Consciousness Of Yellow

Consciousness has been a problematic topic for scientists and philosophers alike.  Recent technological advancements have enlivened research activity in the cognitive sciences; psychology, anthropology, neuropsychology, and neuroscience.  Computer scientists studying artificial intelligence question whether or not it will be possible for a machine to be conscious.  Here we are in the 21st century, and fundamental questions remain unanswered.  

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The Sun Was Setting

The first few months of 2018 has been a busy commission season.  I have been working on several custom abstract oil painting for clients in the midwest and on the east coast.  This past week I varnished one of these painting commissions in preparation for shipping.  It is titled "The Sun Was Setting".  

The work was commissioned by a client who works for a St. Louis law firm.  She wanted a custom painting for her office.  We talked about her personal aesthetic and aspects of my work that she finds compelling.  This discussion shaped the palette used for the commission.  The painting incoroporates many of the pinks, mauves, and blue/grays observed at dusk, that darker stage of twilight.  

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Day and Night - Portrait

Day and Night is a portrait of a modern flute player.  The flutist’s vocation is one that has shifted significantly from a male-dominated profession to one where women occupy positions of authority.  Flutist Erin Murphy asked me to paint her portrait for her forthcoming album Day and Night, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2018.  

 

The phrase “day and night” describes a marked contrast between two things.  In flute pedagogical circles, the most common flute repertoire consists almost exclusively of works composed by men.  In an effort to expand the repertoire that is performed and taught, Murphy has explored compositions by women composers from the 20th and 21st centuries.  Her album Day and Night exclusively features works by women composers.  These composers include Nancy Gailbraith, Lita Grier, Melanie Bonis, Lili Boulanger, and Germaine Tailleferre.  

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Obstruction of Clarity No. 2: Trip to NYC and Morristown NJ

My wife and I spent a long weekend in NYC and Morristown NJ in early June.  The weekend was filled with great food (employees only, shake shack, etc), a few walks through central park, a stop a Bemelman's Bar to see his Madeline paintings, and a visit to the Neue Museum where we had a chance to see the Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: Woman in Gold exhibit.  If you are in New York this summer visit the gallery.  The show is open through September 7th.  

Fun aside, the trip included stops to see two of my paintings, one in Harlem and another, a recent commission, in Morristown, NJ.  The Morristown painting was delivered the day before our arrival, just in time for me to help my newest patrons hang the work.  

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Colorida Gallery Show - Miraculous Escape from Customs

Hello readers.  The seven paintings that I shipped to Colorida Gallery in Lisbon Portugal have been stuck in customs since they arrived on October 6th.  In my last post, I expected the worst.  I must extend a big thank you to Rosemary of Colorida Gallery for assisting with customs and ultimately rescuing the paintings.  Yesterday they cleared customs and earlier today Rosemary retrieved them from the post office, just one full day before the opening.  

So, it's with excitement that I can say that the show will open on October 18th!  Curator Jose Roberto Moreira describes the paintings beautifully in the show invite, which I have translated for you.  If the show is successful, I hope that it will be the first of many at Colorida Gallery.

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So close, yet so far . . .

Good news, my paintings arrived in Portugal in time for the October 18th show at Colorida Art Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.

Bad news, it doesn't look like the paintings will clear customs before the 18th.  

So unfortunately it does not look like I will be participating in the October 18th opening.  Despite this round of bad luck, I must say that the gallery has been very helpful working with the postoffice on my behalf.  All I can do now is wait, and hope for the work's quick return.  

Wish me luck, or rather wish those paintings luck.  More updates soon.  

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Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal, Show Opens October 18th

Excitement!  I have finished the last of 7 paintings that will be on display at Colorida Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.  The show opens on October 18th.  This 7th and final painting exudes deep blues and screams with two burst of cadmium red.  The other six works, which also highlight these two colors, can be viewed in my previous post. 

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