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18 April 2017

Live Painting Demo - Cancelled

Unfortunately, I had to cancel my live demo because I'm sick with the flu (or something). More later.

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14 April 2017

Upcoming Live Painting Demo - April 20

On Tuesday,  I will be announcing the details of my upcoming April 20 live painting demonstration in Arcadia University's Castle. I've been doing these live painting demonstrations since 2011: for 2 hours, I will complete my daily painting in front of a live audience, with the filming streamed live online in real time.

If you're interested, save the date of my upcoming live demo: APRIL 20, 12pm-2pm EST.
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In the meantime, watch how fast I can paint:

Click below to view the time-lapse of my 2016 live painting demo:



Click below to view the time-lapse of my 2015 live painting demo:



Here are photos from my Feb 2014 live demo, and you can watch that 3 minute time lapse below:



If you're new to my blog, watch all my past live demos here, or choose below:

April 1, 2016, Arcadia University: Still Life with Silver Cup, Red Pear, & Two Muscat Grapes
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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March 27, 2015, Arcadia University: Silver Cup, Two Blueberries, & Muscat Grapes
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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February 28, 2014, Arcadia University: Silver Cup with Pear and Red Grapes
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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February 21, 2012, Arcadia University: Still Life with Silver Creamer
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
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June 9-12, 2011, Art in the Open, Philadelphia
View photos of event

April 27, 2011, FOX's Good Day Philadelphia
View FOX's Broadcast and Time Lapse

February 15, 2011, Arcadia University: Peeled Tangerine with Tea Bowl
Fundraiser for the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
View Time Lapse | View photos of event

2010, Linchpin video for Seth Godin's Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? book
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10 April 2017

Zecchi's Cadmium Yellow Pigment (the light, the shade)


Zecchi's Cadmium Yellow Pigment (the light, the shade), 2017, oil on linen on panel, 6" x 5"

I'll be making two cool announcements this week, so keep an eye out.

I brought this pigment (and other pigments) back with me from Florence, Italy in 2008 (you can see a snapshot I took of the pigments at Zecchi's Art Store here). Also, this painting is part of my the light, the shade series that I began back in December 2012. I wrote about how Robert Lax was the inspiration for my "the light, the shade" series here. 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 enjoy this painting, you may also like to see a bunch of my paintings of paint tubes.

Ending soon: at 11 PM EST

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09 April 2017

Both Paintings Together: Tangelos on Stacked Wood Blocks


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06 April 2017

Stacked Stones (Cairn) No. 2 (present moment)


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A cairn is a human-made pile (or stack) of stones, and the word cairn comes from middle Gaelic. Since prehistory, they have been built and used as burial monuments. In modern times, cairns are also built as landmarks, for ceremonial purposes, and to mark trails, among other purposes. My first cairn painting is here.

If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see other paintings from my "present moment" series, or my "magic is still possible" series, my golden series, or a bunch of my trompe l'oeil paintings.

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05 April 2017

Peeled Tangelo on Stacked Wood Blocks (+ Merton at Georgian Court)


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This painting can be paired with my painting yesterday:


When I posted previously about my parents' forthcoming children's book about Thomas Merton, I got many great emails/responses. I thought I would share that through one in particular, I learned that Georgian Court University has a Merton Collection consisting of an almost complete collection of Thomas Merton’s major books in first editions and many articles published throughout his lifetime. [details]

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04 April 2017

Tangelo on Wood Blocks (+ two thoughts about pennies)


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If you're interested, RetireThePenny.org asks the question "What can you buy with a penny?" Their answer: "Right now, a penny doesn't even buy a penny. According to the U.S. Mint's 2014 annual report, the current cost of a penny is 1.7 cents per coin. With nearly 8 billion pennies minted in 2014, the U.S. spent almost $132 million to produce less than $50 million of circulating currency. When production cost is added to the opportunity cost of using the penny economists say that the penny drains almost $900 million from the national economy every year!" [keep reading]

On the topic of pennies, below is the beginning of Annie Dillard's great chapter entitled "Seeing" in her 1974 book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Written in first-person, it is a nonfiction book which captures the narrator's contemplations on nature, life, and explorations near her home:

"When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of
my own and hide it for someone else to find. It was a curious compulsion; sadly, I’ve never been
seized by it since. For some reason I always “hid” the penny along the same stretch of sidewalk
up the street. I would cradle it at the roots of a sycamore, say, or in a hole left by a chipped-off
piece of sidewalk. Then I would take a piece of chalk, and, starting at either end of the block,
draw huge arrows leading up to the penny from both directions. After I learned to write I labeled
the arrows: SURPRISE AHEAD or MONEY THIS WAY. I was greatly excited, during all this
arrow-drawing, at the thought of the first lucky passer-by who would receive in this way,
regardless of merit, a free gift from the universe. But I never lurked about. I would go straight
home and not give the matter another thought, until, some months later, I would be gripped again
by the impulse to hide another penny.

