Houston, Texas Commission Completed for 5444 Westheimer

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The 96″ x 60″ commission for 5444 Westheimer is complete and will be featured, along with 5 other pieces of mine in the lobby of this beautiful building ( located to far left in image )

My goals in creating this piece were to make the 5444 building prominent, include many of the significant buildings that define the area, and include the Galleria and some of its merchants. I brought in the flavor of the Westheimer/Galleria area by including the large silver rings that are installed over major intersections, the silver arches over some of the streets, some of the unique silver light poles, and the concrete balls that are on many corners.  These landmarks make for the area’s highly original signature. The open space intentionally left in front of the cityscape also reflects the open feel of the Westheimer/Galleria area. Click Here for Full Image Description.

 

Ryan Companies Commission Complete

The 72″ x 144″ Ryan Cityscape is finished and on its way to Tampa to be installed.  The 12 foot wide piece is filled with Ryan’s history, mission, projects and all things relevant to the corporation.  Read full details below.

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My cityscapes are normally intended to convey the energy of cities.  In this case however, I see them conveying the energy of a city and of a corporation.  Convey the energy of cities, the movement, color, sometimes chaos, but all within a framework.  In this case, using Ryan s history, etc I think it also conveys the energy of a company with their involvement in so many projects around the world. Click Here to See Full Details of the Ryan Commission

 

Flying Solo Exhibit at Nashville International Airport

Two of my latest pieces created just for the Flying Solo exhibit at the Nashville International Airport will be on exhibit from September, 4, 2017 until November 29, 2017.

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Contemporary Journey 1 96″ x 96″ and  Contemporary Journey 2, 96″ x 96″, both inkjet on aluminum, will hang side by side in the main ticketing lobby.

While I wanted to establish these pieces clearly within the journey metaphor, I also wanted to create an intentionally ambiguous narrative which would allow the viewer to bring his or her thoughts, stories and interpretations to the pieces. What are the figures in the piece doing?  Are they leaving or arriving? Are there second thoughts about a destination or departure, or is there great dream-like hope? Are the pieces tense or uplifting?  I am asking the viewer to consider what hopes and/or anxieties we bring to any journey, physical or psychic, and what our relationship is to those thoughts and emotions.

I wanted these pieces to be contemporary as well as a homage to vintage graphic posters. The use of black, white, pink and gold as the primary colors links both time periods and styles, as does the simplicity of the pieces, but with the playfulness and ambiguity for which my work is known.

The components for this piece include photos of people I have posed, photographs of suitcases, actual airplanes photographed on runways, and astronomy illustrations and weathered paper and paint.

The writing on the foreground suitcase is from the Jungian psychologist James Hollis. The writing on the plane is found graffiti, the Tao, and an old letter to home found at an antique store.

 

Denver Skyline Series

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When the staff from Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver approached me about creating a poster for the top festival in the country, I was delighted. With an attendance of 350,000+, the arts festival features over 232 of the nation’s top visual artists, seven performance stages, and a volunteer program with over 1,000+ volunteers. Considered the nation’s top fine art festival, it is unparalleled in scope and organization.
The first two images were used for the posters and merchandise. (For the first time, the CCAF decided to print two different posters.)  
 I created all of the images from photographs I took when in Denver a few years ago.  I photographed each building separately, then combined them to create a cityscape that, while not an exact replica of the beautiful Denver skyline, communicates the look and feel of  it.  
Below are the finished posters, the patron party and artist talk.
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Understanding Contemporary Relationships ( music series )

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Understanding Contemporary Relationships ( series )

I stumbled across an article a few months ago discussing how a musical performance must function as a relationship if it is to be successful.  One must have his or her own voice, allow others to have their voices/voice and work with this tension to create harmony. This, in turn, creates music.

I thought it would be an interesting challenge to use music in visual images that can show tension, harmony, balance or imbalance.

The resulting pieces became part of the solo exhibit, Contemporary Narratives at The Arts Company in downtown Nashville.

These pieces consist of hundreds of photographs of people who I posed, mannequins, pianos and musical instruments that I photographed in different locations, weathered paint and paper as well as text and other things, places and items I photographed.

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This Nashville piece is part of a larger series using music as a metaphor for relationship.

I stumbled across an article a few months ago discussing how a musical performance must function as a relationship if it is to be successful.  One must have his or her own voice, allow others to have their voices/voice and work with this tension to create harmony. This, in turn, creates music.

This specific piece obviously incorporates this theme.  Nashville’s has a long history with music so it is important to its  past and also important today.  This piece serves two roles, to honor the history and ongoing tradition of music in Nashville and as a reminder that as Nashville continues to grow and develop, it is working with all of the voices and allowing for this tension that will keep it in harmony.

This piece consists of hundreds of photographs.  I photographed the downtown Nashville skyline as well as a number of individual buildings to create the foundation of the piece.  I then added dozens of photographs of musical instruments, sheet music, text from various sources including the Tao and the Dow Jones stock market reports and photos of weathered paint and paper.

For the mixed media piece, I printed part of this image on clear acrylic, then bolted it to an aluminum composite  board that I had coated with handmade paper, paint and  molding paste.

The Juggler : A View of Contemporary Life

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I continue to be drawn to a Juggler as an image, this being my third version.  This is not a conscious decision, at least to begin with, but I find that there is no better image to symbolize our contemporary lifestyle as someone with so much “in the air”.

In this piece, from left to right, he is juggling career or upward mobility, relationship, nation/news/politics, home, time, religion/spirituality and money.  He has more balls stacked on the ground beside him to add to the group he is juggling or to replace some should they be dropped or should he let something go.

Below the waiting stack is a partial obscured concept I encountered and photographed stenciled on a bathroom wall.  It says Free Yourself from Worry, Live Simply, Give More, Expect Less.

In the background is both English and Chinese versions of text from the Book of Five Fold Happiness, which is an exploration of happiness in relationships, prosperity, longevity, ( and two others I cant think of )

On his tie is images of computers, phones, tablets and other modern day work and communication devices.

Finally, he is standing in a circle which may suggest a mandala, an ancient symbol that suggests that we create the world we live in.  Surrounding this is writing from the Jungian Psychologist, James Hollis

Crossroads

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Crossroads  

120″ wide x 89″ tall.  Also available in other sizes.

There is no denying that “Walls” are powerful symbols with many possible intents and meanings. Crossroads is an exploration of walls as they speak to division and otherness.

In the movie Fences, the main character Troy Maxson, played by Denzel Washington, is building a physical fence in his yard. He is also, in his personal life, building a wall of anger, judgement…for full explanation click here.

