Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Leighton"

8 x 6"
oil on panel


First I want to tell you I was sure the artist, Jacob Lawrence, was to be my L for my series ArtistZ.  I've long admired Lawrence ever since I saw a fraction of his Migration Series at the Philips Collection years ago.   I was a framer for 33 years and I framed countless prints of Jacob Lawrence's work, even framed a napkin he signed for a collector.   And please go to MOMA to see his entire Migration Series if you're able.

Back in June, I read an article in the New York Times about Frederic Leighton's now-iconic 'Flaming June' at the Frick (this is the last week of the exhibition), and that image brought back memories of, again, framing this glowing, stunning image many, many times.  It was a favorite of mine, much like Klimt's work in that I could really go wild with beautiful, carved mouldings to enhance these pieces.

I will also add that my desire to paint 'Flaming June' was fulfilled - and it was my pleasure to mix these rich oranges and golds and swirls the oils to the folds and curves of the fabrics in the painting.  

Please click here to the auction page.  


Friday, August 28, 2015

"Daily Exercise"

8 x 6"
oil on panel


I intended to post this new painting on National Dog Day a few days ago, but in my life, every day is dog day. 

Don't forget to take your dogs for a long walk.  It's good for everyone.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Klimt"

6 x 8"
oil on panel


Choosing a favorite painter for the letter K for my series ArtistZ was tough - I love Frida Kahlo, Wolf Kahn, Kandinsky, Klee, Franz Kline.  But there's something about Gustav Klimt's works that blows my mind.

The famous portrait of Klimt's close friend and patron 'Adele Bloch-Bauer' (also known as 'The Woman in Gold') took 3 years to complete in 1907.   There's a current movie titled Woman in Gold about the true story of Maria Altmann, the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, who fought to reclaim the ownership of the painting that was stolen by the Nazis during the invasion of Vienna.  A remarkable story.

The painting is a collage of oils and gold-leaf applications and I played with a metallic copper ground color and mixtures of gold and copper oils to bring out the effect.  You can see little bits of the ground color shimmering throughout my painting - a bit hard to see in the image above. 

Please click here to the auction page. 


Sunday, August 23, 2015

"Johns"

6 x 8"
oil on panel


A new addition to my series ArtistZ - a young man looking closely at Jasper Johns' 'Flag' in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.

Interesting is this painting is in the top five most-iconic paintings and the subject is, by far, one of the most iconic symbols in the world.   What I love about this piece is the method that Jasper Johns used to create this - called encaustic, a combination of bees wax and pigment, oil paint and newsprint collage on three canvases then mounted on a plywood board.  Look closely and you'll see his selection of newsprint was not random - Johns did not include national or political headlines but in consequential articles.   He created this painting at the age of 24 in 1954, a couple of years after he was discharged from the Army.  He later created over 40 works based on the US flag.

It is one of those works of art that you should experience if you have the chance.

Please click here to the auction page.  


Friday, August 21, 2015

"Born Ready"

13 x 7"
oil on panel


You can tell I'm yearning to go to the beach.

From Hilton Head, a threesome enjoying a beautiful day in the sunshine.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Ives"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I chose an American sculptor, Chauncey B. Ives for I for my series ArtistZ.

His stunning marble masterpiece 'Undine' resides in a dark room in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.  You can't miss it.  I think my first aha moment as a child, that someone created art with their hands was when I saw a marble sculpture at the Vatican.  I was mesmerized.  This piece does the same to me - the anatomy, the ripples of cloth flowing over the body.  Just amazing.

A bit of info regarding the subject - an undine is a legendary figure, a mortal sea sprite that lacks a soul.  In order to gain a soul, she must assume human form and trick a man into marriage.  Ives' figure is rising out of the water, reaching towards the heavens to receive her soul.  You go girl.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Hopper"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I'm happy to resume my series ArtistZ  today - and it was hard to choose between Hopper and Hockney for H, my choice came down to the artist who always inspires and blows me away.  Edward Hopper has been one of my most-influential painters - his settings, his feeling of solitude, his color harmonies and his light.  Oh the light.  

To choose a favorite of Hopper's is nearly impossible for me.  I can say I've experienced the iconic 'Nighthawks' a number of times in the Art Institute of Chicago and every time it's a fresh look.  Aside from the numerous parodies done of this masterpiece and the fact it is one of the most recognizable artworks,  it's really a brilliant composition that moves me every time I visit it. 




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

'Gauguin' and My New Book 'A to Z'



6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


A new addition to my series ArtistZ,  choosing Paul Gauguin for G.  I grappled with my three choices - Giacometti, who my mom also loved and emulated in painting and sculpture,  Jean-Leon Gerome who painted the most exquisite, realism I've ever laid eyes on and Paul Gauguin, who had no rules about color other than creating harmony.

