This group of small oil paintings on linen panel was made in the fall semester MFA program at Boston University.
Boston fog, oil on linen mdf panel,8×8 in (20×20 cm), 2012
Geranium and Clematis, oil on linen mdf panel, 8×8 in (20×20 cm), 2012
Guitar, oil on linen mdf panel, 8×8 in (20×20 cm), 2012
Thermos, oil on linen mdf panel, 8×8 in (20×20 cm), 2012
Self portrait, oil on linen mdf panel, 8×8 in (20×20 cm), 2012
Salada Teapot, gouache, 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 cm), 09/08/11
The route from Bennington through New York is less traveled than Route 7 and therefore a nicer drive. On my return trip in August I turned the car around to stop at the sight of a weathered woman sitting in front of an antiques store. Her shop contained a vast collection of objects in several crowded rooms which she complemented with a robust set of political views sharply critical of recent news. She had enough on her mind in need of sharing for me to have time to find this small yellow ceramic teapot, offered at a significant discount due to our partisan sympathies, stamped underneath with the name Salada.
The last two weeks felt like a roller coaster’s slow steady climb. Then the front car crested the first peak and it was look out below, full of shrieks, hollers and incredulous smiles: id, parking pass, bank loan, orientation, materials, moving out, moving in, classes, assignments, receptions, meeting colleagues and instructors. Commuting for a couple hours each day is intense but not impossible. While I’ve had the good fortune to be a student in many excellent schools, being a member of Boston University’s fine arts graduate painting program at this time in my life is a much appreciated privilege.
A week of rain and fog provided soft edges and low contrast for a painting from my new studio. It was rushed between appointments, an image on top of a previous painting. The surface was not absorbent and the paint felt too slippery. After making arrangements for a month it was good to actually paint.
Comm Ave, oil on linen panel, 8 x 8 inches (20 x 20 cm), 09/07/11