As a freshman and sophomore art student I often made my paintings on the wall of my bedroom in Camden, NY. In this classic studio shot, my niece Cassilyn and I were painting away on an abstracted scene of Wolcott Hill Road.
It’s a great memory. Now that Cassi is a freshman in college herself, I figured it was time to share the joy. Love you, Cass! Here’s hoping your education and college adventures are as valuable and productive as mine were! :)
…and my studio floor there. Click for enlargement.
“Image-making in this place seemed axiomatic. You live to make. Or, at least, in living you make. Let us take the ninety-degree turn twice and go back to where we once were, shall we? It was fun, challenging, and worthy; the most worthy and real thing I did that summer. It is the most abiding thing I did, even now. Alas, all the rest is dust, chaff, and stubble – ‘which are burnt and which the wind drives away’ – though it all was so beautiful while strewn on the ash pile there. And we, like the old pagans, went down to color it and cover our nakedness with it.” – from A Mnemonic of Longing, an unpublished essay, 2002-2009.
Above: the studio I used during the Summer of 2001 while at Ox-Bow on a Fellowship Residency. Click for larger view.
Below: a sign one of my fellow Fellows left for me one day. I’ve saved it all these years. I have a feeling who left it on my chair that night, but was never sure. Click for larger view.
In May 2008 I received an Artist Residency at the Glen Arbor Art Association in Michigan. It was a great time and a really fantastic space. You can see a couple of the pieces I made there here and here. Maybe I’ll upload more work from that period of time in the future, but today I want to post a few images of my “studio” spaces there at Glen Arbor.
My apartment space. Did a lot of reflection after days of driving and drawing.
The Thorston Farm. Click for larger views. I had full solitary access to these buildings. Such an evocative and time-full environment.
And the lake, dunes, and trees were ever-present…
And a shot of the current stage of the Iconoclast painting in progress…
Me in my studio during grad school – Indiana University – sometime early in 2004. Upper right corner – my Lionel Richie “Patron Saint of Painting” icon, collaboration between Maximillian Hernandez and my collage. It’s hanging in my current studio, too.
“VOLUME, NOT FEATURES” …words to live by.