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…

Thumbs Down: Sargent; Thumbs Up: Bouguereau

John Singer Sargent and William-Adolphe Bouguereau are not normally considered together, yet their careers overlapped for several decades. In the ‘Undergrad’s Giant Book of Art History’ Sargent is counted among the progressives, while Bouguereau is thrown in with the anti-progressives–history’s losers (according to the Giant Book). Indeed, in many fables in the ‘Undergrad’s Giant Book of…

Non Reviews

I was going to title this post ‘negative reviews’ referring to non-reviews—shows I’ve visited that did not speak to me, and so no reviews were forthcoming. Silence as a review, so to speak. But, of course, readers have no way of knowing what exhibitions I attend and pass by without comment. Visiting an exhibition without…

In the Studio 4/7/2013

Here is a batch of some recent work. The large painting–‘The Conversation’–is 66″ high. It’s not far from being finished (knock wood). The smaller paintings are Betty Jane paintings, that is, paintings of people aboard my boat–The Betty Jane. They are also examples of paintings on canvas board. Treated properly, canvas board can be as…