Monday, July 22, 2013

Le retour.

Yes! I have been absolutely abysmally awful awful awfully terrible about posting here over the past 9-10 months or so. Yikes. There's been a lot of life change going on, a breakup, an apartment move, a broken ankle, some sadness and some happiness and some painting (but never enough!!!) Anyway, I'm going to try for a quick recap here, and then let's move forward in the second half of 2013 with some hardcore productivity, shall we?

The Converge exhibition in NYC last November was terrific! A great show, a great collection of work, fun opening. Since then I've shown in another group show at Artists' House in Philly this past April, the "Year of the Woman" show. Again, great work, great people!!

Me with some paintings that I sold at Artists' House's "Year of the Woman" exhibition, April 2013.
(Photo by Charles Walsh)
I also went to see some other people's art... here I am at Eleanor Ettinger in NYC (photo by Daniel Maidman):

I also met some new artist friends at the annual Portrait Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia - here I am with Quang Ho of Denver, Colorado (photo by Melissa Gann Burgess):
Some artist friends in Philadelphia hosted some artists friends from NYC around the time I was still on crutches with a broken ankle - here's some of our merry crew in Rachel Constantine's studio before heading out for dinner (l-r: me, my studiomate Stephen Early, Rachel Constantine, Victoria Selbach, Nancy Bea Miller and her husband Paul Downs, and Alexandra Tyng. The incomparably awesome Daniel Maidman is the one taking the picture, and somehow we managed to not get Garth Herrick and art conservator Lauren Cassady in the photo!! Whoops.)
Speaking of awesome artists from other cities, earlier in the spring I finally had a chance to meet the amazing, super-wonder-magical artist couple of Rory Coyne and Lauren Levato, visiting New York City from Chicago, Illinois!! A bunch of us met up and it was groovy (l-r: me, Rory Coyne, Lauren Levato, Chris Leib, Daniel Maidman, Reiner Hansen - photo taken by David Kassan):
In addition to hanging out with artists, I've been sitting for some artists, too... here's a painting done of me this spring by the awesome and amazing Fred Danziger:

And here's a painting sketch of me in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts cast hall by David Shevlino:
Here's a drawing of me by Scott Burdick (CHECK OUT THAT HAIR!!! This does not occur in nature, I assure you):
Here's one little one by my studiomate, Stephen Early:
And, OF COURSE, I've been doing some painting of my own, as well... not as much as I'd like, but that's the way things go when life is kind of crazy and ankles are broken and other life stuff gets in the way. Boo. Anyway, here's one of friend and incredible artist Susan Lyon:
voilée, oil on panel, 12"x12"
Also, I've done a sketch of Matthew, who helped me to not lose my mind during my period of convalescence with the broken ankle:
sur la terrasse, oil on panel, 12"x12"

More soon! Really. I swear it won't be another 9 months before I update again. For REAL. But just in case, you can always find me on Facebook... I'm very update-y over there.
Peace out for now. Keep painting, y'all.

Friday, November 9, 2012


I realize it's been a spooky amount of time since I've posted here - suffice it to say, it's been a busy summer and fall out here in Philadelphia. I'd love to update you on the blow-by-blow of the last several months, but they were crammed full of stuff... so I'd only be able to hit a few highlights. Let's recap a little but mostly focus on upcoming good things, shall we? So, here's the latest:
•I am so pleased to be a part of a group exhibition in New York City this November. The exhibition, entitled “Converge: Where Classical & Contemporary Art Collide,” was created and curated by Allison Malafronte, former senior editor of American Artist magazine. Allison is an arts writer, editor, columnist, and curator based in New York City. You can see more on the exhibition and the curator’s statement at the following link:
•I was also fortunate to have had my first solo exhibition here in Philadelphia at Artists’ House Gallery in Old City. The show was on display from October 3-28, but if you are still interested in any of the pieces on the website (, feel free to contact Artists’ House for more information!
•My painting “the uncertain silence” won an Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 116th Annual Open Exhibition this October! You can see the exhibition online at the following link:
the uncertain silence - 12"x9", oil on linen
•In early October I spent a week painting with friends in Barcelona! It was a terrific time, though we did run into some trouble with the law… apparently it is illegal to paint on the streets of Barcelona! Who knew? Anyway, please see my friend’s tongue-in-cheek video about our strange experiences and our dangerous art addiction problem:

6"x6" sketch of the view from Montserrat, Catalonia

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Painting, panting.

