Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My 2018 Mini-Wall Calendars are Here




The calendar includes color reproductions of original oil paintings I have done in the past year of museum patrons viewing inspiring works of art.  Here are a couple of months ....






The calendar measures 8-1/2" wide by 13" opened up.  You can view every month here.  The cost of the calendar is $18 plus $6.65 Priority Mail shipping.  Quantities are limited so please get yours while they're available.

To purchase your 2018 calendar click here.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

"Morning Joe"

9 x 12"
oil on panel


Fresh off the easel, a woman viewing, and seemingly longing for her younger days and a cup of joe, Richard Diebenkorn's Coffee in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

My mom was a painter.  She favored artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and especially Diebenkorn - she had dozens of his paintings' images pinned on the wall as her inspiration.  She leaned more towards Diebenkorn's figurative works that commonly blended with abstraction.  That was my mom's signature style with still lifes and figurative paintings.  

Me, I love everything Diebenkorn painted.  His early Abstract Expressionism works, his figurative pieces done in the mid-50's and his return to Abstraction in the mid-60's with works such as his Ocean Park series. Most of all, it's color that draws me to Diebenkorn, no matter the style.

Please click here for a larger view and purchase/contact information.



Saturday, November 4, 2017

"Purple is the New Black"

8 x 10"
oil on panel
sold


The new painting was to be included in the Shain Gallery's  Small Works Show coming up, but it sold on the day it arrived.  Yay.  

A woman viewing Henri Matisse's Daisies in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please click here for a larger view.


Monday, October 30, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 157 & 158"

 4 x 4"
oil on panel


 4 x 4"
oil on panel
 
 
New additions to my ongoing series BUST-ED.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 156"

4 x 4"
oil on panel


The newest addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"An Assumption"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


This new painting will be my Christmas card this year.  

Featured is the Assumption of the Virgin with Saints Julian and Minias by the artist, Andrea del Castagno, painted in 1449.  The Rector of a church in Florence commissioned the painting for an altarpiece - a church that dated back to the 11th century.  In 1888, the church was demolished during the Reconstruction of Florence and the altarpiece was purchased by the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, where visitors can view this remarkable work of art.

The original photograph is by Stefan Draschan, who kindly gave me permission to use it as a reference.




Sunday, October 22, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 155"

4 x 4"
oil on panel


A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.

Asked why I'm painting these final 50 - it is practice, wishful thinking and very cathartic.

I've got a plan for these final 50, so for now, they will not go on auction.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Daisy"


My friends' beloved Daisy.  RIP.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 154"

4 x 4"
oil on panel


A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 153"

4 x 4"
oil on panel


A new addition to my ongoing series BUST-ED.


Monday, October 16, 2017

"Top Dog"

9 x 12"
oil on panel
sold


This Thursday evening is the opening for the exhibit
titled Cats vs. Dogs 




This exhibit will be held at The Vendue in Charleston SC.  Thirty artists from around the world have each created one piece that identifies the artist as either a 'cat person' or a 'dog person'.  The Vendue calls it a tongue-in-cheek competition to finally determine the better species.  It's the dog.  Of course it's the dog.

A portion of all sales from the exhibit will be donated to the Charleston Animal Society and The Vendue will match the donation dollar for dollar.

My contribution to the exhibit is Top Dog - featuring a portrait of Ludovico Madruzzo by the artist Giovanni Battista Moroni, admired by a man of cloth in the Art Institute of Chicago.  Madruzzo was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal during the 1500's, the portrait includes his loyal hunting dog by his side, a symbol of privilege.  

Please click here for a larger view of my painting Top Dog.

To view all the artworks in the show, click here.





Sunday, October 15, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 152"

4 x 4"
oil on panel


A new addition to my ongoing series  BUST-ED.  A preemptive mugshot of sorts.  The final 50 will be the individuals that are damaging our republic.  I'm simply venting thru my paintbrush.




Saturday, October 14, 2017

"200 Faces, No. 151

4 x 4"
oil on panel
sold


I'm inspired to finish up my ongoing series BUST-ED with this new addition. 



Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Heaven"

8 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


It's not just that the artist, Wayne Thiebaud, paints cakes, pies, cupcakes, ice cream cones and a variety of splendid desserts - he brushes on paint as if he were applying icing.  He swirls.  He wiggles.  And damn if every stroke and every touch of color, often unexpected color, is perfection. The last time I was at the National Gallery of Art in DC, I stood just as close as this woman and thought this is heaven.  

To mention, this is another small study for a larger painting.  And I really can't wait to start.




Monday, September 25, 2017

"Dignity"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


Believe it or not, I'm planning out a solo show taking place next March and this is one of the studies of one that I will do larger.  The artworks that will be featured are 'extra-large' - examples are (this) Barack Obama 'Hope' by Shepard Fairey, Guernica by Picasso, etc.

Shepard Fairey's large, mixed-media portrait is based on Fairey's Barack Obama 'Hope' poster, which came to represent Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  Fairey created the large portrait after Obama won the election and the Smithsonian Institution acquired it for its National Portrait Gallery. 




Friday, September 22, 2017

"Listen Up"



6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


A small study - two young ladies grooving on Interrupted Reading by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot in the Art Institute of Chicago.




Monday, September 18, 2017

"Under Cover"

9 x 12"
oil on panel
sold


A new painting fresh off the easel - a woman viewing Edmund Tarbell's Preparing For The Matinee in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

"Daisies Like This"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I hope you've enjoyed your Labor Day weekend.

