Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sky Bucket No. 2

Sky Bucket No. 2   |   24 x 36   |   Oil on panel

























Fortunately my first Sky Bucket painting sold pretty quickly, so I'm taking that as an invitation to visit the well once again. I'm hoping enthusiasm for this subject will last, and in the end, I'll be able to paint all four of my images.


Monday, July 08, 2019

Pool Bowl: Red No. 7

Pool Bowl: Red No. 7  |  16 x 16  |  Oil on panel

I finished up the second Pool Bowl last night and when these are both dry and ready I'll be shipping them up to Rehs Galleries. 


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Pool Bowl: Yellow No. 1

Pool Bowl: Yellow No. 1  |  16 x 16  |  Oil on panel

I've been working on two pool bowls simultaneously since the completion of Chinatown. These were done on request, and it's been fun to paint something that wasn't a fish. I just finished Pool Bowl Yellow One and am in the early stages of the second pass on Pool Bowl Red Seven. I'm hoping I can complete it in the next week or so.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chinatown

Chinatown   |   24 x 24   |   Oil on panel

It's been about two and a half months but Chinatown is finally complete. I knew going in this was going to be an epic painting but it turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I had wanted to fully immerse myself in a complex painting for a long time, selfishly, with this piece I finally gave into that urge. Fortunately for me I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. 


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Eugen Schoenfeld . 1925 - 2019

Eugen Schoenfeld  |  1925 - 2019

























My father in law Eugen Schoenfeld died early this morning at 93 following a series of medical hits over this past year. Rather than write about my own personal memories of him I am posting the obituary written by my nephew Alex Valin, with input from Gene's daughters. It is a much more substantial telling of this man's remarkable life.




Sunday, April 14, 2019


























A good friend of mine sent me a link to a blog post he came across online by David Dorsey where the the subject of that post is . . . me! David is an author, painter and art commentator and if you'd like to read it here is the link to his post.


Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Karen's Solo Show at Principle Gallery

Skies Clear

























Karen and I were in Charleston this weekend to attend the reception for her solo show at Principle Gallery. We had been sweating the weather during the preceding week convinced that the show would be "rained out" by what looked like, on radar, to be a significant storm scheduled to arrive just about the time the show was to begin.

Ready

























As luck would have it the inclement weather cleared out a few hours before the show and left us with a perfect evening. In fact the entire weekend, weatherwise, was gorgeous. We arrived to find Frank and Thomas had done a beautiful job of hanging the show, and after catching up on the news of the past year Karen and I headed down King Street to CO, our favorite Charleston restaurant for two bowls of Curry Laksa.

Gallery Fills

























In the past we had had use of an apartment the gallery owned located directly above the gallery. A very nice and unbelievably convenient place to stay when we were in town. Unfortunately, for us, the ownership of the building had just changed hands and the apartment was gone, so we were on our own to find lodging. Happily Frank, who I believe is really a wizard, worked a deal for us to stay at the Spectator Hotel just a couple of blocks down from the gallery. Nicest hotel we've ever stayed in. Ever. It even provided the services of a butler. A butler! 

Karen and Thomas

























Rested and groomed for the evening we left the hotel around five and walked down the street for the opening. It wasn't long before the gallery began to fill and Frank and Thomas started to work the room. By the time the doors were closing Karen had sold three paintings with two more on hold. 

Eric was there as always to serve drinks

























Frank had arranged for Karen to attend a "Meet and Greet" at the French Quarter Inn on Saturday so that gave us another day to spend in Charleston. For us that means visiting as many art galleries as we can with lunch at the Brown Dog Deli somewhere in-between. 

Guests

























Saturday went great. As I mentioned before the weather was perfect and our day went as planned. Saw a lot of good "art". We were fortunate in that one of our favorite artists, Jeffery Larson and his son Brock, were having a show at Helana Fox Fine Art. We also had a long visit with Robert Lange at his gallery Robert Lange Studios. They were having a show that weekend entitled Shiny Stuff which included collaborative pieces created by Robert Lange and Nathan Durfee, and work by George Ayers. RLS is always one of the highlights of our trips to Charleston.


