Friday, October 29, 2010


There seem to be many more carriage houses than there are stables.  If these places actually held horse drawn carriages, where did they put the horses when they weren't pulling the carriage?  Was there a central stables, where horses were kept for any given neighborhood?  Anybody know?


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


You don't have to go far from home to experience beauty these last days of autumn.  It is like being in a warm mist of color, as if the trees are saying a sweet 'Farewell til we meet again.'

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


One last memory of the ocean.  These two huddle together pondering eternity, the winter to come?...or maybe what's for dinner.

Monday, October 25, 2010

BRAHMS RHAPSODY (eight measures)

Today is INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY.  You won't be hearing much about this except from other artists perhaps, but some of us are celebrating by honoring another artist who was an inspiration.
In 1973  I had the great good fortune of taking Josef Albers' course on the INTERACTION OF COLOR which was taught at the University of Pennsylvania at that time.   
In that course and another Bauhaus course that was given at the same time, having to do with finding the natural order in any given set of materials, I learned more about how to think about making art than in all my other studies combined.  From that time until the present I have been working on translating music to color.  It was seeing the way one color changes another when they are juxtaposed that ignited my enthusiasm to work on this idea as that interaction seemed to contain the same kind of energy that I experience when listening to music.  This is an example of my 'translations' of music to color in two dimensions and you can check out all my animations of music with this link.  Here is also a link to my book about the process IF C IS RED.

72" X 36"
signed limited edition digital print on archival paper with archival inks

Friday, October 22, 2010


Rain creates a whole new image of life.  Here there are 3 versions of reality.  The usual solid version, the one created by the rain puddles on the street and pavement and the one created by the windshield.  How much of our perception is distorted in just this way as we look at the world through the prism of our prejudices, past experience and just plain ignorance?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


October is cider, spiced wafers and Halloween.  It is a wonderful holiday as it gives kids a chance to experience life in a new light.  Two things I remember as a child at Halloween.  First when I was 7 or 8 ringing doorbells and running away to hide in the bushes on Mischief night.  The police arrived with search lights and we got away just in the nick of time but I still remember the panic and have been a law abiding citizen ever since.    The second is when I lived in the country and was around 13 going out on Halloween dressed up as a hobo. Two friends and I walked down a long dark lane to a house way off the road to trick or treat.  The people who answered the door obviously did not anticipate anyone but were game enough to offer us hot chocolate.  They had a very run down establishment and were not given to casual chatter.  We of course had to accept their 'treat'.  So there I sat, dressed as a hobo with people who were close to that state themselves, drinking their hot chocolate.  It was food for thought to say the least.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


At this time of year I have noticed more squirrels seem to be caught by traffic than usual.  I assume it is because they are in a frenzy to store up for the winter.  I got to wondering while painting how squirrels communicate the danger of crossing the street to their buddies since those who don't make it have little to tell.  This and other questions, about these creatures who manage to share our lives better than most, remain unanswered after a quick look on line.  I did find that some squirrels actually cross with people at a crosswalk and at least one was spotted crossing alone on a crosswalk. Here is an interesting article about squirrel facts if you too are curious about the little guys.  SQUIRRELS THE ANIMAL ANSWER GUIDE And for those who would just like a good laugh there is this on youtube: SQUIRRELS AND CRACKHEADS CROSS THE STREET

Friday, October 15, 2010


No, I have not turned into an abstract expressionist over night.  This is actually a pretty realistic painting of a puddle in the rain.  They are definitely worth looking at, as they hold two levels of reality.  One level is upside down. Like the water, the artist reflects an image back to the viewer and in doing so (hopefully) allows it to be seen anew.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Dogs, lying in the sun, staring into space.  What are they thinking?  Or should I say what are they smelling.  Do all those complex odors that they are able to experience tell them more about the world than all our complicated abstract thinking?  They certainly know something about love that is so compelling that we take care of them for no other reason than to have them near and remind us.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


I have been busy traveling in Mexico via google maps the past few days.  This is 20 Principal Street in San Miguel de Allende.  There were lots of interesting spots to paint, but I finally settled on this one because of the lovely time of day and the biker looking at me from Mexico.  It is my latest contribution to the very interesting blog VIRTUAL PAINT OUT.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I don't have a painting today as I have busy with other art work but one of my videos having to do with visual music is being featured as clip of the week on the Iota Center for Visual Music.  Since they managed to cut off the beginning and end of the piece - I guess that's what they mean by 'clip' - Here is a link to the whole thing from my web site. Just click on title above, then the image and you will be transported to Youtube and the proper selection.

Monday, October 4, 2010


From Harvest Moon to cool nights the weather is changing everyday.  I think these morning glories are very aptly named.  They are a heavenly shade of blue, but they really don't come into their own until this time of year.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Yes the Harvest Moon really is orange and, according to the web, all full moons are orange as they rise near the horizon. The reason this particular moon is called harvest moon, when it occurs near the autumnal eqinox is that farmers, before artificial illumination, could continue to harvest their crops by the light of the moon.  Here is a link to Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans singing Harvest Moon.  Imagine this scene in a Clint Eastwood movie, with Clint serenadin Angella Joile if you want to experience how our culture has changed over the last 60 years.  The moon is still the same far.