I've been painting studies all week including this new piece I finished this evening.  A woman viewing a painting in the Art Institute of Chicago - one that always makes me smile - Henri Matisse's Daisies.




Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Overheads"

6 x 6" 
oil on panel
sold


From the Art Institute of Chicago, museum patrons waiting in line to an exhibit underneath one of Ellsworth Kelly's The Chicago Panels.

The Chicago Panels were commissioned specifically for the walls on the floor above the American Art sculpture court - consisting of six painted, monochromatic, curved aluminum panels. 


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Friday, August 25, 2017

"Suit Yourself"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


The Belgium artist, Rene Magritte clearly had a sense of humor.

Magritte's earliest paintings date back to 1915 - and like most artists of that time period, he dabbled in different styles, beginning with Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism then Surrealism after becoming involved with a group of surrealists in Paris.  Meanwhile, to earn a living, he ran an advertising agency back in Brussels, continued painting in a more painterly style - even earned a living at one time producing fake Picassos and Braques and believe it or not, forged banknotes during the postwar period. 

The Son of Man was completed in 1964 as a self-portrait.  The hovering, green apple obsures most of his face, as Magritte explained 'Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.  There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us.  This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present'.

The Son of Man has been parodied multiple times in literature, film and artworks - notably a few - Norman Rockwell painted a homage titled Mr. Apple, the Simpsons had Bart behind a floating apple, and the film The Thomas Crown Affair included the painting in several scenes.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"Whistler Stop"

9 x 12"
oil on panel
sold


I've talked a little bit about the artist James McNeill Whistler on this blog.  Of course his most famous painting is Whistler's Mother.

Whistler entered The White Girl in the Paris Salon in 1863 where it was rejected by the 'tradition-bound' jury.  Napoleon III held his own Salon des Refuses, an exhibition of artworks that had be rejected elsewhere.  It was hugely controversial - an exhibition for the avant-garde artists - how dare he.  The White Girl was met with severe public ridicule but his fellow artists and some critics loved it.  One art critic referred to it as a 'symphony in white' and Whistler loved that reference to music so much so he retitled a number of previous paintings - including The White Girl, renamed Symphony in White, No. 1.  Whistler went on to complete two more painting of women in white dresses titled Symphony in White, No. 2 and 3.

James Whistler continued with a more limited palette, like The White Girl and Self-Portrait (there on the left) and Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1, also known as Whistler's Mother.

From the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, a woman viewing Whistler's Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl.

Please click here for a larger view.


Monday, August 21, 2017

The Dark Side of the Moon



Enjoy it.  Wherever you are.


'Solar Eclipse' by Yuri Shwedoff


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reposting an Important One

6 x 6"
oil on panel
sold


Norman Rockwell's profound 1964 painting 'The Problem We All Live With' is on the top of my Rockwell list.  It depicts 6-year-old Ruby Bridges, an African-American girl, being escorted to an all-white public school in New Orleans, by four deputy U.S. marshalls.  What is so very effective is the viewer is seeing the point of view from the angry crowd, the hint being the racial slurs on the wall and the tomato splattered in between the figures.  

The image was published in a 1964 issue of Look magazine - Rockwell's contract with the Saturday Evening Post ended in 1963 due to Rockwell's continued frustration with the magazine's limitations on his expressions of progressive social interests, including his personal views on civil rights and racial integration.

Norman Rockwell's granddaughter, Abigail, recently wrote a compelling article in the Huffington Post titled Would There Be Norman Rockwell Without The Saturday Evening Post?  Rockwell undoubtedly evolved as an illustrator between 1916 and 1963 - becoming a storyteller with his images like no other.  His career with the Post yielded 322 covers before he ended his contract.

Ruby Bridges, at the age of 56, visited the painting in the White House in 2011 - at the request of President Obama.




The CNN writer, Bob Greene, wrote about that event in this article.  Within that article, these words struck me "..the message of the painting is so powerful that it goes well beyond the incident it portrays. The message transcends our usual Democrats-vs.-Republicans, conservatives-vs.-liberals, left-vs.-right squabbling.  Rockwell was a genius not just because of the technical skill of his artistry, but because of his eye for the telling detail. And in "The Problem We All Live With," the key detail is how he framed the four U.S. marshals who are accompanying that child to school. We do not see their faces; in the painting, the men are cropped at their shoulders.

That is the power and the story of the painting: Four men were accompanying Bridges to school, yes, but the point was, the United States of America was accompanying her. We see the men's "Deputy U.S. Marshal" armbands, and that is what matters. The painting tells us: This country may have its flaws, but when right and wrong are on the line, the nation, in the end, usually chooses to stand for right."






Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Hip To"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


A woman stands in front of Mark Rothko's No. 3/No. 13 in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Girls With Pearls"

6 x 8"
oil on panel
sold


I was simply inspired to paint this new piece after I turned on the movie Girl with a Pearl Earring - which, by the way, is an artist's dream of a beautifully visual film.  Every minute is a painting.

Johannes Vermeer was a moderately successful Dutch painter in the 17th century - specializing in domestic scenes in his own middle-class life.   He painted slow and infrequently and insisted on using expensive paints but his signature element was light.

Vermeer wasn't a wealthy man - but his future mother-in-law was wealthy and insisted Johannes convert to Catholicism before marrying her daughter Catharina - and with her help, Vermeer was able to pursue painting.   The couple went on to have eleven children, all who were left penniless and in debt after his death at age 43.

Vermeer's works were hardly known outside of Amsterdam until the 19th century - imagine that.  His famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring hangs in The Hague in the Netherlands.