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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(auction includes detail view)

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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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Best,

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.

Best,

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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P.S. I have had some questions coming in about this and also folks having issues with my 3 new email lists (daily, weekly, or monthly): Be sure to sign up for only one of the email lists. If you do not want to miss my painting auctions, the daily email is your best bet (sent 3-4 times a week). The weekly and monthly email lists are likely better for folks who are not interested in purchasing my work via auctions. Click here to choose your preferred email list to get exactly what you want (or don't want). If you've already subscribed: check your email today -- you can change your preferred email list by clicking on the "Update Profile" link at the bottom of every email I send.

29 March 2016

Still life with Silver Pitcher & Muscat Grapes (+ Guy Winch on Emotional Hygiene)


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If you're interested, I think this TED Talk is worth watching -- Guy Winch: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid.

Ending Soon: at 10:15 PM EST tonight
Handmade Cup with Quince and Cranberries

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28 March 2016

Red Pear (+ Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means)


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I often reflect on the types of attention and attentiveness that painting stirs in me. I particularly enjoyed the below excerpt from the article, "Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means and Her Moving Elegy for Her Soul Mate," in which Mary Oliver (my 2nd favorite poet after Bob Lax) describes "the notion of attention" in her work:

"It has frequently been remarked, about my own writings, that I emphasize the notion of attention. This began simply enough: to see that the way the flicker flies is greatly different from the way the swallow plays in the golden air of summer. It was my pleasure to notice such things, it was a good first step. But later, watching M. when she was taking photographs, and watching her in the darkroom, and no less watching the intensity and openness with which she dealt with friends, and strangers too, taught me what real attention is about. Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report. An openness — an empathy — was necessary if the attention was to matter. Such openness and empathy M. had in abundance, and gave away freely… I was in my late twenties and early thirties, and well filled with a sense of my own thoughts, my own presence. I was eager to address the world of words — to address the world with words. Then M. instilled in me this deeper level of looking and working, of seeing through the heavenly visibles to the heavenly invisibles. I think of this always when I look at her photographs, the images of vitality, hopefulness, endurance, kindness, vulnerability… We each had our separate natures; yet our ideas, our influences upon each other became a reach and abiding confluence.

[…]

I don’t think I was wrong to be in the world I was in, it was my salvation from my own darkness. Nor have I ever abandoned it — those early signs that so surely lead toward epiphanies. And yet, and yet, she wanted me to enter more fully into the human world also, and to embrace it, as I believe I have. And what a gift [that she] never expressed impatience with my reports of the natural world, the blue and green happiness I found there. Our love was so tight."  Source

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24 March 2016

Handmade Cup with Quince and Cranberries (+ Live Painting Demo Details)


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Thank you so much for all of your wonderfully kind emails while I recovered from pneumonia. I'm finally feeling well enough to paint again, though I'm very aware that I still need to take it easy. It's so good to be back. : )

Special Announcement

I'm pleased to announce my annual live painting demo. Next Friday, April 1st, I'm conducting a live demonstration of my daily painting in Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University from 11am to 1pm EST.

The session is free and open to the public for anyone who can come person, and the event will be streamed live at http://www.arcadia.edu/livepaint (Arcadia's UStream channel).

The demo painting will be posted on my blog and sold by auction, with the proceeds to benefit the Jami Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship at Arcadia. Jami and I became friends as art students and members of Arcadia's (Beaver's) Student Alumni Association together, and I remember her as an amazing artist and magnetic friend. I'd like to raise awareness about this Scholarship to honor Jami and her legacy of community service, artistic creativity, and love for Beaver College (Arcadia).

Arcadia's Castle is a fantastic historic landmark. I hope that you will consider joining me next Friday!

If you're interested, here is the time lapse of my 2015 live demo:


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04 March 2016

Pneumonia and Upcoming Live Painting Demo - April 1

This is a notice to say that I have pneumonia right now, and won't be posting paintings or shipping out paintings or doing mentoring while I recover. I will also be slower to respond to emails. Thank you for your patience.


