Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Oakroom Artist's show at Unitarian Universalist Society is up!



    My show, along side the great painter, Corey Pitkin is now up at the Unitarian Church in Schenectady until May 31. They are located at 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady NY 12308.

     Here are some photos:









There are a whole bunch of shows coming up, and I'll post them here. Thanks, as always, for reading my blog! 


Saturday, May 4, 2019

A reunion, a yellow truck and a one legged chicken.

     Last week was school vacation week, and our family traveled to St John, we flew in and out of Boston, and upon my return I attended my 40th High School reunion. I graduated Newton North High School, two blocks from where I grew up and where my Mom and sister still live, so I've always visited Newton, but had lost track of all but a few of the people I knew there and except for reconnecting with some on social media, there is still a huge distance in time and space with so many. Our class was over 800 kids maybe about 150 or so came, really too many to ever really know.



   
      So why do we do it? Certainly the "coming of age" theme must not be too dissimilar in Mumbai or Mozambique? Maybe not?  In a world of 7.5 billion people, 800 looks pretty small. A lot can be said about common experiences and shared memories, some kids I remember from kindergarten, yes I was 4 when I started, and still hold many. Many are rather fuzzy and they are probably not things my classmates remember, they each have their own, and maybe they intersect and maybe they don't. So all these people, who would otherwise be a total random assortment (OK the same age), get together for a party, and the kids you were friends with or knew as acquaintances, are pretty much the same as they were, at least in character. It's just 40 years later. 40 Years, over twice our age at graduation, and time enough to experience life's joys and sorrows, life's fullness and maybe some emptiness, 40 years is enough time to get to know yourself, and hopefully love, or at least accept who you are. It snuck up on me, the point of it all, in this group of people, of completely different characters, with completely different lives, I had the epiphany of belonging, not in any way that you could name, but in the place beyond description, a place at the core of being. It was the best party ever and I love you all!!!!


   This is my family on the ferry back from St. John to St. Thomas after our excellent vacation!

 
       Here is the view from our bungalow on a hill overlooking Coral Bay, St. John. 


     This is the 9th watercolor I did on this trip. I hadn't done anything in this media, probably since high school!  Still deciding how I feel about it, so different than oil, there is a luminosity with the pigment over the white of the paper. I chose it for the ease of traveling, but was not set up right and that will take a lot more experimentation, but on a whole it was fun and I got some bad paintings under my belt.


   I had a mini reunion with Mike Porter, a friend from the old days, he lives on the same side of St. John we visited, and just two days later I'd see his sister,  Adrienne, at our reunion, how awesome is that!



     Lastly here is the one legged chicken, Emma and Hope named her Lola, and gave her scraps from our lunch. Maybe she represented the dignity and perseverance we saw in this tropical paradise, beauty in all the hardships, the hurricanes, the drought, the geopolitics of colonialism,  maybe she's just a one legged chicken living for today just like us.


      Thanks for reading my blog!  today' post  may be tangential to the usual focus on my creative work, but it's part of this painter's life! 


Friday, April 12, 2019

Finished March Paintings



        I'm taking an art marketing course at the Art Center of the Capitol District, in Troy, NY. It was awarded to artists ready to work on their marketing in all the ways one can be ready to hear and benefit from it. So I'm rethinking and reevaluating my marketing and my digital presence in the world.  So things are afoot, and change is inevitable, I don't know that the'll be, there might be more writing and their might be some videos, but we'll just see how this all plays out.

         Here are the paintings from March, all but the last 3 which haven't been photographed yet.




 #1380  Paint shelf   3-1-19    9x12



 #1381  Flower in bottle    3-2-19    10x7



#1382  Eagle Bridge, NY     3-4-19    11x12



#1383  Railroad Park     3-5-19     12x16



#1385  Northside Dr. Bennington VT      3-8-19    11x12



 #1386  Cohoes City Hall, Cohoes NY     3-9-19      14x16



 #1387  Railroad Ave.     3-12-19    13x14



 #1388  Molasses tank Port of Albany     3-13-19     14x16



 #1389  Yellow flower in whisky bottle     3-13-19     10x8



#1390  Lyman St. Hoosick Falls, NY     3-14-19    11x12



 #1391  Wing St.  Ft. Edward, NY     3-15-19    12x16



#1393  Rt. 4  Schuylerville, NY    3-20-19     14x16



#1394  Austin St.  Newtonville, MA     3-24-19    13x14


     Thanks again for reading my blog and looking at my work!








Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Finished February Paintings



       Here are the finished paintings from February.  I hope that the paintings provide the commentary where words are lacking. How I find stuff? and why I pass other stuff over?  Beauty isn't everywhere, but it can be anywhere and that's what I'm looking for. 




#1365  C.R. 60 Greenwich, NY    2-1-19    11x14



 #1366 Browell Corners Rd.    2-2-19     8x10



 #1367  Fair grounds, Schagticoke, NY     2-6-19     12x16




 #1368  Yellow flower in blue bottle    2-8-19    14x11



 #1369  Port of Albany     2-10-19    14x16



 #1370  Hoosick St. under bridge, Troy, NY    2-13-19    11x12



 #1371  Battenkill @ Battenville, NY    2-14-19    12x16



 #1372  Stevenson Rd.    2-15-19    9x12



 #1373  Backlots Hoosick Falls, NY    2-16-19    14x16



#1374  D.P.W. Cambrige, NY     2-17-19    8x10



 #1375  Fairview St. S. Glens Falls, NY    2-19-19    9x12



 #1376  Highway Dept. Salem, NY    2-22-19    13x14



 #1377   Studio microwave    2-25-19    11x12



 #1378  Combo's fish fry, Schenectady, NY    2-26-19    9x12



#1379  Depot St.  Bennington, VT    2-18-19    12x16


     As always thanks for reading my blog and looking at my work, paintings are for sale, and please don't hesitate to ask questions or comment. 


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Finished January Paintings



   Here are the finished paintings from January:


#1349  Queensbury @ Dix Ave, Queensbury, NY  1-1-19  14x16



#1350  White @ Mohawk St. Cohoes, NY   1-2-19   12x11



#1351  Edison Ave, Schenectady, NY 1-3-19  12x16



#1352  Central Ave. Albany, NY  1-4-19  12x16



 #1353  Backlots, Salem, NY  1-6-19  11x12



 #1354  Rail yard, Eagle Bridge, NY  1-7-19  9x12



 #1355  Cemetery Quaker Hill Rd.  White Creek, NY  1-10-19  8x10



 #1356  Black Creek Rd. Salem, NY  1-11-19  9x12



 #1357  Old Cambridge Rd.  Greenwich, NY  1-14-19  7x10



 #1358   Downtown Schagticoke, NY  !-16-19  12x16



#1359  King Rd.  1-18-19  8x10



 #1360  Barn, nocturne  1-20-19  10x7



#1361  Great Wall, Hoosick Falls, NY  1-22-19  11x12



#1362  Nichol St. Salem, NY  1-26-19  11x12



 #1363  Cottrell Rd. Walloomsac, NY. 2-28-19  12x9



#1364   U.P. Church, Park Pl.  1-30-19  14x16



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