In between printing and varnishing and stretching for the shows, I've had a little bit of time to study my raw materials. I've come to a decision about what I'm going to work on next; I will be doing three gladiola pieces. The reason for this choice is that my last three pieces have started with a need rather than an inspiration. I had specific pieces I wanted to create, so I thumbed through my catalogue of raw material and choose which flowers best fit my objectives. I photographed both the gardenias and hydrangeas within this same framework.
 I really need to get back to  being inspired by the flower rather than solving a creative problem. When I photographed the gladiolas, it was for no other reason than they just mesmerized me. I think that will be a pretty exciting starting point.
    In my next newsletter, I'll share the original photos and describe what I saw in them. Future newsletters will contain descriptions and photos of how the piece is developing.
News & Notes
Report from the fields: May 19, 2011



     We've completed our first three shows of the season. The heading "fields" is actually misleading since the shows were all in urban areas; Fairfax, VA, Silver Spring, MD, and Scarsdale, NY. All three shows yielded pretty consistent success. A significant portion of the sales were of new pieces. When I told everyone after last year that the economy wasn't to blame for my mediocre season, that I had to get better, I thought I was just being diplomatic. It turns out that was true! While strong sales thus far have whet my appetite for the rest of the exhibition season, what I'm really hungry for right now is to start some new pieces of art.

New Artwork

     These pieces have been the surprise hit of the shows so far. They are actually not completely new. I had a piece titled Waterfall that was always one of my favorites. Very few people shared my opinion. I couldn't understand why because I loved the movement in the old piece. I took a long, hard look at it and discovered that while it was a graceful dancer, it completely lacked intimacy so no one wanted to be its partner. I thought it was too good to give up on, so I reworked it into a triptych, and people have started to connect with it.

    One of the hardest things to do as an artist - at least for me - is to give up control of the work. A piece of art is successful when I'm not in charge, but act as an equal partner with the subject matter. Let the flower do the talking instead of me just telling it what to say. The old Waterfall was constructed by Edward the Director. The new Waterfall was a partnership. I think when a piece is created as a partnership it is easier for other people to get involved with it.    

old waterfall 
Upcoming Shows

We have two more shows over the next two weekends before our first break. This weekend we'll be at Eisenhower Park on Long Island, NY at the Long Island Fine Arts Festival, May 21-22.  On Memorial day weekend, we'll be in Montauk for the Art Show On The Green May28-29.  You can see our complete schedule by clicking the shows link here or in the column to the left.

Feedback Corner
   Thanks to everyone who responded to my first newsletter. I received several good suggestions. My cousin Joe suggested that providing a few shots of the artwork in the context of a home would be useful. After our Montauk show, I will add a gallery of those photos to my website. If you would like me to include a photo of my artwork in your home, send one to me and I'll be happy to post it. Thanks, Joe! 
      Both Ron and Linda thought my first newsletter was just a bit too, um, generic, and I should let more of my personality shine through. Whether or not that is a good idea remains to be seen. If you don't like the tone that this newsletter has taken, please remember to blame Ron and Linda. For the rest of you, keep that feedback coming!