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April 12, 2017
This watercolor, painted in the spring season, was named after a particularly vocal young nest of red tailed hawks in the area.
The Cedar Lane Arts Center (formerly known as Shine House) has been beautifully renovated to serve as another asset to the burgeoning art scene in Ossining. The new arts center is located in Cedar Lane Park on Cedar Lane in Ossining adjacent to the Ossining Organic Community Garden. Cedar Lane Arts Center is located in Cedar Lane Town Park in the Town of Ossining.
November 22, 2016
An example of an original watercolor, Garrison Tree, framed with a beautiful color enhancing mat, purchased by Joe Nunn of Colorado.
April 22, 2016
New painting based on the theme of Fire.
If You Forget Me, Pabl0 Neruda
Well, now, if little by little you stop loving me I shall stop loving you little by little.If suddenly you forget me do not look for me, for I shall already have forgotten you.
If you think it long and mad, the wind of banners that passes through my life, and you decide to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots, remember that on that day, at that hour, I shall lift my arms and my roots will set off to seek another land.
But if each day, each hour, you feel that you are destined for me with implacable sweetness, if each day a flower climbs up to your lips to seek me, ah my love, ah my own, in me all that fire is repeated, in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten, my love feeds on your love, beloved, and as long as you live it will be in your arms without leaving mine.
November 17, 2015
The universe is boundless without beginning or end, out to the farthest reaches, beyond comprehension; there is no edge, no end point, and no center.
Within this, the creative potential of life is infinitely boundless, and anything is possible. Whatever you can imagine, exists. Ever variable conditions leading to ever variable outcomes.
Many reject the notion of hell, calling it an ideology designed to control behavior, rooted in fear of punishment. But in a field of endless creative potential, hell is possible and so is heaven.
To a human being, in the most basic terms, heaven is a place that gives pleasure and hell is a place that causes pain. Pleasure and pain, or attraction and aversion, two of the most basic propelling forces in the human condition. Mutually dependent, like day and night, the pendulum of like vs. dislike can swing just a bit, the joy of new shoes vs. road rage, or all the way into heaven and hell, states of bliss vs. suicidal depression. And since pleasure and pain is purely objective, not universal, heaven and hell must be, as well. Our experience, both within and externally, vacillates between the two and, moreover, one can be the cause of the other; getting a filling at the dentist is hell, but eating ice cream in bed is pretty much heaven.
Wind is the element that enables the pendulum to swing from good to evil back to good again.
Wind, it moves through all things. It is movement itself. We can’t stop or slow down change; even if you were to sit perfectly still, you would age, you would get hungry, then tired and every cell in your body would function on it’s own as the stars spin above. No amount of stillness would stop the forward momentum. Life is throbbing with change.
So, if every moment is a forward moving train, and as humans we move toward that which we like and away from that which we don’t, and we are aware of this, then we are the conductors determining our experience. We can visit heaven anytime, and yet, we don’t. In Buddhism, this is the definition of suffering; that we long for happiness, have the capacity for happiness, yet make choices that cause pain. And so we find ourselves on this little perfect planet creating hell on earth when all we really want is to be safe, happy and fulfilled.
In the natural world, wind, the breath element, stirs the leaves invisibly, propels our sail boat, produces music when playing a flute, is the support for that which flies. We sustain on it, breathing in its nourishment, our first and last breath bookending our precious life.
May 2, 2015
I participated in this fun event with Mr. John Howard Hicks to help him raise funds.
December 25, 2014
Here’s a drawing and a watercolor of the family dog, Truman, done for Xmas this year. These make great gifts! If you are interested, all I need is a solid photo of you fur pal and about two weeks.
December 30, 2013
Two watercolors were selected for a juried show titled Myths and Legends at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden opening Feb 7, 2014 in Solomon, MD. The show will run through May in the Mezzanine Gallery.
In Buddhist iconography, Mt Meru is the tallest peak in the universe from which the enlightened Universal Monarch can see all of existence in finest detail. It is a golden mountain, center of a vast and perfect Mandala, and the center of all creation, orbited by the sun and moon, which are symbols for wisdom and space. It represents stability, strength and vastness. The black dot in the image is a Bindu. In Vedic Cosmology, the Bindu is the great void of pre-existence, the infinite potential of all things, within all things. It is the timeless, formless, unified field from which all creation is manifest. In this painting the Bindu is a concentrated non-space surrounded by a circular tsunami that radiates it’s potency in all directions.
Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher and critic famous for carrying a lamp by day as he searched for an honest man. He scorned corrupt institutions, customs and values as flawed and self-serving and felt that virtue was better expressed in action than theory. He renounced wealth and lived a life of poverty. At times he was in exile and was even captured and enslaved by pirates.
In this painting, the lamp of Diogenes is also the North Star. The North Star is the end of the dipper handle of Ursa Minor, Latin for Little Bear who sits in the small boat guided by the star. In Greek mythology, Ursa Minor is Arcas, son of Callisto and Zeus. Callisto was a virginal nymph who lived with Artemis and her female entourage. Zeus seduced Callisto by appearing to her as Artemis and through the deceitful union Arcas was born. Zeus’ vengeful wife, Hera, transformed Callisto into a bear. Arcas grew up and became the king of Arcadia. One day, while hunting in the woods, he came across his mother in bear form. She raised up to greet her son, and right before Arcas shot her, Zeus lifted them both to the heavens, making them Ursa Major and Minor.
