Making time to paint while on vacation is vital for me. For my most recent road trip to northern NY and coming back down through VT, I brought acrylic paints and a rolled up canvas. Below is the final piece, and the cabin on top of a mountain where I painted most of it. We stayed in a yurt, tented, and in a cabin in a mountain top as our final destination. We had to bring in our own water and the electricity was provided by a gas generator which we turned off at night. That is when the mouse came out to play. Did I mention the outhouse? It was an adventure for sure for this city cat.
This is an up-cycled painting. The original (not mine) was made in mass of 100 pieces to sell. I purchased a slew of them at Housing Works in NYC. I think they were created for hotel paintings.
I am very honored to have been selected for the Cecile Adler Cliffer Memorial Cutting Edge Award. This award is being given by NAWA, "The Jury of Awards for the 128th Annual Members’ Exhibition has selected your painting, Demeter’s Ride I & II". I am one of many award recipients, but this is the first time this award is being given.
The reception and award ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, 417 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York City. The reception is from 6-8pm and the award ceremony will take place at 7pm. All Welcome!
"Cecile Adler Cliffer was a cutting-edge family therapist, counselor, educator, and community participant. She was active as a board member of the League of Women Voters and Parents without Partners. She co-created Kids in Divorce, a counseling program for both parents and children. Her accomplishments, too many to list, include the Susan B. Anthony Award from the South Suburban Chapter of the National Organization for Women for “Pursuit of Truth” in 1983 for the Women’s Self-Discovery Program, which she helped develop and taught from 1963-72.
Ms. Cliffer matured in the art environment of the 1950’s and 60’s Modernism Movement. The geometric simplicity and essential quality of style of that time span imbued her taste."
I thank her family for honoring me with this award in the name of a woman of such great merit. May her accomplishments live on.
I finally got out of the office to get some much needed outdoor time. I started by driving to Potsdam, NY for a wedding party of a very old friend. It was awe inspiring to see so much sky, eat food grown out back and drink his home made koomochie whatever drink from berries. He always loved the outdoors, and finally found a home that suited his personality.
Atlantic Highlands Arts Council
54 1st Ave
Atlantic Highlands, NJ (near Sandy Hook)
Exhibition Dates: July 17th - July 28th
Reception: Friday July 28th, 5 - 8pm - All Welcome!
the Beasts Below is a tribute show to sea creatures, both mythical and
actual. The deep sea holds a mystery, darkness, danger, and beauty to
it. Showing work that embodies those elements, while showcasing
ancient sea mythologies and real-life deep sea discoveries in the modern
age. From mermaids and sea serpents, to jellyfish, cephalopods, and
sharks, Beware the Beasts Below.
We have a new gallery in the hood, La Bodega Studios! For the opening show they featured bodega cats. Miguel brought his dream to fruition in creating a studio rental space with gallery front. My neighborhood continues to become more artist friendly.
The artists need for a muse is powerful, but is it a necessity?
My muse is essential, now that I have one I would be at a loss without. My muse would say, "who is musing who?!".
My muse is able to see my full capabilities, and pushes me beyond my annoyance.
Hints at spectacular ideas, and seems to be spot on. Helps me respond to and then maneuver wild hurdles. Always giving me beyond what I think I need.
The following images are courtesy of my muse, for your amusement ~
In different periods of your life, you have different needs. I have had muses before, full on wild adventures, but tend to burn out
has come to let loose and show the world what I have to offer!
My muse helps me become more enlightened, empowered. To live by a
stricter code, knows about dedication, about how to
give love and support without hesitation. Knows when and how to push, and I let it happen. I sometimes get caught in a circular motion. Certainly nothing wrong with circles,
it is just that sometimes you need some straight lines to get you to where you
Death can be beautiful at times. In nature is one of those moments when you can overlook the how one dies, but admire where it was, the position it ended up in. While in Mexico recently, I came across some wonderful death still life's.
A coatimundi skull and body was discovered. We saw gangs of them wandering about in a friendly enough fashion.
Appreciating death is not easy. I lost my father a year ago. He would have loved this trip, for he had quite the love for the sea and wanted to become an oceanographer for his fifth, sixth? career change. He taught me so many amazing things about understanding life, and he helped me see the beauty in dead things. I remember when he took me on my first scuba trip. It had me mesmerized. From the meditative breathing to the incredulous creatures swimming by me, I fell hard for the sea. I was a teenager heading nowhere fast and in danger of crashing, and he showed me the possibilities that life offered me. I grabbed my camera and ran far and wide, always on the search for new discoveries.
This recent trip to Akumal found us swimming just above five juvenile cuttlefish, guarding their ground. Typically shy, in the past they would quickly swim away when I came near. But these stood their ground. I looked into their huge donut shaped eyes, tried communicating with hand/arm gestures, I felt like I was communicating with aliens. Simply incredible. They tried using some tentative aggressive moves back. Then we all just stared at one another, and after I had my fill of their pulsating colors, I swam off to give them peace.
A much needed escape from my life constantly looking at facebook and wondering what news will come next with this new presidency. I am grateful to both my parents for encouraging me to follow my passion to become an artist.