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20 February 2018

Still Life with Four Chocolate Hugs and Kisses, 12x9"


Still Life with Four Chocolate Hugs and Kisses
Oil on linen on panel, 9x12 inches, 2018
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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see some of my other larger oil paintings.

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15 February 2018

Still Life with Sake Bottle and Asian Pear (+peace)


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I often mention Thomas Merton; so, if you're interested:

"Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience."
~Thomas Merton

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14 February 2018

Still Life with Two Chocolate Kisses (pink) (+ 2018 workshops)


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I'll be announcing 2018 painting workshops soon. In the meantime, if you're interested here are a few reviews from folks who have taken my workshops in the past:

"Anyone who ever meets you and experiences your deep and gentle soul and wonderful teaching skills knows how true this is. You are one in a million.
-ES

"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and learning from you. Your technique of sketching in your objects loosely to start is very freeing. Your brushwork and completed works are beautiful. I get such a pleasure from remembering your peaceful nature and inspirational work. Thank you. I look forward to taking another workshop with you."
-PL

"Thank you so much for an outstanding workshop! I really appreciate the time you spent helping me learn so much… and while I feel that I got far more than I expected, I know that there is so much more for me to learn. And this is good because I will never get bored on the never ending journey of exploration & discovery! I hope you are able to come back to teach at Falmouth… we were so very fortunate to have you here this week. And perhaps I will get to one of your workshops in the Philadelphia or NJ area."
-PM

"I am still basking in the memory of your workshop with great joy. I just wanted to thank you again for your gentle way and sincere kindness. Looking forward to receiving my Abbey Ryan demo painting to add to my collection. Such an honor!"
-LS

If you're interested, you can also watch a short film about my teaching style here.

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13 February 2018

Chocolate Kiss, 2018


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Related to my postings on mindful studio practice, I sometimes read renowned writer Maria Popova's work (my previous mentions here). In her piece about "Thoreau on the Hubris of Our Knowledge and the Transcendent Humility of Not-Knowing," she writes, "Thoreau’s chief concern is the hubris that knowledge breeds, to which conscious not-knowing offers a counterpoint of humility:

Thoreau: 'My desire for knowledge is intermittent, but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.'" [Source]

If you're interested, you might enjoy seeing more of my chocolate kiss paintings or more articles I've posted about over the years.

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12 February 2018

Still Life with Two Chocolate Kisses, 2018


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A while back, I received an email from someone letting me know that they enjoyed the painting and commentary I had sent out, and they thought I might enjoy this quote:
"We cannot fix experience by naming it. We cannot possess, understand, or demystify it with names. Experience is never what we imagine or expect. It is curious that there is so much hunger for permanence and security through fixity, since what is more fixed is less alive." ~Ted Seth Jacobs, Drawing with an Open Mind
The last time I painted this subject was in 2009. If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of chocolate or chocolate kisses. You might also like reading other quotes I have posted about over the years.

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06 February 2018

8 Candy Heart paintings - all at auction now


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All auctions end at different times around 11:45AM Friday, Feb. 9

I got a request for this, so for some fun, I'm re-visiting a subject I haven't painted for many years. All auctions contain detail views. These auctions will last for 3 days and end before noon this Friday. If you send me a note after you win an auction, I can send you a print-quality image of your painting (since it needs a couple more weeks to dry before I can pack and ship).


TRUE LOVE Candy Heart (green), 4x3.5"
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MARRY ME Candy Heart (white), 4x3.5"
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SOUL MATE Candy Heart (yellow), 4x3.5"
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SOUL MATE Candy Heart (pink), 4x3.5"
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KISS ME Candy Heart (orange), 4x3.5"
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I LOVE YOU Candy Heart (yellow), 4x3.5"
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MY HEART Candy Heart (green), 4x3.5"
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SOUL MATE Candy Hearts (purple), 4x3.5"
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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of candy.

Auction ending soon today at 3PM EST:

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30 January 2018

Still Life with Olive Oil and Vine Tomatoes


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If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my other painting of this olive oil or a bunch of my paintings of tomatoes.

