Thursday, May 31, 2007

Manifest Show

This little painting of stuff I recently cleaned out of my parents attic was juried into a show at a Manifest Gallery. While it is my baseball, I think the truck is my brother's. I took everything that I thought would make good still life junk. The painting is pretty small at 4x6.
Here is the info if you want to stop by to see the show:
3rd Annual Magnitude Seven Exhibit of Small Art Works [Opening Friday 8 June @ 6-10 PM]: Juried, 50 small works by 30 artists from 14 states & the UK. Works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, fibers, printmaking, photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, & collage. Small works are very portable & fit well into many spaces. They evoke a sense of one's own physicality, in a completely different way than larger works. Small works are intimate; inviting approach & inspection. Like short poetry, they are a challenge to craft with the same presence of their larger counterparts. The exhibit consists of works no larger than 7 inches in any dimension. Exhibit runs thru Friday 6 July. At Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center, 2727 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45206. More info @ 513.861.3638,, &

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

On The Radio

Last week I went down to WGUC to record a spot with Brian O'Donnell about the Spring Grove Show. It will be aired occasionally on the Spotlight on WGUC.
The full interview will air on Around Cincinnati, Sunday, July 15th, sometime between 7-8pm on 91.7 WVXU.
It went OK, though afterwards I wished I had said some things differently. Listen and let me know what you think.

Friday, May 25, 2007

A Taste of Mariemont

This past Sunday I painted all day in Mariemont. I first set up at the Barn on Cambridge Ave. This is the old barn where I am looking to open a teaching studio for drawing and painting. The plan is to rent the second floor from the Women's Art Club who just purchased the building and are about the restore and make an art center out of the entire complex. I am excited about the space, as it is a large loft that will have large north facing skylights. People interested in traditional training will get a space in the studio to work in and progress through the program of cast drawing, figure drawing, and painting. While not fully involved in the early stages of the studio, Carl Samson will eventually be offering portrait and other painting workshops in the space.
I hope to have Clem Robins teaching anatomy classes, and Carolyn Manto teaching figurative sculpture.
In addition to the full time program there will be weekend and night classes covering similar topics of traditional methods.
Of course if anyone is interested in this kind of training feel free to contact me.

I then went over to the concourse to the Taste of Mariemont. I ate a bit too much food and then set up to paint the valley through the stone arbor. It is hard enough to paint when you are alone, but to do so in a crowd is quite frustrating. I ended up wiping the canvas down at the end, but I met a lot of nice people over there. One kid came up and asked me if it was free to paint. I think he thought it was an event like the sack race or the bean bag toss. I said it was free, and he quickly asked if he could paint after me. He seemed put out that I was going to hog the easel the whole time. I really should have just let him paint, I wasn't doing so well anyway.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Spring Grove Art show

I am in a show at Spring Grove Cemetery. I have a good proportion of work in the show with 11 pieces. Everything has been painted somewhere in the Cemetery over the past 3 years, with some of it being wet when I dropped it off. The paintings are on view in the historic offices just on the right side as you drive in the entrance. It will be on view through September.
There is also an outdoor sculpture show in the courtyard.

Spring painting

Being one to jump on the band wagon of progress and all things "in", I have decided to enter the world of the blogosphere.
So until I get a handle on this, I will try just a simple post to get the thing rolling.
Here is a photo of me a fine gentleman took while I was painting in Eden Park. I was standing in front of Khrones Conservatory painting the water tower with some blossoming trees in front. It was a busy day in the park- one of the first really beautiful spring days- and lots of people were came around to see what I was up to. I was photographed twice, one person filmed me working, and a group of school girls stood behind me to watch.
More to come. After this one I painted the bridge. That painting went a bit better, though more than one person thought it was hilarious to beep their horn as they drove by. I suppose seeing me jump was pretty entertaining.