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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Rock and The Wave

The Rock and The Wave, 2012, oil, 24X16

Last week I had fun watching the waves crash up on the rock at Chaplin Bay, Bermuda.  The contrast was exhilarating.  Maybe a more refined version could emerge from the studio at another time, but this plein air one captured the force of the splash and the weight of the rock just as I had hoped.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Grape Bay, Bermuda

                                                    Grape Bay, 2012, oil, 16X20

Another windy day painting.  The tide came in and covered my sneakers and the wind whipped at my umbrella.  It was all quite comical.  But I was happy with the result.

Friday, August 17, 2012

context: Albers and Einstein on the Beach at the Morgan

I visited the Albers works on Paper show at the Morgan Museum this week.  His studies in oil on paper were a container for, as he said, "his craziness about color."  They are luscious and memorable.

This is one image from a slide show from GalleristNY

Josef Albers, Color Study for Homage to the Square, not dated

I notice in my painting and artwork that whenever I change one part - it changes the whole.  Like the colors in Alber's studies - each color and shape has it's impact on what's juxtaposed with it.  When I'm almost finished a painting, but it's 'not quite there', I cringe a bit knowing that one more change will set the whole thing in motion again and I may have to sacrifice the parts I may like so far.  It's a sacrifice one has to be prepared to make!  Into the unknown.

Downstairs at the Morgan is a great film called  Einstein on the Beach: the Changing Image of Opera directed by Mark Obenhaus.   It documents the seminal performance work by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson done in 1975.  Einstein on the Beach is on tour again this year and will be at BAM this September.

Perhaps the curators at the Morgan intentionally showed the Albers next to the Obenhaus documentary.   In the documentary Einstein is quoted as saying:  "The most beautiful thing we can experience is mystery." In repeatedly moving into the intuited yet unknown or unmade in my art I enjoy the brush with mystery.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Light Behind Dark Trees

These are 4X6 postcards of the light I see in the mornings behind the trees in the corner of our yard.  Love those contrasts!

Friday, August 3, 2012

new little painting in a show opening this weekend!

This Sunday I have a small oil painting in the following juried show.

            Twenty five artists are exhibiting works of the Tappan Zee Bridge. I hope you can join us for this
Very interesting exhibit.  20 % of the proceeds from this exhibit will go to the Volunteer Counseling Service
(VCS). VCS is a family service agency with an anti-racist, social justice mission. I hope you can support
This very important agency.   -Hal (The Corner Frame Shop)

The Corner Frame Shop
40 South Franklin Street
Nyack  NY  10960

Here's my painting.

It's called: "Bye Bye Tappan Zee Bridge" and is 9"X12".