The Waiting Room

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The Waiting Room, 2017.  95″ tall x 160″( edition of 1 ) to 31″ tall x 53″ wide ( edition of 12)

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Recently a friend was describing an NPR Radio Lab episode(Afterlife season 6, episode 2 http://www.radiolab.org/story/91680-after-life/ ) he heard, which was about death. In the episode, a writer and scientist was talking about three deaths and a waiting room. The story, as my friend told it to me, grabbed my attention; I immediately thought it would be an interesting art piece.

A few days later, I was listening to Radio Lab when that very episode was rebroadcast. I was struck by the coincidence, and struck again by the concept and the possibilities for imagery that it conjured.   I ordered the book by neuroscientist David Eagleman,, where this tale of three deaths and a waiting room originated. The book, SUM: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, is a collection of his essays which explore what the afterlife might be like. All of the stories are well written and immensely creative. But it was  Metamorphosis, that had aired on Radio Lab, that I found myself still wanting to pursue.

Metamorphosis is about the process of waiting to full explanation at this link

Upcoming Exhibits in 2017

Ormond Art Museum and Gardens, Ormond Beach, Florida.

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Reflections on Self and Society, Solo Exhibit, Artist Talk and Opening on March 16. Dates of show are March 16-April 22, 2017
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The Arts Company, 5th Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee

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Understanding Contemporary Relationships, Solo Show at the Arts Company, June, 2017. Downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

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 Artist-in-Residence for The Gathering at Keystone College

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July 14-16, 2017 I will be Artist in Residence at The Gathering at Keystone College. The theme will be …ways to find common ground among bitter rivals in religion, politics, ethics, race, and the arts and sciences that have deeply divided America.

http://thegatheringatkeystone.org/schedule/

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Solo Exhibit, Arts at the Airport, Nashville International Airport, Sept 4, 2017- Feb 25, 2018

ABOUT ARTS AT THE AIRPORT

 

 

Created in 1988 by the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA), Artat the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee. The terminal and surrounding facilities at Nashville International Airport were designed to incorporate rotating public art exhibits and permanent acquisitions.

The art in image above is not mine, but from a previous exhibiting artist.  

Mythology and Jacob’s Ladder

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Discovery of Choice

 

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The Discovery of Choice, inkjet on aluminum, 120″ x 180″, 2016 ( see bottom of page for more sizes and pricing )

I was driving across the west last year listening to one of my favorite NPR podcasts, On Being. During one particular episode, host Krista Tippett was talking with the poet Marie Howe about life, poetry, and all things spiritual and psychological. I will confess that…continue here

Conversations with Chaos to Open at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts

My solo exhibit, Conversations with Chaos, will open at the Hyndman Gallery at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana on July 2, 2016 and will run through September 24, 2016.  I will be on site August 19th, 2016.

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Images of Lubeznik Center with past exhibit ( my work not shown in this image ).  The Lubeznik Center for the Arts is located approximately 58 miles west of Chicago.

The Challenge of Creation

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The 1663 illustration, Metamorphosis Planetarum, by the alchemist J. de Monte-Snyders served as an inspiration and starting point for my piece, The Challenge of Creation (2016).

In pondering this creation illustration from the 1600s, I tried to envision what a modern day version might look like. The question turned into what would a modern day creator look like?

Instead of going with a mythical God-like creator, as J. de Monte-Snyders did, I chose to represent each of us as creator.  We all participate in click here for rest of the story

City of Loveland Colorado Selects My Proposal for Indoor 18′ Public Art Mural

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Anatomy of a Mural 

The RFP ( national Request for Proposal ) asked that the mural be urban, edgy, vibrant and colorful.  In creating the mural, I wanted to incorporate Loveland landmarks and history. The city has many beautiful and historic buildings, but when I looked at including them all in the mural, it made for a more historic and peaceful (as opposed to urban and edgy) piece. So in the end, I settled on five primarily industrial buildings.

Once I had the basic structure of the image, I began cutting and pasting multiple photos of weathered paint and paper, utility poles, street signs, words from documents and other images and text for color and texture. read about the entire mural and the key to finding and understanding everything in it at this link

Commission for Pinnacle Financial Partners

I have recently finished a four-piece commission for Pinnacle Financial Partners headquartered in downtown Nashville. Pinnacle has added my  piece, Snowy Night in Nashville, 54″ x 43″ to its permanent
corporate collection and wil reproduce all four images for the group’s holiday cards.  When asked to create the initial Nashville image, I immediately had a vision of  an iconic cottage sitting in a snow covered field, and thought about  how unexpected it would be to see their downtown high-rise in place of the cottage. That vision was the genesis of the four pieces. You can see the other three images here.. other images

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Images from Artist Talk and Opening of Solo Show at The Gallery at Penn College

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See more images from the July 9, 2015 artist talk and opening here….TGPC Opening.

Also, thanks to Penny, Cindy and Lenore for the posters, catalog, postcards, images, video and the large amount of work that went into the show.  Link to the Gallery at Penn College site.

Copernicus and The Five Years Out Challenge

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Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge

Arrow Electronics and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival invited artists from all over the world to explore the notion of innovation and to express, through their particular medium, what Five Years Out might look like. From the proposals submitted, five projects were selected to become a part of Arrow Electronics’ prestigious art collection.

My piece, r+Evolution2020, was one of the five selected. Below is my vision statement in response to the question of innovation, change, and the future.

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How do we engage with a rapidly changing world? What is the relationship we should be developing with change five years out–or even five weeks out?

My piece takes inspiration from Copernicus, who revolutionized the way we think about our place in the universe by offering a view of a Sun-centered, as opposed to Earth-centered, solar system. In r+Evolution2020, Copernicus stands at the center of contemporary society, surrounded by the tools of Renaissance astronomy, contemporary mathematical symbols, and electronic media including workstations, computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, and an oscilloscope.

While Copernicus was not the first to propose the concept of a sun-centered universe, “…he was the first to work out his theory in full mathematical detail and to create a complete and general system combining mathematics, physics, and cosmology” (Eric Weisstein, PhD). In doing this, he not only revolutionized our thinking, he shaped both the conceptual and the tangible future.

Most people agree that change, including developments in technology and shifting societal norms, is imperative if we are to expand our understanding of our world and move forward. But with change often comes discomfort, and we often do not meet it with openness. Copernicus knew that his ideas would cause uproar, but he also knew that his discoveries were necessary to the world, that they were the precursor to a thoughtful, progressive, and informed dialogue about the universe and our place in it.

In creating r+Evolution2020, I placed a modern day Copernicus in the center of the image encircled by his own diagram of the cosmos (published in 1543). Orbiting around him are mathematical equations, a computer workstation, an Arrow Electronics oscilloscope, a globe from the Renaissance period, laptops, keyboards and tablets. In the background is the “universe,” which I created by piecing together photographs I have taken of weathered paint, mathematical equations, and Copernicus’s own diagrams. The “stars” are photographs of splattered concrete on the side of a train car. On his tie are additional references to media and technology.

