Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Latest work

"severe tranquility abstract", diptych, mixed media, 2011-12
This poor painting just gets no love. Originally it was commissioned by a friend of a friend for her Cape house. She was determined to display something completely modern and I was eager to create something purely abstract. After several preliminary sketches, we seemed to find a happy medium. As with most clients I ask for half the fee up front, and the remaining upon delivery. The latter never happened and I've kept the painting in my possession for several months.

 Every once and awhile I would add or take away, slowly modifying it. Then, just recently, I was offered a part in special one night show. I dusted this off, tweaked it a little and was preparing to have this sent to the gallery. Then last minute, well almost last minute, I checked the fine print of the contract before signing and realized that the venue was not something that would benefit my career as an artist. It looks like this painting will have to go back in storage another few months until I find the right time to have it on display.

Monday, June 18, 2012


I was pleased to wrap up the spring semester with a fun "contest" as my fourth graders built bridges designed to support the weight of the classroom boombox. Following a short lecture on the logistics of man-made bridges students were only allowed to use white sheets of paper, scissors, and masking tape. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New classes for the fall!

I've signed on to teach three more classes for the fall semester for the New Art Center, just outside Boston. Registration for these classes beginning in mid-late September is now open, click on the class title to register online!

Jann of the Jungle #16, 1957
Graphic Novel & Manga Exploration, Grades 6-9, Mondays:
    Explore the subject of the graphic novel with comic books and manga by delving into the history of the medium and its influences on animation, anime, music, and film. Students will create their own graphic novel with focus on story structure and pencil and ink art. Sketchbook required.

Graffiti Art, Grades 6-9, Mondays:
    In this class, the history and perceptions of graffiti will be used as inspiration for nique works of art completed with a variety of materials such as chalk, paint, colored pencils, and oil pastels. Students will create a final class collaborative piece for display at the New Art Center. A perfect class for budding artists who like to work BIG. Sketchbook required.

Architects' Building Studio, Grades 2-4, Wednesdays:
   Bring your ideas to life in this fun class that moves from 2D into 3D. Using architecture and the built environment as our theme, students will develop their ideas in drawings, and then use their drawings as a basis for creating 3D models and sculptures.  If you can imagine a world underwater, or a city of treehouses, this class is for you!

I'll post  more announcements for future classes and events as the summer progresses!