Thursday, September 28, 2006
Here are some photos of the room at the Blab show. You can see my paintings lined up on one wall. Unfortunately, the photographer was having a bit too much fun and we did not get any shots of the crowd (it was packed) or of any of the other wonderful people I talked to (including other Blab artists like Greg Clarke). Maybe next time!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Anyone who has read about Balthus has come across this telegram which Balthus wrote to the art critic John Russell right before his Tate Gallery retrospective in London in 1968.
"No biographical details. Bathus is a painter of whom nothing is known. Now let us look at the pictures. Regards. B"
Bathus was reclusive and silent for years. In the years before his death, however, Balthus opened up to the press and we know a lot more about him. Biographys were written and art books were published.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Ever since I created the "Creature" painting for Mark Frauenfelder of boingboing, I have been trying to insert a bit of music into my images. This seems to add something to the ambience.
In my new Blues Gals series, I have added a banjo and a guitar and the titles are either real or made up blues song titles. Having a vintage instrument collection (guitar family) at home certainly helps inspire me as does the fact that I played music myself for many years.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Here's another sketch I did for one of my 8 new Blab Show paintings.
I will head down to Santa Monica later this week for the show next Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 at Bergamot Station, CoproNason Gallery. I am looking forward to it.
Fred Stonehouse and Ryan Heshka are both artists that I admire and they have many paintings in the show as well. Monte Beauchamp has a good eye for choosing great artists to be in "Blab!" .
Friday, September 15, 2006
More great images from the book, "Family Found- The Lifetime Obsession of Morton Bartlett" by Marion Harris.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
So, there will be no booksigning. However, I will be at the show handing out free, signed Monkey Love Postcards with a popular image from last year's show, "The Charmer"(above). You can still order your copy of "Blab! 17" from Amazon or Fantagraphics.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Morton Bartlett 1932
I've been meaning to write about Morton Bartlett for a while now. Little-known while alive, except for an article in "Yankee Magazine" circa 1962, Morton Barlett was a reclusive Boston bachelor who made meticulously detailed, half-size, painted plaster figures of mostly teenage girls and a few boys. He also created and sewed outfits for each one and then documented his creations in realistic settings by taking B&W photos of them. The unique thing about his art was that these figures expressed complex emotions in their faces and gestures.
Marion Harris bought the 15 sculptures (carefully wrapped in newspapers) and 200 photographs which were found after his death in 1992 at the age of 83. She later published a book on this "folk" artist entitled "Family Found, The Lifetime Obsession of Morton Bartlett". This book is one of my favorite things and contains dozens of photos in color and B&W as well as 5 essays on the importance of this American artist.
The book can be purchased by writing to Marion Harris
She is an art and antiques dealer located in NYC.
More links can be found for this wonderful artist by googling "Morton Bartlett". There have been quite a few different articles written speculating about his motivation for his art...some assigning him a Lolita complex.
Friday, September 08, 2006
And...I am waiting to hear what is up with the M Modern Show as well. I have not heard from them. I also completed a painting for their show which opens the same day as the Blab Show- Sept. 23, 2006. (Valley of the Dolls Show)
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I finished the painting today (3 female figures) and took slides. It's a "metaphysical" scene with a modern slant. (See Pittura Metaphysica ) They like the modern look out in Palm Springs where the gallery is located... from the late 40's on.
It's been really hot here in Oregon. I wish the heat would let up, since I don't have air conditioning in the studio.
I'm looking forward to going down to Santa Monica, CA again in two weeks for the Blab Show. It will be a nice change of scene. I am going to take a break from painting for the next couple of weeks. There is plenty more to do to get ready for the two shows. At least the artwork is done!
The Blab Show is supposed to be online this week! I keep on checking: www.blabshow.com
Friday, September 01, 2006
They are currently having a show of rare photographs of Ms. Baker at the