062316: Process

DSC00377_01_LR_12

I ran across a wonderful quote on Facebook recently. Attributed to the painter Chuck Close, it speaks about the importance of process – setting out to work rather than waiting for inspiration to strike. It’s something I have long believed and, in fact, is very much at the heart of these weekly endeavors.

DSC00452_01_LR_12

So let me share this week’s effort with you along with the quote to which I have referred.

DSC00421_01_LR_12

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work…

DSC00427_01_LR_12

…If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you…DSC00462_01_LR_12

…If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction…

DSC00390_01_LR_12

…Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive…

DSC0039_01_LR_12

…You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

DSC00466_01_LR_12

Thank you Chuck Close.

DSC00362_01a_LR_12

*****

DSC00401_01_LR_12

While caught up in my “process” this past week I had an unexpected visitor.

*****

DSC00487_01_LR_12

These objects have been laying around the studio for far too long, so it was about time I did something with them.

DSC00477_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00492_01_LR_12

*****

DSC00472_01_LR_12

Before I close for today I’d like to thank Bob and Johanna Titus for not only inviting me to join them in exhibition at the Catskill Center in Arkville but also for the very nice article they wrote about me in the local paper. The article is entitled “Art in the Fossils”. And the exhibit will remain up through the end of July.

DSC00495_01_LR_12

Thanks for the visit.

Advertisements

052616: The Geology of the Devonian

04. Brachiopod with traces of borings_a

Today’s fossil images will appear in a show that I am excited to announce. I was honored to be asked by Dr. Robert Titus (aka The Catskills Geologist) to join him and his wife, Johanna Titus, in an exhibition at the Erpf Gallery at the Catskill Center in Arkville, NY.

05. Spiriferid brachiopod 2_a

From the press release:

The Geology of the Devonian: In the Heart of the Catskills will be on display at the Erpf Gallery June 4th through July 30, 2016. This exhibit will merge the scientific geological writings of Robert and Johanna Titus with the exquisite fossil photographs of Art Murphy. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 3-5 PM, at the Erpf Center in Arkville.”

01. Devonian Mix_a

“Come journey into the heart of the Catskills through an engaging merger of science and art. Discover the history of the Devonian period, some 400 million years ago, when tropical seas and primitive forests left the wonderful fossils we find today. Learn through the narrative of science, the beautiful photos, and fossil displays of this diverse exhibit why New York is known worldwide for its fine exposures of the Devonian strata.”

08. Brachiopod slab 1

“Robert and Johanna Titus, along with Art Murphy will be speaking about the exhibit at 3 pm on Saturday, June 4. After the talk please join us for a reception as we celebrate 25 years of the “Kaatskill Geologist” in Kaatskill Life Magazine.”

09. Brachiopod slab 2

“Dr. Robert Titus is a professor of Geology at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY, and his wife Johanna Titus is an instructor at SUNY Dutchess. They are columnists, writing popular geoscience columns for Kaatskill Life Magazine, the Woodstock Times, the Hudson Register Star, the Catskill Daily Mail, the Chatham Courier, and the Windham Journal. They are frequently invited to speak for Catskills and Hudson Valley civic groups. They are the authors of Hudson Valley in the Ice Age, a geological history and tour.”

03. Atrypa Brachiopod_a

“The Geology of the Devonian: In the Heart of the Catskills is on display June 4th through July 30, 2016. The opening reception will be held June 4, 2016 from 3-5 pm. For more information, contact the Catskill Center at 845-586-2611.”

10. Crinoid Columnals

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the fascinating “deep time” history of our region – a history that is seated in a time nearly four hundred million years ago when an inland sea covered much of this area.

07. Colonial Coral_a

I have had the good fortune of hearing Dr. Titus speak on the subject and have read his books. He has a way of taking sometimes difficult scientific subject matter and making it understandable and accessible to the layman.

06. Spiriferid brachiopod 3_a

So, let June 4th be a fine day to plan a drive out to Arkville, take in the beautiful scenery of New York State in Springtime, and learn more about this wonderful place we call home! I hope to see you there.

02. Spiriferid brachiopod 1_a

_______________

_______________

IMG_1876_01a_LR_12

And speaking of shows – I’ve been preparing for a show in mid July with my friends up at the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust on Lake Champlain (the Vermont side).

img_6409_01_lr_12

No fossils this time. But rather some of my observations from the world of nature.