Gauguin would win the most colorful life story if there was a contest.  Born in Paris, father died on the voyage to Peru, leaving a 1-1/2 year old Paul, his mother and sister to fend for themselves, eventually returned to France, joined the French navy, was a stockbrocker, got rich, lost most of it in a stock market crash and started painting full-time.  Married, had five kids, after 11 years, kids and mom told him to leave.  Yah-dah-yah-dah-yah-dah, met Van Gogh, moved to Tahiti, painted beautiful paintings,  fell ill a number of times, got an agent to sell his work, returned to Paris, returned to Tahiti and lived there another six years, drank too much, he was thought to have syphilis, painted more beautiful masterpieces, went to prison for libeling a lawyer, took too much morphine and died in 1903.

There is something that sends me when I look at a Gauguin in person and that's why I chose him.

A woman standing before Gauguin's 'Aha De Feii?' (What! Are You Jealous?).


Also... my latest series AtoZ is now in a book available thru Blurb.

 

This new book is 7 x 7" with 26 color reproductions of my daily paintings inspired by the letters of the alphabet.

Click here to preview the book.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Conversation with Antrese on The Savvy Painter Podcast

I am a huge fan of The Savvy Painter Podcasts and I was honored to be interviewed by Antrese Wood, who is great at hosting artist interviews and she's an artist herself.




If you're interested in listening to my recent talk with Antrese, click here.  You can also subscribe to The Savvy Painter Podcasts on iTunes.




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Freud"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


Lucian Freud is on the top of my list of most influential painters and one of the greatest figurative artists of the 20th century.   I have many books of Freud's works of art and the first one I saw in person was in the Cleveland Museum of Art.  I was in awe. 

The first time I saw Freud's painting 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' I was stunned, like most, of the large, nude model, Sue Tilly - a woman who posed for him many times in the 80's.  Freud said of her body 'It's flesh without muscle and it has developed a different kind of texture through bearing such a weight-bearing thing.'  For some, there may be no beauty in a body like Sue Tilly's - but I see wonderful folds and curves and a real woman with no shame.

The most influential thing about Freud's portraits is the skin tones that include golds, ochres, greens, greys, blues, reds, oranges, purples.  Did I leave anything out?  That is the lesson and something I try to carry into my figurative paintings.  

I know, I'm gushing.  Freud is my new addition to my series ArtistZ.

This painting 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping' held the world record for the highest price paid for a living artist, $33.6 million in 2008 until 'Benefits Supervisor Resting' sold for $56.2 million in 2015.




Saturday, July 25, 2015

"Eakins"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I chose Thomas Eakins for E in my new series ArtistZ  because I've had a long love affair of Eakins' work since I first saw his paintings in the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the 70's.  About seven years ago, I went back to the museum and spent a good hour looking at this enormous masterpiece 'Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic).  I've seen it in books and the internet, but nothing comes close to viewing it in person.  You feel like you're in the room.  It is beyond awesome.




Friday, July 24, 2015

"High as a Kite"

12 x 12"
oil on panel


Robert Lange Studios asked me to do another painting for their "Fluent" show - which is currently showing at the Vendue Hotel in Charleston until mid-November.  My first one 'Cannonball' sold on opening night, so I was psyched to do another.

I started this, got ill, got better and resumed and got ill again - which turned out to be a great thing because the first layer dried, which doesn't normally happen before I finish a painting.  When I resumed a couple of days ago, I switched to a palette knife, which totally changed the vibrancy and added the texture to the sand and waves.  I have to say, this is one of my all-time favorite paintings ever.

A scene on Hilton Head Island beach taken from a drone camera last fall.

Please click here for a larger view and purchase information.  This painting should arrive at the Vendue around August 22nd.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"Degas"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


Back to work today after a brief relapse.  I don't know what's worse, the illness or the antibiotics.  Today has been a promising day.  

To continue my new series ArtistZ - I picked Edgar Degas.  There's a lot to admire about Degas works, ranging from oils, chalk studies, pastels, pen & ink studies and sculptures.  Exquisite studies of figures.

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, a woman admires Degas' 'Dancers Practicing at the Barre' with his bronze 'The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer' in the foreground.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Chagall"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I'm coming back to life and painting again.  Yay.

Continuing with my new series ArtistZ - a woman standing in the blue light of one of Marc Chagall's 'America Windows' in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chagall makes me happy, calm.  The paintings can be complex, with movement and scenery and music playing.  My favorite painting of Chagall's is 'Lovers In a Red Sky'.





Sunday, July 12, 2015

Annual Small Works Auction in Charleston

I'm slowly climbing out from under a rock.  Really from under the covers.   Stricken with a stomach or intestinal virus that wiped out almost an entire week.  I know it could always be worse, but I'm sure it could be better.  Little by little, jello by jello....  I'd really like to get back to normalcy again and start painting.

For now I've got to tell you all about the Small Works Auction taking place this Saturday at the Sylvan Gallery in Charleston, SC.  I've got six, framed paintings in the auction and you have a great opportunity to get an excellent deal.

