* Alchemy Farmhouse *


The Muse
January 31, 2008, 12:43 pm
Filed under: *Inspiration*

Some days I see a picture, the sky, or wake from a dream and know I MUST create something based on these images. But a lot of other days, he just keeps me happy enough to want to make things…



some new poems
January 30, 2008, 9:51 pm
Filed under: poetry

A few new ones written during Mid-terms–I love it: kids take tests, I write poems. Yes, please.

The Gift 

I am confused:

If each day is a gift,

Then why do we waste it working?

Am I reading my gift improperly if I so selfishly believe working is wasting it?

Or, contrarily, am I simply in the wrong line of work if I so do feel that way?

If each day is a gift,

I wish to rise early, savor a good portion of the morning unwrapping it,

A solid amount of time admiring its many uses

And clever attributes

And still have many hours to amuse myself with it down by the shore

Before I enjoy its company for dinner

And delicately

Wrap it again in anticipation of its

Delicious disrobing tomorrow.

 

If everyday is a gift,

I’ll need no receipt.

 

***

 The French

This room is full of posters in French,

‘And if I am to believe them,

Then the French eat chocolate, pet cats, and smile beneath the Eiffel Tower

All the livelong day.

Their funny hats sit just-so atop their well-postured heads

Ballerinas dance only for their delight

Their avant-garde fashions make them obvious as exit signs

Glowing their demon glow

At the end of nearly all hallways,

If I believe the posters.

 ***

Not a one-room schoolhouse 

 

When the heater stopped working,

What did I do?

I called the custodian,

That’s what.

Even though I wanted to be free from

Small

Oscillating

Sleek

Robotic

Warmth wavers,

And instead remember wood stoves,

If I were to forgo aid and dream instead of feel,

My nose would run

And no one wants a teacher like that.

 



Assorted projects…
January 30, 2008, 9:46 pm
Filed under: projects

So sometimes paper and paint and cameras don’t suffice. In those times, it’s best to take something old and make it new…here are some of those times.

Antique chairs get a zebra makeover> December 2007

Vinyl bowls> December 2007

Painting on windows is always fun–as a bonus, tape a mirror to the glass and try to paint yourself:)

Self-Portrait with Foxgloves> window from 1010 Old Ford Rd. December 2005



favorite photos
January 30, 2008, 9:41 pm
Filed under: *Inspiration*, photography

It’s nice to take a piece of life and save it for later. I guess that’s why we photograph.

Here are some favorite shots of mine…

Deer at the beach> LI,  February 2006

Surfers, LI March 2007

A shy crab, scurrying> LI August 2006

L. hall comes to town> NPZ October 2006


Tahoe. January 2007

West Meadow Beach, rose glasses. January 2006

Ian, being corny 🙂  July 2004

West Meadow, August 2006

Christmas, 2007

Southampton, July 2007


Instant happiness, June 2007

Bumblebee sunflower> Ian’s garden, September 2002

Wonder Wheel, Coney Island> September 2005



más acuarelas
January 30, 2008, 6:38 pm
Filed under: ART

Here are a few more watercolors from 2007 I just recently photographed. The abstract pieces were done originally with Rothko in mind for an emulation assignment, but then I kind of became obsessed and went from there. The octopus is a whole ‘nother obsession, but obsession, nonetheless…

redandgreen, June 2007 15″ x 22″

From the cave   July 2007  22″ x 30″

Calliope and the Octopus  July 2007   15″ x 22″



technically, the bigger piece
January 27, 2008, 3:34 pm
Filed under: ART, photography, projects

Back in October I picked up this awesome door on the side of the road, not sure what the future held for it. I decided to make it a showcase for some of my favorite photographs I’ve shot. I’m big on painting this aqua–it can generally be the answer to everything. It is hanging from the ceiling in my office now…

Wood, metal, glass, color photographs> 30″ x 70″ December 2007



the big piece
January 27, 2008, 2:45 pm
Filed under: ART, Mexican Obsession

So I worked on this one for quite some time, probably mid-September until Dia de los Muertos, which was the original inspiration for it all. I have a thing for circles, and skulls are up there too. The foreground contains particularly iconic circles for me, such as Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel, the wheel of fortune tarot card, and the broken-spoke wagon wheel I have tattooed on my back. The circles of the Buddhist dharma wheel and the irresistible big-and-little bicycle round out the bunch. The background is our lovely little Hudson Valley landscape of the tower @ Mohonk Mountain House. It watches over us all here, a pretty nice nightlight.

acrylic on canvas> 30″ x 40″ Sept-Oct 2007