Karen and Guest

























At five thirty we headed around the corner from our hotel to the French Quarter Inn. The Meet and Greet was set up in the lobby. Frank had brought over three paintings from the gallery and Karen mingled with the guests, answered questions, and received compliments about her work for about an hour and a half. A nice low key event to wrap up her show.


Guests















Karen and I had picked up a couple of "Wacky Jackies" from the Brown Dog Deli earlier and stashed them in the little fridge in our room, so after the Meet and Greet we went back to our room for dinner and call it a night.


Karen and Guest

























My "payment" for helping Karen with her shows is breakfast at Eli's Table. We'er both vegans, but I do eat eggs on two occasions. One is when my brother comes into town from New York and needs his Waffle House fix and the other is when we attend Karen's show in Charleston and I order the Wild Mushroom Omelet at Eli's Table. I'm ashamed to admit this, but now it's out.


Meet and Greet

























Frank new we'd be at Eli's Sunday morning and joined us for breakfast. Afterward we thanked him and Thomas for all there help putting together the show, said our goodbye's then headed back home with a good book on "tape".  A really, really nice weekend. 





Sunday, March 17, 2019

WIP

Untitled  .  Work in Progress  .  Fragment of a 24 x 24  .  Oil on panel

























My current painting is taking so long that I figured I'd better put up a Work In Progress shot to show that I'm actually still around. This is a small portion (approximately 8 square inches) of the underpainting. The size of the finished painting will be 24 x 24. The subject came from a photo Karen took at a street market in New York's Chinatown. I've lusted over this image for years and she kindly granted me permission to use it. I'm hoping to finish the underpainting today or tomorrow so I can get going on the next pass. For me the second pass is the most fun. I fear this piece may take three passes. Fingers crossed I can get it done in two.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Black Grapes No. 3

Black Grapes No. 3  |  24 x 24  |  Oil on panel


























I've been doing quite a bit of hard edge mechanical themed work lately and was in the mood for something a little more organic, so I went back to my folder of black grapes. It took a while to get this one done, but it was a very enjoyable journey. 

I've got another life form based composition on the drawing board now. It's an image I've been thinking about for quite a while. I haven't committed to it just yet, simply because it scares me. If it were to turn out like I'd like it could be a cool painting, so I'm hoping I can summon up the courage to "face my fear" and dive in. 



Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year with VW

VW   |   30 x 30   |   Oil on panel

























It's the time of year when I, sincerely, like to thank all of the people who have taken the time to visit my blog. It really means a lot to me, so thank you! 

I've been working on this piece for a while now and was hoping to get it in under the wire to be my final painting for 2018. Made it with a few hours to spare. I came across this bug in the parking lot of our local Whole Foods and took a bunch of shots for a possible future painting. I've owned two beetles in my life so I have a definite soft spot in my heart for this little car. When I was working up the composition I couldn't get the 1959 DDB Advertising Agency's "Think Small" campaign out of my head, so I stole it. I made sure to use the correct typeface (futura) then matched up the kerning, and other modifications to come as close as I could to the original ad. I grew up with those ads and seeing as how this will be the final year of the beetle it felt appropriate.


Monday, November 19, 2018

State Fair   |   24 x 36   |   Oil on panel


























I've had the itch lately to try something "different". A couple of autumns ago Karen, my brother Doug and I went to the Georgia State Fair. I felt that the event would provide some interesting photography so I brought along my Fuji. The next day I was going through my photos and came across a half a dozen shots of peoples legs and feet hanging out of the skybucket as the passengers  were towed above the fair grounds at dusk. I always liked those images but feared they were just a little too "different" from what I usually paint, and may not be positively received. So I banked those photos for the last couple of years waiting for the right moment. I finally built up the nerve and now that it's done, I have to say I'm pretty happy with it. 