Today’s technological advances are the result of the confluence of ancient and modern revolutionary thinkers. It is in merging the revolutionary with the evolutionary, and the theoretical with the practical, that they build the bridge between where we are and where we will be.

 

Ignoring The Door

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I recently read a story about a man in a jail cell. Every day he would stand on his tiptoes to look out the window, the small bit of light he could find in his small cell. One day a large gust of wind blew, and the cell door, which had been unlocked the whole time, blew open. By refusing to explore the dark, he had kept himself trapped.  

Man with Parachute

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Last year I jumped off a mountain.  Since I am afraid of heights, I had not planned such a thing, but I was on a trip and had vowed to a friend to be more to experience. Which is how the 9200 foot tandem paraglide jump in Sun Valley, Idaho happened.

I have been asked by a number of people if it changed me.  The answer is a qualified yes. There was no big “aha!” moment where I suddenly realized I was free and had no fears.  But there was a subtle shift from my lifelong tendency, when afraid, to say “no,” to being able to remind myself that I jumped off a mountain, which makes whatever is scaring me no longer so big.

This piece is was inspired by that jump.  It is about the metaphor of taking a leap into something that we know probably will not kill us, but scares us terribly anyway.  And it is about bringing something back: the courage to jump again and again.

The Search for Balance

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Last year at an open air flea market on the pier in Barcelona, I found a group of illustrated WWI cards made by the chocolate company Chocolate Amatller. The cards were bright and colorful and hardly conveyed the gravity of war.  I bought thirty and kept them out on a table for inspiration. They were the starting point for this piece.

The Search for Balance on first glance may appear to be a statement about work, success, and career competition as war, and certainly I had Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in mind when building it.  But I also had Middle Passage, by Jungian Psychologist James Hollis, about the journey and struggle of midlife on my mind, as well as Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching which encourages one to go with the flow of life rather than fight against it.

Metro Development Group Purchases Five Pieces

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Thanks to Metro Development in Tampa, Florida for their purchase of several of my pieces.  I am excited to be a part of their new beautifully  remodeled space.  Thanks to John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer and Alison West Brown, Artist Agent.

 

 

Arts Company in Nashville

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My latest commission is for the Arts Compnay in Nashville.  Anne Brown, the owner of the AC asked if I would do something that had downtown Nashville, the AC and is urban and contemporary. I wanted to do two different versions, one more abstract than the other.

This piece has multiple photos that I have taken of the AC, multiple buildings in the downtown area from different angles and multiple photos of weathered paint. The art in the window of  the Arts Company is  by  Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Tres Taylor and Daryl Thetford.  http://www.stewart-sanabria.com/  http://www.trestaylor.com/trestaylor/home.html and http://darylthetford.com/  http://www.theartscompany.com/

What is Behind the Western Series

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The cowboy has been portrayed in American culture as a masculine ideal and a symbol of individualism for decades. John Wayne, the Marlboro Man and Clint Eastwood embodied and helped to solidify the cowboy-as-rugged-individualist icon.

Like many men of his generation, my father fully internalized the cowboy image. He lived in south Texas during his early adulthood, at which time he became a literal manifestation of it, trading regular shoes for cowboy boots, and a cap for a cowboy hat.  Later, because he wanted a cowboy son to complete the picture, he dressed me in full cowboy regalia. But my preferences leaned toward painting pictures more than riding horses, and, to my father’s disappointment, my cowboy childhood came to an end fairly early. For years, I would try to distance myself not only from all things cowboy, but from all things southern and country; in short, I rejected that which most clearly defined my father, and that which my father so heartily embraced.

 But the unconscious has a sense of humor, unexpectedly slipping that which we thought we’d cast off back into the spotlight of our psyche when we aren’t looking. Knowing this, it should not have surprised me when I started to create my western series. And yet it did. The series began when I found a 1906 stereograph cowboy image while on my travels through Omaha. Back home in my studio, I enjoyed retrofitting the cowboy in (very un-cowboylike) clothes and colors, until he emerged as something more interesting, quirky and colorful than his iconic self had been. I was hooked. I began looking for other vintage western images to recreate, and before long I had a reworked pop-art bull rider, which I created using cut up articles from Art News and Art Forum, a cowboy wearing Prada sunglassesand my “Wu Wei” cowboy, a riff on the Asian concept of “flow.”

But the series raised some serious questions for me. How was it that our culture’s metaphorical cowboy, and the attendant notion of the independent, self-made individualist who needs no one, wound up creating cracks in the very culture it purported to strengthen? While the cowboy (i.e. ideal man) as self-sufficient individualist is an appealing idea, it is one that inevitably causes more anxiety than comfort, more feelings of isolation than community, more puzzlement and feelings of failure when we are forced to admit—as we always are—that we need other people to survive. And another question: how can I pay homage to American culture, and my personal history, while simultaneously attempting to demystify it?

 Perhaps the answer lies in recognizing and honoring the cowboy mythology as a part of history whose contribution has been both heroic and tragic. Perhaps it is to see history’s true rugged individualists exactly as they were: not as heroes or mythological figures, but as fallible human beings capable of mistakes and as dependent on one another as we are today. Perhaps if we as a society were to reclaim the “real west” of today—that is, a world that is ethnically diverse, dependent on one another, and very much human, we could, in the process, reclaim the part of ourselves that feels the isolation and pain or those long-ago internalized myths, and set the record straight.

It is always tempting to me, in examining both the personal and the universal influences on my work, to bring my ideas to resolution. If I resist this urge, however, what I come to is something more global and at the same time hopefully more personal to others: the recognition that our images of the west have much to tell us about how we live—but only if we will see them as symbols of our culture’s projections, rather than as a literal group of people whose lifestyle we shallowly long to embrace.

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New Work for 2015

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The yet untitled first piece of the year.  I am reserving the right to add words to the image, but I like it the way it is too.  I will be at the Temple Beth-el show in St Petersburg, Flordia Jan 31-Feb 2.

Trying Not to Try : Life and Art Meet

 

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Two footnotes: First, I did not look at the game up prior to building my piece since I did not want it to influence my image. Second, the game normally lasts  1-5 minutes, but this one was over in 10 seconds in a meditative blowout. I did not win.

 

 

The Meaning of the Wu Wei Cowboy

 

Knoxville Museum of Art Features Cityscape with Bridges at Artscapes Live Auction and Exhibit

feature_larger2I am late publishing it, but thank you to the Knoxville Museum of Art which featured my piece, Cityscape with Bridges, 43″ x 54″ , inkjet on aluminum, edition of 9 on the cover of their catalogue and in the live auction on Sept. 14th.

