22 September 2014

Blue Collection (Golden Ratio)


Blue Collection (Golden Ratio), oil on linen on panel, 6 x 7 inches, 2014

Studio Update
As I'm in the happy midst of preparations for my solo exhibition at Mason Fine Art in Atlanta in November, I am also "recovering" from moving my home and studio two weeks ago. (!) Things are finally just about close to being in order in my studio. If you're interested in seeing my beautiful new studio, let me know and I will see if I can take some decent photos of it.

About Today's Painting
This new trompe l'oeil painting of mine relates 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 today's painting), but as subject matter in my still life and trompe l'oeil oil paintings. More on that later.

In the meantime, if you're in the NJ area, this painting will be on view in the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil from September 27 – December 29, 2014. The opening reception is Friday, September 27, 2014 6-8pm. Contact the Peto Museum for details about that.

As I prepare for my Nov. 8-9 Peto Museum workshop - I am excited that I will be able to choose from Peto's objects for my own painting demo still life set up during the workshop.

If you're considering signing up, photos from last year's workshop are here. I think there may be just one spot left in the workshop.

Anyway, the Peto is a Studio Museum, so his objects are placed in situ throughout the space. During last year's workshop, I painted Still life with John F. Peto's Copper Jug, Clementine, and Concord Grapes. If you're interested, you can read more about it here.

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02 September 2014

Update on Live Painting Demo

Today I had planned to announce the details of my upcoming live painting demonstration in Chicago. However, due to a family emergency this past weekend, I've cancelled it. I am going to plan to reschedule it for another time. If you'd like to be kept up-to-date about my upcoming live demos, feel free to subscribe.

In the meantime, if you're interested, the archive of all my recent live painting demos is here and below is a time-lapse of a live painting demo I completed in 2012:



P.S. I am not sure but there may still be 1 spot left in my Yardley workshop on Sept 13. Check here if you'd like to spend a day painting with me in a couple of weeks.

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29 August 2014

5 Winners!

#35thbirthdayfreeprintgiveaway 
5 winners
Almost 500 submissions came in for my free print giveaway -- and I just announced the 5 winners here. Congratulations!

I also posted a handful of photos of birthday fun in my hometown, and my mom's fantastic birthday cake surprise for me. Check it out -- it's incredible.

Thanks for making my birthday so lovely with your warm wishes!

With gratitude,



Private Painting Mentoring Testimonials

A limited number of Private Painting Mentoring spots will be open starting in early November. Apply now because spots are first come, first served & scheduled 6-8 weeks in advance.

If you're considering it, below is a recent Private Painting Mentoring testimonial:


I've posted recently about the last few spots in my upcoming workshops, but if you prefer private online instruction, without traveling to a workshop, my online Private Painting Mentoring may interest you. Over the last year, I've worked with painters in Europe, China, and across the US. I'm thrilled to mentor and learn from such remarkable folks.

If it's helpful to read comments from those who have completed Private Painting Mentoring, you can read feedback from some painters in the program (along with a profile on their work, used with permission).

It is an important decision to invest in yourself, so please read the testimonials. Here's more information:

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27 August 2014

Yardley Workshop: 2 last minute spots open

My workshop demo paintings
from my May 2014 workshop
 
Artists of Yardley just let me know that due to last minute cancellations, there are 2 SPOTS OPEN in my Sept 13th workshop. To see what my workshops are like, watch this 4 minute video.

Sept. 13 Yardley, PA 1-day workshop - 2 spots open Register

You can read feedback from past workshop participants here.

Happy painting,


P.S. Over 400 submissions came in for my free print giveaway -- I am aiming to announce the 5 winners by tomorrow, so keep an eye out! Thanks so much, everyone, for all the birthday wishes!

26 August 2014

COMING SOON: Live Painting Demo Announcement (+ note about Free Print Giveaway)

I turned 35 today and in celebration, I'm giving away 5 free signed limited edition prints of my paintings. Note: if you leave a comment below stating that you want to throw your name in the hat -- be sure to include your name in your comment. (I've received a lot of Anonymous comments without a name included. If that's you, just send me an email.) You can also leave a comment on facebook. Feel free to share with friends and click to tweet. The deadline to enter is today, Tuesday, August 26th at 11:59 pm EST. Full details here. 

