Time is Elastic

Date : October 19, 2018

I see that it has been a LONG time since I created any posts. My arrival in Sarasota in September 2015 threw me into a tumble dryer of emotions. Not the least because it was obvious that I had moved from the equivalent of the center of the galaxy to a distance as far as Andromeda. Different vibe. Different cultural focus.

My studio cost a fortune to move – I had been in 68 Jay Street in Dumbo [Brooklyn] for 15 years. It took my stellar assistant, Tim Buckley, from mid-August until April, 2016, just to pack the entirety of Studio 803 so that it would withstand being shipped by catapult. It also cost a fortune to pack.

That said, I am as happy as six-month old Jonathan. I don’t even mind that this is an 80-hour per week gig.


The New Yorker Who Fell to Sarasota

Date : January 28, 2018

What the heck just happened?! It has been ages since my last post.

Two and a half years have flown by since my last post!. Off the radar. But busy. I am forever inspired.

I left New York City in August 2015, and moved both home and studio 1,200 miles south to Sarasota. It was never in my plan. But I was and still am in love with Amy Davis,  and wherever she is I call home. And I have discovered that without Amy I would be an artist and not an artist in business. That said, “everybody” told me it would take a year or two to start to feel at home. And it has.

Yes, it is staggeringly beautiful on the Gulf “SunCoast”. Parenthetically, it is pouring rain and chilly as I write. And cold here is surely not the cold of the NorthEast. However, the general consensus here is that we do indeed live in paradise.

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The foliage is alien; in fact, I feel like I moved to a different planet. The leaves never turn color; there are myriad species of palm trees.shrubbery and plants that yield out of this world flowers and seed cases.

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When it does get cold enough in the winter;  a plethora of critters seek shelter in our home, including, but not limited to, palmettos, more species, some actually benign, of spiders just in our yard and house. I am admittedly an arachnophobe; I have no idea which are actually benign (and assume the worst). I know for sure that a Wolf Spider bite means dial 911. I’ll save that photo until I find it. Maybe I’ll do a special post.

That said I live in the only sub-tropical state. I am minutes from Siesta Key, a beach voted most beautiful so many times the sign is starting to rust.

A new world of inspiration.

 


The Painter’s Secret Geometry: The Tower

Date : October 17, 2013
The Tower 3o18. 60 x 40 inches. Oil on Linen.

The Tower. 60 x 40 inches. Oil on Linen.

I believe my mentor, Jan Cox, turned me on to THE PAINTER’S SECRET GEOMETRY by Charles Bouleau in the 1970s when I showed him underlying geometries that I had found and drawn into my own work or if It is something I found after reading about the Golden Ratio. I don’t think it matters; what matters is what we can see under the surface.

While at the SMFA I did use underlying geometry as the entry into an artwork. What I have found is that working in that direction is not necessary and the analyses post facto show the same hidden beauties. I no longer start with such artifice. I pick up a piece of large will charcoal, make a rough sketch, and start painting.

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The Tower ANGLES

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The Tower ARCS

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The Tower AGGREGATE GEOMETRY

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The Tower FULL OVERLAY

Look for the Secret Geometry Posts again.

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