2018 Toronto Island

This year the visits to my Toronto Island studio show a process like a diary, in about 50 paintings, from the very small 12x12in oils to the very large 40x120in watercolors.  People, places, things, words, and music.

In New York I was making etchings, and thick oils.  Then on Toronto Island, these watercolors were inspired by listening to rap, recalling the days I lived in Bushwick:

For Lester Johnson, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
For Sweet Melissa in Bushwick, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
For the Extraordinary Alien in Bushwick, Toronto Island, 2018, 60x40in, watercolor
Salt Peanuts in Bushwick, Toronto Island, 2018, 60x40in, watercolor
Doin’ the Math in Bushwick, Toronto Island, 2018, 60x40in, watercolor

I returned to New York to work on 10 thick oils of flowers for months.  Some were begun in the ’90s. This one received a Red Dot award on exhibit at The League:

Big Heavy Flowers, New York, 2018, 30x24in, oil on canvas

Then, this oil made last year was chosen by Sara Softness of the Brooklyn Museum to exhibit at Ceres in Chelsea:

Portrait of Connie, New York, 2017, oil on canvas

In April, I made these portraits on Toronto Island:

Portrait of Claudia, Toronto Island, 2018, oil on canvas
Portrait of Claudia, Toronto Island, 2018, oil on canvas
Portrait of Claudia, Toronto Island, 2018, oil on canvas
Portrait of Claudia, Toronto Island, 2018, oil on canvas

Then I went from making more flowers in New York to paint en plein air in Paris, London, and Ontario.  And back to New York, to work on the flowers.

Then, this London garden was chosen by Ginger Gibbons, Chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club, first to be in the Garden of Earthly Delights summer exhibition, then to be six months in the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Show:

The Chelsea Arts Club garden in the afternoon, London, 2018, 22x30in, watercolor

In August, I made these portraits on Toronto Island:

Portrait of Sofia, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
Sofia at Toronto Island, Ontario, 2018, 18x24in, oil

Then back to paint in the streets of New York.

In October and November, I made these on Toronto Island:

Still Life with oils of Self Portraits and Claudia and Sofia, and my Reflection, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
Still Life with oil of Sofia, and the chihuahuas, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
Still Life with oil Self Portrait, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
Still Life with oils of Sofia and Claudia, and the chihuahuas, and the number Pi, Toronto Island, 2018, 40x60in, watercolor
Self Portrait, Toronto Island, 2018, 60x40in, watercolor
Still Life with Jacky, Toronto Island, 2018, 60x40in, watercolor
Self Portrait, Toronto Island, 2018, 60x40in, watercolor
Still Life with CD “In Full Swing,” Toronto Island, 2018, 12x12in, oil on canvas
Self Portrait, Toronto Island, 2018, 12x12in, oil on canvas

And now I am returning to New York before it gets too cold to paint outside, because the snow in the streets is so beautiful in oil.