28 June 2016

Fig and Reflections in a Japanese Cup (+ private painting mentoring)


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This cup was a recent gift from my brother-in-law, who brought it back for me from Japan. I am so grateful!

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24 June 2016

Spring Onions (larger painting) (+ Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work)


Spring Onions from Red Earth Farm
oil on linen on panel, 8 x 10 inches, available
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"Our capacity for what psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has termed 'fertile solitude' is absolutely essential not only for our creativity but for the basic fabric of our happiness — without time and space unburdened from external input and social strain, we’d be unable to fully inhabit our interior life, which is the raw material of all art. That vital role of solitude in art and life is what the great artist Louise Bourgeois explores in several of the letters and diary entries collected in Louise Bourgeois: Destruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997. Here's a quote:

'Solitude, a rest from responsibilities, and peace of mind, will do you more good than the atmosphere of the studio and the conversations which, generally speaking, are a waste of time.'" ~Louise Bourgeois

[Source: Maria Popova, "Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work"]

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22 June 2016

Still Life with Japanese Cup, Peach, & Blue Jay Feather (+ Growing Up The Internet)



The next session of my #digitaldetox 1-week e-course "The Innernet" will be this August. Details here. Related to that, I've always been interested in Teilhard de Chardin's concepts and this radio show is really fascinating (they mention Teilhard at the end). Here's a quote from the interview:

"The Internet is in its infancy and it's up to all of us to grow it up."
~Krista Tippett, onbeing.org [source]

Ending soon: 
Still life w/ Delft Vase and Cherries (present moment)

3.5 x 4 inches, oil on linen on panel
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16 June 2016

Pohnpeian Cowry Shell and Peach (Yin & Yang) (+ 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation)


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The end of Celeste Headlee's Ted talk, "10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation," is: "Go out, talk to people, listen to people, and, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed." Watch the full video here.

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Spring Figs in a Copper Bowl

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15 June 2016

Still life with Delft Vase and Cherries (+ what makes a good life?)


Still life with Delft Vase and Cherries (present moment)
3.5 x 4 inches, oil on linen on panel
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If you have some free time, take a look at What makes a good life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness; there's a video and the article ends with a quote from Mark Twain. More than a century ago, he was looking back on his life, and he wrote this:

"There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that."

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07 June 2016

Still Life with Bowl and Pear with Leaf (+ Gerhard's amazing time lapse)


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If you're interested, here's a cool time lapse video by the renowned illustrator/artist, Gerhard.

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02 June 2016

Antique Wire-rimmed Glasses No. 3 (+ Skyspace)


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This is my third time painting these awesome antique wire-rimmed glasses that I found at a market in Woodstock, NY; if you look closely there's a self portrait of sorts in the reflection (here are a bunch of other reflection self portraits, too).

If you haven't seen it, the Chestnut Hill Skyspace is now open again and allows visitors to enjoy the tranquility of sunrise and sunset below James Turrell’s mesmerizing lights. It is open every Sunday at sunset, every First Friday at sunset, and every First Sunday 50 minutes before sunrise (a completely different piece, and very much worth getting up early for).

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01 June 2016

Pear and bird's egg (present moment) (+ "life’s ebb and flow")



I wanted to share a beautifully illustrated children's book with you. Maria Popova writes: "I have shared a good portion of my life with a dog afflicted by what animal behaviorists call 'storm anxiety' — a phobia of thunder so acute that it renders him a terrified, trembling ghost of himself, heartbreaking to witness and nearly impossible to comfort. This despairing helplessness to help led to the purchase of the gimmicky-sounding but surprisingly effective ThunderShirt — a contraption that achieves, cognitively speaking, the opposite of what a canine raincoat does and calms the shaking pup down by simulating the sensation of being tightly held.

One of the lovelinesses of dogs is that they have a great deal in common with children — a vast capacity for playfulness and a largehearted, jubilant curiosity about the world, but also some intense, primal fears of phenomena like storms and the dark. And one of the lovelinesses of children is that they remind us of the most elemental parts of ourselves — parts that only get covered up by our grownup masks and coping strategies, but never quite leave us. That classic childhood fear of the dark, for instance, becomes the less obvious but equally paralyzing adult fear of the unexplainable.

In The Storm, Japanese children’s book author and artist Akiko Miyakoshi presents a subtle and sensitive fable of fear, the frustration of uncontrollable events, and the redemptive power of surrendering to the ebb and flow of life. The story unfolds from the point of view of an androgynous child who has been anticipating a trip to the beach, but learns that a formidable storm is on the way...." [Source]

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31 May 2016

PB & J, redux (+ Anna Deavere Smith on Discipline)


PB & J, redux
8 x 10 inches, oil on linen on panel, 2016
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I sometimes paint a PB & J sandwich still life, and when I got this request for a commission, I couldn't resist! Hope you enjoy it.

Renowned artist, actor, playwright, and educator Anna Deavere Smith is a fellow alum of mine from Arcadia. Her book, Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts for Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind, is a "compendium of immeasurably insightful and useful advice, titled after the famous Rilke tome" in which Smith shares her wisdom on confidence and what self-respect really means.

