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Here at the studio, I am working on a second tessera canvas. This one … pictured above … is still a work in progress, but is nearing completion.

The work is composed primarily of tessera from one painting that was chopped into pieces and reconfigured into an entirely new image, but it is nevertheless a reflection of the original work. Tessera from other paintings have been added, and like bits of memories that we call on to help us when telling a story, the new bits add depth and interest to the original. So too do the traumas, and joys and grief and love that we experience add color and texture to our memories.

While working on this piece, it was struck by how this image is like my interior vision of myself. I always seem to be stitching together a new version of myself to present to the outside world. Whatever it is I piece together might look solid and cohesive, but is in fact cobbled together with bits and pieces that have washed up on the shore of my life. I would suppose that most people find this to be true. But then again, maybe not.  Maybe it is just that I have the time to mull over all this existential dreck while cutting up old canvases.

Cow Symphony

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COW SYMPHONY
OIL 12 X 24
SOLD

I just finished this painting. Don’t you just love those belted cows!!!

It is called Cow Symphony, and is a 12 x 24 oil on canvas. I have always loved cow images, but I especially like these guys because they reminded me of piano keys strolling across the field.

I used it as the portrait for my new Twitter page, as well as the main image for my entry, via Facebook, for Art Takes Time Square, part of the Artists Wanted competition that will be showing this year in NYC. All in all, the painting is getting a workout. To find out more about the competition check out artistswanted.org   And, if you are really into the whole electronic schtick, you can follow me on Twitter at CPDSGN_Art

In other news, progress is being made on my new web site which will contain all of my new work, as well as commentary on individual pieces as I post them. So it is shaping up to be a busy spring here in the burbs.

Firenze Rooftops

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FIRENZE ROOFTOPS
OIL 24 X 12
SOLD

 

The view is from the top floor cafe of a department store in Florence. Aside from being visually compelling, it has a special charm because of its unexpectedness.  There, amidst all of the hustle and gusto of the city streets, was this quiet little neighborhood with terrace gardens, balconies, staircases and turrets with weather-vane flags. All of them marching up the hillside and sharing the view with those of us having mid-morning coffee. What a perfect little vignette of life in this most wonderful of cities.

Don’t forget to click on the image to see an larger view of this piece.

Simmon’s Farm II

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SIMMON’S FARM II
OIL 40 X 30
SOLD

Thought you all would like to know that “Simmon’s Farm II” shown on the right, is now on view at EBK Framing in West Hartford. Eric, the owner of EBK has a great eye for framing, and of course, a great eye for artwork.

The piece is one of  the last of a series of landscapes that I did, picturing farms and fields in rural Connecticut. I hope to continue with more of the same this year, especially in this larger size that people really seem to enjoy.

Simmon’s farm is on the Farmington/Avon town line. It  is an organic farm and is part of the open space that adds so much to the quality of our lives in central Connecticut. They also have great cows and a farm stand during the growing season. If you are in the area take a drive along Town Farm Road in Farmington or Tillotson Road in Avon, and enjoy the view.

Don’t forget to click on the image for an more detailed view of the picture.

Siena Stroll II

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SIENA STROLL II
OIL 40 X 30
SOLD

I love the newest of my Italian street scenes. This one is again from Siena, and reflects the ambiance of large crowds contained in small spaces.

I always found that if one is in a crowd like this, one can see the crowd, and the upper parts of buildings. The middle views of the surrounding buildings are blocked by the moving mass of people. So, that is what I render in my work.  Plus I have always been fascinated by people and crowds in cities. Italy is the best place to observe and record people strolling and converging, and being themselves without haste.

Don’t forget to click on the image to see more detail.

Italian Stage

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ITALIAN STAGE
OIL 40 X 30
SOLD

This is the latest piece to go into a private collection. I shall miss it, as it hung over my bookcase and was a constant reminder of the zing that I felt walking the streets of  Siena on a beautiful sunny day.

Ironically, the companion piece that hung over the other bookcase sold a week later and is going into a different collection.

I am working on some new oils the same size to replace this one and the other that was sold. Keep checking here for updates.

Seawall With Pines

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SEAWALL WITH PINES
OIL ON GOLD LEAF 12 X 16
SOLD

The paint isn’t even dry, but I couldn’t wait to show you all my latest work on gold leaf.

“Seawall with Pines” is a view out over Long Island Sound from Madison, CT.

The effect of painting trees on the gold leaf, is to keep them light and still achieve a sense of  solidity. I am doing an entire series of the lives of trees, this being the third. It is a very delicate balance of paint and visible gold leaf that determines the success of each piece.

The first in the series was in my show last December (2009) and sold right away. The second one, along with this one are shown under new work on my web site.

Don’t forget to click on the image to see more detail.

Waterfront Property

Shown here is the next in my palette knife series. It is so heavily textured and deeply scored that it has an almost sculptural quality.

The palette knife seems to free the image to become more abstract. The technique doesn’t lend itself to fine detailing, and so forces me to simplify and use color and texture differently.

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WATERFRONT PROPERTY
OIL 20 X 30
SOLD

The process involved in creating this and the other palette knife pieces that I have done, demands a very rapid and confident application, that calls upon all that one has learned over the years regarding composition and color.

Click on the image to see an enlarged view of the piece and it’s surface details.

Pumpkin Patch

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PUMPKIN PATCH
OIL ON GOLD LEAF 12 X 16
SOLD

The latest news is that I was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition.

Not too shabby, as it is a national competition with gazillions of entries!!!  It is so rewarding to have such positive reenforcement at that level.

The piece that was recognized is, “The Pumpkin Patch”.  Done last year in oil on gold leaf, it is a view of the pumpkin patch along Nod Road in Simsbury, CT.   I have always loved the tree that stands sentinel over the field, and this wide view of the tree in all the glorious array of autumn, is especially effective with the gold leaf giving it a glow through the paint.

The work is in a private collection, but keep checking the website for further gold leaf pieces under  “New Work”  or  “Oil on Metal Leaf”

p.s. If you click on the image you will get an enlarged view of the piece.

An Examination of Sunlight on Cypress

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AN EXAMINATION OF SUNLIGHT ON CYPRESS
OIL 24 X 20
SOLD

The latest work to be added to a private collection is this Tuscan landscape,  called “An Examination of Sunlight on Cypress”

The piece has been with Camilla Richman’s Fine Art in Osterville, MA. Through her it has been sold to a private collector on the Cape, and I am thrilled that my work has found a new audience.

This landscape has long been one of my favorites. The cypress, olives and fading horizon, all evoke a landscape that is timeless.

Don’t forget to click on the image for a more detailed view.