Temple of Small Wishes by Carroll Swenson-Roberts

“Temple of Small Wishes” touch the commonality of ordinary life. We often forget the pleasure derived from meeting our basic needs. We take them for granted. But as trivial as shaving, indoor plumbing or comfortable napping, it is the universal desires all humans share. For some, they are the luxury of obliviousness. For others, they are out of reach. Roberts neither comments nor criticizes. Here, she simply paints the joy and enshrines such happiness so we all can embrace.

The 35th Annual Exhibition of Pastel Society of America at Butler Museum of American Art

Even though Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin has used pastel extensively back in 18th century, the Pastel Society of America was only founded a little more than 30 years ago. (After the death of Mary Cassatt and William Merritt Chase, the pastel as a painting medium almost died.)The opinion that only oil paintings are worth displaying still prevails. … Continue reading The 35th Annual Exhibition of Pastel Society of America at Butler Museum of American Art

The dust on butterflies’ wings – Wolf Kahn in pastel

The Hoyt Institute of Fine Art now features a special exhibition of works by Wolf Kahn in pastel, a medium what Kahn calls his determining medium. On the one hand, it is special to show works in a medium which directness and freshness are less known compared to oil paint; on the other hand, the … Continue reading The dust on butterflies’ wings – Wolf Kahn in pastel