Reminiscent of this Zen quote I love, her statement, "Discipline — both mental and physical — is crucial" really spoke to me.

"For Smith, a dedication to discipline is the defining characteristic of the artist. A number of famous creators would concur, from Tchaikovsky ("A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.") to Chuck Close ("Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work."), from Anthony Trollope ("My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best.") to E.B. White ("A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.")"

"...That’s perhaps why successful artists and writers are so powerfully anchored to their daily routines and their quirky habits. There’s a kind of readiness for creation that the discipline of a daily rhythm induces. Smith captures it beautifully:
'Be more than ready. Be present in your discipline. Remember your gift. Be grateful for your gift and treat it like a gift. Cherish it, take care of it, and pass it on. Use your time to bathe yourself in that gift. Move your hand across the canvas. Go to museums. Make this into an obsession… 
What you are will show, ultimately. Start now, every day, becoming, in your actions, your regular actions, what you would like to become in the bigger scheme of things.'" [Source]
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27 May 2016

Abate Fetel Pear No. 3 (+ email list notice)


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I've gotten emails lately from folks who have not been receiving my daily paintings in their inbox. First, thank you for your interest in my work (a big thank you).

It's important for you to check on your email list preferences. I have 3 email lists: A Painting a DAY, A Painting a WEEK, or A Painting a MONTH. Sign up for only ONE of the email lists so you don't get duplicate emails. In the weekly email, you'll get whatever I post usually on a Tuesday. In the monthly email, you'll get whatever I post on that day during a given month. If you do not want to miss my painting auctions, I'd suggest the daily email (which I really send out only 4-5 times a week). The weekly and monthly emails are better for folks who are not really often planning on purchasing my work.

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24 May 2016

Abate Fetel Pear on a Wood Block No. 2 (+ Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial)



Recently, I was in NYC and went to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to see "Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial." On view through Aug. 21, 2016 and worth a trip if you are in NYC, this is the fifth installment of the museum’s contemporary design exhibition series at the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Some pieces in the show really blew me away, and the exhibition was reviewed by Ken Johnson at the NYTimes. Here's an excerpt:
"This year’s version of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s always interesting Design Triennial boldly ventures to tackle one of the most controversial topics in today’s visual culture. With more than 250 works by 63 designers from around the world in a jam-packed, two-floor show, “Beauty” is a mixed, visually cacophonous bag in terms of quality. But whether or not everything in it qualifies as incontrovertibly beautiful, it’s an exciting opportunity to meditate on the perennially confounding questions: What is beauty? And what is it good for? 
For thinkers from Plato to Keats, the beautiful was a universally supreme notion on par with Truth and Goodness. But with the rise of Modern art and its frequently obstreperous challenges to conventional taste, beauty became suspect as an artistic goal. Progressively minded critics these days tend to evaluate art and design for their abilities to promote new ideas and behaviors, usually in favor of politically liberal aims. Mere beauty has come to be seen as a conservative — if not morally decadent — value...."
Ending soon: 
Abate Fetel Pear on a Wood Block auction ends at 10 AM EST today:

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Ending soon: 
Still life with Strawberries and Silver Cup auction ends at 10:15 AM EST today:

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23 May 2016

Still life with Strawberries and Silver Cup (+ "one in a million")


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Thank you so much for all your kind emails and comments about my feature article in this week's Chestnut Hill Local: "Celebrated Hill artist’s work in over 900 collections," which highlights the Dr. Norman Johnston Fellowship Award that I just received. I wanted to share one of the comments that a former workshop participant left on facebook:
"What a lovely article about such a lovely person. 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'm not teaching any workshops in 2016, but if you want me to do a deep study of your work in my Private Painting Mentoring, learn more here. If you are considering applying, here are unedited testimonials about it.

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22 May 2016

Wabi Sabi Korean Bowl (+ "On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison")



I brought this amazing and unique wabi sabi handmade bowl back with me from South Korea in 2013. Wabi sabi is not easily described in words, but when I teach my workshops and private painting mentoring online, I often share my thoughts on handmade objects, and the spirit and gesture embedded in them. If you're interested, Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren is the seminal 1994 classic volume on the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. This painting is part of my Paintings of Handmade Pottery work, here's another wabi sabi bowl of mine from Patagonia, Arizona, and here's a 2013 post of mine about wabi sabi.

Renowned writer Maria Popova recently delivered the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, her alma mater. I wanted to share an excerpt with you:
"Whatever your specific vocation, your role as a creator of culture will be to help people discern what matters in the world and why by steering them away from the meaningless and toward the meaningful. E.B. White said that the role of the writer is to lift people up, not to lower them down, and I believe that’s the role of every journalist and artist and creator of culture. 
Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance. Choose to lift people up, not to lower them down — because it is a choice, always, and because in doing so you lift yourself up. 
Develop an inner barometer for your own value. Resist pageviews and likes and retweets and all those silly-sounding quantification metrics that will be obsolete within the decade. Don’t hang the stability of your soul on them. They can’t tell you how much your work counts for and to whom. They can’t tell you who you are and what you’re worth. They are that demoralizing electric bike that makes you feel if only you could pedal faster — if only you could get more pageviews and likes and retweets — you’d be worthier of your own life." [Source]
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21 May 2016

Abate Fetel Pear on a Wood Block (New Press: "Celebrated Hill artist’s work in over 900 collections")


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I found this abate fetel pear this week at my local Co-op grocery -- I have never painted this kind of pear before.

