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June 2011

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Closing soon:          

1.  Images of Arlington, Community art show at the Arlington Center for the Arts, March 28 - June 17  Gibbs Gallery, 41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA.  Opening reception April 7, 7:30 PM
2.  9x12,  Ferencvarosi Gallery, Budapest between May 26 - June 21, 2011, a Juried exhibition organized by the Hungarian multicultural center an curated by Beata Szechny. "Leafy Jewels" is on exhibit.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events
  1. New England Abstract Artists Group Show, Newburyport, MA.  Reception is Saturday, June 18, 7-9 PM.  65 Water Street, Newburyport
  2. Somerville Arts Council and Inside Out Gallery July exhibit of  RED, located at the CVS Davis Square window, July 1 -31.  "Rite of Spring" will be on display.
  3. Somerville Art Beat in Davis Square, July 15 and 16
  4. Paperworks Competition winners show, Huntington, NY (Long Island).  b.j.spoke gallery, 299 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743.   August 8 - 28; Reception is on the evening of August 7 (and I plan to be there). 

Archived newsletters can be found on my blog, The Nerdly Painter, where I've also been adding information about the chemistry of paint, post by post.
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Follow the in-text links to jump to a section.  New work is at the end of the letter.

What a whirlwind!  This is something that has always amazed me about New England and New Englanders - when we get a bit of reliable decent weather we squish an amazing amount of activity into those sunny warm days.  I have a bunch of new paintings to share, and a little bit of news.  Several images of my paintings will be published in Palooka Journal's Issue #4, as a multi-page spread.  Palooka is a fairly new art and literary magazine, which has garnered good reciews for its fresh genuine approach.  

You may have noticed a new link up near the top of the newsletter.   I've been looking for ways to make it easier for people to find and to own my original art, especially now that I've created a number of smaller less expensive paintings.  Etsy is an established and trusted online "Mall" for everything in handmade art and fine crafts (and some weird stuff).  Having an Etsy storefront set up should streamline browsing, etc. 

I couldn't coordibate an artist of the month this time around.  I do have some links to collections of really unique and fun handcrafted items to share. One of Etsy's new features that I've been noodling around with is the "treasury".  A treasury is basically a way to collect and group together items that interest you.  Treasuries can be private or you can share them with the world.  I've  always searched high and low when I've had to find good gifts fro other science types, so of course one of the first things I did was compile Chemistry, Math, Physics, and Virology Treasuries.  Links to some fun treasuries are below.    If you decide to click around and see something you adore, poke around the craftsperson's shop a bit.  I tried to choose cool items from reallhy cool shops to share. Enjoy.
Etsy Treasuries
    Math               Physics                Chemistry                    Virology  
 
Made in Massachusetts
Robots  Storms  Gift Guide  Glassy colors 
small green machine and heart mender
job of the artist is to deepen the mystery
Life's a Beach
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Spring and Summer Fairs
I was at the Beacon Hill Art Walk, my first time there as an exhibitor.  I tried out a new display, and brought a series of new acrylic paintings, contemporary landscapes, for people to enjoy.  The wind was an adventure, and a number of people stopped by who I'd met at other events.  My apologies to anyone who stopped by to chat while I was fumbling a too-large half sfogliatelli.  

But back to the subject - why acrylics?  They dry fast, they can be diluted to work like ink or watercolor, and they don't chemically attack unprimed fabrics.  Using acrylic allowed me to experiment with painting on unprimed canvas, and building the painting background up as a series of layered "water color effect" washes.  Heavier bodied paint, glazing and impasto layered over the washes brought the paintings back to a more oil/acrylic style, but the washes in the background, the layering, and warmth of the unprimed canvas gives the pieces a dreamy feeling.  
Why landscapes and representation?  I started as a representational painter, doing a large number of landscapes.  When I try something very new with paint, I like to return to my landscape roots.  It helps reduce the number of variables so I can better see whether the new media and paint applications are working.  

The acrylics and a number of other smaller paintings are also great for outdoor fairs, because they're less expensive than many of my larger, more intense oil paintings.  I've included small images of some of them at the bottom of the New Pictures Section.

I also have a few larger new paintings in the New pictures section (at the bottom of the newsletter), and a number of new prints available as high resolution giclees!  A fellow MIT graduate, Robert Krawitz, has been collaborating with me to capture high quality digital images that really capture the look and feel of the original paintings.  He's a smart guy, and a good photographer, with some nice shots up on Smug Mug here. He's helped me get a number of new paintings ready for high resolution prints.  They're listed under New Prints, here.

