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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24 hr auction ends at 10:15 AM, Tuesday, May 24

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.

Ending soon: 
Sake Bottle (present moment) auction ends at 11 AM EST today:

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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
Private Collection

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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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28 April 2016

D'Anjou Pear in Late Afternoon Light (+ Artist Mario Robinson's new book)


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I wanted to share the good news of the release of artist Mario Robinson's new book, Lessons in Realistic Watercolor. Mario is a contemporary master in every sense of the word. The book features Mario's amazing watercolor techniques and provides practical advice for artists of all levels. Richly illustrated, the book features over 100 of Mario's paintings as well as works by past and present watercolor masters, including John James Audubon, Henry Casselli, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Stephen Scott Young and Michael Lowery. Here's a link to the book, and a quote about it:

"I love this book. Mario Robinson is a contemporary master. With humility and virtuosity he adeptly guides us through every step of how to make a painting. He is giving a great gift by sharing his working practices and secrets. Robinson follows a long line of American masters who have used the watercolor medium to capture the nuances of the fleeting moment and the soul of the American sprit." ~Bo Bartlett

You can see videos and learn more about the artist here. Also, if you're in the New York metropolitan area, Mario is giving a lecture on his work and "Portraits in the American Tradition" at the The Florence Academy of Art (US) on Friday, April 29. I wish I could go!

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21 April 2016

Partially Peeled Tangerine (the light, the shade) (+ big news)


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Soon I will be able to announce the details -- but for now I will say that I have really big news related to my the light, the shade series that I began back in December 2012.

I'll share more in the next week or so.

(I wrote about how my favorite poet, Bob Lax, was the inspiration for my "the light, the shade" series here.)

Ending soon - Cigar auction ends today at 8:45 PM EST:

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19 April 2016

Still Life with Strawberry and Korean Bowl



My live demo painting auction ends on Wednesday at 2:30 PM EST:


Still Life with Silver Cup, Red Pear, and Two Muscat Grapes
6x8 inches, oil on linen on panel, 1 April 2016
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(larger than typical auction paintings; auction includes several detail and framed views)

This painting (and my live demo) honors the memory of my friend, Jami. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Read more. Also, if you look closely, there's one of my self portrait of sorts down the middle of the cup's reflections.

If you're interested, I posted many photos from the event (and check back because I'll be adding more), and I invite you to watch the 2 minute time lapse of my live demo:


Video and Photo Credit: Denise Henhoeffer, Arcadia University

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18 April 2016

Cigar (+ still life "gifts")


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Following the theme of painting things that were given to me, a friend gave me this cigar as a sort of request/suggestion for a still life object. This is my first time painting a cigar, though I did recently paint a pipe.

Update
My live demo painting auction ends on Wednesday at 2:30 PM EST:


Still Life with Silver Cup, Red Pear, and Two Muscat Grapes
6x8 inches, oil on linen on panel, 1 April 2016
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(larger than typical auction paintings; auction includes several detail and framed views)

This painting (and my live demo) honors the memory of my friend, Jami. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Read more. Also, if you look closely, there's one of my self portrait of sorts down the middle of the cup's reflections.

If you're interested, I posted many photos from the event (and check back because I'll be adding more), and I invite you to watch the 2 minute time lapse of my live demo:


Video and Photo Credit: Denise Henhoeffer, Arcadia University

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13 April 2016

Still Life with Silver Cup, Red Pear, & Two Muscat Grapes (Live Demo Painting)


Still Life with Silver Cup, Red Pear, and Two Muscat Grapes
6x8 inches, oil on linen on panel, 1 April 2016
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(larger than typical auction paintings; auction includes several detail and framed views)

Today's painting (and my live demo) honors the memory of my friend, Jami. All proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Read more. Also, if you look closely, there's one of my self portrait of sorts down the middle of the cup's reflections.

If you're interested, I posted many photos from the event (and check back because I'll be adding more), and I invite you to watch the 2 minute time lapse of my live demo:


Video and Photo Credit: Denise Henhoeffer, Arcadia University

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01 April 2016

Live Painting Demo - Happening Now

Tune in now to watch my live painting demo at Arcadia's Castle. 


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Live Painting Demo TODAY (Streamed Live Online) 11am EST

Join in today for my special live painting demo from 11am - 1pm EST. The session is free and will be streamed live online.

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If you're in the Philly area, come watch in person on the landing atop the grand staircase of Arcadia University's at Grey Towers Castle, which was highlighted in the article, "12 Awe-Inspiring American Castles."

My demo painting will be auctioned off, with all proceeds to benefit the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia -- I do this annual live demo to remember and honor Jami Rodriguez ’00. Jami was active in student life and community service, and we became friends with as art students and members of Arcadia’s Student Alumni Association.

Hope to see you today either in person or online.

If you're interested, one of my previous live demos was for FOX's Good Day Philadelphiaclick here to watch.

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31 March 2016

Glass Bottle with Two Strawberries (magic is still possible) (+ Live Demo Tomorrow)



I've been working on a series to celebrate "Magic is still possible," the quote on my July 2014 free poster that comes from a great slideshow narrated by Marco Leona, chief scientist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In it, Leona shares his perspective on the role of magic in the creation of art.
My 2011 live painting demo

Live Demo Tomorrow
Tomorrow, April 1, is my live demonstration in Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University from 11am to 1pm EST.

The session will be streamed live online at Arcadia's UStream channel. It is free and open to the public.

Ending soon - auction ends at 10 PM EST tonight

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