Commission for Scripps Networks

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40″ x 66″, inkjet, edition of 1

Thanks to Mary Morris of Mary Morris Arts Management for her recent placement of this commission for Scripps Networks.

Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville exhibit ” The World of Daryl Thetford”

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Following the successful show at The Arts Company on 5th Avenue in Nashville, the CMHF is continuing the show “The World of Daryl Thetford”.  The show, which is in cooperation with The Arts Company, will run from September 12th, 2014 through December 31st, 2014. For additional information or

To purchase or inquire about availability of the artwork please contact
The Arts Company at 615-254-2040 or at www.theartscompany.com

 

Read more: The Arts Company Presents: Introducing the World of Daryl Thetford
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Landscapes

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I walk in fields in my mind. Years ago I realized that I was doing this mainly during conversations. I’m not dissociative; to the contrary, often I imagine I am walking with the person I’m talking to. The fields are near my hometown in west Tennessee. Interestingly, while I’ve driven past them many times, I’ve never actually walked in them.
I believe that we make art as a result of a psychological call or need. Since I have most often found inspiration in the color, movement and energy of urban environments, I was initially surprised by my own move in the direction of landscapes. I soon realized, however, that whether I was taking in the vastness of the Great Plains, the majesty of the Rockies, or the simple beauty of the hills and gorges of the Southeast, landscapes provided a template onto which I both projected, and had reflected back to me, my thoughts and emotions. Storms, depending upon my mood, could be dark and threatening or a peaceful isolated shower. A path through a forest could be lonely or lovely.
It’s my goal, in creating landscape images, to provide the viewer with a template onto which thoughts, feelings, and emotions might be projected–to provide a field, so to speak, that invites a larger conversation

Denver firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Faber and Schreck purchase two pieces.

Denver firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Faber and Schreck purchase two pieces.

Brownstein, Hyatt, Faber and Schreck recently purchased two pieces for their offices in Denver.

I would like to thank Kay Brouillette and Chris Fullerton at Sapiro Art Consultants for their work on this project.

You can find more about them and see some of their work at this website. http://www.sapiroart.com/

Temple Beth-el Art Show, St Petersburg, Florida

I was recently sitting around thinking about food and lists. I had thought it would be fun to list some my favorite restaurants of 2013. The list is extensive and diverse, ranging from a vegan asian place in Providence, RI to the first place on my list in Tampa, FL.

I have since rethought the list idea, but since I am heading to St Petersburg, FL again for the Temple Beth-el Art fundraiser, I realize that I am excited not just about returning to the show ( which I am ) but also about returning to two of my favorite restaurants in the area.

I was in Tampa running an errand before the show began last year and decided to “google” the best places to eat Cuban food in the area. Two restaurants in the Ybor City section of Tampa came to the top of the search as one might expect. One of the top three, however really grabbed my attention. It was La Teresita Grocery. ( Columbus Ave at Lincoln in Tampa).

In La Teresita Grocery, a huge buffet of Cuban food is on display. For $5.00 I was able choose a meat, ranging from goat to chicken and 2 sides. So, the huge quantity and amazing fresh quality of chicken, black beans, rice and plantains cost me $5.00. I know I mentioned the price before, but is bears repeating. It would have still been a bargain at $12. I sat a a long community table and had one of the best meals of the year.
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The second place in the region is the Taco Bus on Central Avenue in St Petersburg, FL. I was browsing the antique shops and other interesting places along Central Avenue when I came upon a large line of people ordering food. While I assume that the bus is indeed mobile when they want it to be, a large indoor/outdoor seating infrastructure has built up around it making it an great place to eat and people watch. The menu is large and diverse and the food is fantastic. http://www.taco-bus.com/

See you in Florida.

REFLECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS: CREATING NEW WORLDS IN DIGITAL ART

REFLECTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS: CREATING NEW WORLDS IN DIGITAL ART

Man and Media II ( pictured ) is one of twelve images that I have at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado for the REFLECTIONS and RESOLUTIONS exhibit. All twelve of my pieces included are are part of the “Struggle for Evolution Before the End of Time” series.

The three other artists who “share the new worlds they’ve imagined through the media of Digital Art” are Fran Forman, Osvaldo Buccafusca and Daniel Fonken.

The show will run from opening night on January 17, 2014 to March 8, 2014.

Thank to curator Jeanne Shoaff for bringing the show together.

Artist Becomes Enlightened.

Artist Becomes Enlightened.

A few years ago, during a drive to Miami, I listened to 13 hours straight of Eckhart Tolle being interviewed by Oprah. During the course of these ( free ) podcasts, I got it. I saw what the eastern sages were talking about as a window, albeit a small one, opened up and reveled the universal truth of oneness to me. The lifestyle article for the Chattanooga Times Free Press about my experience, included below, was written by my wife Dana Shavin. She was the person who had not been in a car for 13 hours listening these podcasts, so her view of the events might differ from those who were enlightened..

Living in the Now Makes Problems Later
By Dana Shavin

My husband said something the other day that I should have found disturbing but didn’t. Which, frankly, disturbs me.

“That week we were so sick was the most fun I had all winter,” he said.

I knew what he meant. We never take time off from work to do nothing. We never even take time off to do SOMETHING. We just don’t take time off.

Case in point: Today is Sunday, and I am in my half of the studio, writing. I can hear my husband in his half of the studio rifling papers, printing things, pounding computer keys. I can assure you he isn’t surfing the net for pleasure or leafing through a magazine for fun. He’s working on new art images, contacting contacts, answering business e-mail, in short, creating, or following up on, opportunities.

Any minute now he’ll head over to my half of the studio to tell me everything he’s done. At which time I will be forced to ask him to leave, because I am busy creating my own kind of opportunity: I am getting some writing done so that I can then get some other writing done so that I can then get some research done so that I can then get some errands done.

Which is precisely why a week or so of body-flattening illness, during which we did nothing but lie on opposing sofas and talk, watch “Oprah” and obsessively take our temperatures was like a little dream vacation. Sad but true.

After our illness, I returned to business as usual. My husband, on the other hand, set off on an epic journey down the road to self-enlightenment. This is because he actually learned something from our downtime, which is that unremitting, achievement-oriented striving that takes you out of yourself and deposits you firmly in a mythical future where all that’s left is to appreciate the money and accolades you’ve garnered is a big fat waste of human time. He had already read “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth,” both by Eckhart Tolle. (Tolle, the king of the Now, is a spiritual anomaly who, by his own report, once spent two years sitting on a park bench doing nothing but smiling.)

