius, Bowling Green, Ohio

In Early 2014 I had the privilege to be called up to work on the recreation of a church mural at St. Aloysius church in Bowling Green, Ohio, The muralist is Felix Lieftuchter (b. Cincinnati, OH. 1883). My job is as an in-painter, which is generally the only thing I do on these restoration projects.Continue reading “Church Mural Re-Creation: Felix Lieftuchter, St. Aloysius, Bowling Green, Ohio”

Felix Lieftuchter, Muralist, Biography

Felix Bernard Lieftuchter was an artist who was born in Cincinnati in  on Oct. 29, 1882. He produced at least six major church decorations, worked with mosaics and engaged in portraiture. Education He studied with Frank  Duveneck and also at the Akademie der Bildende Kunst in Munich, Germany with Karl Von Marr  and/or Franz vonContinue reading “Felix Lieftuchter, Muralist, Biography”

RedBall Project, Perth, Australia

February 8 through March 5, I am in Perth Australia assisting Kurt Perschke on his RedBall Project, which is simply a 15 ft. diameter Inflatable red ball which we site and install in architectural spaces. This is a project he has been working on for about 10 years and has done for public art programsContinue reading “RedBall Project, Perth, Australia”

Smith College Museum of Art Decorated Restrooms

I visited the Smith College Museum of Art this fall.There were many great paintings and Northhampton, MA. is a terrific town. But the funnest part was their restrooms, which are beautifully decorated by two artists who did residencies at the Kohler plant in Wisconsin, Ellen Driscoll and Sandy Skoglund. Skoglund is responsible for the blackContinue reading “Smith College Museum of Art Decorated Restrooms”

The San Francisco Murals of Mona Caron

In the fall of 2009 I had a pleasant visit to San Francisco after attending a wedding in northern California. I had never visited the city before, and I specifically wanted to take a look at some of the many murals there. I will do another post about the other murals in S.F., but hereContinue reading “The San Francisco Murals of Mona Caron”

Violet Oakley and the Red Rose Girls

I just finished reading a terrific book on the story of the Red Rose girls, three female students of Howard Pyle who ended up establishing a communal house and studio called the Red Rose Inn. They collaborated and were living together for many years and became very succesful. There are whisperings of love and intimacyContinue reading “Violet Oakley and the Red Rose Girls”

Marquetry Wood Mural

A unique decorative art technique that I became aware of recently is  marquetry wood murals. Here is an example by Emile Galle, late nineteenth century, French.  Marquetry is inlaying wood in decorative patterns, usually in furniture or sometimes floors. I  saw an article in the New York Times about a marquetry mural in a LondonContinue reading “Marquetry Wood Mural”

Marc Dalessio’s Learning Curve

I was recently looking at a blog by an artist/teacher I really admire, Marc Dalessio. He has some wonderful work and ratchets up his envy factor by where he lives which is Florence, Italy. Take a look at his wonderful landscapes and portraits. He posted this graph about his artistic and technical development over theContinue reading “Marc Dalessio’s Learning Curve”