Y'all may have noticed that it's been absurdly hot here in the mid-Atlantic region of late (and, what the heck, in most of the country, really)... yet I have been trying like mad to fight all of my worst urges to melt into an overheated puddle of despair, and instead to KEEP. PAINTING. So, here are a few things I've been up to, just bits and pieces - the first is a sketch done at a friend's studio yesterday, the next is a sneak detail of a larger piece (30"x40", I think) that I am finishing up for a show this October - more details soon!

suspense (sketch), 6"x6", oil on panel 

master of your universe (detail), 30"x40", oil on canvas

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Other people's studios.

Been busy painting lately, both in my usual location and in other people's studios. For example, I'm subletting a friend's studio for part of the summer, and the change of scenery is definitely nice... not to mention the large amount space and the beautiful north light. It's pleasant, and there are new things to paint, yay! Including this chair:

chair sketch

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Back from a break, but not broken.

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here... probably because it's been super duper crazy busy. In a good way! Ok, so let me try to get you up to date as quickly as possible: first, John and I went to Paris...

...and also to Colmar...

...and I showed some paintings in Wilmington...

...and went landscape painting with friends...

...then I went to the Portrait Society of American conference here in Philly...

...then John and I adopted some kittens...

...and John and I went to NYC to see some artist friends...

...and have gone to see some art here in Philly as well...
Daniel Garber painting at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
...and all the while I've been working on some of my own paintings, of course...
sketch of smm, oil on birch panel, 9"x12"
...including some larger paintings...
first draft of an eye painting, a BIG one, for me - 36"x48"
So... been BUSY! But in a good way, as you can see.
More in-depth updates soon, once I have a moment!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Surveying the landscape.

One wonderful part of the weekend before last was getting out to paint outdoors again, for the first time in a while (I don't do well outdoors in winter, even in a mild one). Here's a little sketch I did while out in rural Pennsylvania two weekends ago:

Prescott - a sketch, oil on panel, 6"x12"

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Beyond "The Expedition and Beyond"

Oh Internet, I am so giddy with happiness after a weekend spent with my fabulous fellow artists of “The Expedition and Beyond” exhibition down in Alexandria, Virginia… first, at the opening, then afterwards on a mini painting retreat out in semi-rural Pennsylvania. Ahhhh!!! Here are some photos from the opening:

 Steve Kantor and Alexandra Tyng

 Principle Gallery client and Rachel Constantine

 Sadie Valeri, Ali Ringenburg, Rachel Constantine

 Terry Strickland with the collectors who now own her painting of "The Three Fates" for which Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani and myself were models

 Sadie Valeri, Alia El-Bermani, Rachel Constantine, Stefani Tewes

 Sadie Valeri, Diane Feissel, Alia El-Bermani, Rachel Constantine, Stefani Tewes

 My painting of Rachel Constantine at left, at right the painting of me (and a kitten) by Alia El-Bermani

 Angela Cunningham, Alia El-Bermani, Shannon Runquist

 Mario Robinson with a self-portrait by Rachel Constantine

 Diana Cobb Anstey and Alexandra Tyng

 Alia El-Bermani, Rachel Constantine, Stefani Tewes and Angela Cunningham

 Katherine Lofft and Rachel Constantine

 Cindy Procious and Mario Robinson

 Mia and Veronique Bergeron

 Cindy Procious and Linda Tracey Brandon

 Terry and Carly Strickland

Mia Bergeron and Cindy Procious