Theron Humphrey has done what many of us only dream of doing. He quit his lucrative day job and rescued an adorable dog. Humphrey soon resolved to hit the road with his new best friend, setting out to visit all 50 states in 365 days.
Like every other artist and writer on art I know, I have a precious collection of crumbling, yellowing old books and magazines about art on my bookshelves. And like my friends, I've hoped to see these talismanic texts back in print.
In 2003, the critic Martin Gayford began sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud. In 2010, Gayford published his journal of the sittings as a book. Among his reflections, we get glimpses of Freud's attitudes and methods that create a portrait of a great experimental artist at work.
I have lived most of my adult life near the intersection of two worlds -- as an artist, diarist, voracious reader, art-gallery/art-book-store director and blogger about art and books. You could say it is my happy place -- and for the last two weeks my proverbial cup runneth over!