Monthly Archives: February 2013

A Parade of Calico Cats



These cats were inspired by a porcelain cat I saw in a shop window while walking to/from my studio here in NYC. I can’t really remember all the detail from the “shop cat” and she’s not there any longer, but one of these might be close.

Two good reasons for a Guggenheim visit

Two exhibitions currently on at the Guggenheim NYC make it a really good time to visit the museum. The first is Gutai: Splendid Playground which captures the exuberant post war Japanese movement founded by Yoshihara Jiro in 1954.


The second is the much more subdued, but equally impressive, works on handmade paper in Zarina: Paper Like Skin. Discovering this Indian artist with soft tones and delicate touch was an unexpected delight. I left with the book for this one.


Try to leave time to see them both and let me know what you think.

Some “Thoughts” on Cycling




I’ve been thinking about and talking with “my groom” about his getting back to urban cycling after the fall that injured his hip. While, of course, concerned for is health and safety, I realize its something he wants (needs?) to do. So here are some hopefully supportive NTSCT small collages along those lines.

My Paste Paper class on February 16th








These are a few images from my Paste Paper class on Saturday, February 16th at The Center For Book Arts on 27th Street here in Manhattan. All the artists in the class took to the techniques very quickly and produced some really, really beautiful work. Even though the one day class was six hours long several of the students would not stop working even for lunch. My thanks to the staff at the Center for their impromptu drying system which let everyone take home their work the same day.

Basquiat at Gagosian Chelsea

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 50 large works at the Gagosian gallery in Chelsea do not fail to impress.–february-07-2013

Desert Views

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Desert View-3

Desert View-1

Three new 8×10 works evocative of the desert (and, perhaps, growing drought conditions) in different areas and how life must adapt.

Some snakes for The Year of The Snake




Here are some versions of NTSCT (Never The Same Card Twice) for the Chinese New Year. As the snake says, I give you “wishes for prosperity in the new year”.

Paste Paper class @ The Center For Book Arts

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Join mixed-media artist Lynn Gall and learn how to make stunning patterned papers with a non-toxic, inexpensive paste and paint mixture. The decorated papers are elegant, easy and fun and have a wide variety of uses in book arts, origami, collage, mixed-media and decorative arts. Paste papers are made by drawing simple tools though the paste yielding sophisticated designs with beautiful color, texture and depth. Enjoy a day of discovery and add this technique to your artistic repertoire. All are welcome and no experience is required.

Deadline to register: One week before the class starts.

Lynn Gall

February 16 , Saturday, 10am – 4pm, members $145; non-members $160.

You may take advantage of the reduced fee for members by joining The Center for Book Arts at 28 W. 27th Street. To register by phone, please call (212) 481-0295.

Snow Day by Josette Urso




With a very appropriate title, given today’s approach blizzard, here is a sampling of Josette Urso’s current show, “Snow Day” at The Kathryn Markel Gallery on West 20th Street. Josette has captured a very light, airy yet colorful sense of what your mind feels like when “given” a Snow Day.