I worked this weekend on this painting, which I had never really felt was complete. Now I think my original intention has been realized. It’s amazing what adding more color will do. The original version is on the left. (SOLD)

Once again, I’m flattered to have been nominated for Donna Zagotta’s Blogs to Watch for 2012! Here’s a link to this year’s list, which include’s some of my favorites and a few that are new to me. I hope you’ll go to her blog & check out the list.  Thanks for the great reading material, Donna!

This weekend my friend Bruce Ulrich & I went to see “Red” at Portland Center Stage. This Tony Award winning play was an insightful look at the painter Mark Rothko and his studio assistant Ken as he tackles a large commission for the Four Seasons. It was wonderful to see it with another artist, one who understands first hand the highs and lows of the creative process. We were especially struck by the lighting on the set and how the moods changed… Next up for me is a trip to the Portland Art Museum to see the Mark Rothko exhibit. Can’t wait!

“A picture lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes of the sensitive observer. It dies by the same token. It is therefore risky to send it out into the world. How often it must be impaired by the eyes of the unfeeling and the cruelty of the impotent.” – Mark Rothko

I felt Rothko’s pain first hand this week when I received several rejection notices in the mail for exhibitions I had entered. Two of the paintings I had entered had already been included in national shows, and one had even won an award in a national show. There is no way to predict: what one juror gives an award, another rejects. This is the capricious nature of juried shows, but also what makes art interesting.

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