This week’s featured painting: Skandha 1 (Torso 1)

In keeping with the theme of the week,  I’ve chosen “Skandha 1 (Torso 1)”, a part of my figurative series, as this week’s feature. You’ll recall that I featured Skandha 3 a few weeks ago.

Skandha 1 (Torso 1), oil on canvas, 24x24in. (60cm2), 2013.
Skandha 1 (Torso 1), oil on canvas, 24x24in. (60cm2), 2013.

Skandha 1 was created in 2013. Oil on canvas, it measures 24 inches (60cm) square.  It is now available through my square store.  If you’d like to see this magnificent painting in person, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Here’s a handy contact form:

Skandha 1 (to the right) and Skandha 3 (left), during the 2013 Gowanus Open Studios.  Skandha 1 is also available.
Skandha 1 (to the right) and Skandha 3 (left), during the 2013 Gowanus Open Studios.

This weekend: Dirty Little Drawings!

As I shared the other week, I am going to have several pieces in the Dirty Little Drawings show and sale this weekend.

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Here are all the details:

What: Dirty Little Drawings is an exhibit and sale of erotic art featuring the male form. Each piece is on sale for $60. You can build or start your art collection while supporting living artists in New York and the Leslie-Loman Museum.

Where: Leslie-Loman Museum Project Space, 127B Prince Street, between Wooster and West Broadway, basement level (Soho, New York City, Prince Street stop on the R-train)

When: The opening reception is this Friday, March 27, from 6 to 8. A big turnout is expected. If you’re like me and not super-fond of crowds, you might like to come Saturday or Sunday. The show/sale will be open from noon to 6 on both Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.


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So stop by!

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The newly redesigned website is now live!

I’ve been very busy over the last couple of weeks with a complete redesign of my website.  I decided to get back to basics and code the site myself.  Admittedly this was a chore, but I think the results were worth the effort.

My principal concern with this iteration of the website was to make it fully responsive.  Responsive Design is the current buzzword in web design, and with HTML5 it’s never been easier.  “Responsive” means that the site adapts to whatever technology the viewer is using: smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop.  So check the site out on your phone!  And it looks really great on an iPad!

smartphone display.
smartphone display.

Websites are always a work in progress.  This one’s no different.  I’ll probably keep tinkering with it. (But not without a little break so I can actually get some painting done!).  The new site is pretty simple, straightforward and without bells and whistles. Future iterations may include more javascript features or other tweaks to facilitate the display of the artwork.

Tablet display
Tablet display

I’ve put fewer pieces of work on the site while referring the viewer to this blog, my flickr account and other venues where my work appears.

The full-size desktop/laptop display features two columns
The full-size desktop/laptop display features two columns

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the website and let me know what you think!

Featured painting of the week: Skandha 3 (Torso 3)

This week’s featured painting is Skandha 3 (Torso 3), a figurative piece I created late in 2013.  I mentioned my figurative work earlier in the week in my post about new Etsy listings.  This week’s featured oil painting is among the larger figurative works I’ve done and this one explores an interesting geometric expression of the figure, almost a kind of mapping or ‘landscaping’ of the human form.  The title draws on Sanskrit Buddhist technical terminology.  At root the word “skandha” means “trunk” as in a tree-trunk. In Buddhist philosophy it refers to the constituent parts of human consciousness, of which physical form is an important part.

Skandha 3 (Torso 3), oil on canvas, 24" square, 2013.
Skandha 3 (Torso 3), oil on canvas, 24″ square, 2013.

The painting is 24 inches square (about 60 cm square).  I’m offering it for direct sale through my square store.  If you’re interested in more figurative work, please visit my Etsy store.  There’s more coming along this year, so stayed tuned for upcoming news or contact me with any questions.

Here’s an easy way to reach me:

Skandha 3 (to the left) along with Skandha 1, during the 2013 Gowanus Open Studios.  Skandha 1 is also available.
Skandha 3 (to the left) along with Skandha 1, during the 2013 Gowanus Open Studios. Skandha 1 is also available. Contact me for details.

