This will be about my views on what it takes to put a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. With a lot of digressing.
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Dec 31, 2009


The past 10 years have been referred to as The Decade From Hell
From my own point of view, it's been 13 that I never saw coming.
Nothing happens
Nothing happens
Everything happens
So here's to a new improved decade; and try to live by the words of that eminent philosopher, Satchel Paige
"Don't look back-something might be gaining on you."

Dec 27, 2009


MR. BERNARD DWYER 16 x 12 Oil on Linen (c) Margery Caggiano
FROM HIS FAMILY: Born in Nova Scotia, Pop Dwyer had 18 children, but half of them died during childbirth. He made the coffins for each one himself. In Newfoundland, he would walk by himself to buy a cow, and walk it back, a journey of 50 miles. He could tell you the weight of any cow, to the pound, just by looking at the animal. He could see ghosts and identify each one. A roofer by trade, he could look at a roof and estimate the number of shingles needed, and was exact. He built cabins, grew legendary vegetables, raised children.
And what have I been doing, you ask?
Before I became a snow shoveler, mainlining calories via Sabroso with some eggnog added as homage to the holidays?
Before I had to keep clearing a path to the garden for a frantic cat who thinks a litter box is beneath him? (Let's hope so)
Before all that ...I did a few portraits. The painting above is one, finished just in time for Christmas.
So now the sun is out, and it's time to get back to work. I'll get on the scale in a few days, in case of a miracle meanwhile.

Dec 23, 2009


SMITH CREEK, NEW MARKET 12.24.09 Photo (C) Margery Caggiano
(C) Margery Caggiano

No time to blog. Got 2 feet of snow. Shoveling. No mail. Cat bored.

Dec 19, 2009


So far, at 7 a.m. today

9:45 a.m. and still snowing......
There's a cat door there somewhere, but he's not going anywhere
I haven't blogged for awhile. I've been painting a lot but I can't expose them to the light until after Christmas.

Meanwhile, if you haven't been to Julian Beevers website, it's worth a visit. Some of his images are again making the email rounds.

Pool-From a different vantage point


Dec 12, 2009


Sculptor Ron Mueck -preparing for an exhibition

The finished piece-with real woman in the chair

SEATED MAN Duane Hanson
I was enthralled with the realist life size tromp'loeil sculptures of Duane Hanson when I first saw them at a Soho gallery in the seventies. Later, at a solo exhibition at the Whitney, the pieces became onlookers, guards, janitors; and were that much more effective when people mingled with them, did double takes, and watched other gallery goers react.

Duane Hanson with his sculpture
Hansons' sculpture was cast from life, and made of polyester resin, fiberglass, polychrome paint, real hair, clothes etc.

The plaster cast sculpture of George Segal - with my brother-in-law

Dec 9, 2009


These are from a group of the 15 or so images by Swedish photographer Magnus Muhr. They're making the rounds via the internet and email, and thanks to my daughter, got to me.
Mr.Muhr is an otherwise serious, talented, professional photographer who may forever be stamped as the dead fly guy.

Dec 3, 2009


JEAN, COOKING 10 x 8" Oil on Canvas (c) Margery Caggiano
Jean is more than a good cook, she's an excellent graphic designer. And painter.

I'm having a good time (and re-learning) applying oil paint from scratch after all the years of acrylics, or oils over the acrylics.The acrylics are good for underpainting, (not thick and glossy though) and they accept oil paint very nicely.

Now, however, I'm finding the acrylic gessoed pre-stretched canvas too absorbant for oils without that acrylic underpainting, so I give the canvas a coat of retouch varnish-a 50/50 mix of dammar varnish and turps, and let it dry. Much better.

I decided to stop cleaning the plate glass I use for a palette. It's a pain, even with a window scraper. So I've been tearing off 12" lengths of freezer paper, which is plastic coated, then stapling 8 or so to a piece of train board I had. Works out well. I don't like the white, however, it throws your values off, but I understand one company is (finally) making the disposable palette pads a neutral gray.

By the way, awhile back I said that mineral spirits are fine, you don't need turpentine. No one called me on that. If you are making your own medium or retouch varnish, mineral spirits won't dissolve dammar varnish, just turps. Live and learn.

Now if I only had the discipline to clean the brushes and not leave them standing in mineral spirits. To wipe the threads of the paint tubes and put the caps back on immediately and to

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