Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!

I must admit celebrating a holiday of questionable historical value, both for its' perhaps untrue origin, and the added fact that it came into existence after the Civil War, is rather odd. But if it came into that post war existence to promote the healing of a war torn country then I'm all for it.

I do love being together with family and friends so any rationale is a good one,and of course, an excuse to make pies is never wasted.

Warm thoughts to all of you on the occasion of this Thanksgiving. I am grateful, my friends, for your support, so what ever you're doing and wherever you are, have a truly lovely day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Recession..."What's that?"

According to the New York Times, "a major new survey of American artists and how they are weathering the economic downturn has found that slightly more than half experienced a drop in income from 2008 to 2009, a blow to an already struggling group, two thirds of whose members reported that they earned less than $40,000 last year."Even worse according to the survey, 18% of those who responded said their income had dropped 50 percent or more in the last year.

So what's the good news? Well...if we take the Pollyanna view of life, it's not bad news. Artists live in a recession all the time, so this is just business as usual. Heart warming, no?

From the Library of Congress FSA Collection of Depression Era photographs, hitching north for work by Jack Delano.

Monday, November 23, 2009

we're back...

We're back...after burn out and soul searching with a serious recommitment to blog world. Managing family, studio practice, art networking and an upcoming major solo show has been a challenge but I'm sure I can commit to blogging at least twice a week for the next year and maybe more.

Some of the fun things I've missed blogging about are having a film Kurt and I worked on shown at the Coney Island Film Festival. I've been making other movies and painting up a storm. Here are some new paintings both from "Moving Violations."

And finally I have another new project, "Videos on Broadway". Window and sidewalk projections at Union Square. This is an open call —— it could be your chance to be on Broadway —— details to follow. In the meantime, here's a little video about the project. See you soon...