Saturday, December 31, 2022

Happy New Year! On to 2023


Gregg Chadwick
30"x 40" oil on linen 

Happy New Year!
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu

In my painting "New York Stories" it’s five minutes to midnight. Waiting for 2022 to move into 2023 like the hands of a clock spinning into the next hour, figures move around the iconic Grand Central clock like foxes huddling beneath a tree in Andō Hiroshige's "New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Ōji"

It’s raining this New Year’s Eve in Santa Monica. I’m listening to a recording of a 10,000-member choir in Japan singing “Ode to Joy” in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Enthusiasm for Beethoven is particularly strong in Japan. Every year in December, singers gather in a concert hall in Osaka to sing the final chorus from Beethoven's Ninth.

Gregg Chadwick
Passing View of Shohei Bridge 
30"x24" oil on linen 1990

Again, my thoughts trace a circuit from this moment back to an earlier New Year in Japan as 1989 rolled into 1990. I was in Tokyo following the spirit and artworks of Ando Hiroshige. That winter in Japan, I clutched a large volume by Henry D. Smith II and Amy G. Poster on Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo and trekked on rail, foot and car across the historic core of what was Edo era Tokyo. Sponsored by the Nippon Seiyu-Kai's 30th Anniversary Award, I endeavored to create a series of new paintings inspired by Hiroshige’s woodcuts. Time, place, memory, mystery and lore all mixed in my artworks.

Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858)
 New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Oji
( No. 118 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)
 9th month of 1857  Woodblock print
 Brooklyn Museum

Today @nortonsimon posted a photo of one of the most mysterious images from Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. Alison Baldassano from the Brooklyn Museum wrote about this artwork, "People aren’t the only beings who gather together for special celebrations on the night before a new year dawns. In this woodblock print by Hiroshige, foxes come together on New Year’s Eve to receive directions for the upcoming year and emit ghostly flames, the size of which helps predict the next year’s crop…. And, as the foxes could say in the morning, 明けましておめでとうございます (akemashite omedetou gozaimasu) or #HappyNewYear!"

#art #NewYear #NYC #japan

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Happy Birthday Puccini!


6"x6"oil on panel 2019
by Gregg Chadwick
(Private Collection, Denver, Colorado)

Today we celebrate the birthday of opera composer Giacomo Puccini, born #onthisday in 1858. Known for "La Boheme", "Tosca", "Madama Butterfly", and "Turandot", Puccini's operas continue to inspire. I painted this small oil on panel painting of Puccini for a solo exhibition of opera inspired artworks at the Central City Opera in the summer of 2019. That year and also in 2007, I created a series of paintings that were commissioned by the @ccityopera to be used as keynote images for each of their productions during the summer season. It was a marvelous project to work on and I loved spending time in Colorado with the entire Central City team. Great music and great camaraderie! Thank you Central City Opera!

#puccini #centralcity #Colorado #Opera #classicalmusic #art

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Watch President Zelenskyy of Ukraine as he delivers inspiring remarks to a Joint Meeting of Congress

President Zelensky received a standing ovation before he began his speech to Congress. “Slava Ukraini!” Glory to Ukraine! members of Congress shouted out. “Heroyam Slava!” 
Glory to heroes! he responded.


President Zelensky concluded his address by unfurling a battle flag given to him by soldiers on the front line in Bakhmut, Ukraine and then gifted the flag to the United States. 

“This flag is a symbol of our victory...We stand, we fight, and we will win because we are united. Ukraine, America, and the entire free world."

Join President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President Biden as they hold a joint press conference

Monday, December 19, 2022

Final Jan. 6 Committee Hearing

The final Jan. 6 committee hearing is today at 1 p.m. EST and will include a vote on criminal recommendations from the Capitol attack.

"He is unfit for any office" -- Cheney on Trump


Thursday, December 15, 2022

Patti Smith: I Want My Book To Be Something Positive For The People

Patti Smith visits the Morning Joe program to discuss "A Book of Days," which collects a calendar year of images and words. Patti discusses how the pandemic brought her to Instagram and how being on Instagram helped lead to her book.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

President Biden Hosts a Ceremony on the South Lawn to Sign the Respect for Marriage Act!

Monday, December 12, 2022

Angel's Flight, Bunker Hill District, Los Angeles, 1964

Wonderful journey to Los Angeles Past. 

Created by CineClark who writes: "Part 2B of a 12-part 8mm film series on Los Angeles, I found this 8mm gem in a thrift store. I have digitized it and, using the narration sheet that came folded up in the case, narrated this film. I did not change, omit or edit any words from the original narration in order to preserve the integrity of the original film. To skip my intro, jump to the :55 second mark. 
* I was struggling on using the possessive or not in the title. Though it is known today in its current location as Angels Flight, I decided to use the apostrophe as it is shown on the wheelhouse sign at the 1:44 mark of this film. 
A nice slice of Los Angeles history. Enjoy."

