Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A couple of small, quick pieces and some links

I'm on the mailing list for the wonderful artist Linda Carmel of Chapel Hill. (The website was designed by dear friend Jackie Helvey of UniqueOrn Enterprises and owner of Her latest email noted that her work is being shown in a brand new online magazine called ArtSync: the Art Magazine of North Carolina. It looks interesting. I'm particularly happy to see a focus on young (read teen) artists. Check it out.

Next. When I am lazy and/or uninspired I will sit on the couch with a cheap little crude paper book and my fancy crayons (oil pastels) and just play. Here are a couple of recent doodles.

A Wee Landscape. This is sort of a study for a larger piece.

The Other King. A version of the holiday card that didn't make the cut.

Folkart Grandma. Done after a visit to Ginger Young Gallery which is dedicated to Southern self-taught art.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What a day!

I'm overwhelmed. The emotions wash over me. I stare out at the snow continuing to fall in big flakes and get little work done. I watch the people in the Inaugural crowd - white, black, brown - bundled up with huge smiles and tears streaming down their faces.

My mom called me last night to tell me about when she was teaching at Provine HS in Jackson, MS the first year of integration (62 or 63?). Her principal apologized to her for putting some of the black students in her class. She made everybody sit in alphabetical order. Her voice cracked as she reflected on her small role in this great journey that is this country.

More photos of the snow in Carrboro are here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth dead at 91

Obit at the NYT

Photo credit NYT

Obama Inauguration events in Carrboro


The day we've been waiting for! Here are a few ways to celebrate with friends in the Free Republic of Carrboro.

First at the wonderful Glasshalfull restaurant and wine bar at 106 S. Greensboro where lovely Karen and I will hang out for a while:

Hi! Glasshalfull would like to invite you to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama with us on Tuesday evening, January 20. Chef Ricky Moore will be grilling a custom-made "Barackwurst" served with all the trimmings and delicious GLF French fries. Some tasty vegetarian options will be available as well. In addition to all the choices on the wine list and the beer taps we'll feature a special cocktail to toast the new president and get the party rolling! The big screen TV will cover all the festivities in DC.

We hope that you can join us any time during regular restaurant hours beginning at five.

Roughly catty-corner to Glasshalfull at the Century Center, 100 S Greensboro, is the culmination of a four year art project by Hunter C. Levinsohn

"A Chronicle in Cranes, the Finale" has been a four year art project which began January 20, 2005. Each day an origami crane was made from the first fold of the first section of the New York Times. The project will end on January 20, 2009 along with George W. Bush’s second term in office.

You are invited to come to the Carrboro Century Center on Tuesday, January 20th from 6 to 8:30 pm, walk into and out of the last four years safely and learn to make an origami crane.

Lastly, down the steet at 204 W. Main is the Obama InaugurOation with live music. Hope to see everyone celebrating the rebirth of America!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pulling victory from the jaws of defeat

Not really. This is a piece that I've been working on for many months. It started after coming back from the Color Field exhibit in DC. Many iterations and then it sat there.

I picked it up today and started adding the blocks on the outside (a tribute to Lee Krasner on that). There's still a bit to go but I like where it's going.

Untitled. Acrylic on canvas. 36" x 48"

Thursday, January 08, 2009

It's a new year

Karen and I visited New Mexico and Colorado in October and one of the most fabulous places we went was the Chaco Canyon Cultural Area in west-central New Mexico. I won't repeat the history; just click on the blog post title. Sufficient to say it is amazing.

We got some very nice photos and I figured I'd post a couple of attempts at reflecting the one above. These are both small oil pastels on black paper and both still works in progress.