Today I heard from Allied Artists that my entry to the 2013 Annual Exhibition was juried into the show. The exhibit runs November 8 – 16 at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC. Gallery hours are Mon. thru Fri.: 10-12 pm & 3-5 pm. The gallery reception happens at the end of the show, Sunday the 16th, 1 to 5 pm.
“The Silversmith” Oil on burlap, 30 x 30 inches
I met this man last December at a swap meet in Quartzite, Arizona. Next to his small motorhome he’d set up several large display cases crammed with his heavy silver jewelry. Self-taught, he told me he worked the swap meet circuit (who knew there was such a thing?) which took him in a loop from southern California at the bottom to Minnesota at the top. I asked if I could get a couple snapshots of him. Though I prefer to do portraits directly from life, I found his sun baked face and glowing eyes to be good company for a few days early this spring.
For years I’ve been painting exclusively on fine linen, but recently I’ve been experimenting painting on prepared burlap for another series of paintings. Though there is a coat of sizing and two coats of primer on the burlap, the surface remains very rough, but it suits the rough-hewn subject well. What I especially like about working on this surface is that it forces me to be more aggressive, to use more paint in bigger brushes, and to work more broadly than I usually do. Nice for a change.
Also today I received an email from the Richeson art people who have regular competitions. The Figure/Portrait show is now online if you care to see it. www.richeson75.com
“Georgie” Oil on linen, 24 x 20 inches
Georgie lives across the street from my studio in central New Jersey, and he has posed for several paintings. The location is Montauk, Long Island. The painting has been exhibited at the J.M. Stringer Galleries in Bernardsville, NJ and Vero Beach, FL.