“Magnolia” , photographed in Garrison, NY, was selected for a juried show in LA.
1650 Gallery presents:
Juried Photography Exhibition –
FLOWER POWER 2013
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013
1650 Studio & Gallery, Echo Park
1650 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026
RSVP on Facebook!
Artists from around the globe take delight in capturing this natural beauty with the camera lens, and the different approaches taken (natural, documentary, abstract and even surreal) are a testament to the enduring tenacity of the creative spirit. We look forward to perusing your personal forays into floral photography!
1650 Gallery is hosting the juried photography exhibition
FLOWER POWER 2013
Additional works have also be selected for an online only gallery exhibition page.
Performed by Maré Hieronimus
Painted Costume by Erin Koch
“Nature is a labyrinth in which the very haste you move with will make you lose your way.”-
Sir Francis Bacon
Spiral Tide is a solo dance performance installation experimenting with the use of a labyrinth, a single bucket of water, and a hand painted costume. Working with themes of duration, time, solubility and decay, the performer traces the path within the labyrinth.
This project is two fold: a public installation, and a durational performance. Creating a classical walking labyrinth, the public can feel free to walk the pathway when the dancer is not performing.
During performance, viewers will come upon a dancer, in a hand painted dress, traversing the spiral pathway. Imagery for the dress is inspired by the symbolic meaning of the labyrinth, and will be painted in black water-soluble ink on white cloth.
The dancer will traverse the labyrinth, exploring through movement the cyclical nature of the spiraling path. At different intervals, she will periodically soak the dress with water from a bucket until the image is completely dissolved.
FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Governors Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone.
Portrait of a woman and her brothers as children commissioned for Christmas.
Work on display at the Peekskill Coffee Shop the month of October. 🙂 Watercolor landscapes and studio watercolors and oil paintings.
The Grouchy Gabe Mural was posted in the Westchester Events section of the NY TIMES!!!
I’ve been working on a mural at the local grill which was written up in the Ossining Patch. Here’s the link:
YAY! See it here: http://www.stonevoices.co/
Online through September 30, 2012
Our winning artists are Don Haggerty and Singway Wang. Our winning writers are Bonnie Bishop and Antonio Labriola. Bishop’s poem, The Peach of Longevity, is featured in the summer issue of STONE VOICES along with Labriola’s short story, The Child-Artist.
Thank you Laura Romanski for hiring me to paint this sweet portrait of her cats for her mother for Christmas. I hope you like it. This watercolor is 9 x 12″.
New watercolors and photos showing at Grouchy Gabe’s Grill in Croton On Hudson December – February.
The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine will host an art show curated by Fredericka Foster showcasing artist’s response to water. I was invited to share two digital pieces as part of their Digital Documentation Project.
Water—an essential element of life—is the focus of our next major art exhibition. This September we will kick off The Value of Water, a 6—month exhibition including many of the world’s top artists, curated by participating artist Fredericka Foster. The art will be hung and displayed throughout the Cathedral.
There has always been art in the Cathedral, much of it regularly on view. What’s so special about this exhibition is that the entire Cathedral—the bays, the nave, the choir; liturgical space, performance space, and the intellectual space—will be interacting with the art and the artists.
And because discourse, reflection, and open listening are key parts of our mission, we are taking this event to another level. Concurrent with the exhibition, we will present a wide range of programs involving scholars, social advocates, poets, musicians, and storytellers.
Water is considered by many to be our most critical resource. Currently, the media is focusing a good deal of attention on water, and we hear daily news about potential threats to the earth’s oceans and our own supplies of fresh drinking water.
At the Cathedral, many of the world’s best performers and speakers have entertained, inspired, and educated our community. They do so for many reasons, but one is that musicians, poets, artists, and thinkers of all kinds recognize what they have in common—a love of our amazing Earth and all its inhabitants. The Cathedral’s hope is that by presenting art in a space where quiet reflection comes naturally, new connections will be made.
The fuel of art is the desire to know the world, near and far, inside and out. From that early curiosity arises the need to protect and celebrate what protects and nurtures us. And few natural issues will impact us more than water.
Symposium Saturday, September 24 / 10:00 – 1:00
The Value of Water: Some Propositions
The artists in the Value of Water exhibition all have their own ideas about art, the sacred, and social change. They may claim for themselves a particular faith tradition, or they may identify as agnostic or atheist. In this they mirror the general population. Their particular wisdom, however, comes from the long practice of a vocation that requires radical receptivity, an attunement to what can be called self, soul, or the imagination. It is through this attunement that a synthesis is formed from what is known and what is unknown or only partially given in the moment. That process constitutes something of a mystery, holy or otherwise.
