29 July 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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Note: I'm going to be away from my studio and blog for the next week.

"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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26 July 2016

Acorn and Lemon with Leaf (+ Representational Painting in the 21st Century)



I'm a member of Oil Painters of America, and if you're interested, here is an article via OPA entitled, "The Twelve O’Clock – A Case for Representational Painting in the 21st Century" by John Lasater. An excerpt:

"Against all odds in this digital age, there appears to be an increase of representational painters 'of like nature, chosen by the Gods,' as the artist Whistler put it. Gripped by the desire to paint, we have awakened into a fascinating new world and have come to find that sense of calling holy!"

I don't know him, but the article says that John Lasater paints full time, both from his studio in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and on the road painting "en plein air."

[Source: http://blog.oilpaintersofamerica.com/2016/04/twelve-oclock-case-representational-painting-21st-century/]

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25 July 2016

Still Life with Cherries on a Delft Plate (+ What is "The Innernet"?)



The philosophy behind "The Innernet" and my motivation for creating it can be found here. During the 1-week retreat from August 23-30, I will host two live calls. You may submit questions in advance and call in to talk with me live. (We’ll be recording the calls in case you can’t make it live.) The heart of the course is your #digitaldetox from the Internet. Unplugging can be nerve-wracking, and how you unplug is up to you. You could turn off mail and social media alerts on your phone so you only access them when you sit down at your computer. You might choose to put your phone in airplane mode. You might want complete Freedom. (Knowing though that it’s possible that you may need to receive text messages or phone calls depending on your profession or situation.) Going offline isn’t an easy thing to do, so you should definitely only do what you can and what feels right to you. The Innernet is meant to be a positive, flexible, rejuvenating, fun experience. Read more here. If you're curious, use coupon code BECURIOUS for $25 off -- and it's even better if you share it with friends/colleagues.

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21 July 2016

Still Life with Peeled Tangerine and Handmade Korean Bowl (+ "squeezed to the edges")


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"It’s one of the many points where we feel: work has taken over. Things I’d like to be properly engaged with – including: my sister, pondering what I’m doing with my life, nature, reading novels – have been squeezed to the edges...." [From The Book of Life's "How Not to Let Work Explode Your Life."]

As it relates to my Innernet course, I bookmarked that link a while ago and read it periodically. I'm not quite sure what I think of it yet, but if you're interested:

What is the Book of Life?
"The Book of Life redraws the sense of what a book is. Up to now, books have been the most ambitious way in which ideas are presented. But they have suffered from serious limitations: they’ve had only one author; they’ve usually be written over a relatively short period of time. And once they’ve been finished, they can’t be changed (even if the author gets a great new idea). They have also been largely restricted to words, images being too expensive and film impossible.

The Book of Life is being written by many people over a long time; it keeps changing and evolving. It is filled with images and films as well as texts. By floating online, it can grow a bit every day or so, as new things come along and it can be equally accessible all around the world, at any time, for free...." Keep reading: http://www.thebookoflife.org/how-not-to-let-work-explode-your-life/]

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20 July 2016

Still Life with Cherries and Silver Bowl, 8x10 (+ #digitaldetox Innernet)


Still Life with Cherries and Silver Bowl
Oil on linen on panel, 8x10 inches, 2016
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My next 1-week e-course "The Innernet" is now open for registration. It is August 23-30 and includes two live calls with me, a phenomenal course packet, and a few days offline. Email me if you want a coupon code for you and 10 friends (to create your own innernet community). #InnernetMovement  #diveintoYourInnernet  #bethecloud  #digitaldetox

Here's some feedback from the inaugural Innernet class in June 2015:
  • "Abbey’s Innernet class is an enlightening confirmation about practicing your creative practice, without getting distracted by the virtual world, social media, emails, and texts. The true connection is about using your time to create and engage with the people in real life. The class confirms that Abbey's not only a Master Painter, she's a brilliant role model. A gracious thank you to a beautiful soul leading the way!" ~TG
  • "I enjoyed being off line more than words can say. Thank you for offering a course that gives us all permission to disconnect and more importantly reconnect. Absolutely take this class! I think we all just need a reason to give ourselves permission to be still." ~KP
  • "I celebrate your generous spirit and your willingness to share and teach what life has taught you. I printed out your Official Course Packet and find it to be a fantastic resource of contemplative nuggets of wisdom and peace. Thank you for your inspiration and invitation to take my own Innernet journey - no expectations! Hallejulah! Freedom! What a wonderful gift you present -- spoken directly to one's soul!" ~JS
Read more Innernet feedback here. 

