Thursday, January 13, 2011

new year

We got a little snow this week the second that I recall. Nice to see it so softly on the ground and not blocking traffic and life in general. I had a nice holiday season and got everything I wanted from Santa Claus. Now I am working on drawing each day and trying to get my health problems solved. Exercise this time of year is very challenging but last night we went on an adventure to hear a NY artist talk about his work on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He grew up in NYC and played at the Natural History Museum where his mom worked. His art reflects the youthful fascination with bugs and monsters of the dinosaur ages. Ecology is in it too but it is very difficult to see what he hopes to accomplish with his work other than make interesting pictures using all sorts of painting techniques learned from the masters of the ages. He showed us slides of his influences and talked and joked about making his art. Alexis Rockman at SAAM for a while longer. There is no doubt in my mind he is a great painter and you can see that in his retrospective at the museum but here is a link to his artist's website for a broader view of his work. Alexis Rockman offical website  The talk he gave will likely be added to the internet as a pod cast soon. I wish I had gotten up and asked him if he knows another artist from NYC's Tribeca who paints animals in a more romantic way Walton Ford appeals to me even more. 
view of 10th street after our last snow

our car covered in snow

branches covered with last night's snow

apples in their plastic bubble package

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