Archive for May, 2008


Cousin Alex surfaces in NY and bad weather’s a-comin

May 31, 2008

Here he is in his store, talking about what else… bugs and preservation. Last time I layed eyes on him was in North Chelmsford at a family gathering probably 15 years ago.

on a more dreary note, here’s the long term weather outlook reported by Charles Blow in the NYtimes today. ughghghg.,,, . Here in good old Burlington we are getting some much needed rain. Most years I wouldn’t have had to water the garden yet, but have done so now several times, and also had it watered while I was away.

Farmers Market was not well attended this morning; that is, not many shoppers, but good shopping. I found several excellent tomato plants. I’m going to be focusing on the yellow varieties this year, in particular the garden peach, which I have not secured yet (one vendor has some but didn’t bring any today) but will tell all about once I have. sorry! gotta be a little protective, no?


What I’m Working on Today

May 29, 2008

last night I painted until after 11pm. In the good old days this wouldn’t have been so unusual, but lately it is. good sign maybe. back to basics, as they say. school’s out for the summer…

Acrylic on canvas

I need to finish up a painting of Willard Quarry for some folks. I agreed to do one last summer. I seem to be working on nine canvases from that location now…or seven, because two I’ve ruled out. Then there are the spin offs. works on paper—drawings, collage, things that are associated indirectly.


oil on canvas board

tissue paper and paint on paper

acrylic on paper


Painting in the Woods Overlooking Beaver Swamp

May 29, 2008

Elise and Betty

I must say, not being used to being around large animals all the time, to see one rolling around on his back like this was funny. My thoughts for the painting activity had been to be in the general area of the horses, and to sketch them in to the composition as I worked. But they didn’t arrive at a location close enough until I was picking up to head out of the woods. then, I got the three of them right near, doing nutty stuff. darting here and there, and the rolling!


Muellers’ Woods– Stingy Hollow Road: two more paintings started there

May 29, 2008

Muellers\' Woods


More on the Washington DC ARTOMATIC

May 28, 2008

Since it’s not a juried show, there is a lot of art that i could have done without seeing. But there is something to be said for the sheer volume of work at this site. I don’t know what that is, but something… .

this is the 2008 site– a new unfinished building within view ofthe New York Ave/Florida Ave. subway station


Here are a few of my favorites:

What the Washington Post had to say about it all


Staunton! Painting a Sycamore Tree in Mueller’s Swamp

May 28, 2008

Okay, so painting conditions were pretty close to perfect out in Staunton. Maybe a little too much wind… forced the quick painting though. Damn acrylics dry too too fast, but i really can’t be bothered to mess with retardant. too much process, too little painting

Click on image for enlarged and more clear version

No mosquitoes out here; very few anyway. Betty doesn’t have any bug repellent– doesn’t believe in it– nor does she worry about ticks or other local hazards. I guess I’ve been a city dweller for too long… (smile)


Saturday, more mockingbird, and The ARTOMATIC!

May 24, 2008

here’s the mockingbird

Soon Elise and I depart for Richmond to deliver the paintings she has finished. We’ll visit for lunch, then continue on to Staunton– my relatives live on Stingy Hollow Road. We are provisioning with food and painting supplies. It’s a perfect day here in alexandria, and the weekend promises to be fabulous.

Last night I hit the ARTOMATIC over by New York Ave subway stop. It takes place for a month, this year in a new unfinished building. Floors 4 thru 12 were solid art. Hard to describe the response. it was like our Burlington South End Art hop X 10. I meant to take a break and eat my sandwich but I couldn’t stop. I saw all floors, a feat that I heard few would manage to do all in one outing. Next year? I’m there!

Elise, Kevin and I went in to The District — Kevin for job search and E and I to checkout the Hirshorn.