IMG_1908_01b_LR_12

These images of gnarled, weathered wood seem to represent my latest obsession!

img_6434_01_lr_12

Between the wood, the lichen, and, of course, the fossils, I’m thinking I might need sherpas to help me with all that I carry out of the local forest (or perhaps another arm or two)!

IMG_1926_01_LR_12

Thanks as always for the visit.

PS – Hey Linda Fitch I hope you like what you see!

0306: Looking Forward to Spring

img_1252comp_02_LR_12Just got back from hanging my new show – opening this Saturday, March 8, 6 – 9 PM at the BAU Gallery, 506 Main Street in Beacon, NY. Entitled The Devonian Drawer, it’s the first time I am exhibiting these images at a much larger size – 24″x34″. And the effect is striking. So, if you have the opportunity, please stop by for the opening. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays noon ’til 6 PM. In Gallery One we will be having a members’ group show – Tasty is its name. So, this being my first outing with my new gallery, I’ll be curious to see what is conjured up. We have a great group of artists at BAU so I’m excited at the possibilities.

img_9357_01_lr_12*****

IMG_7208_01_LR_12

*****

img_9480_01b2_lr_10*****

IMG_0536_MurphyArt12

*****

IMG_8107_01a_LR_WP

*****

IMG_8015_Drawer

_______________

IMG_3052_01 copy2LR

This piece was selected for the latest Small Works Show at WAAM – also opening this Saturday. Perhaps Elisabetta or Stefano might recognize the subjects?

_______________

IMG_1840_01_LR_10

And finally, some images I rediscovered from my stay last summer at the Platte Clove cabin – something to help awaken thoughts of warm weather and rebirth yet again.

IMG_1794_01a_LR_12

*****

IMG_1699_01_LR_10

*****

IMG_1849_01_LR_12Thanks for the visit.

Year’s End 2013

IMG_5800_01_LR_12Kaaterskill Creek passes within a hundred yards of my studio – a pleasure to view anytime of year. Yesterday it looked like this.

_______________

We’ll be on the road this holiday season so this will be my final post for the year 2013. As I reflect on the past twelve months I must acknowledge the good fortune I have experienced, all thanks to the wonderful people I have been fortunate enough to meet. Many people to thank. The following images, personal favorites of mine from 2013, often reflect the kindness of others. I am most grateful for their interest and assistance.

_______________

img_1796a_01_lr_10My thanks to everyone at the Catskill Center in Arkville. This image was created while participating this past summer in their Platte Clove Artist-In-Residency Program.

_______________

img_7810_2b_lr_12A product of Paris – part of the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Show currently on display at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.

_______________

img_9475_01_lr_10Auctioned off for “Hungry For Music“, a group that raises money for kids who can’t afford musical instruments.

_______________

img_0071_01_0076_lr_12My thanks to Susan Butts and Derek Briggs at the Yale Peabody Museum who opened their doors to my camera. The twin “portrait” of crinoids was the result of exploring their backroom storage shelves.

_______________

ilm_2306_lr_10And this image of crinoid ossicles, looking like a pile of buttons, was a favorite at my show this past summer on Isle La Motte in Vermont. These were fossils found there at Chazy Reef, some of the oldest I have ever photographed. My great thanks to Linda, Donald, and their friends and associates for the fine reception they gave this work.

_______________

img_1698_01_lr_12Tile floor at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

_______________

Uniforms_LR_12Thanks to my friends, both old and new, with whom I shared in a wonderful project that led to a successful and well-received show, Small Town Parade, held at SPAF in Saugerties. It was an honor to share the experience with them.

_______________

img_0999_01_lr_12A surprise find on the road, just outside Cooperstown – Wood Bull Antiques.

_______________

img_9427_01_lr_10I met a guy on the street in Hudson one day. This box sat in the back of his pickup truck. He saw my interest, snapping away from the curb, so he gave it to me. Thanks again whoever you were.

_______________

img_9442_01_lr_12A friend gave me this old rusted bicycle seat. Seeing it there, sitting in my drawer, conjures up thoughts of the Hindu God Ganesha.

