Chasing Complexity

By Sketches

A quick cold bounce down into the 40s again today made for a short trip to the Meer.  Sitting in the cold is not welcoming to wet media, so i took a step back to brushpen and marker. The thing about complicated subject matter, like landscape is that there is…

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12.01.13 Drawing Nothing

By Sketches

Not NOT drawing.  But drawing Nothing.  Well ok, Not NOTHING.  But bramble, thicket and backgrounds.  Detritus.  These are things that you cheat on in painting.  That most people cheat on in painting.  The Ruskin-ites would skoff at the lack of clarity and certitude.  But every other painter I enjoy would…

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Autumn Updates

By Sketches, Studies

Quick check in with some drawings from last week… Went at the Meer with an actual brush and some Dr. Martin’s Black Star ink.  Both of these pieces were on a toothy cold-press card.  Both images are of the Copse on the Southern shore.  In the second one you can…

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Then and Now: 2012-2013

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Moving into my sophomore year in plein air, I came across a loose drawing I did last year of the expanse along the southern shore from the Bad Tree to the pairing on the southern shore.  Which I affectionately, but probably incorrectly, describe as the Copse.  It’s an area viewed…

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in process…

By Paintings

I’ve returned to the 2nd painting after a few weeks off.  Here’s a snap of the bottom left hand corner.  Lots of Alizarin Crimson cooling off the shadows.  Generally building up the middle ground so that I can come over the top of it next.  

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in process…

By Paintings

a couple of contemporary painters i like post details of work in process.  sort of violates the whole art-magic thing but it’s a way of populating the site with more frequent updates and letting people know what i’m up to in my far distant corner of manhattan. here’s a corner…

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One

By Paintings

I finished my first painting in… oh, let’s say: a number of years. It was gifted to my biggest supporters, Gary and Kathy for their tireless faith and love.  I couldn’t have gotten back on the horse without you.   Thank you for not giving up on me. The painting…

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Boys will be boys

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I co-curated an exhibition of Fanny Brennan paintings at Leigh Morse Fine Arts.  The opening for “Fanny Brennan Retrospective” was last night and despite the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, the event was flush with revelers and a good time. The artist’s son and longtime friend of mine, Richard Brennan, and…

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Harlem Meer, 09.22.12

By Sketches

Enjoying the final hours of warmth as Autumn comes rolling in.  The leaves in the park only only threatening to change but in the moments and days to follow it will quickly flame up with color and then so suddenly be done with its dance for the year. Today, I…

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Harlem Meer, 09.15.12, Day One

By Sketches

The Harlem Meer is a large-ish 11 acre manmade lake on the north-east corner of Central Park.  As it’s visible from Central Park North/110th street and 5th avenue it has been a large part of my New York experience through years of commuting.  My first experience of Christo’s Gates was…

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Compositional studies: Chardin mid-late

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  Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin took a fifteen year hiatus from still lifes.  instead doing mostly domestic genre works, many that he is famous now for.  his return to still life would be concurrent with a royal pension and residency at the Louvre.  access to far wealthier objet d’art would change the…

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