The current issue of The Artist’s Magazine has an article about my art by Daniel Brown. He is a marvelous writer and it was a pleasure to work with him on this. Master of the Not-So-Still Still Life is in the May issue, just published. The whole article can be read in the printed magazine, available at your local bookstore, or downloaded as a PDF here.
Dust, the still life posted above, is one of the works in the article. It is shown developing from initial drawing to completion.
Three of my drawings were exhibited in the “State of Drawing” exhibition at Georgetown College, and are now published in this very nice catalog, produced by Darrell Kincer. My works are on pages 44-46.
The Art Department there put together a great show, with contributions from college instructors across Kentucky. The opening reception included a panel discussion, which included Jason Franz of Manifest Gallery. Jason made a very articulate, impassioned, case for teaching observational drawing skills in a disciplined and sustained way, through an extensive, well-designed, curriculum. I wish I had a recording!
We may all live in the same, not-so-gigantic state, but Kentucky is still large enough that it is hard to see all the artists I know. The reception allowed me to catch up with Russell Weedman, an old friend who is a senior professor at University of The Cumberlands, and who once was my student at Centre–the first advisee of mine to pursue a career as an artist. Now he has an exhibition record as long as my arm, and gray hair–like his old teacher. Bob Franzini was there, who gave me my first solo show in the state, back in the ’80’s, at Morehead State University. We now see each other every summer, when we get together to draw at “art camp”.
I was pleased to meet for the first time Chris Segre-Lewis, who had a wonderful show at Ann Tower Gallery last fall. And also, Kevin Gardner, a talented young figurative painter who teaches at Berea College. He did his MFA work at IU-Bloomington, a school that produces a steady stream of fine painters–more than its share.
Here is the drawing I have been working on lately. It is a preparatory study for an oil painting. The drawing is done in charcoal and gray pastels on Arches paper, 30 x 37. It is changing day to day.