_______________

img_9357_01_lr_12My favorite gastropod, sitting in my Devonian Drawer with metal mesh salvaged from a burned down factory.

_______________

img_2735a_01_lr_12An empty studio in Florence. Even empty space looks great there!

None of these images from Italy wold exist were it not for my dear friends who invited me to exhibit with them at the Natural History Museum on Florence. Many Thanks!

_______________

img_4802_02_lr_10Rome Building Lobby

_______________

       img_4177_01_lr_10And, finally, a misty hilltop in Tuscany. To all my Italian friends “Buon Natale.” And to everyone else, Best Wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday time and Good Fortune for 2014.

And thanks, as always, for your kind support and interest.

Home From Vermont

IMG_2412_01_LR_12v1Thanks to all the wonderful folks up on Isle La Motte the trip last week was an absolute pleasure for me and Cindy. We hung the show in record time and that left us with opportunities to explore, opportunities to hang out on Lake Champlain, and opportunities to meet many of the island’s residents.

IMG_2598_01_LR_10The Art Barn at Fisk Farm is the site of the show. It will stay up for at least the next month. For the past nineteen years, Ms Linda Fitch, seen above with me at the opening, and her cadre of friends, have been exhibiting art throughout the Summer months, along with musical events at their Sunday Tea, something that has become a Vermont institution!

IMG_2586_01_LR_10Everyone turns out for the Sunday Tea.

IMG_2588_01_LR_10No ordinary barn this. Carefully renovated, housing two grand pianos, it has been the site of many memorable world class musical events.

IMG_2365_01_LR_10In fact, this Saturday the barn will be the site of a wonderful concert for cello and piano. The performers, international star siblings Silvie and Brian Cheng, will perform at 7:30 PM.

IMG_2289_01_LR_10They managed to surprise us during the early opening on Thursday. They arrived unannounced and performed briefly, contributing to a totally charmed evening.

IMG_2364_01_LR_10I was very happy with how well the prints sat against the the aged barn wood. The fossil images, all found and photographed on the island, were very much at home.

IMG_2380_01_LR_10 IMG_2378_01_LR_10_______________

IMG_2257_01_LR_10Seemed like everywhere we went on the island I could always find another gastropod or two, or three, etc. This one was on the steps of a local eatery – one that had great brownies!

IMG_2577_01_LR_10These two were found during a brief visit to the quarry.

IMG_2582_01_LR_10And finally, local residents Tony and Terry Fowler showed me this beauty, an ammonoid, I believe, that they found on their property.

IMG_2527_01_LR_10_______________

I’ll have more on the trip next week – interesting things along the way. In the meantime, though, I wanted to share some more “trees.” Ever since my time at the Platte Clove cabin I have this urge to point the camera at trees. I don’t know where this one is coming from! I’m just rolling along with it – wherever it takes me.

IMG_2348_01_LR_12_______________

IMG_2350_01_LR_10_______________

IMG_2297_01_LR_10_______________

IMG_2214_01_LR_10_______________

Thanks for your time. I’ll leave you with sunset on Lake Champlain.

Yes, it is that beautiful on Isle La Motte!

IMG_2490_01_LR_10More images at www.artmurphy.com

Subscribe at my homepage artandfossils.wordpress.com

0808: As Summer Races Along

IMG_2128_01_LR_10Corn every night from Story’s and an occasional ice cream from Circle W are two of the many things that make this time of year so special around here.

IMG_1257_01_LR_10It has been a very busy time for me in the studio lately. And I am happy to say that it’s getting even busier. So I’ll keep this pretty brief.

_______________

IMG_1372_01_LR_10Last chance to see the Small Town Parade Show at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory  (SPAF). The show has been extended through this weekend, August 10-11. All of us involved are most grateful for the response we received from the community at large. It was a great project for the eleven of us. Drop by if you can. Several of us should be around. including Rivka Katvan, seen below at the opening with her work.

IMG_1290_01_LR_10_______________

My main focus at the moment is my (rapidly approaching) show in Vermont. We hang the show next Thursday on Isle La Motte, as lovely a site for a show as any I have ever found. On this island sits the Chazy Fossil Reef, formed 480 million years ago. It’s a fascinating place, much of which has been saved thanks to the hard work of Linda Fitch and her associates. Their efforts led to the establishment of the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust, the organization that looks after things up there.

