Monday, October 13, 2014

Meditation in Nature

As I ask my students to spend fifteen minutes in nature, I decide to do the same. Hopefully they experienced the energy, the movement, the color that only nature can provide.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Nature Abstractions Continue

How does the viewer handle abstraction?  He makes sense of color and shape, finding forms that resemble everyday objects.  Flowers emerge out of brush strokes, water shimmers with lines. As I prepare for a spring exhibition at Seatuck, a nature preserve, the power of our environment abounds.

Monday, September 29, 2014

West Islip Waterfront

Here are some renderings of a Bouler Pfluger Architects' new project on the water in West Islip.  The gambrel roofline offers great exposure for the solar array that will power this residence.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorful Ideas

I've been exploring color in my paintings quite a bit lately, so it was quite fortuitous to attend the Rensselearville Writers Conference and hear about the new book The Secret Language of Color by Joann Eckstut and Arielle Eckstut.  The book analyzes the role of color in our world, touching upon science, nature, history, culture, and beauty.  Essentially humans are able to use their three cones of vision to perceive 10 million colors; however our perception of these colors is contingent upon many subjective factors.  Transparency, memory, taste, context, anatomy, even gender influence our relationship to color.  The conference comes on the heels of the recent edition of the design magazine Uppercase, which devoted itself exclusively to color.  What is it about color that captivates us?  The excitement of vibrant color can lift a mood, attract a mate, even relate to evolutionary behavior.  Cornell's Lab of Ornithology recently produced an incredible film documenting the beauty of birds of paradise and their use of color in their mating practice.  From color bombing to a resurgence of neon clothing, perhaps the world's zeitgeist needs a little color to lift its mood right about now.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flower Power

We treat flowers as sweet and delicate, as an inconsequential idea, as a romantic weakness, but without flowers, there is no fruit nor vegetable, no food for bee or butterfly.  When the medians on the highway remain uncut, what first returns is the wildflower-- bachelor buttons, Queen Anne's lace, thistle-- flowers dot the landscape offering seeds and beauty instead of cropped greenery. Leaving the landscape to her own devices inspires me. Nature has a way of healing itself, and in a world of upheaval and turmoil, I can only hope that we humans can step aside long enough to allow nature to rejuvenate and prosper. As an artist, the only imagery that makes sense right now to me is the power of flowers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Garden Days

Like many before me, I am taking inspiration from the garden these days.  The bursts of color, the blossoms turning into food, it's all such a happy summertime metaphor about life's bounty.  But it needs tending, of course.  The watering, the weeding, and the harvesting is dividing among our family, making it a communal experience.  Best yet, we are eating healthful food-- zucchini practically every day, cucumber salads, tomato soups, and the like make this season's experiment in eating local food even more successful and delicious.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bouler Pfluger Bayshore and Brooklyn

Bouler Pfluger Architects' downtown Bayshore office is humming with several recently hired employees and a flurry of incoming projects-- ranging from a large commercial hardware store (no, not a big box!) to a new waterfront home.  Being in a downtown area is great, but being next to the gourmet deli is even better.  Come by, say hello, and get yourself a hero sandwich at Frank and Maria's.  Tell them James sent you.

Things in NYC expanded as well, so BPA needed a second office, which just opened this week in Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  Right now, the Brooklyn office is primarily working on the Build it Back projects in the Rockaways and Staten Island, but certainly open to new and interesting projects in the boroughs.