Upcoming Announcement

On Tuesday, March 15,  I will be announcing the details of my upcoming April 1 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 (for free).

If you're interested, save the date of my upcoming live demo: APRIL 1, 11am-1pm EST.
If you'd like to find out more about this, feel free to sign up.

In the meantime, watch how fast I can paint. Click below 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:

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
View Time Lapse | View photos of event

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

2010, Linchpin video for Seth Godin's Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? book
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25 February 2016

Still life of Three Lemons with Leaves


Still life of Three Lemons with Leaves
oil on linen on panel, 8x10", 2016
Private Collection

Ending soon: 
Auction ends today at 8 PM EST for Hand-picked Lemon with Leaf

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12 February 2016

Handmade Heart Lollipop (+ 1 million visitors)


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Auction has detail and framed views

Thank you. I wanted to take a moment to share my gratitude that my blog site recently surpassed 1 million visits. (It's actually 97,000+ visits beyond a million, but I didn't realize.)

In honor, I thought I'd re-post something I wrote in December 2014 that I hope might inspire you to pursue the things in your life that bring you the most joy:

"Painting for me is about paying attention and capturing a moment. Contemplative paying attention allows me to have an intimate relationship with my still life subjects. This mutual respect and exchange of energy manifests itself as gesture, movement, weight, edges, texture, and color harmony. I carefully choose from my collection of handmade pottery and local co-op produce, and it is magic to me that my subjects can be simultaneously meditative and animated.

Spending time pushing paint around is a way of life. It enriches my heart and mind and soul, and this motivates me to continue painting as often as I do. Seth Godin posted something this week worth considering:

'Daily: There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.'"

Eight years later, thank you so much for your loyal and constant support of my work.

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10 February 2016

Two Lady Apples (Yin & Yang)



This painting continues my "yin and yang" series that I began back in 2010.

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08 February 2016

Wrapped Tangerine (+ 1889 McCloskey painting)



Since my truffles painting auction ends very soon, I thought I'd share that the official folks at Harry & David excitedly posted/tweeted about my truffles painting on their social media platforms. I thought one of their posts on Twitter was cute: "Meet the Truffles. This is their family portrait..."

   

Anyway, I always think of American painter William J. McCloskey (1859–1941) when I paint wrapped fruit. I was happy to see a McCloskey painting, Wrapped Oranges (1889), on view in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's recent still life exhibition that I mentioned in a previous post (and will write about again soon). If you're interested, some more McCloskey wrapped fruit paintings are herehere, and a quite stunning, yet sort of understated one here. Enjoy.

Ending soon - auction ends at ~10:30 AM EST today:

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Happy Monday,

06 February 2016

Silver Cup, Cherries, and Lemon with Leaves (larger painting)


Still life with Silver Cup, Cherries, and Lemon with Leaves
Oil on linen on panel, 8x10 inches, 2016
Private Collection

I thought I'd share a fascinating article in Scientific American about "Why is a minute divided into 60 seconds, an hour into 60 minutes, yet there are only 24 hours in a day?" Here's an excerpt:

"Thanks to the ancient civilizations that defined and preserved the divisions of time, modern society still conceives of a day of 24 hours, an hour of 60 minutes and a minute of 60 seconds. Advances in the science of timekeeping, however, have changed how these units are defined. Seconds were once derived by dividing astronomical events into smaller parts, with the International System of Units (SI) at one time defining the second as a fraction of the mean solar day and later relating it to the tropical year. This changed in 1967, when the second was redefined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 energy transitions of the cesium atom. This re-characterization ushered in the era of atomic timekeeping and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Interestingly, in order to keep atomic time in agreement with astronomical time, leap seconds occasionally must be added to UTC. Thus, not all minutes contain 60 seconds. A few rare minutes, occurring at a rate of about eight per decade, actually contain 61." [source]

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