Monthly Archives: April 2013

In the Studio 4/28/2013

Here is a photo of some of the recent work. The large painting (‘Two Cakes,’ 48″ x 48″) is nearly done–I hope! This photo, by the way, was taken with my new Nikon D5200. It was high time I upgraded my camera. I am going to replace some of the awful photos in the gallery.

Second Coldest Spring on Record

According to the papers, that is. The upshot is the boating season here on Lake Erie has been slow to start. We were going to finish getting The Betty Jane ready for launching today but the rain will delay us. We aren’t the only ones affected by the cold, damp weather. Most of these shrink-wrapped…

Poem: 5th Street

5th Street After art history, the widow drove me to my slum studio. Its only north-facing window overlooked the vacant lot where I saw a shootout my first night there. Barely 30, they hadn’t suspected her husband’s bad heart. Dying, he had betrayed their now backward-pointing future. We hung there, our hollow faces reflecting the…

Sight for Sore Eyes

I took this from the studio window.  After the weekend’s bitter cold and snow, it was heartening to see this sailboat underway in calm waters. Although the boat is not under sail, it’s still a cheery sight.

Good Grief—it snowed yesterday!

Yep. We had a twenty-minute white-out squall yesterday morning, April 20th! Granted, all the snow was gone by the afternoon, but this is the latest I remember it snowing. And today it’s windy and COLD! Even Buddy, our Silky Terrier, was hesitant to approach the shore. Here he is screwing up his courage to walk…

In the Studio 4/21/2013

Some of today’s work. The large painting (5′ x 6′) is titled ‘Atlantic City I.’ My wife is from New Jersey and she used to live and work in Atlantic City, so I’ve spent time there. I have a lot of paintings about Atlantic City and a number of others planned. The painting of the…

Poem: The Thing She Said to Me

The Thing She Said to Me The poets and rockers didn’t go beyond Avenue A, where the poverty was unromantic. My fifth-floor walk-up (Ave. C and 9th) looked over the rooftops of Manhattan, to the sea beyond. Floating above the world, the carnival-lit World Trade Center tethered me every night. Around the corner, the heartless barmaid…

In the Studio 4/14/2013

Some of today’s work: ‘Grandfather’ is large by my recent standards–40″ x 60″. The drawing was transferred using a grid. When the drawing was done, I inked it, that is, I went over it with India ink. Then I  covered the surface with an thin tone of  raw umber and lead white. For larger paintings…