Posts Tagged ‘life of an artist’

Year of Greatness

January 7, 2018

Earlier last fall, my wife moved to Italy for one year to attend culinary school. She will be fulfilling a lifelong dream. A fair question, which we asked ourselves, and which others are asking of us now, is something along the lines of: “What is Maura doing this year?”. Much like a Southerner saying “Bless […]

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Buon Natale!

December 21, 2017

Buon Natale from Venice, where I’ve gone to meet my wife over the holidays.

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Loving Vincent

December 21, 2017

Some thoughts on the movie Loving Vincent… It was both spectacular and maddening. The plot was ridiculous: Armand Roulin, son of the bushy-bearded postmaster who Van Gogh painted so memorably, is tasked by his father with traveling to Paris in order to deliver Vincent’s final letter (to his brother, Theo). In Paris, Armand discovers that […]

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Home Sweet Home

December 19, 2017

It’s always exciting to see where your creations end up! I just received this photo from a new collector. He told me that the painting greets him and his wife whenever they come home; it’s the first thing they see when they come through the door. For a painting called Domicilio (“home” in Italian), that’s […]

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December 19, 2017

My painting arrived safely, and one day early! Washington state to Brooklyn! I didn’t realize how much I was on pins and needles until now. My understanding is that the drill is charging, and the painting will be hung tomorrow….more anticipation!

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Moomins Moomins Everywhere

December 17, 2017

Moomins are a secret in our family, something private that only we know about, as secret as the ruby hidden on the underside of my engagement ring, on the side that hugs my finger, that no one else can see. It’s there just for us. Except that Moomins are already a worldwide phenomenon, translated into […]

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Painting Goats?!

December 16, 2017

Driving along the Long Beach Peninsula in our beautiful state of Washington, I saw the above roadside sign, and had to pull an immediate U-turn. “Painting Goats” raises more questions than it answers. Yes, there really are goats who paint with real art materials on this art studio/working farm. We took a tour with one […]

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In Transit!

December 15, 2017

Crated up and ready to go! Heading for Brooklyn! Thank you, Craters and Freighters!

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Goodbye, Old Friend!

December 12, 2017

I just dropped off a painting, to be packed and shipped to its new home in Brooklyn! First time sending something so big and so far!

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Power of Art, Part 2

December 9, 2017

I saw this sign at an art gallery/studio in a beachside town in Oregon and felt a little zing of recognition. I felt it in my body to be true. Artists are shapeshifters. We work with our hands; we get dirty. We read, absorb, and digest. We watch and listen. We feel, deeply. We philosophize. […]

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Cullercoats Women

December 6, 2017

My dad, who is fond of writing notes and memos, has recently sent two cards in a row from Winslow Homer’s Cullercoats series. We’re both fans of Homer, so maybe there’s nothing more to it. The theme is officially working women (fisherwomen and washerwomen of this British seaside town). But coupled with a recent public […]

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December 4, 2017

As the end 2017 approaches, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you. This has been a momentous year for me in many ways, with a hand injury to work through, new projects begun, a move into a new studio space, and embarking on this adventure on my own – as my wife […]

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Power of Art

November 30, 2017

I’ve been thinking about the power of art recently. As in, the real power and energy it contains. This piece, for example, I made with my father-in-law in mind while I was working through some ideas on marriage. The stylized diagram of an engine part or process (it was Greek to me, but he would […]

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Debut – Offering

November 19, 2017

This painting is perhaps best seen in person, because of its sculptural quality, and because I’ll encourage you to touch this one! It’s made entirely of found objects, one being the “shelf” which I found on a walk near my house, and the others being pieces of tile flooring, which I found during a swim […]

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Met Faves – Van Gogh and *Real* Art History

November 19, 2017

Visiting Arles, France made a huge impression on me. This is where Vincent Van Gogh had the most productive painting period of his life – one of the most productive of any artist’s life, in fact. Almost everything he painted at Arles is recognized as a masterpiece, and is recognizable by even casual observers: his […]

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