I want to thanks the brave folks. new friends and old, who braved the cold and snow to come to my opening last Friday.
It was great to be able to talk with everyone and hear their thoughts on this project.
Next Saturday, February 18th from 4-6 p.m. we will host a public discussion on this series, I will read some passages from the found journal, and several Anchor House poets will share their words as well.
Now, if only the gods of weather will cooperate!
Anchor House of Artists, 518 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 1-6 p.m.
Gallery Director, Michael Tillyer, persuaded me to have the found journal pages on display along with the art. I have always been protective of them, so I initially felt uncomfortable, but now I see how powerful it is to include them.
Please come join us at the opening on Friday night Northampton’s Arts Night Out
I am working these days with a specific solo show in mind.
The work will all be oil on paper. There will be a bit of a range of scale, this being a example of a small one (note push pins for an idea of the size).
There is something about working on paper that feels so natural, so familiar, and very freeing. You know, like what’s the big deal if you make something “bad”? Don’t get your panties in a bunch, it’s just a piece of paper!
Many of the recent pieces have bits of older paintings in them.
The cooperative gallery that I belong to in Northampton, MA, The Oxbow Gallery and the cooperative Gallery in Amherst, MA, Gallery A3 have joined forces to put on a joint show at both locations concurrently for the month of August.
This piece of mine was selected by the curators to be included at the exhibit at the Oxbow location.
Here are the details: Gallery A3 located at 28 Amity Street, Amherst, MA Opening reception Thursday August 6th, 5-8 p.m.
The Oxbow Gallery located at 275 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA Opening reception Friday, August 14th, 5-8 p.m.
Stop by and say hello! I will be at the Oxbow for the probably the whole thing, but the last half for certain.
Singing bowls are used in meditation, yoga and healing. Technically they are a kind of bell which stands rather than hangs. They can be struck with a wooden mallet or, to produce their unique singing sound, the rim is rubbed to create vibration (like running your finger around a crystal goblet).
This painting is more about the vibration than the form of the bowls.
If you are interested in the intersection of art and Buddhism, check out the exhibit opening this Sunday, May 3rd 2-5 p.m. at The Boundless Way Zen Temple, 1030 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA.
Buddhas Over Worcester (BOW, get it?) is an outdoor sculpture event where people have been invited to create a piece about what it means to be awake in this world.
The show is in the Temple gardens and will be open daily during daylight hours until July 11, 2015.
Not yet titled
oil and graphite on panel
This is one of the pieces I made at R&F Paints at a recent workshop.
It is a metamorphosis of a painting I started last summer in a workshop with Tim Hawksworth. I say metamorphosis because like an insect, it bares little resemblance to its previous (larval?) state, but I know what's in there and that it lead me to this place.
When listing materials, I do not differentiate between tube oils and oil sticks.
I frequently used them together.
I exclusively use R&F Pigment sticks (their name for their oil sticks).
Now that I have witnessed how they are made by hand by artists who are passionate about them, I will never again begrudge the price sticker.
Seriously, there is one guy standing over one machine hand grinding each batch.
While we were there in March the paint mixers were developing new colors and our class got to test them out! Yippee!
R&F offers many workshops and all the paint you want to use is included in the tuition. Can I say "yippee" again ?
It was a great experience to work in this environment of abundance and generosity.
R&F makes artists the center of their mission. The studio space is comfortable, well-lit, with good ventilation. They have a gallery on premise, and I think everyone who works there is an artist as well.
By now it is obvious that I am a fan! I recommend trying the sticks, visiting the factory in Kingston, or taking a workshop.
Last weekend I went to R&F Paints in Kingston, NY for an oil stick, er pardon me, pigment stick workshop with Lisa Pressman.
If you aren't familiar with Lisa Pressman, she is a terrific artist who works in both oil and encaustic.
She has an exhibit in both media right now at the gallery at R&F.
Lisa is one of those rare people who is both gifted at making art and coaching others.
She does demos etc. of her own techniques, but has this uncanny ability to sense where you are in your artistic life and with a very "light touch" offer some words of insight to nudge you on, deeper, beyond old habits and fall-back imagery.
She kicked off the workshop with an exercise, using 6x6 squares of paper. The rest of the time we were working mostly on our own.
Even though they are "quickies" (or maybe particularly because they are "quickies"), I am enjoying some of them. It was also fun, back here at home to group them together.
Oil stick and graphite on prepared paper
More of the larger pieces to come.
Also, next time I will get into how awesome R&F is.
charcoal and tracing paper
This is a piece that at least a couple of us worked on.
On the left side the tone is built up with layers of tracing paper.
My solo show at Eagle Hill is about to come to a close. January 31st is the final day in case you want to check that out.
Next up, I have a piece in a show dubbed "The Book Show" at The Taber Gallery, at Holyoke Community College. This is a show comprised of works from Dean Nimmer's newest book, Creating Abstract Art. Yep. That's me (my painting) on page 62.
Opening reception will be on Feb 19th 5:30 p.m. More info here.
And, as I mentioned in my last post, Pieces from the workshop I led on Experimental Mark-making will be on exhibit at the GALA Gallery, 205, School St., Gardner, MA.
The End Begins Again
acrylic and graphite on mylar
Seemed like an appropriate thought and image as one year passes to another.
I did this in November at a workshop with Tim Hawkesworth, but it was actually without Tim Hawkesworth as he was busy in the hospital recovering from a heart attack.
It was an intense and bewildering time for all involved.
So, since my last post I've moved to a new studio space, done some painting, and tried to get back into a regular figure drawing groove.
As for shows, I've got one piece, and older one, in the back gallery at Oxbow Gallery, Northampton, MA. That will be up through the 4th of January and another little piece in GALA's new gallery space in Gardner, MA, also up until the 4th.
My solo show at The Center at Eagle Hill remains up through the end of January, and three pieces continue to hang in Worcester at the Hanover Theatre until early February.
I got a small mention and picture of a work in progress in Dean Nimmer's newest book, Creating Abstract Art. There will be an exhibit at the Taber Gallery at Holyoke Community College of the work from that book. Show will run from January 26, 2015- February 26, 2015. Details to follow.
So, as 2014 is laid to rest and the new year begins with great intentions, I wish you all wellness, happiness and peacefulness.
Followed by a performance of Zydeco music by Les Amis Creole
The exhibit will run through January 31, 2015
Gallery hours, weekdays 3:30p.m- 5:00p.m.
Well, the day is here! I am a little nervous, a little excited, and looking forward to seeing old friends and new. Please stop by and enjoy the hospitality of Eagle Hill School.