Place on Page: Musings from the Studio

New website, new projects, new version of me...

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If anyone other than my wife gets the above reference to a once terrible/still terrible television show Felicity opening sequence, well I'll eat my paint.  But seriously there is a lot of new stuff going on here!  First as some of you may have noticed, I am in the process of setting up this new site.  After many, many years with my old site I finally decided to switch over to what I think is a cleaner and more engaging representation of my work.  Stick around and I think you'll be pleased.

Bethany, Connecticut in winter.

Bethany, Connecticut in winter.

As for some new projects, I am working simultaneously on two bodies of work.  One is building towards an exhibition in September with the Openings annual fall show at The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, on the Upper West Side.  Last year the show had over 1,000 guests at the opening reception, so I am very excited to be involved again this year.  The work is a landscape triptych loosely based on the biblical town of Bethany where Martha, Mary and Lazarus lived, and the actual town of Bethany, Conn. where my in-laws live.  There is a stretch of tree line off my in-law's deck that is relatively unimpressive other than the fact that is a pleasant view.  However, after years of sketching the trees from that view I have built up a significant body of work representing them and have found real beauty in the subtlety of that landscape.  More on this project later, but I will say that the piece will evoke an altarpiece, and the narrative of the seasons of that landscape.

 

Sketches and studies of knots and color.

Sketches and studies of knots and color.

The second body of work is a series of evolving abstractions that are continuing with my recent explorations into nautical knot systems, the landscapes of the East Coast and Long Island and an intuitive, abstract approach to color.  This dozen or so paintings have been changing back and forth for over a year now and I am very happy with each layer that I add or scrape away.  That process is very much what these works are about and I'll post some of the transitional shots as I go along. 

And the new version of me?  Well let's just say that I am happily in my studio more now than any time since graduate school and it is showing in the work.  Recently I was awarded an artist grant for the Vermont Studio Center.  I will be there for a residency in the beginning of November, and I will be sure to post about that trip as I start gearing up.  

Not bad for a first introduction.  I'll keep these postings short and sweet, some reviews of shows or musings on art and ideas.  I'll also keep an update of what is going on in the studio as work progresses.  Stay tuned!