Studio Notes – paysage planétaire completed

This is the final installment of my series of posts following the progression of a painting I started at the beginning of January – a “paysage planétaire” inspired in part by the work of Ferdinand Hodler and other painters from that era.  So, in my last post, described the overpainting.  Earlier this week, I put the final touches on this and completed the piece.  It was a little touch and go there for a while, but I think it’s come out pretty well:

Paysage detail
Paysage detail
Paysage detail - beefed up the clouds a little bit.
Paysage detail – beefed up the clouds a little bit.
Just about done at this point.
Just about done at this point.
Paysage detail.
Paysage detail.
One of the final pieces is the signature.
One of the final touches is the signature.

So here it is, complete.  Took about a month.  Part of the time was waiting for the layers to dry.  Lately I’ve been experimenting with a more traditional medium (stand oil and oil of Spike Lavender) which works great but dries slowly.  These were the only additives (besides mineral spirits and a little linseed oil) used in this painting.

Paysage planétaire (Avalanche Pass), oil on canvas, 24x24", 2015
Paysage planétaire (Avalanche Pass), oil on canvas, 24×24″, 2015

Studio notes – paysage planétaire, continued

I’m getting a bit behind in my blogging. The month is fast rolling to its completion, I’ve got what feels like a hundred pots in the fire.

Among those, the “paysage planétaire” I started several weeks ago continues to evolve. Last week, the underpainting was complete and I worked on the blue areas – sky and water.  This evening I worked on everything else.

Paysage planétaire in progress, oil on canvas, 24x24"
Paysage planétaire in progress, oil on canvas, 24×24″

 

The painting is fast approaching completion.

Paysage planétaire in progress.
Paysage planétaire in progress.
Paysage detail
Paysage detail

As I said before, every painting is an experiment, an exploration.  I cannot yet say if this one is a happy experiment.  I also cannot say whether it is finished. It could be.  Any thoughts on this?

Paysage planétaire in progress, oil on canvas, 24x24"
Paysage planétaire in progress, oil on canvas, 24×24″

Featured painting of the week: “I will plant companionship thick as trees …”

This week’s featured painting is a piece I created back in 2010 for a special exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Calamus edition of Walt Whitman’s celebrated Leaves of Grass. The title of the piece, “I will plant companionship thick as trees” is a quote from one of Whitman’s Calamus poems, which are remarkable for their frank celebration of same-sex love.  The painting debuted at the special Calamus exhibition at the Hudson Guild (Manhattan) in spring 2010. This piece turned out to be the first of several Calamus inspired paintings I created that year.  The painting was also included in my solo exhibition at Thoughtworks in Manhattan 2013.

I will plant companionship thick as trees ... (Calamus I), acrylic on canvas, 30Hx20W", 2010
I will plant companionship thick as trees … (Calamus I), acrylic on canvas, 30Hx20W”, 2010

I’m offering it for sale now through my online Square shop.  If you are interested in owning this singular work of art and are in New York City, you’re more than welcome to visit me in Brooklyn to see the piece.

Another view of Calamus I as it appeared in my show at Thoughtworks during Summer 2013.
Another view of Calamus I as it appeared in my show at Thoughtworks during Summer 2013.

 

Featured painting of the week – “Magnolia”

I’m featuring a different painting each week.  To start this series off, I present to you Magnolia, an oil painting I created in May 2014.  This painting was inspired by photos I took of some lovely Magnolia trees in a city park in Manhattan. The color palette is very simple: white, black, green, pink and blue. The painting is 12 inches square and the composition is very much about the square (the square being a favorite motif of mine over the past several years).

Magnolia, oil on canvas, 12x12", 2014
Magnolia, oil on canvas, 12×12″, 2014

This painting is for sale and is listed on my Etsy Shop! Check it out there!

