Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015


The lunar eclipse is happening as I write this brief post. Go outside and watch it!
Super Moon Eclipse 2015 from the White Memorial Boardwalk   B. Grady

 The above drawing by late 18th century artist, John Russell, took over 20 years to complete
Pastel Drawing by John Russell

Pastel drawing of the moon, completed in 1795
The artist John Russell R.A. was a specialist in crayon portraits. He became Painter to George III and was London's leading pastellist of the late 18th century. However, he was also a dedicated and enthusiastic astronomer. He concentrated his efforts on the moon, working tirelessly to make an accurate record of the lunar surface.

Russell's telescopic observations and measurements were kept in a detailed sketchbook and form the basis not only for this giant pastel but for published engravings of the moon. An example of his printed moon globe, the Selenographia of 1797, is displayed in the entrance gallery.

Also at this Museum site are links to a previous exhibition featuring the lunar pencil drawings of John Russell and the  moon paintings of contemporary artist Rebecca Hind. You can get to this information through this link.  

 For more information on John Russell and other interesting stuff:) Check out the sites below
 Andrew Graham- Dixon-
 Zooniverse - Nice images of  Russell's Moon Globe " Selenographia", that was the culmination of 30 years of research


MMMMMM! This is my buddy Allison Barker-Croce's place in Bantam, CT.I met Allison way back in Teach an Artist to be a Teacher school:)(Poor Alice S). Allison's taken her artistry off the pottery wheel and into the baker's oven and it's Delicious!!

Along with the amazing home baked breads, cookies and pastries, Love Heart's Bakery serves a great breakfast. Simple and Savory. Jay, The Ol'Man and I just had a tasty egg and cheese sandwich served on Allison's own English Muffin Bread. Yeah! Yumm!
The Deli is pretty delish too.She has a great variety of sandwiches, wraps, and salads with good things for vegetarians,vegans, and those with a liking for gluten-free. My carnivore husband gave the  two thumbs up to the New Orleans Pulled Chicken Wrap.I had the Roasted Vege Vegetarian sandwich served on Al's homemade bread. Super good!

Besides the great food, the place is just straight up cool. A little piece of Vermont on route 202. Friendly, Laid-back, and Artful.Speaking of Art, Allison's parent's place,The Artist's Path, is connected to the bakery.So while your waiting for your artisan breakfast or lunch you can peruse the gallery. Allison's mom, Lori Barker, makes some gorgeous mixed media wall art and jewelry pieces.Mr. and Mrs. Barker, both working artists, provide a space for local artists and creative events.

Love Heart's Bakery and The Artist's Path
Love Heart's Bakery Hours and Info
OPEN SUNDAY'S              (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT!!!!!) go there TOMORROW!!!!:)
                        6AM-3PM  (OMG! this woman gets up at 3:30 everyday to bake bread!!?!!! I am humbled:))
Located: 583 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT. 06750  ( Locally known as the Cove)
Check out Love Heart's on Facebook.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Process Art

"First Crop" 8" x 10", Oil on Canvas, B.Grady
My current version of Process Art.Grown in the backyard.Picked ,Painted, and Et:)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


I am pleased to be a part of the Small Works Invitational show at Blue Mountain Gallery in New York. The reception is this Thursday, July 9th from  5PM-8PM.
Blue Mountain is located on 530 West 25th St,  4th floor New York.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday,11AM-6PM. 

I'll be showing with some really great painters. Several favorites who I know personally and many I'm looking forward to meeting! The gallery's list is below.

 Photo credit Blue Mountain Gallery

Here are links to several of the artists I've admired from afar:).
Larry Groff, Author of my favorite blog "Painting Perceptions"
Brian Rego and David Campbell who are also members of Perceptual Painters   
Matt Lopas
Vincent Baldassano 

While you are in town wander into the Zeuxis show at the Bowery Gallery.
You'll be able to check out a great array of  interesting still life painters.I'm looking forward to finally seeing Matt Klos's work in person.Matt is also a member of Perceptual Painters.

Matt Klos

Also showing at the Bowery Gallery is Ruth Miller who is a long-time member of the Zeuxis group.

There will also be an exhibition of Ruth Miller's late husband Andrew Forge at the Betty Cunningham Gallery.
Hope to see you there!!!

Andrew Forge at the Betty Cunningham Gallery

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


WIP, Peace Rose, 8" x 10" Oil on Panel
Here's a little painted memento of the flowers I received from the good people who sponsored the Peace Poster Contest in Winsted last Tuesday.( Pardon the photo it's not quite capturing the gun-smoke grey sfumato glaze that is engulfing the arrangement). The competition featured student works from around the area. I'm proud to say that my students from NWR7,S.C., J.W., and K.L. took part in this honorable event  placing second, third, and for K.L a special note of appreciation for her beautiful piece. The event is hosted by the Northwestern Community College, in Winsted ,CT.The Peace Poster Competition was organized by the very gracious Carol Beaudoin,professor of Art History at NWCC, and the Winsted Area Peace Action members.  Go check out their website.
Thank you everyone for this wonderful event!

While we are on the topic of peace activism.I received a note from Stephen Kobasa regarding an upcoming show.Mr. Kobasa is a well known peace activist and art writer.He is curating a new show that will open tomorrow at the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport,Connecticut.

Nathan Lewis, Division Collapse, Oil on Canvas 2014

   Remythologies: New Inventions of Old Stories

                "We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us."

                                                                         - Bergen Evans, The Natural History of Nonsense

Works by 
Nathan Lewis, Jaclyn Conley, Willard Lustenader, Brian Huff, Jason Buening,Will Holub, Susan Classen-Sullivan, Joseph Saccio, Kyle Staver, Mark Williams, Margaret Roleke, Kevin Harty, Nomi Lubin, William DeLottie and Phil Lique.                     

                             Curated by Stephen Vincent Kobasa

Reception, Thursday, June 11, 5 - 7 pm

June 11 through July 24, 2015

Housatonic Museum of Art, 900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT