Posts Tagged ‘studio’

I Got 99 Paintings, But I Only Need One

May 20, 2016

Some paintings almost paint themselves, and some give you a run for your money. This one had as many lives as a cat, and there was one time for sure that I looked at it and thought, “If this belonged to someone else, this could be done right now”. But it didn’t feel resolved to […]

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365 Days of Art: June 20 – John Henry Twachtman Writes a Letter About His Studio

June 20, 2014

June 20, 1902 John Henry Twachtman writes in a letter that he’s rented a studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he’s about to spend his third summer. He will die in less than three months of a brain aneurysm, but the paintings he creates in Gloucester in the last three summers of his life are some […]

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365 Days of Art: April 16 – Apollinaire Compares the Studio Habits of Picasso and Matisse

April 16, 2014

April 16, 1911 Apollinaire, the poet and friend of Picasso, writes in the Le Mercure de France about the differences in studio practice between Picasso and Matisse. These kinds of side-by-side comparisons stoked their professional rivalry: On the contrary, Picasso, who is a Spaniard, takes delight in cultivating the disarray in his studio, where you […]

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McGurk’s Suicide Hall

December 29, 2013

In keeping with some recent posts about New York City’s Lower East Side, here’s a special one on my namesake, McGurk’s tavern. I first learned about it when I was at a Moonlighters show a few years ago. I heard my name in a lyric (believe me, when your name is McGurk, that’s unusual) and […]

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Governor’s Island, New Art Destination

September 15, 2011

Mia and I spent a day at Governor’s Island over the holiday weekend, and it was a treat. The island has gone from military installation to art destination in a few short years, and it’s a great place to relax, get away, and indulge in some art. Let’s get this out of the way first–it’s […]

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In With the New

January 8, 2011

For anyone wondering what’s been going on in the studio since I returned from the Vermont Studio Center, I do have an update. I’ve been busy moving into a new studio, which will give me more space for larger work. As we all know, the artistic diaspora in New York City is continuing to spread […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Evolution of a Painting

November 21, 2010

A peek inside the artist’s studio… I tend to develop a painting intuitively and reactively…I don’t work out a plan ahead of time, or plot a composition on paper first. I begin by diving in and sketching out shapes with paint. When I step back and look at the painting, I’ll react to what I’ve […]

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Vermont Studio Center: The Edda Jakab Studio

November 5, 2010

My studio is called The Edda Jakab Studio. There aren’t many studios that are named, so this caught my eye. I made a note to myself to look her up, but so many other things have been on my mind that I hadn’t gotten around to it. One of the things on my mind: last […]

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Vermont Studio Center: Home and Studio

October 25, 2010

Welcome to another installment of the Vermont Studio Center Chronicles. My first day was cold and rainy, so I’ve stuck pretty close to home so far. Let me show you around my house and studio: They are very central not only to each other, but also to the main campus building (called the Red Mill). […]

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