Halloween is here, bringing a bone-chilling 31 degrees to New England this morning, along with ghosts and vampires and werewolves and, of course, candy corn.
candy corn, 4Ã—6in, acrylic on panel -available-
this year's also brought another volume in
AUTHOR Gregory Maguire's delicious Wicked Cycle – great way to (temporarily) escape a news season filled with stories of a fear-mongering witch from alaska, a ghastly economy, and the spectre of election tricks, not treats.
if you click on the photo above, the candy corn above can just be seen to the far right, along with bigger 'food' paintings (pumpkin, 12×12) and much bigger works (like the burger, 2ftx2ft) during our open studio last month.
as always, it was a treat to see friends and extended family – and the overwhelmingly positive response to the the first color 'farm' works (for scale, my dog andy is on a 2fx2ft canvas) and newer bulls (below: strange II, 30×40 and cherry bomb, 2ftx2ft) made my leap to larger, brushier formats worthwhile.
the biggest surprise was spotting actor Jason Isaacs, aka Lucius malfoy. The actor was truly gracious – warm and polite when recognized and – after mentioning that his wife told him to bring some "iconic Rhode Island artwork" back to london – he bought a frozen lemonade print. Warm fuzzies all around – a piece of my art going overseas, 100% of the purchase going to the RI Community Food Bank, and some imaginary ad campaigns full of possibilities (Join a Death Eater in the fight against hunger… or This year, Michael Caffee is helping Rhode Islanders…) i'm still smiling.
cannoli, 4Ã—6in, acrylic on panel
The chocolate-chip covered cannoli is one of 10 works that have been up at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland, Maine the last few months. It's especially sweet to show in Maine – home to old friends, family, and memories – like the field study below…
maine field study ca. 1993, 9Ã—12in, oil on board NFS
…home to longtime artistic heroes the Wyeth clan, Winslow Homer, and Stephen King (the work below, inspired by It, was pretty much my first stab at painting with brushes and canvas in high school.)
Pennywise ca. 1988, 24Ã—24in, NFS
…but perhaps the best reason is that i'm showing alongside longtime friend scott conary. He's got a post about it here. (although i'll admit it's pretty spiffy to be showing alongside william bailey, eric aho and titus welliver, too.)
maine cheese, 6Ã—6in, acrylic on panel
This cheese (Eleanor Buttercup from Hahn's End in Phippsburg, ME – picked for us by Kris at K.Horton specialty foods) came home along with a few other maine treats, including killer bread from Micucci's Ital grocery & a whoopie pie from Two Fat Cats Bakery. wish we could've brought home a trunkload of fries (best-ever) from duckfat.
most of the above were all one one killer food block, topped off by the fine folks at Rabelais books. (everything you ever wanted and more 'bout cookbooks & food & farm culture – even out-of-print- in one bookstore) Inspired into taking a road trip? this site is worth a look.
this weekend is also traditionally a time to honor the departed…so a last nod, and some words to live by, from Paul Newman:
â€œWe are such spendthrifts with our lives,â€ Mr. Newman once told a reporter. â€œThe trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. Iâ€™m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.â€ (from the NY Times obit)
Just beautiful,, you still amaze me!!
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