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What's on the Easel, June 2021

What’s On The Easel

June 2021, Vol. III, No. 6

A monthly newsletter from Jim Fischer




Yup, one day I just walked into the studio, dumped some paint on the palette and .went at it. Some of my friends have been encouraging me to keep a photo record of the progress so, here goes:



What’s left are the backgrounds. I try to choose something that will reflect the person. Here’s what’s planned. 



The one for me, on the left, was easy (and an obvious choice if you look closely at the upper left window, hello Steph). The one for Rick reflects his enjoyment of the outdoors, hiking, biking, etc. (yes it’s an old picture, Rick is the kid on the left). If you look close at the last of the progressive images you can see the sketches for the backgrounds.


New additions to the Imagination series …


As you might expect, major paintings result in smaller, more spontaneous works.



From left to right, “Wotan invoking Loki, the Norse god of fire, to surround Brunhilde's rock with fire,” “Asteroid,” “The Milky Way,” and “The Grim Reaper with Dead Rabbit (The Death of Hazel),” Do not be mislead that these are accidental paintings. They are not. They are simply limited by the available paint remaining at the end of a session, but, they are developed deliberately once they begin to look like something. The names are obtained by researching what I perceive they depicted. For example, for The Grim Reaper: I googled “Grim reaper and dead rabbit” and, low and behold, there was a hit on it: At the end of the book Watership Down one of the main characters, the rabbit Hazel, is gathered by the Grim Reaper (in the form of a black rabbit) into his family.   


Promoting myself in print with a surprise…


One of the features of the service I use for my archives and website, ArtMajeur, is their promotion opportunities. They have a print publication circulated primarily in Europe and I decided to put an ad in it. I was pleasantly surprised when I received a proof of the ad … it was in French. I rather like the way “The Doomed Butterfly” is translated.



Street finds, a distraction for a distraction …

One day recently Natalie noticed a house being cleaned out across from her building. Being a great seeker of ‘obtainium” (stuff recovered from the street) she went over to see what was up. In the basement she found this vintage ship model, something a teenager might do in the 1930s (kinda a vintage version of video games). It was a mess, a thick layer of dust and much of the rigging busted up. So, I am taking a break from the Volante and restoring the boat.



One of the main attractions of the model is it’s full set of meticulously made sails, with reef lines as well. It’s a nice piece that will fit in well with our Arts & Crafts decor.


“I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille” …



As you can see, Shani has adjusted to the good life of being our pet. The next portrait for the easel.


That’s all for now. Be well, be safe. And what’s on your easel?





Jim Fischer, 530 Liberty Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07307

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