Vacationland (detail)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Three (take 2)

I think I may need to put a revolving door on my studio.  Group shows in August and September followed by a solo show in October have meant that artwork and framing supplies have been coming in and out of the studio at a dizzying pace. August was a small works show at Artemis Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine. The gallery owners also allowed me to offer a first glimpse of the painting The Sea and The Shore to Mount Desert Island collectors before shipping the painting to midcoast Maine.
The Sea and The Shore, oil on linen, 30 x 44 inches

Two of my paintings are in Philadelphia gallery Gross McCleaf's September show Tonalism. Wrapping up the roster of 2013 shows will be an exhibition of my drawings at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Maine.
A.S.H., graphite on paper, 15 x 16 inches

The show opens on October 4th and will be up for the month of October. This is the first time I've had a show of drawings. It's a great opportunity to share a different side of my creative process.  There will be nearly thirty pieces in the show, ranging from the 10 x 10 ½ inch study for Sparrow to the about-to-take-over-my-studio 72 x 55 ½ inch drawing tentatively titled Asphalt. A few paintings did sneak into the show, including the aforementioned The Sea and the Shore and a just-finished painting of my sons.
Detail from Untitled

Given the busy nature of work these days, I'm grateful to have hired my first assistant. This summer my wife Sarah left the world of higher education administration to take on a number of new projects, including working as my studio manager. She is more than happy to leave the creative work to me and I am glad to be able to turn over the organizational work to her. The hope is that this will provide me with more time to paint. Time – and this blog – will tell . . .
Study for Sparrow, graphite on paper, 10 x 10 1/2 inches
(although you could also call it Study of the New Studio Manager)