Classicism for the Age of the Automobile

July 27th 2017 Comments: 5

Our guest writer today is our friend and colleague Alice Novak, Curator of Education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.  Alice and I were together recently in France with our large extended family. —  Richard   As Richard Norris and I hopped out of an Uber in Poissy, France … [read more]

Imaginal Landscapes

June 15th 2017 Comments: 3

A 35 year retrospective of David Keith Braly’s works on paper and canvas now hangs in the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy, Alabama. Oh what a life! My colleagues and I marvel at the life and times of our friend David Braly who embarked on an education and … [read more]

en plein air

April 27th 2017 Comments: 7

Our series on hand drawing continues, with McLean Jenkins: “When one travels and works with visual things, one uses one’s eyes and draws, so as to fix deep down in one’s experience what is seen. All this means first to look, and then to observe, and finally perhaps to discover.” … [read more]

Drawing Class

April 20th 2017 Comments: 2

  Today, Chris Tippett continues our series on hand drawing. David Baker, Mary Catherine Walter and I were fortunate to spend a few days at The University of Notre Dame’s Architectural Career Fair, our third journey to this event. Why Notre Dame? In addition to drawing platforms such as CAD … [read more]

Door Theology

April 13th 2017 Comments: 6

A few weeks ago, I attended a performance by the Men & Boys Choir of New College, Oxford, at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, the final stop on their U.S. tour. The choir was superb, of course. And the venue superb too; resounding acoustics in the 1962 creation designed by … [read more]

anger management

June 16th 2016 Comments: 18

“The opposite of war isn’t peace – it’s creation.” This quote – from the musical Rent – has been in my head a lot in recent days. It’s because of the incomprehensible act of violence perpetrated on humanity in Orlando this past weekend. Being in the creative field and living … [read more]

an architect’s playground

November 12th 2015 Comments: 4

After completing our work, we decided to enjoy the unseasonably temperate weather of the beautiful Fall day with an impromptu field trip. Coincidentally, one of the Northeast’s most famous architectural meccas was very nearby. Famous (or infamous – depending upon who you ask) Architect Philip Johnson starting building what would … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: An Architects Playground

Art and Stagecraft

May 21st 2015 Comments: 5

Often in our interiors, we use large paintings as an atmospheric device; these become dramatic backdrops to create mood. This takes painting from mere object to stagecraft – think of the elaborate painted flats found in theatre or opera. Once lowered into place, these enormous backgrounds established setting, at once … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Art

Still Life Living

April 30th 2015 Comments: 2

With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Greco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct classification and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century and has remained a significant artistic genre since then. Can we, though, integrate this type of frozen artistry in our daily lives? … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Horrell Home

Elemental Design

January 23rd 2014 Comments: 1

I posit that what sets the graceful and beautiful apart from the awkward and homely does not have a price tag attached to it at all. Any thing of great loveliness possesses three magnificent qualities: composition, balance and proportion, none of which cost a dime. To the common eye, this … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Driveway
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