By now in most states, schools have started up and that has me thinking about books. Specifically, I'd like to share what's happening as I continue to cross-pollinate books and drawings.Read More
The Litchfield County Times has posted a review of Susan Finnegan's and my collaborative work at the Washington Art Association. Read more . . . .
In an article on Vasari 21, Ann Landi proves that "Blooms, posies, blossom, and gardens will never go out of style." Two of my botanical paintings are included in the mix. Read more . . . .
"Artist Dudley Zopp finds inspiration from trees in own backyard" - read Kay Stephens' interview in the PenBay Pilot
As I get ready for upcoming presentations about my work, I've been thinking about 19th century landscape painters who've inspired me, and what my response has been to artists like Théodore Rousseau, whose painting, Le Printemps, is pictured here.Read More
My statement about the collaborative drawings that Susan Bogle Finnegan and I did in Louisville in 1993, and more about Side by Side, the exhibition of our work that she's curated for the Washington Art Association in Connecticut. We used charcoal, acrylic, brushes, and our hands to paint with, but the most fun was had with a broom. Photo credit: Richard Bram.Read More
My March newsletter was all about woodlots, and generated some lovely conversations. And here we are, it's Arbor Week in Maine, and I'm eager to share some of what I'm learning about the uncanny lives of trees.Read More
Last summer, I acquired the two acre field behind my house, Since then, I've been thinking about how best to care for that additional piece of land. It's time to get started.Read More
News about my artist’s books and exhibitions they’re featured in.Read More
Spring, Chocolate Soufflés and Studio Visits. Carol Eisenberg's images of my studio caused one musician friend to comment that the studio walls are full of counterpoint with "the myriad lifelike effect that counterpoint actually reaches for. Or comes out of." I like that. Read more.
Sliding into the New Year, and a look back at 2017 — 2017 was a year of exploration. New territory, new mediums, new answers to old questions. Here are my reviews and previews - an exhibition at the University of Louisville, a museum acquisition, brand new paintings and more. Read more.
Artist Plus Residency Equals Change — This one was written as I was on the way to Santa Fe, and now that I’m back home, I can report that the time I spent there was mind-blowing. I’m starting a new group of paintings based on that experience, and will share them on social media and in future newsletters as they progress. Read more.
The Importance of a Mentor is my tribute to a teacher who was one of the best. I'd known Red Garner since, as he liked to say, I was "a bump on the horizon." Read more.
A Painting Start to Finish - Painting can seem a big mystery to painters and non-painters alike, so I thought I'd share a little of how I approach my practice. Every day, before I head into the studio, I go outside for a walk to see what's changed, and who's newly arrived in the neighborhood. Read more.
Earth Day: Is There Something We Can Do? - As Earth Day approaches, I'm remembering that a few years back, I was invited to participate in an exhibition called Turning in Your Hand: The Blue Marble Project.Each artist who participated was given the gift of a blue marble and asked to respond by creating a piece that reflects our place on the planet we call home. As I thought about what it means to live mindfully on the earth, I began a daily ritual of working with my blue marble. Each day I erased an old charcoal drawing. . . .Read more.
Painting: An Act of Reciprocity - Not long ago a good friend recommended I read Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass. Kimmerer, trained as a botanist, is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and understands the natural world as a living presence. For her, writing is an act of reciprocity and a way to give back.I feel the same way about painting. Read more.
The Latest Erratics - Happy Spring 2017, the Year of the Rooster! You may ask what that has to do with glacial erratics, and I answer that the rooster celebrates another event in the cycle of my Erratics installations, articulated sculptures that refer to geological history. The first was twenty years ago, all the way back in 1997, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. There have been five sightings since then, the two most recent at Beech Hill in Rockport in 2015 and in Farmington in 2016. So the glacier is picking up speed. Read more.
My recent artist's book, Is There Something We Can Do, is part of the exhibition On a Different Wavelength: A Celebration of Color in Books, at the Bowdoin College Library Special Collections and Archives Department. While there, I'm in the company of Isaac Newton and Vladimir Nabokov. The book is also in the collections of the Margaret I. King Library at the University of Kentucky, and the Robert B. Haas Arts Library at Yale University.
An earlier book, A Butterfly Careless, will be exhibited in The Printed Page III, as part of Moprint in Denver, through April 2018. I'm indebted to Alicia Baily at Abecedarian Books for this opportunity.
I’m delighted to announce that the Bates Museum of Art has acquired an early work, Meditations XI, oil on canvas, 2005. This painting is part of a larger group that grew to include the Geologics paintings, exhibited at Waterfall Arts (Belfast, Maine 2007) and Coleman Burke Gallery (New York, 2011).