Auction ending soon in 2 hours at 12:15 PM EST
Still Life with Four Cherries on Marble

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18 July 2016

Romeo Y Julieta Cigar (+ Anne Truitt on the Difference Between Doing Art and Being an Artist)



A book worth reading is Anne Truitt's Daybook: The Journal of an Artist, and Maria Popova gives a good taste of it here:

"At the age of fifty-three, the influential artist Anne Truitt (March 16, 1921–December 23, 2004) confronted the existential discomfort any creative person feels in facing a major retrospective of his or her work — the Corcoran Gallery of Art had just staged one of Truitt’s. A retrospective, she felt, forces upon the artist a finite definition — this is what your work is, this who you are. It attempts to make visible and static those invisible, ever-fluid forces that compel an artist to make art.

To tease out her unease, Truitt set out to explore the dimensions of her personality and her creative impulse in a diary, in which she wrote diligently for a period of seven years. It was eventually published as Daybook: The Journal of an Artist — an extraordinary, soul-stretching collection of meditations on the trials, triumphs, and self-transcendence of the creative life...." [Keep reading]

Auction ending at 12:15 PM EST Wed., July 20th:
Still Life with Four Cherries on Marble

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15 July 2016

Still Life with Four Cherries on Marble


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These cherries were so shiny that I could see in them the exact reflections of my studio windows.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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14 July 2016

Oncoming Storm, Fish Bladder Island, Lake Champlain, VT (+ Lax on Cezanne & artists)



This is the same Lake Champlain view that I posted the other day.

If you're interested, I wanted to share another passage from Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax (as I continue working on my the light, the shade project for my Johnston Fellowship):

"One year when I was in graduate school, I visited Lax on spring break and recorded a long interview with him, not because I expected to write a book about him but because I'd long wanted to record his thoughts and even his voice, and the assignment in one of my classes was to profile an artist. At the start of the interview, sitting in his small main room on a cold March day, he began talking about Cezanne. “Cezanne was only trying to paint woods as objectively as he could,” he said. “As he saw them. But in his paintings they appeared unique because Cezanne saw them only as Cezanne. This is why a writer should try to get things down exactly as he perceives them. What results will not be some non-personal 'objective' piece but a piece imbued with all that he is—how he truly perceives the world. When we see a Cezanne, we see what he saw in the landscape, and that opens up the possibility of his sensitivity to the world being awakened in us."

Source: McGregor, Michael N. "On the Road with the Cristianis." Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax. Fordham UP, 2015. 146.

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12 July 2016

Green Paintbrush on Blue


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If you're curious, I painted the other side of this paintbrush once before in October 2008 (see it here).

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11 July 2016

Still Life with Peach and Freshwater Mussel Shell, Lake Champlain, VT



If you're considering subscribing to my Painting a Day email, or if you already have subscribed, a big thank you for your interest in my work.

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07 July 2016

Fish Bladder Island, Lake Champlain, VT (+ art and healing)



If you're interested in "art, medicine and disability," this is an interesting article, "Art and Healing: A Conversation with Katherine Sherwood" by Richard Whittaker in 2002:

"Katherine Sherwood has been on the art faculty at the University of California at Berkeley for many years. Hers is a remarkable story. Having first studied art history, Sherwood found her way into a studio practice and became a painter. Her work was being noticed in the Bay Area when she suffered a serious cerebral hemorrhage paralyzing her right side. Impatient with the slowness of rehabilitation therapy, she decided to go back into the studio and try to paint, having to use her left hand. The return to painting turned out to be the most healing therapy she could have imagined. She was soon painting again in earnest and, as many agreed, her work had become better than ever before...."
[Source]

Self-portrait in a Blue Vase and Eight Figs
ending soon at 9 PM EST tonight:

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30 June 2016

Self-portrait in a Blue Vase and Eight Figs (+ re-post of Archival Materials issues)


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In September 2015, I shared a long post about archival and health issues for painters. If you're new to my blog or want to re-visit that, you can find it here. The health risks related to and archival nature of oil painting materials is something I get asked a lot about in workshops and my private painting mentoring/instruction sessions. All artists need to make decisions about what materials are right for us individually, so it's good to be as informed as possible about archival issues and health risks. I'll post more about paint and solvents later, but for now, I hope the post is helpful to you!

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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!

If you're interested in studying painting with me, read about my Private Painting Mentoring, which I have been offering since 2012. You can read what painters who have worked with me have to say here.

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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.

Auction ends soon at 7PM EST:
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.

Ending Soon:
Antique Wire-rimmed Glasses auction ends at 5:30 PM EST today:

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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
Private Collection

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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