It is a well-known fact that the road to spiritual enlightenment begins with a single download. What my husband discovered when he went looking, however, was not one but 10 90-minute conversations between Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle, which addressed not just the nebulous idea of living in the moment, but the nuts and bolts of how to actually stay present in a world replete with the stresses of family, work, health and domestic and international strife.

These downloads he listened to all the way to a Miami art show: 14 hours of pep talks, how-tos and earnest entreaties to forsake the What Might Be in exchange for the What Actually Is.

The next day, every nerve singing a song in praise of the Now, my husband discovered an irresistible photo-op: a shop window full of Buddha statues, with an old bench out front for passers-by to sit on. The bench, it turned out, was actually a rare antique, and the woman flying out of the front door of the shop was the bench’s owner who, upon seeing my husband settle his 200-pound frame into it, exchanged whatever serenity she had been enjoying in the moment for something akin to a blinding rage.

But by the time she got to him, he was already sauntering away toward the Miami Art Museum, to see at last the famed Robert Rauschenberg retrospective he’d been thinking about for weeks. Except that when he got there, he realized it wasn’t a Robert Rauschenberg retrospective but a Susan Rothenberg retrospective, a painter he neither knew nor cared anything about.

We were laughing about all this the other morning on our way to Birmingham to deliver art. It was a long day that included a stop at a hardware store, a frame shop, a restaurant and a shoe store. It wasn’t until the following day that my husband realized he’d walked all over Birmingham wearing one dark brown dress shoe and one tan casual shoe.

So while I know I should be living in the present, I am in fact worried about the future.

Given what’s already happening to my husband, can two years on a park bench with no goals and a kooky grin be far off?

Dana Shavin’s website is DanaShavin.com.

Half of 4 Part Commission Complete

Half of 4 Part Commission Complete

I am currently working on a 4 part commission.

I posted these two a few weeks ago before completion. Both have changed quite a bit since those first posts. One, much more than the other.

The image on the right hardly resembles the one posted on November 25th.

2 down and 2 to go.

Storm and the Original Inspiration

Storm and the Original Inspiration

I took this photo of a storm on the plains between Des Moines, Iowa and Denver. I used it as part template and part guide to create the collage ” Storm ” for my new landscape series. As you can see, I had to add the utility poles. I had photographed them on the same trip, just different location.

Gusto’s Pizza in Des Moines has the 66″ x 44″ version in their beautiful new place.

The Final Version of Branding Day on the Bird Ranch

The Final Version of Branding Day on the Bird Ranch

After 5 or 6 or 10 revisions, this is it. I am not sure why, but the colors are not quite right rich enough on this upload.

45″ x 66″, inkjet on aluminum.

The Reading List

The Reading List

Just as I am beginning to make my way through my stack of books, the website/blog BrainPickings releases their list of the Top 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013. Suddenly the ground that I have gained now lost and I am 13 books behind. Still, if you don’t know this site, I encourage you to take a look.

What I can tell you about my current progress on the book list, posted on October 7th is that, unlike other areas of my life I follow new leads and directions more easily. I try to pay attention to what I am wanting to read, what is really calling to me. Why is this easier to do than in other aspects of my life? I will have to talk to my therapist and read some more books and report back. Here’s my progress report so far.

2) Banksy : The Man Behind the Wall by Ellsworth-Jones. I finished this book right before Banksy hit Manhattan this fall. It is an easy read, and while not a great book, it gives an interesting glimpse behind the scenes of the famous street artist’s world.

5) The Sacred and The Profane: The Nature of Religion by Mircea Eliade. This book is not for everyone. Because he addresses myth and culture in an academic style, reading it is a bit of work, but I have found it a worthwhile read and an inspiration for my religious series.

4) Salvador Dali’s Tarot.”After initially not being fond of Dali’s work, I have grown to appreciate both the artist and his art. I did not realize he had a Tarot series until I ran across a print in an antique store. This is an excellent introduction to his work and the thought behind the meaning of his Tarot images. It does not address the Tarot itself in any depth. For a great group of Tarot images from early to contemporary, see The Art of Tarot by Christina Olsen.

7) What Are You Looking At? : The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz. A really excellent read which I highly recommend.

9) True Meditation by Adyashanti. This is a very nice book consisting of his lectures. If you are going to read just one Adyashanti book, and if you have any interest or appreciation of Eckhart Tolle, you will love his book, The End of Your World. This book was recommended to me by young-adult author Whitney Stewart when I told her that I was enlightened for an entire week one time (another blog post for the future).

9)The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is described as a “haunted odyssey through present day America” and is a great new novel by the author of The Secret History. When I love a novel I want it to last for a while and at 800 plus pages, it does.

The Circus Loop in My Head

The Circus Loop in My Head

It has come to my attention that I’m caught in a loop of my own making. Not that this anything new.

I decided to start my art making period, the majority of which falls October through March, with something light and fun. Making a few circus pieces seemed a fun and somewhat psychologically relevant way to start. Later I would work my way into the heavier, odder images I’ve been carrying around in my head for a while.

Unfortunately, the art ideas in my brain sometimes do not mesh with the deeper psychological self that wants to move in another direction. I created three images fairly quickly. I only needed to spend a few more hours editing and finishing them before I could move on. That’s when I realized they actually needed a completely new and fresh look, one that departed from what I’d been doing. So I re-entered the loop, and reworked them. I was satisfied. Until, that is, I got up the next morning and realized that the guy who had created them the day before was a bit lost and confused about what finished art is. And on the cycle went. Now it’s approaching mid-December, and I have three circus images and their multiple variations to show for it.

I woke up yesterday and knew it was time to move on. Time to get out of the circus loop. I was tempted to label it a failed experience. Instead it has led me to question why I am fighting the experience so hard.

In Jack Kornfield’s wonderful book, A Path with Heart, he talks about “the war within.” An example of this is when we attempt to move in a direction that is at odds with the internal (or external) flow of our lives. This is when things become a struggle.

Which brings me back to one of my old issues: fighting the flow by attempting to force my will onto the process, instead of looking for the direction that is opening for me. Funny how things loop around.

Flying Woman with Blue

Flying Woman with Blue

Ok, If you have been following this work progression you will know that I have reworked the circus images twice. So here is another one….again.

Evolution of an Artist : How Not to Sit in a Corner and Suck on Rats

Evolution of an Artist : How Not to Sit in a Corner and Suck on Rats

Several years ago I saw the movie, Interview with a Vampire. While not really a great philosophical movie, and I think I am being generous here, one concept really stuck with me. The new vampire, Louis, played by Brad Pitt, was baffled as to why, if vampires are indestructible, the oldest one was only 400 years old and not 4,000 years old. The explanation was simple: vampires failed to evolve.