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23 January 2018

Sunset Reflected in Brandy Snifter (present moment)



Today's painting gives a bit more of a glimpse of the view out my new studio window. If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see other paintings from my "present moment" series. Also, this brandy snifter was given to me as a gift -- follow that link to see some of my still life paintings that were inspired by the generosity of others.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see paintings from my "present moment" series, or some other paintings of sunsets, Schuylkill River Reflections at Sunset (2009), or a bunch of my paintings of things that were given to me.

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19 January 2018

Pear with Snow and Self Portrait Reflected in Silver Cup (+ "the paths that birds make")



My new studio is on the 3rd floor, and the view is inspiring. In this cup's reflections, you can see me in my new painting hat (it's cold in my studio) and snow on the ground with late afternoon light coming through the distant trees.

In addition to my oil paintings, I also make large ink paintings on paper (if you're interested in seeing some, click here). One in particular, which consists of two 35 x 42 in. panels and usually hangs in my living room, was partially inspired by a murmuration, or flock of starlings. In light of that, I just have to share this Jan. 2018 National Geographic magazine article, "If Birds Left Tracks in the Sky, They’d Look Like This." It features amazing works by Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou. Prepare yourself and click the link. (Note: There's a slideshow at the bottom of the article with 16 images.)

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Still Life with Blue Vase and Asian Pear (First Snow of 2016), Still Life with Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, & Muscat Grapes (Live Demo Painting)Still Life with Apple & Silver Cup (A Meditation on 8 Years), or a bunch of my paintings of silver objects.

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17 January 2018

Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade) (+ museum exhibition)


Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade)
Oil on linen on panel, 8x10 inches, 2017, Patmos, Greece
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Starting this Friday, Still Life with Copper Pot and Pears (the light, the shade) will be on view in a juried museum exhibition "Perspectives of the American Experience" at the Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY. The exhibition runs from January 19 - April 22, 2018. The Rockwell Museum exhibition was juried by Kirsty Buchanan, Curator of Collection, Rockwell Museum and Dr. Constance Sullivan-Blum, former Director, the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. From their website: "This highly competitive and tightly-curated exhibit will showcase a diverse group of representational artworks by artists who draw, paint or sculpt in a contemporary or traditional style that fit the theme of "Perspectives of the American Experience." #awarockwell

This painting is part of my ongoing series "the light, the shade" and I painted it on Patmos, Greece while creating my work for my Johnston Fellowship research and upcoming exhibition (more details later). Generous support for my "the light, the shade" series from June 2016-June 2018 is provided by the Norman Johnston Fellowship at Arcadia University.*

If you've followed my blog, my "the light, the shade" paintings are part of my daily painting work and are inspired by American poet Robert Lax's minimalist poetry, Lax's contemplative life on Patmos, Greece (one of the oldest known penal colonies in history), and Dr. Norman Johnston’s writings on “monastic imprisonment.” If you're not familiar, I first wrote about Robert Lax as the inspiration for my "the light, the shade" paintings here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see my paintings from my "the light, the shade" series.

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*The Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship was endowed by the estate of Dr. Norman Johnston to encourage talented and dedicated faculty members to excel in research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to share their knowledge with the University community. The fellowship promotes the values of Professor Emeritus Norman Johnston, who understood the central role of faculty in the education process, the open exchange of ideas, and the engagement of the entire University community. Dr. Johnston joined Arcadia in 1962 and was an international expert on the history of prison architecture. He taught at the University for 30 years, retiring in 1992. Dr. Johnston passed away in October 2012 at the age of 91.

16 January 2018

Pear in North Light (+article about my work)


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Thanks so much for all your wonderful emails of good wishes for my new studio!

I don't really need to title this "in North light" because my new studio just *has* north light illuminating anything I paint in there during the day. But, since it's my first studio with true north light, there it is : )

The January 2018 Artists & Illustrators magazine has an article about my work and studio practice. Artists & Illustrators says on their site that they are "Britain’s most popular magazine for practicing artists." Click the image for a larger view.

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