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What would Frank do?

So I have a dilemma. What would Frank do?  How would he fix my painting? (Frank in this case is Frank O’Cain, my instructor in Abstract Watercolor at the Art Students League).

First, the painting, so far…

Underground 1

Underground 1

All the strength is in the upper right corner;  it dominates the painting.  So how would Frank fix it? Given two and a half years worth of his demos I have seen so far, there are two possibilities:

  1. Make a smaller portion of the upper right corner even stronger.  I have seen Frank do this in a demo and it’s amazing how well it works. Making a smaller piece stronger makes the rest of the surrounding area weaker.  Unfortunately it’s hard to imagine how I would do this here.
  2. Develop the bottom and left halves of the painting and make them stronger.  This is going to take more thought. If it were easy and I already knew what to do, I would have done it.

Unfortunately, Frank is leading a workshop in France the beginning of June so he won’t be offering me any advice before the last week of June. And I’m vacationing in Italy and won’t be back until June 19 so I won’t be asking for advice until after then.

Maybe I can try some solutions via collage before I go.  To be continued…





Dancing Pirate in Red Dot Exhibition

My collage, Dancing Pirate, is in the Red Dot Exhibition at the Art Students League, 215 W 57 St., NYC, NY.  This is an exhibition of the best of the best at the League: red dots go to the best in class in each of the class exhibits at ASL. And these are all the red dot paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, etc.

And wonder of all wonders, my collage, Dancing Pirate, is included.

Dancing Pirate

Dancing Pirate, 18×24, $1400

The reception is Thursday, June 4 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  Hope to see you there.

The exhibition goes from June 1 – June 14, 2015 in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery on the 2nd floor; M-F 9:00am-8:30pm, Sat. 9:00am-4:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Winter Rocks wins First Place for Watercolor

My painting, Winter Rocks, won First Place for Watercolor at the Vintage Artists Gallery’s 36th Annual Art Show.

Winter Rocks

Winter Rocks, 15 x 11.5, $750

Winter Rocks is a reflection of the brutally cold  winter we experienced this year in New York. After a snow, the craggy rocks in Riverdale look like they could be in the Rockies, or the Alps.  I love the fact that you really can’t tell the scale.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 9:00 – 4:30 until June 16. The gallery is located at 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463; 718-884-5900.

It’s the model, stupid.

Some days are better than others. Well, duh.  Some days in my sketch class it is all I can do to put brush to paper. Other days, well, feel wonderful and everything seems almost effortless. To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “It’s the model, stupid.”

Last week, we had a model who was very good, but uninspiring (at least to me). (Other people seemed to be doing fine.) And my sketches were ok, some better than others, but none of them inspiring, wonderful or even, (to my eyes) very good.

Fast forward to this week with Connie, a young (everyone’s younger than I) black woman with attitude, great poses, and a wardrobe of abstraction inspiring stuff. It’s like night and day.  Suddenly, my sketches are looking better and better.

Some examples?

From Day One, Connie and her abstraction inspiring shawl/skirt:

Connie 02

Connie 02

Connie 03

Connie 03













From Day Two, Connie and her dress/skirt and attitude:

Connie 05

Connie 05

Connie 04

Connie 04










Did I mention attitude?  It’s wonderful to have a model with attitude.


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