This month I've have one large work that was a special challenge.  It follows in the Nerdly theme.  A fellow artist and online friend, Charlie Spear, has been asking why I don't include equations in some of my Science Inspired paintings.  The short answer is because I usually don't see how and where they would work.  Recently I finished a painting based on vector fields, using the splay, bend, and twist deformations of liquid crystals as examples.  I think the equations really add to the loo of the piece and help pull it together.  

So why the challenge?  I haven't touched vector or tensor calculus in over a decade.  I'm embarrassed to say, I had to look some of the basic equations and definitions up, and had to check all my back of the napkin calculations sevaral times to match the right math to the right part of the painting.  Because the key to a beautiful abstract painting is getting the math right - or not (there's a part of me that will always turn persnicketty about calculations).


Vector Field, oil on canvas, 30 inches by 30 inches (at the Newburyport Abstract Artists Show)
A field is a math and physics idea where you basically take a space, and all of the points in space have coordinates  describing their locations in that space.  Each of the locations also has other values assigned to it; the values of the field.  A scalar field has numbers assigned to each point.  A vector field has a number amount and a direction.  Real world examples would be a temperature map of your yard's microenvironments at some fixed moment in time (scalar - every point in the yard has a temperature)  or a map of the breezes (vector - every point has a wind speed and direction).

Another recent painting, "Rube Goldberg Abstract", is huge and detailed.  Plamen says it reminds him of CERN.  There are detail images up on my Fine Art America site  here, here, and here.
 Rube Goldberg Abstract, 42" by 54"

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Internet and Blog

Saatchi online website  My profile on Saatchi is here.
TurningArt ... my page on Turning Art
Artslant
Etsy shop - for originals and artist direct prints

Modern Biology, Huntington NY, and the Paperworks show 
Connecting the dots
When I saw the call for artists from the BJSpoke cooperative art gallery in Huntington NY, I had to apply.  The call was for works on paper, and I do a fair amount of drawing with ink on paper, so it's a fit.  Huntington is also very close to where I grew up in Northport, and Huntington township includes the villages of Northport and East Northport on Long Island's North Shore.  It's in a location where my friends and family back in NY can go and see my work.  Coincidentally, Huntington is also next door to another town, Cold Spring Harbor.  Cold Spring Harbor is home to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, a lab that spawns Nobel Laureates in the Biomedical Sciences, and one of the places where a lot of the early work happened to make new (at the time) insights into DNA and heredity into functional science and biomedical technologies. About a month before I saw the BJSpoke ad for "Paperworks", I was reminiscing about my after school job in the DNA synthesis labs at Cold Spring Harbor, and some of the biological collaborators I'd worked with over the years.  I created 3 ink drawings about Bioscience topics I'd "known and loved".  These three drawings, "Bacteriophage Ballet", "Origins of Species", and "Complex Fluid" were among my six submissions to BJSpoke - because wouldn't it be wild to show those three just a stone's throw from the Labs in Cold Spring Harbor?    Fate is sometimes kind, and those three drawings will be showing at BJSpoke in Huntington, along with the other winning selections for the "Paperworks" show.  
 
New Art


New paintings include (clockwise from upper left) "Mechanisms of Community", also at Images of Arlington 18 in by 24 in, "Strange Attractor", which refers to a phenomenon found in nonlinear mathematics and complex systems, 12 in by 16 in. "Masculine and Feminine", my second acrylic painting ever, 12 in by 15 in, "Schlieren Chiarascuro" , 12 in by 12 in, "Dichotomy", 16 in by 16 in, "Nonlinear Computation", 12 in by 12 in, and "Dendritic Echoes", 12 in by 12 in.  More detailed escriptions are available on Facebook and on the Nerdly Painter website.

 
 
  
 
 


New Prints
Images of the new prints are on the Nerdly Painter Website.  They include: Cascade, Ethereal, Green Function, Strange Attractor, Tapole Diagrams at Play, Percolation on a Lattice (shown below), Vacuum Energy (shown Below), Masculine and Feminine, and  Cephalopod Valentine. The high resolution images are courtesy of Robert Krawitz, whose portfolio can be viewed on Smug Mug.
 

Sold Art  - Urban Ecology, Yellow Conundrum, and Dashpotted Dilemma are now sold.  I have more than enough paintings and prints to bring to the summer fairs.  So, special mailing list favorite people:  please let me know if you want me to hold something for you, even if it's just to give you time to decide.  

To see work out at the various shows, check the show specific galleries on my Facebook page, The Nerdly Painter on Facebook.

That's all until mid-April.  In the meantime, find me and my work
by email: rv@nerdlypainter.com,
online at http://www.nerdlypainter.com
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Nerdlypainter
or on my blog  http://nerdlypainter.blogspot.com


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