Flash to the last part of the movie and you see Lestat, Louis’ maker, hiding from streetlights in the corner of an abandoned house. The once grand and confident vampire, afraid to go out, was feeding on rats and starving. He too had failed to evolve.

I sometimes get signals that it is time for me to evolve. When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, I knew that I had to either embrace the new culture of connectedness or hide in a corner. Years later I rode the tide of digital photography from shooting straight photographs to manipulating my work–using Photoshop–into collages.

I am now faced with another opportunity to either evolve or retreat into a corner.

This year was one of my best ever; at the same time, there were some unexpected rejections on the art front. I initially thought that only a re-evaluation of my art was in order, but I am reconsidering this idea now. What is needed most, I believe, is a re-evaluation of my perspective, my lifestyle and perhaps most importantly, my ego.

So I am trying new things: little experiments with the look, materials and meaning of my work. I know that many of the pieces I am creating are stepping stones to the next place I’m going.

And as far as self is concerned, I am returning to the places that have helped in the past. I am rereading an amazing book, The End of Your World, by Adyashanti, along with writings by Pema Chodron. The real challenge, for me, is to recommit to what helps most: meditation.

So here’s to new art, a new perspective and to stepping out of the corner and into the light.

Branding Day at the Chicken Ranch

Branding Day at the Chicken Ranch

I have been feeling a strong pull to do something different in the past few months. While most of the people who know me would recognize this and pieces like Nurses in a Boat, that I posted previously, as my work, they are I think a departure and for better or worse bring a freshness.

48″ x 60″, inkjet on aluminum with varnish coating.

The Juggler

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Ok, I recently mentioned that I have done 2 jugglers in the past 3 years which, I am guessing, is no coincidence. Add a 3rd, which happens to be my favorite, and I think we not only have a pattern in my art making, but also in my psychological state.

This is also the third in my new ( small) circus series. I have actually done four, but am rethinking the woman on the bike.. Woman on a Wire. I am thinking that the woman on the bike has to go. I am hoping to keep the background and just replace the rider.

Just to clarify, by small circus series, I mean that I am only doing 4-6 pieces

10 Rules

10 Rules

I ran across these rules when I was at the Diebenkorn exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco earlier this year. I had planned to type them out when I had a thought, I’ll bet someone has these posted online. So here they are… and it just so happens, they are at one of my favorite online places Brain Pickings.http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/23/richard-diebenkorn-10-rules-for-painting/

10 Rules for Creative Projects from Iconic Painter Richard Diebenkorn
www.brainpickings.org
“Do search. But in order to find other than what it searched for.” On a recent visit to the Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953—– click link to go to Brain Pickings for rest of story and rules

The Flying Woman

The Flying Woman

Circus Series, also 48″ x 72″.

After two days of working on this, I literally had my finger on the delete button when I got a new idea. Woman’s dress from photo I took of mannequin, vintage circus cannon in Wisconsin when I was driving through, signs in background from Texas truck stop, crowd from Louvre…looking at Mona Lisa and dozens of other photos used that I have taken from almost everywhere.

Man with A Cello

Man with A Violin

I usually have to live with a piece for a while to see if it makes the final cut and this still unfinished image is no exception.

I have been experimenting with new ideas, new colors and new collage techniques. Funny how some of the pieces I think I have been experimenting with still look just like my old work.

Nurses in A Boat, 47″ x 66″, inkjet on aluminum

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So what do I do if I have four series that I want to work on? Which one do I start with?

Well if you are me, you have an idea that is completely unrelated to these things and do that.

Unlike most of my pieces, this one did not begin with a clear idea. So the experiment that I felt moved to do, lead to this. I am calling it Nurses in a Boat. I still have some work to do, but it is almost finished.

Since this idea came to me, I have had several related ideas that seem to be speaking to me louder than anything I had planned to do. So it looks like some surreal times ahead.

47″ x 66″, inkjet on aluminum

Artist at 9

Artist at 9

I recently found this old newspaper clipping of me, taken at age 9, after the Gibson County Fair in Humboldt, TN. I am not sure, but Iooking back from an adult’s perspective, I may have been the only person in my age group.

The rabbit and terrible cars were my idea and the flowers were my painting teacher’s idea.

The really interesting story is that I took oil painting lessons from Sally Huffles. She played Jane years earlier in a Tarzan movie and still had all of the press clippings. Sadly, I have reviewed all of the Janes and can not figure out which one she was. I am assuming that she had a stage name for her acting career.

The Centered Juggler

The Centered Juggler

The madness and fun has begun as I am well into my reading list, finishing Banksy : The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones, True Meditations by Adyashanti ( his best is The End of Your World ), Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, with Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit and Gompertz’s What Are You Looking At? already underway.

Combine this with my pull in different directions in art making, which currently include a Landscape series, a continuation of my Graffiti and Evolution of Man series, and two sets of “religious” series, one light and one dark, and you can see why I have created 3 Jugglers in the last 2 years.

I was telling Dana, my wife who by the way is a writer, artist and life coach http://www.danashavin.com/ that I go back and forth between excitement and being freaked out with all of the different projects. Usually, the overwhelmed times just last a few moments and I am back on course.

I used to think that I wanted to have one focus and would get frustrated at my journeys into other projects before the one I was working on was complete. And, as much as I still think that I need to do a series with headless chickens to complement the jugglers, I find that I actually do need to have the diversity and the multiple voices to keep me centered.

Part 1 of a 4 part commission

Part 1 of a 4 part commission

I do not take many commissions from individuals for a number of reasons, but a family I met this summer convinced me that doing a portrait of each of their family members could be an interesting project. Everything in this one, which is 94% finished, is from personal letters, work, school, personal and meaningful maps and numbers, etc

The Enduring Appeal of the Apocalypse

The Enduring Appeal of the Apocalypse

Back in May of 2011, I did this one-off as a tribute and commemorative poster for the end of the world. I had just heard about our love of end of the world stories on NPR and then came across an article in the Wall Street Journal, which is where I got the title. I do not often bring pieces back out, but somehow it seemed fitting for Halloween. Maybe it is the scariest piece I have… not that everyone would agree with that, for reasons I would not want to know.

As a footnote, I seldom use photos as my base that I do not personally take, but in this case, the person pictured is my father at 21. Those are my arms and Andy Warhol’s eyes. The people in the crowd were looking at and photographing the Mona Lisa when I photographed them

train

train

I took this photograph somewhere between Denver and Des Moines this year. I used it as a template for my new landscape series, which, if you do not know me, is a real stretch. I have combined multiple photos of weathered paint and paper, graffiti, etc

This piece is 66″ x 44″ and will be printed on aluminum in an edition of 5.

