Friday, August 12, 2011

Sunflowers






Yes, sunflowers. I'm still in the process of sorting and unpacking my new space in Lewiston, but my life of late has not been all work and drudgery.  When summer days get too hot for comfort, it's best to take the day off and find some water.  My new location, though bit further from the coast, places me within a short driving distance of dozens of lakes.  I've made the most of this opportunity by securing a used kayak from a local craigslist seller and getting some paddling in.   So far, I've had some lovely afternoons on Sabbatus Pond and briefly explored Buker and Sandy Ponds.  On my most recent outing, I drove a tad father to Androscoggin Lake.  While on a road near Leeds, Maine, I was awestruck by this amazing field of sunflowers and had to pull off the road to enjoy it and take some pictures. 


Saturday, August 6, 2011

413@536: End of an Era

It's been a long while.  Not only since the last blog, but since I first took up residence in the Artist's Studio Building at 536 Congress Street in Portland, Maine.  Monday I finally bade farewell to my mates old and new, to set up shop a little further down the road in Lewiston. I've inhabited the grand, windowless, cavern of studio 413 for eight years, after spending a year prior at the top of the fourth floor in the smaller, adjacent 412.  I've seen many great artists come and go, and I now find myself in the ranks of the the many proud alumni who went before.   I have a lot of guest through this space through countless First Friday events, and events sponsored by the PMA.  Of course, I've made a lot of art here in dark, happy seclusion, and had many inspiring conversations with my peers in the hall.  It has been, and continues to be, a great community and I send my love to all the fantastic artists who remain.  I'll see you and my stops down to Portland!