Brian Rutenberg’s Clear Seeing Place

For many years I have also been captivated by Brian Rutenberg’s paintings and his YouTube Studio Visits. He is also one of my art heroes and mentors. He is the perfect role model for artists because not only is he a Rock Star in the art world and widely considered to be one of our finest contemporary painters, he generously shares his aesthetic concepts and process with us in a way that makes us feel that we know him and that he knows us because he talks about things that are matters of concern to all artists. As it is with Diebenkorn, Brian’s words and paintings have encouraged me to “internalize new ways of looking, seeing, and translating the experience of the physical world onto canvas.”

I was delighted last fall when I discovered that Brian had a new book coming out, Clear Seeing Place. And I was over the moon when I found out that he would be having an exhibition and presenting a talk on Clear Seeing Place at the Saginaw Art Museum last weekend! The book explores the concept of artistic authenticity and delves into how his own clear seeing place was shaped by his love for his childhood locale, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – a passion that is communicated to the viewers of his paintings through abstraction, personal mark making, and deliciously glorious color. This book is chock full of inspiration, observations, and advice. It is a delightful read that will inspire anyone and everyone who practices art to embark on their own personal journey to discover and express their own clear seeing place.  

Brian Rutenberg’s powerful and gorgeous paintings will be on exhibit at the Saginaw Art Museum until June, 2017.

Here is a link to the Saginaw Art Museum:

Here is a link to Brian Rutenberg’s website:

Brian’s book, Clear Seeing Place can be purchased at here:

Happy Painting!


3 thoughts on “Brian Rutenberg’s Clear Seeing Place

  1. Stan Kurth

    Hi Donna,

    This is the best book I’ve ever read on being a painter. I read it on a flight to teach a workshop in Florida. I quoted from it multiple times over the coarse of the week. I also enjoy his “Studio Visits” YouTube videos.


    1. Donna Post author

      Hi Stan,
      Great to hear from you! Thanks for commenting. I love your work, btw. I agree with you about the Brian R’s book and will also be bringing with me when I teach my next workshop.

  2. Laurie Mueller

    Hi Donna, I just ordered Brian’s book, thanks to you introducing him to us. Your workshop last week far exceeded what I expected. I regret having to leave a little early and am finally shaking this cold. I am looking forward to pouring through my notes and putting some ideas to paper. Thank you so much for you generosity, your knowledge, your humor, and your talent, and for conveying your techniques so effectively. I would love to meet and paint any time, and I thank you again. I will be tweaking the 3 pieces I started in your workshop and sharing it on my blog soon. Take care! Laurie Mueller

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