Archive for August, 2014

Self-portrait #3

I tend to, every so often, do a self portrait. Portrait was something I worked on heavily, early on –even as I was still in high school. One of the first works I did early on, while a student at Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y., was a self-portrait. It was the culminating project that semester (Summer, in 1997). It’s still, technically, among the best things I’ve done. 

A self-portrait, for me, is a good way to look inside yourself at what’s difficult to understand or to manage within. Sometimes, it’s forward-looking, sometimes it looks backwards. Perhaps this one is both.

This will be the third self-portrait I’ve done in oil. I will do small sketches every so often. I don’t suppose that self-portraits mean much of anything to anyone but the artist and people very close to them. The source image is sort of self-explanatory to people who were around for events for me in the fall of 2009.  

Self-portrait #3, Oil on canvas, (2014).

Self-portrait #3, Oil on canvas, (2014).


I may decide the flaws I see are something I can live with, or I may simply consider this done. The following photo is of the source image.


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Source image, on my easel.


Recent Happenings With the Class (cont.)

It’s been an exciting couple weeks since I updated about the class. Students have the option of submitting work for display at the OMH “Art on 8” exhibit. I am exhibiting two pieces of my own with art from all over the state. The art will all come from people (in the community, and in hospitals) who receive services at OMH facilities.

A lot of people who are considering submitting work have never had their work shown before. So, a lot of people in my classes are really excited about it.

The second bit of excitement is that the class has been asked to do a mural project for a new staff member in the Occupational Therapy Department. This past week has mostly been spent trying to generate images for the mural. (These drawings are all my own, as I draw with the students as I am teaching. I am still working on permission to show student work on my site. It’s a NY state facility, and the proper procedure can take time. Currently, I am waiting for agency approval for the release form I created).

Enjoy the images:

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simple design with gem and leaves. Drawn with the class as they are working on mural ideas.

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Among the mural ideas, we have talked about nature scenes.


Before I presented the mural project to the class, we had been focused on architectural drawing with oil pastel.


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Oil pastel, old, dutch-era house, Albany Co. New York State.

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Simple study of a barn and silo. A student request.

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Historic Mansion, Troy, NY.