And here are the six....



 Chapel at Palmetto Bluff
7 x 9"


 The Reel Thing
7 x 10"


 Bubble Boy
8 x 8"


 Final Chapter
6 x 6"
sold


Cliffhanger
8 x 8"
sold


 Towelette
12 x 6"
sold


Here are the details about the auction -

- Held at the Sylvan Gallery, 171 King St, Charleston, SC
- Preview on Friday, July 17  - 10 am - 8 pm and Saturday, July 18  -  10 am - 1 pm.
- Live auction starts 1:00 pm Saturday the 18th.

There is no online bidding however you can register with Morris & Whiteside here and place your absentee bids before the auction begins.  You also can call the gallery at 843-842-4433 to register and set your bids. 

There are 173 pieces in the auction including artists Kim English, Ken Auster, Joe Larusso, Steven Scott Young to list a few.  This is the way to start or add to your art collection for sure.





Monday, July 6, 2015

"Bacon"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


A new addition to my series ArtistZ - featuring one of my favorite paintings by Francis Bacon.   It's tough to pick a favorite of Bacon's, I suppose this piece has a figure sitting and I often paint that subject.  And I dig those colors together, the mustard-gold, navy blues and that neon green in the top third.

One of the first artbooks I bought, years ago, was of Francis Bacon's work - I was very into the illustrators Brad Holland and Marshall Arisman - both painted strikingly-dark subject matter, a bit eerie, perfect for illustrating dark stories.  Those years I dreamed of being an illustrator.  Bacon was very much the same vein, but his compositions and large blocks of color around figures, his distorted figures, his macabre, nightmarish works really grabbed me.  

This painting by Bacon featured in my painting is one of many studies of Peter Lacy, whom Bacon had a tempestuous relationship with until Lacy's death in 1962.




Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Albright"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


For me, working on a theme gives me direction and motivation, both of which are sometimes hard to come by if you're a painter.

So I've come up with a new series I'm psyched about titled 'ArtistZ' - inspired by the artists I greatly admire, from A to Z.   It took about five minutes to list 23, with U, X and Y still to be determined.  Those 23 were easy, artists I've loved for years - through artbooks and visits to museums.

Starting with A - Ivan Albright.   As a teenager, I discovered Albright in the Art Institute of Chicago.  Two of his large, tall paintings hung on each side of a threshold and I'd beeline straight to those paintings as soon as I entered the museum.   His famous 'Picture of Dorian Gray', commissioned for the title painting in the 1943 movie and 'That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do (The Door), which is my personal favorite, featured in my painting.   Years back, I traveled all the way to New York City to see a retrospective of Albright's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - so very unforgettable. 

What I love about Albright's work is how meticulous he worked, his fascination with decay and death as subjects and his self-portraits that were done in various styles through many years of his life.

I hope you enjoy this new series.

~ Happy 4th



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Some Brighter News"

8 x 8"
oil on panel


A new painting - a woman enjoying a summer day with her newspaper.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

"Zac"

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


The last painting in my series A to Z - my darling dog, Zac, playing in the monkey grass.


~ A to Z book coming soon!


Right On!




Thursday, June 25, 2015

"A Community United" Benefit in Charleston SC

The Charleston food and beverage community is honoring the victims, familes and congregation of Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church with a gathering bringing together the people of Charleston.

The event 'A Community United' will be held at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel on July 9th.

Robert Lange Studios has organized an auction of about 90+ pieces of art - all donated from the artists.  100% of all proceeds will be donated in 9 equal portions directly to the immediate surviving family members.

I have donated "Retirement Benefits".




This painting is 8 x 8", framed and ready to hang.

If you'd like to participate in the auction from afar,  you can register here.  Silent auction bidding will be available to supporters around the country beginning July 3rd (noon) and ending July 9th at midnight.  If you'd like to purchase tickets for this event, click here.

~  Thank you and Peace to All

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Yoga"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


This new addition to my series A to Z - a timely nod to International Yoga Day (June 21st).   We all need a moment of Zen.


Monday, June 22, 2015

"Here's Looking at You"

8 x 8"
oil on panel


A visitor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, studying Adolph Gottlieb's expressive 'Man Looking at Woman'.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

"Emanuel A.M.E. at Dawn"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


Before I began heading home early in the morning, on my last visit to the beautiful city of Charleston,  I pulled over to look at the colorful, glowing sky and the church steeple of Emanuel A.M.E..

I suppose I painted this peaceful moment to make myself feel better.




Friday, June 19, 2015

"X"

5 x 7"
oil on panel
sold


I have to tell you - figuring out the X in my series  A to Z  was mind-boggling until I started focusing on the X as a pattern rather than a word.   

A glass ceiling projecting patterns and shadows on the floor while a young woman sketches in the Sculpture Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.