Barbara Kruger at Hirshhorn, “Yes, No, Maybe”and Kerry James Marshall at the National Gallery

Barbara Kruger Exhibit at Hirshhorn, Yes, No, Maybe exhibit and Kerr James Marshall at the National Gallery

After beginning with modest goals starting with the idea that I would just see the Kruger exhibit at the Hirshhorn, today, things quickly got out of control as I dropped by the Freer Gallery to see Asian art ,including Buddhas from everywhere and every time period. I knew how my day would go from here. Despite Eckhart, Pema and all other forms of Zen masters telling me that I am not my thoughts, I know and my thoughts know who is in control.

It was almost lunch, and with my thoughts/injunctions in place, I knew that i would need food in order to keep up the pace! preferably food and espresso. While there was no easy Espresso to come by, I did find one of the best chicken Philly Cheese sandwiches I have ever had from the New York Express truck in front of the National Gallery.

After this, I had no choice but to go into the National Gallery to see the Yes, No and Maybe exhibit; the religious icons exhibit and the Kerry James Marshall exhibit.

While the Marshall exhibit was the star of the show today, Yes, No and Maybe, subtitled “Artists Working at Crown Point Press” is also a must see if you have interest in printmaking or just the creative process.

I had never seen Marshall’s work in person. I had seen it in books and online and like a lot of art, especially art that is 12’+ wide and 8’tall, one has to see it in person to fully appreciate the quality and power of the work and the artist’s voice.

I can not believe it has been 10 years since I have been to Washington. It is apparent that I need to come back sooner next time

New Landscapes begin part two of the art making season

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Ferris Wheel begins New Season of Making Art

Ferris Wheel begins New Season of Making Art

Every year from October to the end of March, I make as much art as possible. Sometimes I do a few pieces during the year, but I am aware that this is the time for the big ideas or new series, experimentation and reinvention.

This year is no exception. My first image, seen above, is already well outside my normal color palette. I may keep it or I may not, but for now, it is my beginning.

The lofty goals, which I can never fully meet, are to finish my Evolution Series and begin 3 new series. These include a very abstracted series on symbols and religion taken, in part from the classic book, The Sacred and The Profane and a reading list as long as my arm; a Circus Series reflecting the psychological aspects of our daily lives; and a Landscape series, which is a real stretch for me.

Even though I call these goals, I have realized the impossibility of doing it all. In past years I actually believed that I could meet all of my obsessive mind’s demands, creating amazing amounts of stress. I now know that these goals really serve as a starting point. I will likely finish the Evolution of Man Before the End of Time series, start and finish one of the other series and do a few pieces on the others in order to find a direction for future pieces.

“Man Reaching” chosen by Glass Street Public Art Project as Bus Shelter Wrap

Public Art Chattanooga, in collaboration with Glass House Collective and CARTA has chosen 4 artists’ work to use in wrapping bus shelters as part of a public art project in Chattanooga. I am delighted that they have chosen my image, “Man Reaching” to be a part of the program. More later when it has been installed.

Cityscape finds home at DMACC Urban Campus in Des Moines

Cityscape finds home at DMACC Urban Campus in Des Moines

I placed this 67″ x 48 piece earlier this year, along with Thoughts of a Better Day ( see in a post below ) at the DMACC Urban Campus with the assistance of Mary Capobianco of Designing Women in West Des Moines and Provost, Dr Laura Douglas as part of their campus renovation.

Books, Book Lists and Art

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I knew that it was that time of year, when I looked at my bedside table and living room table and studio table and my kindle and all that I could see was books that I have been accumulating all summer and fall in preparation for winter reading season. It is not that I do not read all year, but the winter is the true reading season where I binge on everything good and bad.

I am assuming that I am not alone based on two e-mails that came in this morning from Brain Pickings and ArtSpace, both of which had new books and book lists featured this month. I especially like Brain Pickings which consistently recommends books for artists and others in creative fields. http://www.brainpickings.org/

The stack I can currently see and which I began reading last night includes, in part:

1) Beyond the PostModern Mind : The Place of Meaning in a Global Civilization by Huston Smith ( recently heard an old interview with Huston Smith where this book was mentioned.  I had not heard of this book of his )
2) Banksy : The Man Behind the Wall by Ellsworth-Jones ( bought this on sale at Shakespeare and Co. in NY )
3) Concerning The Spiritual in Art by Kandinsky ( referenced in Jewish Museum Beyond the Spiritual Exhibit in San Francisco when I was there in September )
4) Salvador Dali’s Tarot ( saw a print from this book in a antique store and looked it up )
5) The Sacred and The Profane : The Nature of Religion by Eliade ( already owned this, but decided I had to read it when we saw Donna Freitas at The Gathering Conference at Keystone College last year and she repeatedly referred to it.
6) 100 Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings
7) What Are You Looking At? : The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz
8) Glittering Images by Camille Paglia
9) True Meditation by Adyashanti ( just finished The End of Your World by same author which was fantastic )

Something does not seem quite right when I notice that I am excited and daunted and maybe even intimidated by my own list…  and this is just the beginning of the list.  That always seems to be the case for my winter reading,- a little heavier, a little more thoughtful, when not coincidentally is when I began the months of art making which will consist of the majority of my work for the year.

Asian Vegan in downtown Providence, Rhode Island

Asian Vegan in downtown Providence, Rhode Island

I am becoming aware that I am talking more about food than art recently, so after this post, back to my other obsessions of art and books which need at least equal time.

After leaving the very lovely Mystic, CT where we spent the previous evening we headed north to Providence, RI. for the day. After going to the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and of course their shop, we headed to the only logical place that we could for someone allergic to seafood ( me ) and someone who is a partial vegetarian and who does not eat any meat and dairy combination – my Kosher wife…and yes she does eat shellfish, but you will have to take that up with her,

When we saw a restaurant billed as vegan asian in a beautiful place downtown, we knew we had found the perfect stop. The waitress did not have to go through our regular interrogation about EXACTLY what is in the soup, the sauce, etc We had similar dishes which consisted of Korean-style coconut-rice bowl topped with veggie beef, avocado, seaweed, chick peas, spinach, mango salsa and kimchee, served with sesame and hot sauce

Everything about this restaurant, other than the name ( Veggie Fun ) was good. The food was excellent, the setting was beautiful and the service very attentive.

After this is was back to buying more books in my build up for the winter reading season. More on that soon.

columbus park trattoria in Stamford, CT ends our trip with perfection

columbus park trattoria in white plains ends our trip with perfection

After a few days in NY, my wife, Dana met me for a quick trip up the East coast. As opposed to NY, where it seemed that I was on an art tour, we drove through beautiful small towns in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, stopping at every place that looked like it had good food, good coffee or good dessert. Along the way, we found several stars.