Studio Notes – New landscape started

I spent some time in the studio this afternoon, stretching canvas and beginning a new painting in my “paysages planétaires” series.  A big inspiration for this series is the work of Swiss symbolist and proto-expressionist (my designation) Ferdinand Hodler.  (Occasionally I reblog Hodler images on my tumblr.) I believe I came across the term “paysage planétaire” in some essays about his work.  Alas, I can’t find the reference now.

Maybe it came to me in a dream.

In any case, this one is started.  Each painting is an experiment. Who knows how it will turn out!

"Paysage planétaire" in progress, oil on canvas, 24x24"
“Paysage planétaire” in progress, oil on canvas, 24×24″

2014: A year in review

2014 has been a good year, although I pretty much felt like I was shot out of a cannon right from the beginning.

Even before I’ve started to put up the window dressing and what-not in this shiny new blog space, I want to give you an overview of the very exciting year that just flew by. So let’s take a look at the Year In Review, starting with:

January: we had a surprisingly long and cold winter in 2014, and it inspired several paintings, such as:

Winter Landscape
Winter Landscape, oil on canvas, 20Wx24H”, 2014

In February I joined the Facebook bandwagon, and started a Page for my Art.

Probably the biggest artistic commitment of 2014 was the Gowanus Swim Society, a new artists collective formed in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  In March, we did a little neighborhood photoshoot (I was the photographer, except in this picture below, where I handed the camera off to the incomparable Fisk). Yes, it was a bit chilly that day, and yes, that shirt was none too flattering on me.

GSS at the Gowanus Canal, March 2014
GSS at the Gowanus Canal, March 2014

April brought quite a few things at once! Gowanus Swim Society (GSS) had it’s first group show, a pop-up at Trestle Gallery‘s project space. Then later in the month, I exhibited 10 paintings in a two-person show at Midoma in Manhattan.  That carried through to Memorial Day.

Members of GSS at our Spring Pop-Up at Trestle's project space.
Members of GSS at our Spring Pop-Up at Trestle’s project space.

Perhaps we were a wee bit intoxicated when this photo was taken.

Paintings by John Azelvandre appeared at Midoma in NYC, April-May 2014
Paintings by John Azelvandre appeared at Midoma in NYC, April-May 2014
Another view of the Midoma show.
Another view of the Midoma show.

June arrived, and the Swimmers scoped out Governors Island and began work on our big installation for the Governor’s Island Art Fair.

Gowanus Swimmers investigating the space at Governors Island
Gowanus Swimmers investigating the space at Governors Island

In July, I started work on my short series of circular paintings (see all the results here) for the GSS-Governors Island installation.  I also showed my painting Magnolia at the Brooklyn Art Space/Trestle Gallery Summer Salon.

View from beneath the surface 2, oil on canvas, 12" diameter
View from beneath the surface 2, oil on canvas, 12″ diameter
Magnolia, oil on canvas, 12x12", 2014 at Trestle Gallery, July 2014.
Magnolia, oil on canvas, 12×12″, 2014 at Trestle Gallery, July 2014.

July also saw the sale of several paintings, including this one:

Lifeworld 14, oil on canvas, 20x20", 2013
Lifeworld 14, oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2013

August was all about getting ready for Governor’s Island and everything came together in September! See all the photos of Gowanus Swim Society’s installation Submerged on my flickr.

Submerged, by the Gowanus Swim Society, Governors Island Art Fair 2014
Submerged, by the Gowanus Swim Society, Governors Island Art Fair 2014

In October I participated in my eighth Gowanus Open Studios.  After that, what I really needed was a rest, but instead —

November brought watercolors, planning, and Ello!

Untitled watercolor, November 2014
Untitled watercolor, November 2014

To close up the year, I completed Number 31 in the Lifeworld series (more about that series very soon), got to work on this new blog and plans for 2015!

Lifeworld 31, oil on canvas, 20x20", 2014
Lifeworld 31, oil on canvas, 20×20″, 2014