Friday, December 09, 2022

A Love Supreme


Bass – Jimmy Garrison Composed By, Tenor Saxophone – John Coltrane Drums – Elvin Jones Piano – McCoy Tyner Engineer – Rudy Van Gelder Producer – Bob Thiele Recorded: December 9th, 1964 A1 Part I - Acknowledgement 0:00 A2 Part II - Resolution 7:48 B Part III - Pursuance / Part IV - Psalm 15:14

Join Me Tomorrow - Art at the Airport


Join Gregg Chadwick and over 20 other artists for Art At The Airport’s Open Studios & Holiday Art Sale December 10th, 4-7 pm. Come and enjoy food, drinks, performances by pianist Paul Cornish and the Santa Monica Folklorico Ballet, purchase handmade, artisanal goods by Market Exchange vendor collective and participate in a winter ornament workshop conducted by artist Marcus Kuiland-Nazario. Free to all, please register in advance:
Art At The Airport is made possible by Art of Recovery, an initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, To learn about upcoming Art At The Airport events, visit: Free to all, please register in advance:

#ArtofRecovery #ArtAtTheAirport #CityOfSantaMonica #SantaMonicaArtsCommunity #SantaMonicaArtScene #BuyArtFromArtists #SupportLocalArtists #SantaMonicaArtCollective #SantaMonicaCulturalAffairs #ArtistsSupportingArtists #ArtSaMo #SantaMonica #greggchadwick 

Thursday, December 08, 2022

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention and is on her way back to the United States

“Today is just a happy day for me and my family.”

 Cherelle Griner's  remarks on the release of her wife Brittney Griner from Russia 

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd - Lana Del Rey

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Warnock Victory Mood

Edward Hopper and Cinema: A Great Art Explained Extra

Hope to See You on Saturday, December 10, 2022

You Are Invited!
As 2022 ends, I am excited to invite you to my studio at the Santa Monica Airport for an evening of art and camaraderie.

Art At The Airport Open Studios & Holiday Art Sale
December 10th from 4-7 PM

Studio #15, 18th Street Arts Center
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Featuring over 20 professional artists opening their studio doors and offering a rare glimpse into their practices, and the opportunity to buy work directly from the artists themselves. Come and enjoy food, drinks, a performance by pianist Paul Cornish and the Santa Monica Folklorico Ballet, purchase handmade, artisanal goods by Market Exchange vendor collective and participate in a winter ornament workshop conducted by artist Marcus Kuiland-Nazario.

Free to all, please register in advance. Feel free to invite friends and family.

All ages are welcome!

Free Parking

Please visit this link to register:

Art At The Airport is made possible by Art of Recovery, an initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

#ArtofRecovery #ArtAtTheAirport #CityOfSantaMonica #SantaMonica #SantaMonicaArtsCommunity #ArtSaMo #Art @cityofsantamonica @artattheairport

Artists Include: Michelle Dawson (@juliamichelledawson), Claudia Concha (@claudiaconchaart), Alexandra Dillon (@alexandradillonartist), Daniela Schweitzer (@daniela.schweitzerartis), Ameeta Nanji (@ameetan), Pamela Simon-Jensen (@pamelasimonjensen), M. Susan Broussard (@msusanbroussardart), Joan Wulf (@joanwulfstudio), Melinda Smith Altshuler (@melindasmithaltshuler), Paula Rosen (@paula_rosen), Gwen Samuels (@gwensamuels), Elham Sagharchi (@elham_sagharchi), Rebecca Youssef (@rebecca.youssef_studio), Gregg Chadwick (@greggchadwick), Sabine Pearlman (@sabinepearlman), Sara Issakharian (@saraissakharian), Ara Oshagan (@araoshagan) and more! 

Pictured in Flyer:

Gregg Chadwick

Steps of Time

30"x24"oil on linen 2020

Monday, December 05, 2022

Bisa Butler’s "The Harlem Hellfighters" - American Art Moments

From SAAM: "Get to know the historic figures behind Bisa Butler’s monumental quilt “Don’t Tread on Me, God Damn, Let’s Go! — The Harlem Hellfighters” with Nora Atkinson, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge for SAAM’s Renwick Gallery. Learn about the Harlem Hellfighters, who served in the 369th Infantry Regiment during World War I, view archival footage of the troop in action, and discover the artistry Butler uses to pay homage to the soldiers.
This video is part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's ongoing series American Art Moments. Join a SAAM expert and go beyond the artwork label to discover the untold stories and rich connections represented in some of the museum's most iconic artworks."

Friday, December 02, 2022

Cleaning Constable's 'Hay Wain' | National Gallery

One in a series of fascinating videos from the National Gallery in London that describe the restoration of artworks in their collection. As a painter, I have learned about and experimented with numerous techniques in various media, especially oil paint. It is quite instructive to learn from skilled conservators about the process involved in the creation and conservation of Constable's paintings. In this video, Restorer Paul Ackroyd shows the effects of removing the discoloured 80-year-old varnish from 'The Hay Wain', including some of the painting's small details which have been made clearer during the process.

The National Gallery in London houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The museum is free of charge and open 361 days per year, daily between 10.00 am - 6.00 pm and on Fridays between 10.00 am - 9.00 pm. 

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN