Cow, oil on linen, 18.5 x 37″
I was happy to get an email a few days ago informing me that my still life of a cow skull will be shown along with ten other skull paintings in Losing Your Head at Manifest, in Cincinnati. I was startled at how small the selection was for this show, given the typical flood of entries, with only nine artists exhibiting:
Thank you so much for participating in this process and for your patience! Our jury for this competitive exhibit resulted in the final selection including 11 works by 9 artists. We received a total of 340 entries from 131 artists. Your exhibit is currently planned to be presented in our North Gallery, and it promises to be quite stunning!
I have Lauren Purje and Susan Sills to thank for the inspiration behind the three skull paintings I’ve completed in the past year and a half. Lauren challenged me to try a human skull–and the biggest challenge turned out to be simply getting my hands on one, which I’ve written about before. Once I’d completed and shown it, Susan stepped up and offered to loan me a baboon skull, which she’d come across on a trip to Africa, and gave me outright the cow skull I used for the painting that will be shown at Manifest. The baboon painting just came home from a show at Minot State University, and the human skull painting arrived home yesterday from the Tallahassee International at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. These vanitas paintings are uniquely challenging but also uniquely rewarding: conveying the complexity of the surface of a weathered, aged skull, discolored from time in the soil, brings an unusual sense of fulfillment when it turns out well.
Welcome Everyone to my new web page, written in Word Press code.
I just realized that I have been building Harps, And websites for a looong time ! My first web site was in 1993, written with AOL Press,.. 21 years ago ! But I started building harps back in 1978, which is 36 years ago !:-)
So, just click on this link to get to my new site. It is still under construction on some of the 39 pages, with many more images and videos to be added.
Enjoy, and let me know what you think !
I will be at the Southeastern Harp Weekend, on Oct 23rd through the 27th in Ashville North Carolina, showing a brand new custom carved Myrtle wood 36 string nylon harp.
This weekend !!
This harp is carved with angels in flight, a crescent moon with a semiprecious stone set inside it, crystals, gold leaf, painted and carved feathers and also it sounds really, really GOOD ! Come and see me and my lovely wife Laurie, of Markwood Heavenly Strings & Cases, at booth ‘B’ !
Here are some shots of this harp under construction .
André Masson (French, 1896-1987), Migration X, 1958. Oil on canvas, 112 x 94 cm.
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The past few weeks I have been working on a commission of one of my Earth Spirit Vessels for a friend. Two weeks ago I showed the calligraphy and the folded pieces for the vessel. Today I’m showing photos of its progress … Continue reading →
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This image comes from an exhibition catalog published by Tibor de Nagy gallery for a show of Edwin Dickinson’s work in 1996. It arrived last week after I found it online, in new condition, with several good color reproductions of his work, though not as many as I’d hoped. It includes an appreciation by the poet […]
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Time To Draw Yes! Today was a lovely fall day! Sky blue, temperatures mild, calm winds. That means time to go outside and do another “Drawing Talent” piece! Armed with stool, paint tool box, paper, water, sunscreen, hat…etc, OFF I GO! It was late morning on a Sunday. Certainly there will be no one around and […]
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This past summer I was driving from Rochester to Chautauqua, to spend a few days helping Peter Georgescu put together a new book proposal, which turned out to be productive (and gave me a chance to work with Andrew Terrell, a very young former White House staffer who seems to know everything that’s going to […]
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