The Cathedral maintains that acts of the imagination—in liturgy and the arts, as well as the sciences—are a powerful and essential force for bringing about change. Imagination exists in each of us uniquely; it links, separates, and links again, the recognition of our common humanity allowing us to trust the insight of others. Civilization depends on the ability of enough of us holding in balance that which is known and that which is uncertain or not yet understood; suspending judgments that forestall understanding and limit investigation.
Artists are experienced at looking at complex systems with both an eye for how they work and a respect for their mystery. Sacred traditions teach “what works” in the realm of ethics, prayer and liturgy; and reverence for other lives and for the unknowable. Scientists grasp the facts on an intuitive level the rest of us can’t fathom, as politicians grasp the facts of public opinion. We think all these skills form the basis for a mutual understanding of one of the most crucial aspects of this crisis: the recognition that radical change in society is both necessary and exceedingly difficult, and that to scant either the necessity or the difficulty is tantamount to doing nothing.
Water is the essential element by which the planet and its people survive. What we know, not least of which is the human cost of the global water crisis, is complicated by contested facts and political and economic issues. The will to achieve a solution is compromised by self-interest and short-term thinking. There is much deliberate ignorance and neglect. It will take the concerted effort of scientists, thinkers, artists, journalists, activists, philosophers and theologians to tackle the hard work of imagination, to come up with new stories and new paradigms that can inspire the will to act in the service of transformation and change.
The Value of Water: A Basic Question
Considering the above propositions, and given that this exhibition is installed in the world’s largest Gothic-style cathedral, how do art, theology and liturgy cooperate or complement each other, if they do, in the work of imagination that brings about new understanding and the willingness to be transformed for advocacy and action?
We brought the Sweetcake Enso show to the Garrison Institute. The show looks great and can be read about here: http://sweetcakeenso.blogspot.com/
Moon Enso, sumi ink, thai garden smooth paper, 30×22″,2010/11, $3,500
Sweetcake Enso Artist Exhibit
Curated by Catherine Spaeth
This is the fifth Sweetcake Enso exhibit, curated by Catherine Spaeth and sponsored by the Empty hand Zen Center. It has been travelling to Zen centers here in New York and San Francisco and will continue on at the close of this exhibit in August. Artists were asked to treat the circle as a koan and to express their practice in any medium. To read more about the exhibit please visit the website, http://sweetcakeenso.blogspot.com. The website is an extension of these exhibits, with essays by significant teachers, writers and artists in Buddhist community.
Catherine Spaeth teaches the History of art at Purchase College. She also provides carefully curated and researched private tours in the galleries and museums of New York. Catherine is a student in the Japanese Soto tradition of Ji-on Susan Postal at the Empty Hand Zen Center in New Rochelle, New York. With the encouragement of her teacher and the support of her sangha she curates Sweetcake Enso exhibits, of which this exhibit at Garrison is the fifth, and edits the Sweetcake Enso website magazine. For more information please contact Catherine Spaeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I participated in a one night event at the Village Zendo in NYC. Curated by Catherine Spaeth, this group show temporarily transformed a meditation room into a gallery diplaying art made by Buddhists.
The third Sweetcake Enso exhibit opens Saturday, January 15th at the Village Zendo, 588 Broadway, suite 1108. Viewing is from 11:00-7:00, followed by a panel discussion from 7:00-900 pm. You can read more about these exhibits on the Sweetcake Enso website. Artists in the exhibit are:
Miya Ando * Sanford Biggers * Ross Bleckner * Sam Clayton * Robyn Ellenbogen * Noah Fischer * Carolyn Fuchs * Max Gimblett * Rodney Alan Greenblat * Gregg Hill * Anne Humanfeld * Phyllis Joyner * Erin Koch * Liz LaBella * Peter Levitt * Timothy Reynolds * Karen Schiff * Fran Shalom * Bridget Spaeth * Emma Tapley * Leslie Wagner *
Maria Wallace * Margaret Wells * Michael Wenger
At 7:00 there will be a panel and lively discussion of how Buddhist practice inspires and informs contemporary art. Panelists include:
Max Gimblett, artist teacher and lecturer
Emma Tapley, artist
Rodney Greenblat, artist
Robyn Ellenbogen, artist and art editor of Zen Monster
Catherine Spaeth, art historian and curator
The haiku project. My friend, David Rome, and I are collaborating on a drawing and haiku book. I make a small drawing and he responds with a haiku, and then I make a drawing from the haiku.
10/18/10- My boss commissioned a painting. He lost his beloved doggie, Max, last year which broke his heart. He has a beautiful photo of them on the beach at the cape that he asked me to paint. Here it is, taken by cell phone.
This drawing is a study for Night and Day, which was an oil painting included at the Perimeter Gallery group show in Cleveland, March 2010. Night and Day explores relativity through opposites such as night/day, male/female, summer/winter, up/down and so on. The painting is meant as a contemplation on interdependence. Without this, there cannot be that. We are in a state of relationship at all times.
Photo taken at the recent open studios in Hell’s Kitchen. I was in a group show as part of the International Woman’s Salon. There were 80 studios and galleries open for walking tours over the weekend in May 2010.