Saturday, September 28, 2013


When I finally got back into the studio in early September I started a new circle painting on a large rectangle of canvas.  (This was the end of the roll.)  The first circle of 9/10 is black acrylic paint Golden's Open Carbon Black with a lot of Golden's Open Acrylic Medium Gloss.

The first thing I do once I am at the studio is to make a circle.  The canvas is flat on the floor and I stand in the center pouring paint moving 180 degrees.  This is after a few days. The door helps to show the size of the piece.

Yesterday I made a large black circle and then folded it up to get some interesting movement in the paint.  I try to keep the sides from touching but it becomes challenging moving this large canvas about and this manhandling creates the random mark.

A detail.  This circle will go through October.  A goal is the be there everyday this next month making circles.  Wish me luck! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Mixed media on paper
40 x 44

In spite of a seemingly full time marketing job I have been able to get back to the studio to play.  I am still scribbling away on this painting while I consider my next project and direction.  It feels good to just work with lots of materials.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


(work in progress)
mixed media on paper
40 x 44

After going to the UPS office to ship artwork and pick up a painting at Concord Art Association I finally arrived at the studio at 11 AM.  It seems like days since I have painted and I was feeling anxious about that.  Still, I spent a lot of time puttering: sorting paintings, organizing art supplies, taking inventory of paints, gesso-ing paper & hanging unfinished work on the walls.  Procrastinating.  Finally around 3 PM I tacked the gessoed paper to the wall and made a mark.  Then I made another mark, and so on and finally I was painting.  I had no goal except to experiment with the tools I had on hand: Caran d'Ache crayons, India ink, watercolors and graphite.  Sometimes I just have to hang out at the studio for hours before painting begins. By the time I left,  I felt like it had been a very productive time at the studio today. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Navigating the Distance Between Us
mixed media / paper
30 x 22

This painting was just accepted into the 14th Annual Francis N. Roddy Open Competition at the Concord Art Association.  The juror is Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum.  I am a big fan of Nick and his tremendous talents in the art world so it is exciting to have been invited into this show.  The exhibit opens September 12th to October 13th and the reception is on Sunday, September 15th @ 2 -4 PM.  I hope you can join us for the reception and see this show.