Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A couple of new drawings of heads

Female Head, brush & ink on paper, 11" x 8.5", 2008.

Looking Down, brush & ink on paper, 11" x 8.5", 2008.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Paris/Atlantic from 1994

Thanks to our friend Hall Gardner in Paris for sending this along. This was my first cover on a literary review, which I didn't learn of until 6 or 7 years later, around 2000 or 2001. When we left Paris in 1994, we left some copies of artwork with the editors of Paris/Atlantic at the American University of Paris. I finally discovered that some of the art had been used, including this piece ("Watching the Horizon", 1993) on the cover. I used to have a single copy of the magazine, but lost it somewhere moving between houses. It's probably in a cardboard box in my basement. Anyway, Hall just sent me 4 copies, so many thanks to him. And, don't forget to check out his collection of poetry, "The Wake-Up Blast", published by Narcissus Press.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


New painting, seems to be part of a series (see below):

Annunciation, 16" x 12", acrylic on board, 2008. There is some glare in the photo -- I'll try & get a better shot.

Sketch for The Age Of Reason

Here is the rough sketch for the small painting below:

I originally did it in a fine-point green marker, which didn't show up very well, so I went over it with a black pen. 9" x 6". 2008. Click for larger version.

I've changed the layout again...

Just a note to say that I have just changed the layout template & colors again. Still searching for the perfect color scheme. Or something.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Age of Reason

This is a new small painting that might be a study for a larger piece.

The Age of Reason, acrylic on board, 12" x 9", 2008.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Atrocity Smiles

New painting after a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke (third Duino Elegy), kind of cartoonish, almost, but in a darkly humorous way.

Atrocity Smiles, acrylic on board, 14" x 11", 2008.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

How To Detonate A Nuclear Bomb

A more realized version of the "Arrested History" image (see posting somewhere below) derived from the drawing in the Eliot Katz/Ayton book...acrylic on board, 14" x 11", 2008. Also related to the "Ground Zero" painting currently to be seen in the Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem.


On the scrap heap of history. For more, see posting below. Acrylic on board, 14" x 11", 2008.

The Trouble With Civilizations

Is that they all collapse in the end...acrylic on board, 14" x 11", 2008.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Crowd

This is a new small drawing that was originally intended for the Katz/Ayton book (see below somewhere), but didn't make it...however, I like the drawing, so I'm putting it up here. It reminds me a little of Ensor & Solana...

The Crowd, brush & ink on paper, 9" x 6", 2008.


I'm currently fooling around with the colors & layout of this blog. Just in case you thought I'd lost my mind...

Helen Of Troy

A newish painting from an occasional series of classical (or mythological) images. The name suggested itself to me. I kind of like the way the image is a little crude, primitive & unfinished looking (so I guess I'll probably leave it like that).

Helen of Troy, acrylic on board, 14" x 11", 2008.

Submerged Head 2006

I was just looking through images & paintings on my hard drive & came across this one, which, as far as I can remember has not been extensively displayed. It was partly inspired by the submerged dog in one of Goya's black paintings (as displayed in the Prado, Madrid, where I used to live -- I lived in Spain from around 1986-1990).

Submerged Head, acrylic on board, 24" x 24", 2006.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Nathaniel K. Charny's new website

Nathaniel K. Charny, Attorney-at-Law
I'm just using my blogging space to announce that my very good friend & colleague, Nathaniel K. Charny (but not Charney with an "e") has a new web site, at www.ncharnyesq.com. He's an employment lawyer & a pretty darn good one, I believe. Check him out & get in touch if you need his services. The reason I'm putting him on my blog, apart from that he's a friend & lives in Rhinebeck, is that I designed his site as part of my lesser-known other career as a web designer. Don't forget, Nathaniel K. Charny, lawyer...

He also has a blog, btw.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Arrested History

This is another image from the Katz book developed into a painting:

Brush & ink drawing, 9" x 6", 2008.

Acrylic on board, 10" x 8", 2008. That's probably an intermediate version, I'd like to do a rather larger one. The image is somewhat inspired by Magritte's paintings of floating heavy objects (rocks, castles) Koons' basketball/s in a tank of water, & Hirst's shark...I note that the painting is a lot less tranquil than the drawing, with the explosive contents tending to leak out, as it were.

"Spot" illustrations from Love, War, Fire, Wind

The book I'm working on with Eliot Katz, "Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America's Skull", nears completion. Diana (wife, goddess, muse, editor) is working on the editing & sequencing, & I'm finishing the layout & replacing or adding any drawings where necessary. The book contains 50-odd full-page images & around 14 or so "spot" illustrations (or, in this case, meaning non-full page images, which I guess is not exactly the true meaning of the term -- which I think actually means "less than quarter page illustrations" -- however, I like the term, so I'm using it here). The following are some of these, in no particular order, with not much particular explanation (hoping this will work as a "teaser" for folks to go & buy the book)...

The following image didn't make the cut, but I'm including it anyway, as I kind of liked it...

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Cantor Bob's new web site

I'm just posting this to let the world know that my good friend, Cantor Bob Cohen has a new web site. Actually, I made it for him, & I hope that it brings him much happiness & success. He teaches songs to my kids & they like him a lot. A very nice man. Here's the URL: www.cantorbob.com