It is still the first week in January, and I’ve got great plans. I’ve been thinking about seeing. There
are lots of things to see, unwrapped gifts and free surprises. The world is fairly studded and
strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But—and this is the point—who gets
excited by a mere penny? If you follow one arrow, if you crouch motionless on a bank to watch a
tremulous ripple thrill on the water and are rewarded by the sight of a muskrat kid paddling from
its den, will you count that sight a chip of copper only, and go your rueful way? It is dire poverty
indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won’t stoop to pick up a penny. But if
you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your
day, then, since the world is in fact planted in pennies, you have with your poverty bought a
lifetime of days. It is that simple. What you see is what you get." [keep reading]

Ending soon: at 10:30 PM EST tonight
Still Life with Marble and Asian Pear (friends)

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30 March 2017

Still Life with Marble and Asian Pear (friends) (+ the Rapture of Seeing)


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This is my first painting in a new series entitled "friends" -- unlikely (yet simpatico) pairings. With this painting, I am still researching the "white" background in the John Johnston Still Life from 1810 that I studied in 2015 at the "Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life" exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I found a poor quality image of Johnston's still life online here.

If you're interested, "The Rapture of Seeing: In memory of Ellsworth Kelly" is a detailed America Magazine article about Ellsworth Kelly. Published in print in the March 21, 2016 issue, here is an excerpt:

“I think what we all want from art is a sense of fixity,” Kelly said, “a sense of opposing the chaos of daily living.” But for that one must risk contemplation, finding the time and space to share his clear vision. And if one does? Kelly’s pilgrimage amounts to a promise. “In a sense, what I’ve tried to capture is the reality of flux, to keep art an open, incomplete situation, to get at the rapture of seeing.” [Keep reading]

If you enjoy this painting, you might like to see a bunch of my paintings of marbles (scroll down) or Asian pears.

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27 March 2017

Red Collection (Golden Ratio), larger painting (+ David Wiesner's "Phone Home")


Red Collection (Golden Ratio), 2017, oil on panel, 8 x 10 inches
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This painting (of a cigar, copper tack, cardinal feather, matches, and Vasari's alizarin crimson) is the second in my Golden Ratio series; in 2014 I exhibited my Blue Collection (Golden Ratio), 6 x 7 inches, at the Peto Museum. These tromp l'oeil paintings relate to a series of non-objective ink paintings that I've been working on since 2012 that utilize the structure of the golden ratio. I've been considering the golden ratio as not just a structure (as it is in this painting), but as subject matter in my still life and tromp l'oeil oil paintings.

I would like to recommend a fantastic blog by Caldecott-winning illustrator/author David Wiesner. One entry, entitled "Phone Home," begins like this:

"In 1982, the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released. History was made.
In 1984, my agent, Dilys Evans, got a phone call from representatives of Steven Spielberg. They were looking for a children’s book illustrator to work on a top-secret project with Mr. Spielberg. They wouldn’t actually say what the subject of the project was, but there were enough hints that Dilys realized it had to do with E.T.
Dilys knew this was perfect for me – I knew film, I knew sci-fi, I knew fantasy, and I knew children’s books. I spent several days putting together a presentation of my work to send to LA...."

To see lots of images and keep reading: [http://www.davidwiesner.com/work/phone-home/]

Ending soon at 3:30pm EST Monday, March 27:
Lemon with Leaves, Flower, and Bud

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22 March 2017

Lemon with Leaves, Flower, and Bud (+ Fantin-Latour)


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Fantin-Latour is a great painter whose work I often study at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. À Fleur de Peau was a recent exhibition of his work at Musée du Luxembourg in Paris; the show is no longer on view, but, if you're interested, the exhibition catalog can be found at this link.

This is another lemon generously given to me by my in-laws in Arizona. If you enjoy this painting, you may also like to see Lemon with Three Leaves (Separation of Powers) or a bunch of my paintings of lemons.

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02 March 2017

Golden Series: Apple, Cranberries, and Humboldt Fog ( + Lax at AstroPoets)



This is the 13th painting in my Golden Series. Also, if you've been following along my ongoing Robert Lax project "the light, the shade" and my Johnston Fellowship work involving Lax -- Lax was included in a twitter post by Astro Poets (@poetastrologers).

If you enjoy this painting, I invite you to see all of the paintings from my Golden series, or a bunch of my paintings with apples or fruit with a leaf or leaves or cranberries or five previous paintings with Humboldt Fog cheese in them.

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