My apologies – It’s been quite a few weeks since I’ve posted a “featured painting.” Life has a way of happening.
But better late than never! This week I’m featuring Lifeworld 2, an intriguing work from 2012 — one of the very early pieces in my ongoing Lifeworld Series. Lifeworld 2 is now available in my Square store. I am offering free shipping anywhere in the United States. If you’re in the New York City area and would like to see the piece, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
The featured painting of the week is back after a short hiatus. This week we have “Bonsai in Bloom,” a painting in acrylic I created in 2010. The painting is 30 inches wide (about 76cm) and 24 inches tall (60cm). It is available for sale and is listed in my Square store. Of course, if you would like to see the painting in person, contact me and we’ll make a date!
I’ve added several pieces to my “Figureworks” collection in my Etsy store: works featuring the human form.
First up is an interesting painting I created mid-2010 (it seems like yesterday) titled “Lovesick Android.” Lovesick Android was composed with acrylic paint on wood panel. The gold and silver acrylic paints really stand out in an interesting way from the deep purple ground. This unusual metallic look inspired the Android part of the title; as for “lovesick,” it just seemed to fit his overall demeanor.
“Red” is a watercolor I created a few years ago. I’ve been meaning to get this into the Etsy store for quite some time.
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!
This week’s featured painting is titled “Camperdown Pareidolia.” Completed late in 2010, this painting was a transitional piece between what I was doing throughout most of 2010 (for example Calamus I, completed in early 2010) and the sort of work I starting doing in 2011 and beyond.
“Camperdown Pareidolia” is 24″ (approx. 60cm) by 30″ (76cm) wide. This piece is “mixed media” on canvas and is noteworthy being composed largely with R&F oil pigment sticks.
The title of piece came about in a sort of unpremeditated way. The piece was inspired by the Camperdown Elm, a somewhat famous specimen tree in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, so that part’s a given. I showed it to a friend of mine who felt that she saw a figure in the painting, which is not there (at least not intentionally). She introduced me to the term pareidolia — a pyschological phenomenon where a random sense stimulus (image or sound) is perceived as significant. The classic example is seeing forms in clouds. This has since become one of my favorite words, even serving as the name of my tumblr blog!
This week’s featured painting is Manomayakaya #1 (Guardians at the well of percipience), a painting I created in 2011. It is among the earliest (perhaps even the first) of the square canvases I’ve done.
This piece is ‘mixed media’ — in this case acrylic and oil on canvas.
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.
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.
I’ve been busy over the past month preparing items for sale in my Etsy store. If you haven’t checked out the “ZephyrusArts” store yet, now’s a good time to do it. I typically offer smaller, more affordable works on paper on Etsy. Many of my smaller figurative (male nudes, almost invariably) pieces appear here, and are consistently popular. I’ve added several pieces in recent weeks, including:
I’m also listing more abstract watercolor landscapes from the same series as the piece recently sold at the VisualAIDS “Postcards from the Edge” benefit.
I also just listed a lovely watercolor rendering of a Phalaenopsis orchid I did way back in 2009.
So please do check out the store! And as a big thank you for reading my blog, I’m offering a coupon for 10% off anything in the store, valid until March 31. Just enter ARTISTSEYE0331 at checkout.
Visual Aids’ 17th Annual Postcards from the Edge Benefit art sale happens this weekend. I’ve donated a postcard-sized watercolor painting to this great cause. I’ll be at the preview party Friday night (they let the artists in at 6pm, but VIP ticket holders can come at 5). The benefit sale is open to the public Saturday, January 31 from 10 to 6 and Sunday, February 1 from 10 to 4. All this happens at Luhring-Augustine Gallery at 531 W. 24th Street. Check out the Visual Aids website for all the details.
The event promises to be quite impressive. There are over 1600 original works of art, all postcard-sized, in the Exhibit benefit. Each piece of art is for sale for $85.
My contribution is a part of a series of abstract watercolors I completed in 2013.