IMG_2411_01_LR_10

The show is a collection of images I made from our visit over a year ago. The gastropod above is one of twenty five pieces that will be exhibited. I’ll try to have more on the show before we leave on Wednesday. In the meantime, I have a stack of prints and frames to attend to!

The opening will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 18 from 1-5 PM at Fisk Farm.

Fisk Farm is located directly north of the Fisk Quarry Preserve

3849 West Shore Road
Isle La Motte, VT 05463

I’ve been working on a number of gastropod images, so wouldn’t I start seeing them wherever I go – the other day in Woodstock, the wet sidewalk seemed to be weighing in!

IMG_0861_01_LR_12_______________

On another note, a stroll in Hudson the other day yielded this pair of color pieces.

IMG_2162_01_LR_10I moved to the left for this next one.

IMG_2161_01_LR_12It was the “ow” that caught my attention. It was speaking to me. The stroll was catching up with me – a herniated disc introduced itself while on my recent artists’ residency at Platte Clove – and it seems to want to hang around for a while. Despite it, that time spent up there was magical. And two of the images from that stay will be part of a show at the end of the month at the Catskill Center in Arkville. I’ll have more on that upon my return from Vermont. Here are the two that were chosen:

IMG_1653_01b_LR_12_______________

IMG_1796a_01_LR_10Back to the framing for me. Thanks for your time today.

More images at www.artmurphy.com

Subscribe at my homepage artandfossils.wordpress.com

0801- Rocks and Trees

_MG_2847_01x_LR_10

Whenever I need a break from the computer, one of my favorite places to “reboot and recharge” is Kaaterskill Creek. It passes within a stone’s throw from my studio (every day is beautiful around here!). The creek has been a subject for artists for the past two centuries from Thomas Cole to the present. No surprise, then, that the creek can revive and refresh body, mind and soul. Yesterday was a bonus day. The local heron was paying a visit at the same time.

_______________

A couple of brief notes:

This coming Tuesday, August 6 at 6 PM, I will be speaking at the Saugerties Public Library. The talk will be about what else – Art and Fossils. I’ll try to make it loose and informal. So if you are in the area stop in. I’ll have samples of my work and some of the fossils I have collected.

Something else I must share – my good friends at the Museum of Natural History in Florence have just announced my September show (I still get goosebumps!) This is posted on their website:

locMurphy_12

_______________

I’m just back from my stay atop Platte Clove. I want to thank the Catskill Center once again for their Artist-in-Residency Program (AIR). It was an honor to be allowed to spend time there and I am most grateful. I have a few early images to share today.

IMG_1994_01_LR_10

The cabin sits directly above Plattekill Falls, a 60 ft. tall beauty whose sounds of rushing, crashing water are a constant (and not unwelcome) companion. I was particularly struck by the creative energy the cabin seemed to engender. Perhaps it was the residue left by the many, talented artists who preceded me. I found myself absorbed creatively in a much different way. I couldn’t sit still! Everything I looked at or even thought about triggered lists of visual possibilities. And I was open to the fresh and new. I wish I could figure out how to bottle that up!

IMG_1796a_01_LR_10

I went up there expecting to photograph rocks. But I was certainly open to whatever “spoke” to me. It’s always a mistake, it seems, to be in new and different surroundings and focus too narrowly. You miss all else that the situation is offering. This time, for whatever reason (and I am sure there are many lurking about), the trees decided to speak up.

IMG_1623_01_LR_12

_______________

IMG_1653_01a_LR_12

_______________

IMG_1794_01_LR_12

_______________

The other thing that really struck me was the moss (images to come). And it seems I carried thoughts about it back to my studio. Upon my return, the first thing I noticed, in my rockpiles, was fresh moss on fossils, many of which I had only recently cracked open. So, after 385 million years hidden away, these fossils now have yet another weathering event to experience.

IMG_2096_01_LR_10

_______________

IMG_2117_01_LR_10

_______________

IMG_2093_01_LR_10

_______________

IMG_2094_01_LR_10

_______________

IMG_2085_01_LR_10

Thank you as always for visiting this site. More images at www.artmurphy.com

Subscribe at my homepage artandfossils.wordpress.com