Good Friends, Inspiration and Renewed Focus

Yesterday, Gabriella and I received our copy of Alemao!

Caio Fernandez, the gifted Brazilian painter and writer has been a strong influence on me for some time now, and he has helped me along in my pursuits as an artist.
It seems like it was just a couple months ago that he decided to write his first novel, and now it’s in our home here in New England.

Already, we are fighting over who gets to read it first, but I’m sure Gabriella will be the first and then me.  I am just a lowly painter and she is the writer, so I will leave it to her to give a more detailed account after she reads it.  I am just happy to have the great honor and pleasure to know Caio.

The book is less than $10US on Blurb, so please help support my great and generous friend, Caio.

For those of you who may not know, I am working on a collaboration with Scott Mulcahey of Artful Chairs.  Scott is a master chair maker based out of Beverly, Massachusetts.  If you haven’t checked his work out, he has a very nice fan page on Facebook.   Please pop on over there and hit the “like” button to show your support.

I am hoping to have most of the work done on the chair in time to show it off for Vernon Street Open Studios, which is coming up on November 6 and 7.  After that, it will go back to Scott for a gallery show in December.  I will post more information on both these events as they get nearer.

This week, I also received the first-round piece from Shana of Art That Circles The Earth.  I was attracted to this project because it’s a Mandala-based collaboration, and that just happens to be the direction I am going right now.  We don’t have a hard and fast deadline to complete this, but I will post the progress as it happens.  Thank you, Shana, for the opportunity to work with you!

The market in Providence, RI was canceled due to storms and high wind, so we picked up an extra day on Sunday at SoWa in downtown Boston.
After a very dismal market day,  I came back to the studio and hung all of my current work on the wall.  I have decided that offering my older work along with my newer work at the markets may have not been the best of ideas.  It has taken me some time to recognize this, but it finally makes sense to me exactly what I need to do.
These four mandalas that I have done over the past two weeks are each 10″ x !0,” (25.4 x 25.4 cm).  I will now be moving up to a slightly larger size next week.  I also managed to find another piece of plywood in the trash this week, so I will start to work on that as well.
So, another week come and gone here.  It all happens in a blur, but the focus remains solid.  
Thank you all for joining me on my journey.  I appreciate your support and your continued inspiration.
Have a great weekend!
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