I'm honored to be featured in this week's Chestnut Hill Local. Renowned writer Len Lear interviewed me for the article, "Celebrated Hill artist’s work in over 900 collections," which highlights my Dr. Norman Johnston Fellowship Award.

If you're interested, take a look to read more about me -- and find out such things like what is a talent I wish I had, what is my most treasured possession, what do people say is my most impressive characteristic, and more.

Click on the image below to read it.

Established in 1958, the Chestnut Hill Local is an award-winning, independent weekly newspaper with a circulation of 7,000 serving the neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, in Northwest Philadelphia PA and the surrounding communities of Northwest Philadelphia.

Thanks for the honor! Hope you enjoy the article.

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19 May 2016

Blue and White Sake Cup (present moment)


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In springtime, the light in my studio is particularly fantastic. This is one of my favorite cups in my pottery collection, and I've painted it a few times over the years. Here's something related to my "present moment" series:
"If we have mindfulness and concentration, everything we see and hear in our daily life becomes a Dharma talk -- a falling leaf, a flower as it opens, a bird flying by, the sound of a bird calling. We say that it is the Dharmakaya, the Dharma body of the Buddha, which is always revealing the teaching of the Dharma. 
When we feel refreshed and attentive, we can be in touch with the Dharma body and hear the Dharma being taught from moment to moment. We shall see that it's not necessary to put a tape in our cassette player and press the button in order to hear the Dharma. We can hear the Dharma at any moment."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
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18 May 2016

Sake Bottle (present moment) (+ Johnston Fellowship News)


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Last month, I mentioned that soon I would be able to announce some big news. Today, I'm excited and honored to share that I was selected as the inaugural recipient of Arcadia University's Dr. Norman Johnston Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship begins June 1, 2016 and ends May 31, 2018.

I'll continue with my painting a day blog -- and in addition my fellowship research will consist of a two-year study focusing on my the light, the shade painting series started in December 2012. In 2017, I will spend at least a month painting on an island in Greece, and at the end of the two years, I'll be able to mount an exhibition of the work I create for this project. I will share much more information and details in the coming months.

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.

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.

P.S. Today's sake bottle painting is part of my "present moment" series of paintings; I've painted this sake bottle three times before, and the most recent time was back in 2010.

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17 May 2016

Red and Yellow Pear (+ Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist)


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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a special museum tour at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. The exhibition, Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, displays the work of my fellow Beaver/Arcadia alum, Kay WalkingStick '59, '11H. Kay spoke about her work and artistic practice as she toured members of the Arcadia community, the Alumni Association, and President Nikki Christensen through the galleries. This is the first major retrospective of her artistic career and will be on view through September 18, 2016. If you find yourself in D.C., I highly recommend it!



More information:
Kay WalkingStick is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world's most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career throughout more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places. Her distinctive approach to painting is poised between late modernism and postmodernism of the 1960s and 1970s. Over decades of intense and prolific artistic production, she sought spiritual truth through painting and metaphysical reflection. Read more.

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16 May 2016

Whiskey Cup (present moment)



As part of my "present moment" series of paintings, this is a whiskey cup made by ceramicist Chris Gustin (South Dartmouth, Massachusetts) which shows the Gustin's signature "dimple." I painted this cup once before, focusing on a view of the reverse side of it.

This painting also continues my "Paintings of Handmade Pottery" project, which I began back in 2008. If you're interested, #potsinaction is a great project started by Ayumi Horie in 2005.

P.S. Here's Chris Gustin's Facebook page. I purchased this cup from Sherrie Gallerie during the 2010 NCECA Conference in Philadelphia.

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10 May 2016

Still life of Four Tangerines with Leaves


Still life of Four Tangerines with Leaves, oil on linen on panel, 9 x 12 inches, 2016
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29 April 2016

Quince in Late Afternoon Light (+ Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn cover Europe's “The Final Countdown”)


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Since it's Friday, I thought I'd share this great video of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn covering Europe's “The Final Countdown” on The A.V. Club. The youtube description reads, "Yes, it’s only the second week of Undercover 2015, and we’re already looking at our second and third banjos of the season. But behold the power of Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, who took the classic-rock staple “The Final Countdown” and reimagined it for banjos and wig. Yes, when Fleck—who’s been widely recognized as one of the instrument’s greats for decades—showed up at AVHQ, he asked whether we might have a “hair metal” wig for him to wear. Since this is also Onion HQ, we’ve got a whole wardrobe room, and a new look was born. (For her part, Abigail Washburn teased her hair and added a headband.) Fleck took the wig with him, and the duo—whose latest collaboration is called simply Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn—has been playing “The Final Countdown” on the road."

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