Columbus Park Trattoria was our last stop last night in White Plains and we had high expectations from the moment we saw it. Fortunately for us and the crowd that never seemed to stop coming in the door, it did not disappoint. I am allergic to seafood, but the CALAMARETTI FRITTI O ALLA GRIGLIA, billed as an appetizer, that Dana had was one of the most amazing dishes we have ever seen and I am told, amazing to eat. My homemade pasta dish – FETTUCCINE AL TARTUFO CON CARCIOFI was also fantastic. I had two very nice italian meals in NYC, but neither could compare to this place.

Despite the place being packed, we were pampered with constant attention by the staff and as the photo that I took shows, the place has wonderful atmosphere.

We so appreciate being worked in. Apparently we were early enough that it worked out, but I would highly recommend reservations. http://www.columbusparktrattoria.com/

Chagall’s Love, War and Exile in the Upper East Side

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Chagall’s Love, War and Exile in the Upper East Side

The great benefit of having been in New York several times recently is the letting go of compulsions to fill every minute with the big things.  While I still managed to do too much ( including seeing the big things), walk too much and eat too much, I also took the time to wander around some areas that I usually only pass through in a taxi or under in a subway or at best walk through on a main avenue on the way to another destination
On my walk through the Upper Eastside among interesting coffee places and shops( including Shakespeare and Company Books – thanks Tom for shipping the books for me ) I happened across Andy Warhol’s former home which only had a small plaque that I just happened to notice and just down the street, President  Grant’s former residence. Grant would have gotten a nice portrait of himself if only the timing had been right
The best discovery of the weekend was the Chagall exhibit – Love, War and Exile which was advertised on a bus stop that I was walking past. I am a Chagall fan, but have seen a number of Chagall exhibits and almost passed on this one, which I now know would have been a loss. The exhibit which focuses on his work from the 30s to 1948 is, to me some of his most powerful work given the personal nature of the subject matter and his choice of imagery to portray his feelings of fear, loss and love.
The docent  giving the tour completed the package, providing the information that one expects while asking people on the tour about their thoughts and opinions and casually bantering with the crowd

Friday night with friends at the Whitney and Petite Abeille

Friday night with friends at the Whitney and Petite Abeille

Last night I dragged tired and somewhat reluctant friends and artists Genne Grushovenko and Beverly Hayden to catch the the train to go to the Whitney. The crowd ( we did not realize it was name your own admission price night ) was energetic and large. This combined with a couple of great exhibits and a couple of double espressos perked us right up

If you have seen my work you know I am a fan of color and graphics which meant that the newly opened Robert Indiana exhibit was a perfect way to spend a Friday night. The Hopper exhibit was the one that had us shoulder to shoulder with everyone in NY however. Hopper’s sketches gave us a great peek into some of his thoughts and process behind his paintings.

We topped this off with dinner and dessert at one of Genna and his wife Signe’s favorite places, Petite Abeille, a Belgian place on 17th street in Chelsea. The restaurant was intimate and attractive and the service was attentive and helpful taking time to offer thoughts and suggestions on everything from their extensive beer selection to dessert. I am no food critic, but everything we had from the appetizers to entree to dessert were excellent. One  final note. At no point did we feel hurried by the staff, despite the limited seating and our leisurely pace, something I can not say for some places in the same neighborhood.

Images from The Evolution of Man Before the End of Time series

Images from The Evolution of Man Before the End of Time series

Man and Media and Man Alone from ongoing series. The man in the Man Alone piece was standing on a subway platform on morning last fall waiting on the commuter train to Grand Central Terminal when I took the shot that became the template for this final version. I served as my own model for Man and Media. More on this series later.

Thoughts of a Better Day

Thoughts of a Better Day

This is one of the few images that I have created using a photograph that was not mine. The original face template came from a late 1800s photo that I found in an antique store in southern Illinois

an article about OUR BLOGS

an article about OUR BLOGS

My wife’s article out today in the Chattanooga Times Free Press about the creation of OUR BLOGS.

Shop Window in NY

Shop Window in NY

I posted this on Facebook when I took it in July, but I think it deserves a second look. somewhere around 24th street

Diebenkorn Exhibit at de Young Museum

Diebenkorn Exhibit at de Young Museum

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A couple of weeks ago I was in San Francisco and was lucky enough to go to the de Young Museum of Art in Golden Gate Park on the recommendation of a friend. The de Young is a beautiiful building made of Copper, stone, wood and glass and set in a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden and grounds. The big surprise for me was the large “Berkeley Years” retrospective of Richard Diebenkorn.  I had only seen his works in books, so I was not prepared for the stunning abstract/landscapes in person.  If you are in the area, it closes Sept 29th and is well worth seeing.  If not, lets hope it goes on tour soon.

Woman on a Bike Description

Woman on a Bike was two years in the making.  The upper half of the woman ( mannequin ) was on a table in a window display in St Petersburg, Florida.  The legs and shoes came from a shot I took of a shoe store window display on Michigan Avenue in Chicago a year later.  The balls were actually spots painted on a sidewalk in downtown Houston.  The dress came from a photo I took of an urban poster wall in Philadelphia.  All other word, color and texture came from multiple shots that I have taken of graffiti, painted weathered walls, etc

Woman on a Bike to be on Exhibit for Artscapes, Knoxville Museum of Art’s Fundraiser

Woman on a Bike to be on Exhibit for Artscapes, Knoxville Museum of Art's Fundraiser

Daryl Thetford
I am once again delighted to have been chosen to be part of the KAM Exhibit.

Digital photo collage on aluminum
62 x 36 inches
Estimated value $1,800 – $2,000
Chattanooga, TN


Presented by the Guild of the KMA

Knoxville Convention Center

Clinch Concourse

  • Preview Brunch – Sunday, October 6
  • 11:00AM – 2:00PM
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  • Evening Gala – Friday, October 11
  • Silent Auction – 6:00PM
  • Dinner & Live Auction – 8:00PM
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Struggle

Struggle

Struggle is a part of the series, The Evolution of Man Before the End of Time. It is composed of multiple photos that I took, beginning with me posing as a man pulling something, photos of caution tape to go across the eyes; a cross walk, utility poles, a piece of a vintage astronomy chart, graffiti, weathered paint and numerous other photos all combined to create this image. In all I used more than 75 photos used to create it.

The Beginning

Welcome to my blog in progress.  I will be making adjustments, changes and simply  learning for a while, so if you happen across it, things will be a little irregular for a few weeks until I get everything in place… including my head.

Yellow Lips

Yellow Lips