Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Lobster

I finally saw the movie The Lobster this weekend.  I had been wanting to see it since this summer and it was very good.  Very visually interesting and also a curious use of storytelling and narrative voice.  I recommend it...

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Simple Thought

I made a painting that reminded me of a poem I think about sometimes.

The Light of Interiors by Kay Ryan

The light of interiors
is the admixture
of who knows how many
doors ajar, windows
casually curtained,
unblinded or opened,
oculi set into ceilings,
wells, ports, shafts,
loose fits, leaks,
and other breaches
of surface. But, in
any case, the light,
once in, bounces
toward the interior,
glancing off glassy
enamels and polishes,
softened by the scuffed
and often-handled, muffled
in carpet and toweling,
buffeted down hallways,
baffled equally
by the scatter and order
of love and failure
to an ideal and now
sourceless texture which
when mixed with silence
makes of a simple
table with flowers
an island.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baked Goods Press Release

We are getting closer to the Baked Goods show, less than a month away now.  Above is the press release, here is a link to the University City Arts League website.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Rugs Patterns

I've been on the hunt for a new rug for a while.  Another thing I have champagne taste on a beer budget or whatever for.  I really yearned for a rug from my favorite store Woven Treasures on South Street.  The owner goes to Turkey every year and picks out the most amazing rugs to ship back.  But I was surprised with a gorgeous runner for xmas from there about 2 x 5 (Nug has my same taste) and that's all I can really hope for in life.  

After a few months of browsing around, I stumbled across Lulu and Georgia.  It has some really beautiful rugs and they range in price for a 5 x 8 from about $150-$500 so there is definitely room to sneak in on the cheap side.  I just missed the one above before it sold out, it's so good!  I think its going to be a good resource for patterns, some of which might make there way in my paintings at some point.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Excerpts from Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures and Conversations

This past spring I read straight through the book Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures and Conversations in about a month.  It was a library book so I had to get it back in time, but it was good timing.  April/May always seems to be the time when having taught for 8 months I have nearly lost my sense of my own painting thoughts and inner dialogue.  So it was kind of like his words and thoughts took that space.  Anyway, because it wasn't mine to keep, I snapped photos of pages of the book that I thought were too good to forget.  I recently saw that folder of images and thought I'd share.

So much of what I seemed to like is how he talks about the way he challenges his own approach to the studio.  He asks himself to paint a brick wall he's never seen before, or imagine what it would be like to be the first man to draw on a cave wall or to draw something he's only felt in the dark.  These kinds of stimulus are what kept his work reinventing all the time, the struggle palpable on the canvas still.   I  think they would be the best prompts for teaching, students would lose their minds.

"Don't decorate rectangles."

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is 87 years old and she is the most fabulous thing.  And her work is as fabulous as she is and it is going to be in a traveling retrospective around the US this year.  Here are some details...