November 17, 2010
November 17, 2010
Sometimes these last mild days, just before the weather really turns, are peaceful and serene. If you an artist, it helps to live in a beautiful place. This is the view from my studio.
November 17, 2010
What a great little guy, and he’s MINE!
October 14, 2010
Born October 8th, Cedar North Woods Quicken is due to come home to Vermont around the first week in December. I’m so excited to be the one to get the single male in this fabulous litter. He is a bundle of “possibilities” as my friend Cokie put it.
Thanks and more thanks to Carolyn Lewis of www.cedarbordercollies.com
October 5, 2010
It is rare that a client will commission a second painting of the same dog. Ponder is special!!!
30″ X 20″ acrylic glaze on panel.
September 14, 2010
Ok. I just had to write something about this. I’v'e never been a fan of Lady G. but suddenly I get it! She is a twenty-first century Dadaist! If you go to my blog entry about The Dadaists it will explain more but in short the Dadaists were a group of writers, thinkers and artists that shook everybody up in the early part of the twentieth century. The following is a short excerpt from my former post.
“Dada was a social movement of the nineteen twenties ( 1916 to 1923 to be exact) that was a backlash against the industrial revolution and what was called at the time “modernism”. It was sort of like the more recent revolution of the nineteen sixties were everyone wanted to be as unacceptable as possible.
While the original Dadaists were mostly writers and thinkers the movement also produced some interesting and disturbing silent film artists that set out to make everyone as uncomfortable as possible. I still remember those films. My favorite was The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari. It was directed by Hans Janowitz and the screen play was by Robert Wiener. Together these two psychopaths invented a world that had no straight lines, no right angles and nothing was as it should be. The plot was horrific and the characters diabolical. It turned on its head everything that grounds us as humans, everything that is familiar and comfortable. Their motive was to start a discussion about how cozy and predictable we humans really are and how hard it is for us to adapt to anything different.”
So, Lady Gaga has succeeded wildly to do exactly what the Dadaists wanted! We are disgusted, upset, outraged, fascinated all at once and Lady G. is taking it right to the bank! And that’s the difference. This a Dadaist marketing scheme. Originally, the real Dadaists were not out to make money and very few of them did. But they did make a point, one that has lasted through generations of Art History lectures because these ideas are important. Part of the job of an artist is to go where no one has gone and to blaze new trails into creativity. Does a dress made out of raw meat qualify? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if lady G. makes into the Art History lecture hall!
September 9, 2010
Let’s communicate! Join my network on Face book.
September 8, 2010
My friend Lucy’s patrol dog Calix (yes he is the dog in the painting on my home page) is on the cover of a children’s book about police dogs. Calix is a supreb tracker, narcotics sniffer dog and he’d love to “make my day” if the bad guys give Lucy any trouble. His favorite hobbies include frisbee, tug and fooling around with puppies.
Now on Face Book.
September 2, 2010
We were wandering through the back stretch on Travers Day at Saratoga when we came across this mounted patrol officer. His horse is named “King Tut”. Yes, he is a Percheron! These horses go through a very tough screening process before being admitted to the force. They have to be bomb proof. I think King Tut could do a pretty good job of crowd control.