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The Courtroom Sketch Artist

posted by Tim Carmody   Dec 07, 2021

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Choire Sicha’s interview with Jane Rosenberg, the courtroom sketch artist currently working on the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in New York, is delightful.

Do you and other courtroom artists ever fight?
Oh, sure. You don’t want to hear all that.

All I want to hear is that!
Oh, no, no. I’m not starting. I get along professionally with most artists. There are some who are just really a problem. It’s not normal, what I put up with from the other ones. I used to have a story every day — they cursed me out! They knocked my pastels over! They’re sly as a fox, they do it when no one’s around, but all the court officers know who they are. They’re not in this trial.

Jeez. It’s much nicer among the reporters!
We compete, also! There’s issues of competition for certain clients. Some of us have our set clients, and there’s stealing going on, all kinds of backstabbing going on. It’s not all roses. I’m okay with who’s here, and we do what we have to do.

(Rosenberg has been drawing defendants since 1980.)

Agnes Martin is one of my favorite

posted by Deron Bauman   Mar 03, 2008

Agnes Martin is one of my favorite painters. Her advice for how to make progress in life ties in nicely with the articles I posted on options, gusto, and blogging.

To progress in life you must give up the things you do not like. Give up doing the things that you do not like to do. You must find the things that you do like. The things that are acceptable to your mind.

And as long as we’re on the

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 08, 2005

And as long as we’re on the subject (you didn’t think we were even on a subject, did you?), I’m a fan of how Maciej is displaying his oil paintings. For each of his newer paintings (like this one of a West Village scene), he’s documenting the progress of the work as it goes along so you can see how the painting becomes a painting.

Update: Eric writes that he uses this technique for displaying how his art progresses as well (sample).

A history and examination of paint by number

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 04, 2005

A history and examination of paint by number. “It invited people who had never before held a paintbrush to enter a world of art and creativity.”

Unknown painting by Edvard Munch found behind another canvas

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 09, 2005

Unknown painting by Edvard Munch found behind another canvas.

Chen Shaofeng paints his subjects while they paint him

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 08, 2005

Chen Shaofeng paints his subjects while they paint him. The results are hung side-by-side in his show.