New Cubism? Woman in Relief

Cubism has always intrigued me, beginning in my youth. I loved Picasso and later to find out Braque where the major contributors to the moment. How could you not like Pablo Picasso he was so prolific as a painter. He seemed to have a very interesting life, and he was making it as a painter. People bought his paintings while he was alive and they are still very collectable and valuable.

The idea of cubism, broken up geometric forms, abandoned perspective while displaying many views of a subject at one time, inspired by Paul Cezanne, could it get any better, is something I want to grasp. Considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century that wanted a painting to mean more than a photograph. Wow!

Coming to grips with questions from my childhood I painted “Woman in Relief”, 24 x 18 inches. It is my interpretation of New Cubism. Having different planes that suggest a form represented from three view points, contrasting the free paint. It is my second Cubism painting and brush painting for that matter, very fun to explore.

My focus has been on the painting knife for years so the softness of the brush is welcome. I am painting with Rosemary & Co Artist Brushes.

Woman in Reliefe 24 x 18 inches
Woman in Reliefe 24 x 18 inches

In search of Cubism

Cubism fascinated me as a young artist. I must have been in the fourth grade marveling over the concept of three-dimensional space represented from all sides on a flat plane. Wow, how intriguing. A thought Pablo Picasso was it. He was a painter.

Cubism 1- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

I would look at M. C. Escher mind-bending perspective. I could never figure out how he made us arrive visually in different planes than we originally started.

Those confusing concepts kept with me my entire life. Waiting till I would have enough understanding to accomplish them. I began to sort them out. How Escher would fool you by changing what you expected against you. Picasso was not able to demonstrate cubism in the way my mind thought it should be. Instead he showed us a more shattered vague representation, beautiful non the less.


Cubism 2- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

When I visited one of my favorite museums, the Barns in Philadelphia, I was able to view Cezanne first hand. He has so much to offer us as painters. His unusual color, the space he creates with overlapping form. His brushwork. He inspired cubism and is credited as the father of modern art. Allowing us to appreciate abstraction as art.

Cubism 3- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

Looking for Cezanne’s path, I painted plein air, as he painted his mountain outdoors. I chose the Low Country Tree while in South Carolina. Looking for cubism in outdoor landscapes I began to see some of the underlying structure he talked about. Taking me from what I knew to where I did not. Exploring with each new painting, venture out and simplify a little more. Returning each day in South Carolina to the same tree. Then I moved into the studio for the last two paintings seeing how much more I could simplify the image, how could I represent it in cubism?

Cubism 4- Low Country Tree, 9 x12, oil on panel

Staying true to what I thought cubism should be, I went about my exploratory on Cubism 5. Hiding with each new layer of paint what laid beneath from the previous session. I enjoyed the visual play of space of Escher, so you may not always know where you where looking from. The harder three dimensional representation of form that I thought was missing from Picassos work. Forming the hard and lost edges of Cezanne’s paintings that would amplify the edge and his simple color.

Me having fun with how a shadow edge becomes a line, not a shape of tone and color. I can lead the eye around more so there is no beginning or end. This was the first painting I had painted in a long time with a brush.

I chose Rosemary Oil Brushes. I had heard such great things about these brushes, I wanted them to be my first experience of non-painting knife work. It was a good choice for me.

Cubism 5- Low Country Tree, 30 x24, oil on panel

Plein Air Pizzaz – Hamptons NY

I have just completed my “Paint with Me Workshop” with Rose Nigro in the Hamptons this past week. I enjoy visiting with students from my past workshops and having a one on one workshop. There is so much I can teach this way. Utilizing my Plein Air Pizzaz perspective we tackled typical plein air situations in a conceptual and uniquely visual approach with very different results. What fun.

Big Pumpkin, 9 x 12, oil on panel


We painted at some fabulous locations in the Hamptons. There is so much to choose from, there is truly a painting almost every direction you turn. More of a relished time period experience. Lobster boats, lighthouses, older restored homes and new mansions, plenty of a garden and old Farmers Markets, with fresh cider everything perfectly displayed in the New York fashion.  I have a workshop on my calendar for early next October 2015. Returning to focusing on Old Farmers Markets. I hope many of you will join me. Please sign up online now to reserve a limited spot. Click here

I had some opportunity to explore the south fork of the island with her. Visited the studio of a one of my favorite painter, Jackson Pollock a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting.

Visited the city of New York and saw another of my painting heroes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Thomas Hart Benton. He was at the forefront of the Regionalist art movement. His fluid, sculpted figures in his paintings showed people in everyday United States scenes. He made me feel proud to be able to work as an American.

I am standing in front of John Brown’ (1939) by American regionalist artist John Steuart Curry (1897-1946). Oil on canvas, possibly a study for his series of Kansas murals. Set apart for his paintings depicting life Kansas, alongside of Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood,

This painting that Rose is in front of at the MET is her great, great, great, etc., etc., grandfather, Don Gaspar de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares (1587 – 1645). It is a powerful painting of him riding on horseback, painted by Diego Velázquez in1635. He was the principal minister and favorite of Philip IV of Spain.

Wikipedia says he: “was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and one of the most important painters of the Spanish Golden Age. He was an individualistic artist of the contemporary Baroque period, important as a portrait artist. In addition to numerous renditions of scenes of historical and cultural significance, he painted scores of portraits of the Spanish royal family…

From the first quarter of the nineteenth century, Velázquez’s artwork was a model for the realist and impressionist painters, in particular Édouard Manet. Since that time, famous modern artists, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Francis Bacon, have paid tribute to Velázquez by recreating several of his most famous works.”

We visited a unique local landmark, The Big Duck in Flanders New York. I wont go into the whole interesting story of this two floor tall duck. You can read and learn about it yourself in Rose’s new children’s book, The Big Duck, that will come out Christmas 2014. Illustrated by Tom H.John. I had the pleasure of consulting with her and designing the book.

Roadhouse Pizza has the best Pizza Bianca (white pizza, no sauce). You may want them to go very light on cheese. It was heaven eating a slice of this pizza. One said it was like a pizza cheesecake. A blend of real cheeses: Mozzarella, Ricotta and Romano cheese. Visit here:

Hope you can share with me the unique experience of the Hampton’s and Painting Old Farmers Markets, October 5 – 8, 2015. Click here