Boston Home Decor Show 2017

i’m really excited about this year’s Boston Home Decor Show which is the final event of Boston Design Week, April 6-9. I have all new work this year. Click here to read the review in Maine Antique Digest Boston Home Decor Review

Art as Therapy

Read my article Art Therapy published in Antiques Magazine: Click here Art Therapy

Fusco and Fours

My booth at Fusco and Fours’ recent show (opened November 17th). I showed over 60 of my works including cut paper and colored pencil drawings, poured acrylics, photographic images used abstractly and thematically in formal portfolio presentations that can also be used framed, as well as a dozen major ceramic works by Edwin and Mary Scheier made in the mid 20th century. Brownstein has collected Scheier work for almost 20 years and responds to its abstract surface treatment as well as it forms.

She found the other artists who exhibited one of the most interesting and exciting parts of the show. It provided her contact with a number of unfamiliar artist’s whose work impressed and intrigued her.

photo by robert four

Artists as Collectors

A couple of months back I suggested that I felt most collectors were artists and that I would ask those who wrote me and inquire. It was a surprise to me, but those who love art do not seem even to ,by majority, present themselves as artists. I wish I could tell them, “try” , it will give you pleasure and maybe even more, but I do believe making art is instinctual. Those who collect art are perhaps an even greater mystery than those who make it. Joan

Boston Home Decor Show

The Boston Home Decor Show will open with a gala preview on November 17, 2016 at 5:30 through 8:30.The opening is designed to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Fighting Aids. The show will be open Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. Its hours are 11-5pm. Most of the exhibiting dealers have decor emphasizing businesses. A few artists will exhibit their own work, as will Joan Brownstein.

Francesca Anderson Show

Francesca Anderson will be having her annual group show at her gallery, FRANCESCA ANDERSON FINE ART/PORTRAITS NORTH. The focus of the show is on the diversity her artists can create, and it also includes artists not normally on her roster. Each artist in the show has been asked to bring 2-5 related works of relatively small size. This show is titled THE 32ND ALMOST MINIATURES SHOW.

Joan Brownstein is new to the show and will be working abstractly.

Diebenkorn Influence

Dear Helen, also Doug and Lynn, and Micheal,

I have been remiss. I have not answered your emails and feel remorse. You showed an interest in my work and I did not reply.. Words are difficult to find. Painting is a conversation, but with myself. But you heard me. Helen gave me a clue. Hidden inside my small box of square business cards (called moo cards) she slipped in a similar card of her own. Today I found it and went to her website. She mentioned Richard Diebenkorn as an influence, a major influence that I mention, too, on my website. We both do abstract and representational work. We are the same age, we have shown in the same gallery which is where we met and spoke briefly. I forget names. I feel close to her.
Doug and Lynn. Is either of you an artist? The odds are great. Please let me know. We feel close to people who respond to our work because they relate to us, too.

Michael, you requested a price list. I will send you a separate note. Are you an artist? I will post the results of this one question survey. Thank you all for the time you took to write and the appreciation you showed.

With fond regards,


Addicted To Art

I hesitate to say this, but I have Parkinson’s Disease, and one medication I take causes addictive behaviors. For me it was shopping- benign enough however extravagant. But it wasn’t doing drugs, drinking, gambling, whatever negative things you can think of. Then I started to make art again last year and put my previous profession more into the background of my life. I had to, as painting occupied most of my waking hours. I now paint 8 to 10 hours about 6 days a week, an addiction that makes me happy, involved with life, doing something positive. Someone I met in a store, where I didn’t buy anything, just looked at beautiful things I would have bought a year ago, asked me to write about my behavior change and see if other people could in some way find a way to find different addictions, too. So here it is. “How I became a painter again”.

Visit Stopped Flows to see 8 new paintings

Flow Style

Some artists have periods of seeming stylistic regression, as well as the more expected progression. For example, generally artists begin their artistic work with representational subject matter. Many later then gradually transform their work into something more abstract. For most who make this transition, it is permanent. For others it is a stage in their work, and it is abandoned and they again work with representational subject matter. For many who make this type of change, it represents for them constants as well as changes.

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New Flow Paintings

I’ve added some new flow paintings to the Stopped Flow section of my portfolio page. You can see them here.