|Grit and Reflection 28" x 40" $22,000|
|I struggled with this one.|
The subtlety almost did me in (imagine a Dyslexic trying to paint a reflection in reverse).
My idea was to catch the last gasp of Autumn -- at least that was the sponsoring thought.
Intermingled with that simpler motive was the persistent, niggling idea of adaptation and survival.
Those that live on farms intrinsically understand this: diversify your abilities -- expand your footprint of survivability - accept your current reality and make the necessary changes.
When all else fails, pickle something.
All artists struggle with the ever-changing reality of making art and making a living.
The known models of doing business are collapsing, galleries closing, advertising moving away from print; the web is the new wild west: shoot first, ask questions later -- sound bites, going viral.
Play the game vs. finding your truth.
It has never been easier to find 15 minutes of fame and often by doing something that serves less than our highest self.
Visibility is not necessarily viability.
Virtual is not reality.
Content is not always substance.
Our behavior is dictated by being watched
rather than simply, by doing.
I guess I just miss organic reality.
When I look at the greats -- my greats: Corot, Michelangelo, Hopper, Vuillard, Homer, Levitan; that's what I see.
They tell their story with a beauty & utility born without apology.
So, I constantly remind myself what brought me here --
Curiosity, Joy and Real Connection.
The game is the game and the work is the work.
To put a loving mark on canvas is more important now than ever.
Catalina Island, California
5-Day Plein Air Workshop
Monday, January 18th - Friday, January 22nd, 2016
|This is truly the ideal destination workshop in the month of January.|
Catalina Island offers an amazing array of subjects with ease of access. During this five-day workshop we will delve into the prismatic palette and how to capture the unique qualities of each day on canvas.
All levels are welcome.
You will be given a great deal of individual attention tailored to your level.
See you on the sand.
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NEW! Tucson AZ, 5 - Day Plein Air
MISA West - Tanque Verde Ranch
Monday, February 22nd - Friday, February 26th, 2016
|Well strap me to an anthill and smear my ears with jam!|
Madeline Island School of the Arts is heading West for the Winter.
I look forward to painting the new landscape (Yes Matt Smith, I will finally be painting a Cactus).
For those of you enduring the cold, it's a good time to get out of Dodge.
The facility is amazing.
For details click here, to register, contact MISA at 715.747.2054 or email email@example.com
Mount Kisco, NY 7-Day Workshop
The Big Idea:
Creating a Large Studio Painting
Monday, March 14th - Sunday, March 20th, 2016
|All individuality and personality in a work of art comes from Subjective Choice Making -- not merely copying what is before us.|
You will have seven days to work out those choices while creating a large painting in the studio -- unhurried and thoughtful.
We will be utilizing reference material (Field sketches, Drawings and/or Photos) and will deal with Composition, Distillation & Integration of Forms and Clarifying your personal vision.
You can expect frequent lectures, demos when necessary and a great deal of personal attention.
This is your chance to dig deep and expand your possibilities.
Enrollment is limited so don't wait to secure a spot.
All levels Welcome.
More details here.
21st Annual St. Paul, Minnesota
3-Day Summer Plein Air Workshop
Friday, June 10th - Sunday, 12th, 2016
|This workshop is ideal for those who would like to be introduced to working with a prismatic palette from life or for those who want a refresher to start off their Summer painting.|
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|Moody Day on the Mowhawk 24" x 30" $24,000|
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