On The Road Again

October 4, 2016


It’s been a glorious summer here at my Maine Coast cottage and studio. Less than two weeks I will be on the road again back to my winter home on the Gulf Beach in Anna Maria, Florida stopping in New York, Charlottesville, VA, Charleston, SC and Savannah...I’m considered a summer person in Maine and a snowbird in Florida- maybe I could coin a new descriptive term: Trans-resident. 

My summer in the studio has been very productive and I’ve created a lot of new work in encaustic mixed media.

I have been exploring the use of different materials with encaustic such as resin and collage pieces from my printmaking days as well as objects collected over the years for assemblage. I typically have 15 different paintings going at once.

My 2016 collection of The Blackbird Pendants in a new color palette is half finished. My goal is to finish 36 for the season. The pendants are very popular and make wonderful gifts reasonably priced.

Each pendant is 2x3x0.25 inches, one-of-a-kind encaustic painting on birch, sterling silver bail, finished in resin, signed on back, boxed: Eighty-one dollars each plus shipping. I’ve added some to this website under Wearable Art. 

Recently I have been adding small faceted stones such as emeralds, rubies, peridots, aquamarine, amethyst etc to the pendant paintings as well as ivory objects. I will be posting these on my art website as well.

Organization of my classical compositions is well underway and I found many of the manuscripts in a trunk of work completed in the past from solo piano to full orchestra. Also have composed some new pieces this summer for solo and chamber.

Here are a couple tracks below ...actually first readings...of work composed in the 1980’s.

  1. From Quark Suite, a six movement work for flute, oboe, strings, piano. Each movement was for different complements: Movement 1, Up, for piano
  2. From Game Pieces for Piano, an ongoing work that presently includes four pieces.

    My concept for the work was how the games we played as children were lessons for life: Leap Frog is one title, for example, and I think whatever our age, we understand what’s at work here

     The track included here is titled See-saw Nocturne. When I was in elementary school the delight of most of the boys was to share the teeter-board on the school grounds with me.  They always promised they wouldn’t hold me “up there” and I believed them every time, but they always did...and they would laugh with glee as I cried to come down. The music reflects these feelings. I certainly could hold my own now in later years! Probably in today’s world they don’t even allow teeter-boards or some of these games like Sweeper, Farmer in the Dell, Red Light, Green Light - all pieces included in the work Game Pieces for Piano.

I will be showing my work at Mercantile in Sarasota, December, First Friday...more on that later.

Look forward to seeing some of you soon. I will be doing two concerts in my Jazz at the Old IGA Series, Anna Maria: December 17 and January 28. For private party quotes from duo to quartet email me at djazzl@aol.com.

Thanks for visiting my art website!