Friday, October 31, 2008

The Burden of the World -- 2 versions

Burden of the World I, 2008, acrylic on board, 14" x 11".

Burden of the World II, 2008, acrylic on board, 14" x 11".

Here are 2 new small paintings based on the ink drawing, "The Loneliest One" (see below). There are 2 distinct treatments -- the first version was more expressionist & painterly, the second more "objective", if you will. Strangely, the emotional impact seems to me to be more or less equal, though different somehow...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hubris -- the quote

Hubris, 2008, acrylic on board, 14" x 11".

Here is the quote that inspired the painting, Hubris:

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Narcissus 2008

Brush & ink on paper, 2008, 10.5" x 8" approx. The Narcissus image (in its variations) is a touchstone of my work, so I don't like to let too long go by without creating a new version...

The Loneliest One

This is a new small ink drawing similar to one I did years ago (1993, I think). I should dig that one out from wherever it is. This version was done for the open studio event recently, which went quite well, thanks for asking.

Brush & ink on paper, 2008, 10.5" x 8" approx.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Spanish UDHR paintings short video

I just uploaded this short video made in Picasa to YouTube. It contains the Spanish-language versions of the UDHR paintings, which I created in Sevilla, Spain, 1n 1992 while there to exhibit my other UDHR works (drawings & original series of paintings) as part of Expo '92. These works have not been seen extensively. For more info, please go to

Seer drawing

A new brush & ink drawing done a week or so ago. The Seer, 14" x 11" approx, 2008. A metaphysical image where all knowledge dissolves into the head, or the head dissolves into all knowledge.

A Show of Heads at the Limner Gallery

Here's a scan (sorry the top image got stripey somehow) for the Limner Gallery (Hudson, NY) exhibit, "A Show of Heads" featuring the "Logic of War" painting, which should be visible on this blog in the left sidebar.

You can click on the scan of the reverse of the postcard for the info, but here it is anyway: the show runs from 1-29 November 2008. The opening reception is on Sat, Nov 1 from 4-6pm. The Limner Gallery is at 123 Warren Street (the main street, basically) of Hudson. You can reach Hudson via Amtrak from NYC (Penn Station) going towards Albany, NY. Maybe I'll see you there...

The image on the front of the postcard is "Cry Baby For Me", a digital print by Susan Kaprov (12" x 14"). The small image on the back of the postcard (below) is "Bull Market" by Peter Cameron (oil on board, 24" x 24"). Apologies again for the streaks on the scan above -- blame my scanner.

Here is the Limner Gallery web site.

The Hungriest One -- b/w

This is the original sketch for "The Hungriest One" (below). Brush & ink on paper, 10.5" x 8.5" approx. Done a week or so ago whilst preparing for the open studio event.

Love, War, Fire, Wind: due early 2009

Just a note to mention that the Eliot Katz/William T. Ayton poetry/art book, "Love, War, Fire, Wind: Looking Out from North America's Skull" is due for official release in early (Jan/Feb) 2009. The book is basically done, we're just waiting for possible blurbs for the back cover & final tweaks. Then, we need to purchase the ISBN & distro package & we're good to go.

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's the Beginning of a New Age

New, small quirky painting. Acrylic on board, 10" x 8", 2008. My work seems to be in a period of transition, or at least the images depict transition. The fall colors seem to be seeping in here a bit.

More Fall Foliage from Upstate New York

Here's another shot of fall foliage for you.

The Hungriest One

This one is from a new series of post-surreal (if that's an appropriate term, & it probably isn't) heads. Acrylic on board, 12" x 9", 2008.

Some Foliage

Just some fall foliage I captured with the camera near my studio in the dying late afternoon light. Thought you might like it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Head in a Landscape

Just a small brush & ink drawing, 10" x 8", one of the new items I'll have up for my open studio, part of the Rhinebeck/Red Hook Artists' Studio Views this weekend. For all the details, see the posts below.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Art Studio Views 2008 — Rhinebeck & Red Hook, New York

My studio with fall foliage.

Interior shot.

Another interior.

Here are some views of my studio, in preparation for the 2008 Art Studio Views tour of Rhinebeck & Red Hook, in upstate New York (Northern Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley). See posting immediately below this one for links & details.

Rhinebeck/Red Hook Art Studio Views

This weekend sees the inaugural Art Studio Views tour of the Rhinebeck & Red Hook areas, where I live. It takes place on Saturday October 18th & Sunday October 19th, from 11am to 5pm each day. I'll be opening up my studio to the public & we shall see what happens. There is a web site with the details here.

Here is the page with the list of artists. There are 24 local artists in all, several of them personal friends of mine.

Here is the Google map of all the studios.

You can even download & print out a PDF of the map/brochure here (1.52MB), though you can no doubt pick one up at many locations in the area (stores, restaurants, B&Bs). It was designed by Nadine Robbins at Namaro Design.

As my studio is quite large, I'm sharing some of it with my good friend Jim (James L.) Stevenson. Here is his art web site.

The painting above is "Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man" (acrylic on plywood, 30" x 18", 2007), which is the image featured in the map/brochure & will be on display in my studio.