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Jun 06, 2008 4 Comments
For the next couple months, ten of the still lifes - including the pair of unmentionable meats, the new pork chop and drum stick - will be on view at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine. They are being shown in conjunction with a much bigger exhibition of work by William Bailey and Walter Horak. Bailey's work can be found in collections ranging from the MOMA to the Smithsonian. This is,...

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May 13, 2008 3 Comments
I think I'll be greedy.

Bitten Apple, 5" x 6"


While in college, of all things, I painted the head of a Turkey. A few years after graduation I was showing an old professor some of my newest work. With hand on chin, a knowing smile and a glint in an eye shrouded by wild graying hair, he responded, "Do you remember that Turkey you painted? That was a great turkey." On my way to what I'd naively...

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May 09, 2008 3 Comments
With the brimstone aroma of questionable meat still in the air, I chose the other white meat as my subject. If I felt good about the beef, I feel even better about the pork.

Lucky Pork Chop, 8" x 8", oil on panel


I've been painting and drawing and making things now for some number of decades. You would imagine that by now I wouldn't be so surprised when something turns out well. I don't...

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May 02, 2008 2 Comments
I painted a pepper yesterday, a small habanero. Actually, I painted four.



As the first fell into a gloomy haze of brown and orange, I stepped back, cracked my knuckles and, said to a visiting friend, "Ok. Warm up is over. Now I bring it!" As the second crashed and burned, I swore and stomped. When the paint isn't cooperating, I know better than to keep going. Or so I thought.

The hours were...

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Apr 08, 2008 1 Comment
The potato is the new golden calf. You think about it constantly. The skin is rich and nuanced with color and blemish. The eyes are also nose and mouth. It's the man in the moon. The shape is forgiving and oh so earthly right. No one will notice a wrong curve. Give it weight, give it light and shadow, give it form, maybe even some dirt, and it'll be a potato - and we will like it. If, on the...

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Mar 07, 2008 12 Comments
I'm sitting at a desk made of a stout door blank. A cup of tea sits on a tacky magazine. A hammer sleeps on a shelf. The stereo plays whatever song the ipod spits out next. Just beyond the windows, a golden hummingbird hunts for flowers and plants silently roar into spring.When I shut the door, I step into a vault, comfortable chamber sealing me from the noises I didn't know I heard - the cars,...

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Feb 12, 2008 4 Comments
My shoulders ache and I need a long day of doing nothing but two great things have happened. First, I no longer itch. Second, drywall is up (mostly).(The following is indulgent, but, I hope, worth it)Insulation was almost unobtainable, but this past wednesday the materials and a ready to work Burke arrived.After a couple days of effort, the pink was in. The itch too. My face, my hands, my feet...

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Feb 01, 2008 8 Comments
With another inspection passed, it was time for the fun stuff - electrical. Fun may seem a stretch, but running electrical uses the same bits of your brain that you used as a child with your lincoln logs and erector sets. Foolish me forgot that this was yet another place to make more decisions, learn more stuff, and stare at the options for hours. Throw in the inspector wrench, and it took a...

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