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Karen's Solo Show at Shain Gallery







































Karen and I drove up to Charlotte Friday to attend the reception of her solo show at Shain Gallery. We headed out of Atlanta a little before 7. With warm beverages within reach and Stephen King's the Stand playing on the iPod I hit the cruise control and we were off.

We got into town around 11 and stopped by the gallery to say hello and check out the room. The space looked great. Sybil Godwin, the gallery owner, and her staff had done a wonderful job of hanging the paintings. After spending some time getting reacquainted with everyone Karen and I drove over to our favorite restaurant CO for two bowls of Curry Laksa. 

With lunch under our belts we went to our hotel to check in. We stayed at the LeMéridien last year and liked it so much we decided to stay there again this year. At check in the desk clerk made us, "guests of the day"! I guess she thought we had nice faces. As a result we got free valet parking, free breakfast and they upgraded our room to a suite on the 16th floor with walls of windows on two sides. Spectacular view. 

At six we entered the gallery and the first patrons were just beginning to arrive. The weather that evening was perfect and it wasn't long before the gallery was full. Karen, who is usually a little apprehensive about being the center of attention, soon got into a comfortable groove with the crowd. Which was good because everyone wanted to speak with her. When the show was over she and I said to each other,  "this is about as good as it gets".  

Oh, and one last thing, Karen sold sixteen of the twenty paintings she did for the show!

As things were winding up at the gallery I was talking to Bill Godwin, Sybil's husband about where Karen and I might have dinner. He knew we were vegans and said he, a devout carnivore, had heard good things about Luna's Living Kitchen, so we went there. It was a little hard to find, especially in the dark in an unfamiliar city, but eventually Siri and a phone call got us there. The structure had a nice open air industrial chic design with large funky art on the walls. Everything on the menu was all whole food plant based with no processed products. Not even tofu. Our server was friendly, I mean really friendly, and was happy to spend as much time as we needed describing items on the menu. We started with a nut based cheese plate, which sounds strange but was really good, then Karen had the Carrot humus bowl and I had the Mexican bowl. Man! Karen commented to me about half way through her entree, "this is the best salad I've ever had in my life". That coming from someone who eats a lot of salads. I wish there was a Living Kitchen in Atlanta. 

The next morning after our (free) breakfast we set the Garmin for home and drove back still riding the high of the night before. All in all a virtually perfect couple of days. 

Here are a few images of the reception:

One of the first patrons to arrive
     























Sybil, the gallery owner second from the left running the show










Karen with one of the guests























Wall with a couple of red dots













Visitors 

























Lou, running the bar and Eli, on the right, Sybil's gallery director























Karen with Sybil's husband Bill speaking with a guest












Kimberly the new gallery manager & Lou 







Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pool Bowl No. 27

Pool Bowl No. 27  |  16 x 16  |  Oil on panel


























I occasionally paint on canvas, sometimes on MDF or Masonite, but mostly I use an Ampersand Gessoboard, toned to a, somewhat, neutral grey in acrylic, then sanded with 220 grit sandpaper when it's dry. More often than not that provides me with a pretty nice base to paint on, but every once in a while, for reasons I don't understand, the paint just wants to reject the surface. When this is the case I know I'm in for a long hard battle. This was one of those paintings. It turned out pretty good in the end, but I'm still bruised. Once this has dried and been varnished it's going to Rehs Galleries in NYC.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Pool Bowl: Work in Progress

Pool Bowl: Work in Progress   |   16 x 16   |   Oil on panel


























I haven't posted a work in progress image in quite a while, so here is what I'm currently working on. One of my Pool Bowl paintings. Closing in on the completion of the first pass. When it's done it will follow the Sunbeam Mixer to Rehs Galleries in NYC.