News from Lake Wobegon
Garrison Keilor, myself and 'Summer on the Mississippi' in front of Dunn Bros Coffee.
Garrison Keilor, myself and 'Summer on the Mississippi' in front of Dunn Bros Coffee.

This Spring I received a message on the studio answering machine. The voice sounded familiar and expressed interest in purchasing "Summer on the Mississippi" which was hanging at Dunn Brothers in St. Paul, my favorite coffee shop. It was only at the very end of the message that the interested party revealed himself - it was none other than Garrison Keilor. I have listened to his "Prairie Home Companion" show for many years. I am a big fan and a total geek and it was a thrill to meet over coffee and hand over the painting.

 

Italy!   Bella, Bella, Bella.
Bob Upton, myself and Carl Bretzke enjoying dinner in Santa Croce.
Bob Upton, myself and Carl Bretzke enjoying dinner in Santa Croce.

The Italians seem to have written the book on beauty.

It's inescapable presence is so pervasive I found myself wishing for something banal to give my eye a rest (where is New jersey when you need it?)

The weather was mixed: violent Spring wind, showers, dramatic sunbursts. All wonderful and challenging to try and capture on canvas. I had the chance To study the Macchiaioli painters and of course, the Maestro - Michelangelo.

I felt like I needed a cigarette when it was all over.

Further, I had a chance to visit with some old friends and make some new ones.

A day in Chianti with Ben Fenske and an evening in the studio of Dan Graves of the Florence Academy of Art with Charles Cecil and Nick Beer of The Cecil Studio.

A hardy exchange of ideas flowed in direct proportion to the Chianti.

Nick Beer, Daniel Graves, Myself and Charles Cecil in Dan Graves Studio
Nick Beer, Daniel Graves, Myself and Charles Cecil in Dan Graves' Studio.

As my dear friend Andrew Lattimore said to me almost 30 years ago:

"Italy will change you".

He was right.

Perfect Day, Santa Croce  on my Pochade Box - $3300 - sold
Perfect Day, Santa Croce on my Pochade Box - $3300 - sold
Cornwall New York Workshop
Some of the students painting on the Hudson at Trophy Point
Some of the students painting on the Hudson at Trophy Point

My workshop with Andrew Lattimore was a great success. The group was full, hard working and intense with a good sense of humor.

Thanks to all of you who participated and to Alexander Katlan for his group tour at the Salmagundi Club in NYC.

We are considering another workshop this coming Winter/Spring which would be split between my teaching Composition /Design and Andrew teaching Portrait & Portrait Anatomy.

 

Chatham Creative Arts Center
Students painting in Chatham
Students painting in Chatham

4-Day, Plein Air Workshop - Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Monday, September 10 - Thursday, September 13

This will be my third time teaching this workshop with the added benefit of an extra day. It's a magnificent time to be on the Cape!

For More information, visit the CCAC at capecodcreativearts.org to register or call (508) 945-3583.

 

 

Sold!
He Sleeps with the Fishes 28 X 40 - $20,000 - SOLD
He Sleeps with the Fishes 28 X 40 - $20,000 - SOLD

This painting found a great home and steward.
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