Upcoming Announcement
Next Tuesday, September 2nd, I'm excited that I will be announcing the details of my upcoming Live Painting Demonstration in Chicago. For 2 hours, I will complete a painting in front of a live audience, with the filming streamed live online in real time (for free). If you'd like to find out more about this, feel free to sign up.

I posted photos from my Feb 2014 live demo, and you can watch the 3 minute time lapse below:



You can watch all my past live demos here, or choose below:

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
View Time Lapse | View photos of event

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 | View Full-length Recording

: )

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22 August 2014

FREE Print Giveaway in honor of my Birthday

Enter to win a signed print
It's the dog days of summer, and I turn 35 next week! : ) I want to show my gratitude to you for your support of and interest in my work by giving away 5 free signed limited edition prints of my paintings.

I no longer sell prints of my work, but this is your chance to win one of the 5 prints pictured to the right.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN:
Super easy. Just leave a comment here on facebook stating that you want to throw your name in the hat. (if you're not on facebook -- and I admire you if you're not -- leave it in a comment below)

My hat
DEADLINE: my birthday, Tuesday, August 26th at 11:59 pm EST

PRIZE WINNERS:
5 prize winners will be picked out of a hat and announced on August 27th

Feel free to share with your friends and click to tweet. Good luck.


P.S. I will be making a big live painting demo announcement on September 2nd. To find out the details first, join my list.

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21 August 2014

Throwback Thursday (+ O Magazine and Social Media)


Fig and Concord Grapes with Blue Bottle, 20 September 2010

This Throwback Thursday #TBT painting was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine (pictured right). You can view the article here on Oprah.com.

If you frequent twitter or facebook, you can see my posts, stories, photos, #OnTheEasel studio snapshots, #TBT Throwback Thursday Fan Favorite Paintings, my workshop recaps, new announcements, free giveaways, videos, articles I find, my museum trips, painting travels around the world, and more.

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Note:
Tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd is the last day to enter the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil.

Best,

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20 August 2014

Homegrown Tomato (+ Peto's still life objects)


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Peto's own still life objects
As I prepare for my Nov. 8-9 Peto Museum workshop - I'm contemplating John F. Peto's remarkable still life objects. The Peto is a Studio Museum, so his objects are placed in situ throughout the space.

I am honored to be able to choose from Peto's objects for my own painting demo still life set up during the workshop. During last year's workshop, I painted Still life with John F. Peto's Copper Jug, Clementine, and Concord Grapes. If you're interested, you can read more about it here and here.

Note:
Friday, August 22nd is the last day to enter the Peto Museum's National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil.

One last thing, about today's painting: I painted a mostly round homegrown tomato in 2007, a pretty green homegrown tomato in 2008, and a quite orange one in 2010. August is tomato season!

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15 August 2014

Fog on the Lake, 2014 (+ Ending soon: Four Figs)


I painted this same lake scene in 2009 (in the fog), and in 2011 (not in the fog).
A Live Demo video of my 2009 Fog on the Lake painting can be found here or below:



Ending Soon

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(ends at 2:30 PM today, Friday, August 15)

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14 August 2014

Throwback Thursday - Live Painting Demo (2011)



Throwback Thursday #TBT
In the first several minutes of the live (real time) recording of this live demo, you can watch as I take my time deciding what to paint. Next to my easel, you can also see all the possible still life objects I considered! (Note: in the real time recording, I start painting at about the 8 minute mark.) If you're interested, you can read more about this live demo here. Hope you enjoy.

