Monthly Archives: July 2009

Making Something Out of Nothing

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it. 
-Frank Zappa

"Sea of Tranquility" 48" x 36" work on canvas

"Sea of Tranquility" 48" x 36" work on canvas

I often find when dinner time rolls around that there is nothing to make – the fridge looks empty, never the right ingredients for recipes on hand, too wiped out to run to the store – the possibilities are bleak, but I always manage to somehow pull together “something out of nothing”. I have come to joke about this talent, if you can call it that, and even suggested it might be a good final inscription when the time comes. I am aware that I have been making something out of nothing for a very long time. This is really what I do every day. Art is making something out of nothing. Tubes of paint, mediums, charcoals, ink, papers, canvas, all bits and pieces of nothing really, until they are molded by the artist. The collective accumulation of a whole lot of nothing suddenly becomes that wonderful something and the painting takes on a life of its own. “Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.” 

Pleased to report that the “selling it” part went well this week too. Once again the Cousen Rose Gallery came through for me and the show looked  wonderful, sales were made, and I am now looking forward to returning to the studio where I will continue on my mission of making “something out of nothing”…and selling it!

Opening July 18, 2009 Cousen Rose Gallery

Opening Reception 7/18/09 Cousen Rose Gallery

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
-Pablo Picasso

Painting is available from Cousen Rose Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard.
  
Coming up in August:
Saturday, August 22 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm 
A Book Signing and Art Exhibit
Gwen Ifill – Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week  and Author of
“The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”

 The Gallery will feature work by Janice Frame & Deborah T. Colter

Commitment, Confidence & Continuity

“There is a wonderful feeling when you walk into your own exhibition. You see the work as a true extension of yourself. Win or lose, your interests have led you to an accumulation of your personal expression, signed lower right, 
mounted to best advantage.” – Robert Genn

"Comfortable Bliss" 30" x 30" work on canvas

"Comfortable Bliss" 30" x 30" work on canvas

Next week my work will be featured at the Cousen Rose Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Owner Zita Cousens has exhibited my work since 1997. We met when I was waiting tables and she and her husband Mike used to come in for dinner on a regular basis. They always came late after Gallery openings and the other wait staff wanted out – I always volunteered to stay. After a time Zita found out I was a painter and asked me to bring in some of my work. From the beginning she believed in me. I was working very much off the beaten path of the other local artists who primarily sell representational work. She has stood behind my artwork through all of its growth and changes without ever questioning where it was headed. The Gallery celebrates 30 years of business this summer and in a constantly changing retail environment on Martha’s Vineyard, that is a remarkable accomplishment! Congratulations Cousen Rose!

Next Saturday night my work will be up – some new pieces and some earlier work not shown here before, and  I will walk into the gallery reception and Zita Cousens will have outdone herself in the modest space she has to present my work. For a few hours we will celebrate the exhibit and win or lose, sales or no sales, I will walk away knowing that the work is a true extension of myself, an accumulation of my own personal expression, represented by a Gallery owner who has always believed in me. What more could I ask for?

Cousen Rose Gallery
Martha’s Vineyard
71 Circuit Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
508-693-6656 

Exhibit runs from July 18 – July 25, 2009 [work will remain in Gallery all summer]
Opening Reception Saturday July 18 5:00-7:00pm
Also this summer:
 
Saturday, August 22 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
A Book Signing and Art Exhibit
Gwen Ifill – Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week  and Author of
“The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”

 The Gallery will feature work by Janice Frame & Deborah T. Colter

Above painting is available from the Cousen Rose Gallery.