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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Mar 31, 2010


NORA AND JESSE 25 x 15 Oil on linen (C) Margery Caggiano
APRIL 17, 2010
I can't blog about a painting that is supposed to be a surprise, as was also the case at Christmas.
But now it's in their hands.
It's kept me busy, trying to organize, if that's the word, an image based on a grainy, if that's the word, snapshot taken under artificial light with no tripod. Oy.
I painted Nora (my granddaughter) last fall in profile.
So best wishes, congratulations, mazeltov, Nora and Jesse.
May you live as happily ever after

Mar 25, 2010


Until life became the ultimate science fiction, I was a fan of the genre, and Ray Bradbury one of my favorites. The Illustrated Man is a collection of short stories, with the hook being the tattoos
of a vagrant, each tattoo with a story to tell.
This week a contemporary illustrated man has been a temporary aside in the headlines.
I wonder if he has room on his forehead for one more tattoo

Mar 20, 2010


I met Pat when we showed together at The Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY.
"Twenty Women Artists" was Part Nine in their series called "Artists of Suffolk County" It was 1975, and was declared International Woman's Year. The United Nations officially pronounced 1976-1985 as the Decade for Women, and March 8th as International Women's' Day.
Bet you didn't know that did you?
Does Hallmark have a card? Is there a minute of reverence on March 8?
Those in charge assumed that we would then disappear, go back to the kitchen-but we were outed. I'm digressing.
Pat lived in Centerport, I lived in Watermill, geographically not close, and we traveled in different circles. Like cogs though, occasionally coming together in a gallery, or a show. Pat was known for her landscapes, so her figurative paintings were a revelation to me. Strong and gutsy enough to paint herself examining a tick.
AT THE END of THE HARBOR 26x26 Oil on Linen

YOPAH AND STAR 72x48 Oil on Linen
DOUBLE PORTRAIT 20x20 Oil on Linen

Lots more on her website http://www.patralph.com

Mar 14, 2010


SANDYS PORTRAIT detail Acrylic on Canvas (c)1975 Margery Caggiano
This is a detail of an (approx) 40 x 38" painting that was my attempt at a portrait that was comprised of Things. (I apologize for the uneven color quality of the slide)
Sandy was an engineer, a carpenter, an artist, a perfectionist. A sweet and unique friend.
The jars were of skin color, hair color, and the jar of stripes was his shirt. (oh how clever)
For all that -I know he was disappointed to be painted this way.
Later, he turned away from his splendid- I thought- large oil paintings for reasons of his own-saying only that he liked to do too many other things. He gave me a few of the stretcher frames he had made for himself. One was 72 x 54", ultimately used for a painting of mine named Telechron, which was also about things, symbols, that had meanings for me. Later still, one was used for a for-real self-portrait, also 72" x 54". Both paintings using Sandys' stretchers are in the Archive section on my website.
THE PRINCE (For Sandy) 18 x 14 (?) Acrylic on Canvas (C)1975 Margery Caggiano
In memory of Alexander Bainbridge of East Hampton, NY, who passed away on March 12, 2010

Mar 12, 2010


SUNSET FIELD 10 x 8" Oil on Panel (c) Margery Caggiano
I tell myself that as I'm laying the paint on with a knife. Forget the cost, get over it, if it doesn't do the job, scrape it off and mix it up and put it somewhere else. Best to work on a few paintings at a time in that case. Like an explorer that never leaves the room, you never know what's over the hill. Better yet is the Gump approach, painting with a knife is like a box of chocolates- you never know what you're going to get.
My first teaching experience was an adult ed class. One lady confessed that the cake decorating class was full, so she took the painting class. (A hint of things to come in the World of Art) I don't remember what or how she painted, which may be just as well.
Once in awhile I'll see an article about a painter that lays it on not with a knife, but with a trowel. But you don't get points for bravura, or how thick the paint is.
It either works, or it doesn't.
I was amazed to turn to PBS (anything but more commercials, which has come to be an hour of commercials with ten minutes of programming) and see that white guy with the Afro still painting with a knife after 40 + years. I confess that I watched with much interest.
Very cool

Mar 8, 2010


Photo Courtesy of B.Lindner


Mar 2, 2010


If you subscibe to anything art-related, or have a website, or a blog, or buy art supplies, or even think of taking up painting-you've received an email from someone offering you exhibition space, whether online space or real world.
I decided to look into just one, rather than throw it down the spam shoot. As far as I can learn, and that's not a lot, it doesn't seem to be a scam, but rather a money making venture for whoever decided to find an empty store or warehouse and send out email invitations. This particular one is named New Art Originals, and they've gone from an online "gallery" to, and I quote, Exciting Physical Space in London.
A little exploration with Google street view show a part of the city that I wouldn't want to be in after dark, plus the address of 65 Hanbury St shows what I assume is the former occupant, a gallery.
Strychnin Gallery. True. I bet that gallery had a big following.
So....They rent space, which they call slots. Hmmpf. 1000 square feet per slot. Which could be 10 feet of space if the gallery has a 10 foot high ceiling. If it has a 20 foot ceiling, your slot is 5 feet wide. Etc.
  So....You can rent one space, er, slot, for one or three days. A one day slot including "website registration"
          (why?) is $308. US. A three day slot is $772 US. 
                  There's a Special Introductary Offer, but you get the idea.
 There is no talk of jurying, naturally. Or insurance, and of course the shipping is your problem. I shudder to think. All in all a can of worms. But endeavors like this stay in business because some artists need that line on their resume.Has exhibited in London, or Paris, or Florence.
You can rent space in New York at some pretty good locations, but you rent by the foot.Vanity galleries are big business. Art is big business. Except for the artist. And ain't that a shame.