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Ending Soon

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12 August 2014

Four Figs No. 2 (+ more Siddhartha)


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Thank you for all your wonderful email responses to my post yesterday about Siddhartha. Here's another quote that stayed with me in relation to the way I think about painting:
“He saw that the water continually flowed and flowed and yet it was always there; it was always the same and yet every moment it was new.”     From Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, 1922.
All my best,

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11 August 2014

Two Cherries, At the Lake (+ Quotes from Siddhartha)



I read Siddhartha the day I painted Two Cherries, At The Lake. I have been working on writing more about this, but for now I will just share a few quotes that struck me in relation to what painting means to me:
“The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it.” 
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?”
“Yes, Siddhartha,” he said. “Is this what you mean? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere, at that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future?” 
Excerpt is a conversation between Siddhartha & Vasudeva, pp. 105-7, Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, 1922.

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08 August 2014

Still Life with Temmoku Bottle and Pecorino Romano



This temmoku bottle is one of my favorite pieces of pottery in my collection of handmade still life objects. The continues my "Paintings of Handmade Pottery" project, which I started in January 2008.

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07 August 2014

Summer Watermelon (+ 1 spot left in Workshops)



There is just 1 spot remaining in each of my last two 2014 workshops:
Below is a message from a painter from my March 2013 Yardley, PA workshop:



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31 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Prayer Flags (2008)


Prayer Flags, March 2008
Private Collection

Peto Museum Trompe L'oeil Exhibition
Just a reminder that the Peto Museum is accepting artist submissions for their National Juried Show of Contemporary Trompe L’oeil. The last day to enter is August 22, 2014. It's such a fabulous show, so I encourage you to apply here.

Throwback Thursday #TBT
This Prayer Flags painting is from my facebook photo album of some trompe l'oeil-inspired paintings I've done since 2007. Some are not purely trompe l'oeil, but I hope you enjoy seeing the variety of subjects!

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26 July 2014

Golden Pear with Leaves (framed)


Golden Pear with Leaves, 6"x5", oil on linen on panel, framed
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24 July 2014

Throwback Thursday - Noticing Things video (+ a favorite studio item from Italy)

One of my most favorite items in my studio is my medium cup from Zecchi's in Florence, Italy. Because my medium is a homemade mix of oil and turp, over time the lid to the medium cup starts to stick and build up dried oil on it. This continues until I can't get the lid on anymore.

Then, three times a year or so, I spend a solid hour (or so) using an x-acto knife to carefully clean the lid and medium cup inside and out.

(Perhaps because I am a virgo) as you can maybe see in the photo to the right, I find this an enjoyable, meditative practice.

Throwback Thursday #TBT
In March 2012, I was mixing some painting medium for myself and I noticed something really amazing happening with the stand oil, so I recorded a short 30 second video of it.

Click here to watch the video, or click on the image below:



Hope you enjoy!

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23 July 2014

Two Tangerines (+ a glimpse of my studio safety gear)


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I teach about it in my workshops -- but I often get many email questions about this topic -- so I thought I'd post a few health precautions that I've adopted. (These are things I have researched myself and that work for me.)

Here I am (to the right) in my gear for varnishing my paintings. I use a spray varnish, so my safety protocol varnishing includes the following:
  1. Know the material (research the MSDS for the varnish)
  2. Only spray varnish outdoors (be careful about heat and humidity)
  3. Wear an appropriate P-series organic vapor cartridge respiratory mask
  4. Wear protective gear so the vapors do not absorb into skin, clothes, hair, etc. This includes goggles, gloves, suit, and mask. (My suit has a hood, which I normally do wear, just not in this photo.)
  5. Research and follow proper OSHA Handling, Storage, and Disposal
  6. Find a local Approved Chemical Waste Facility
I know I haven't gone into too much depth here, but I hope this is helpful!

Enjoy,

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21 July 2014

Tree of Life, Patagonia, Arizona (+ mindfulness)


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I recently shared just a few photos of my time in Patagonia at the Tree of Life. In the last few snapshots, you can see me in action painting this landscape (yes, my shirt got ripped), as well as the painting finished on my easel. (My two other landscape paintings from the Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona are here.)

I am drawn to the Tree of Life because it is a breathtakingly beautiful and magical place full of positive energy and with a holistic focus on health, mindfulness, rejuvenation, wellness, daily practice, connection to nature, balance, and much more. I love painting there because it feels in alignment with the ways in which I try to approach my own mindful studio practice.

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