I am particularly happy with resolving the Andrew Wyeth project I started a year ago when at the Small Point art residency (we call it art camp). I am about to go again next week --- I think this is my 25th year abouts.
The six homages to Wyeth's paintings of the Olsen family. Christina and her brother Alvaro, are on display at Miller's Thumb this summer.
"Maine to me is almost like going to the surface of the moon. I feel things are just hanging on the surface and that it's all going to blow away."
"The Olsons was deeply imbedded in my childhood. I went to Maine when I was a very young boy with my father and mother. We were in Port Clyde first when I was about ten years old or younger...On my twenty-second birthday, I met my wife Betsy and she took me to meet Christina, who she had been friends with for a long time."
Andrew Wyeth , from interview with Thomas Hoving, Director of MET 1976
homage to Wyeth's "Christina Olsen" 1947 //2018-2019 //mixed media w/beeswax // 0"x0"x0" // $180
homage to Wyeth's "Christina's World" 1948 //2018-2019 //mixed media w/beeswax // 0"x0"x0" // $200
"Christina's World is more than just her portrait. It really was her whole life and that is what she liked in it. She love the feeling of being out in the field, where she couldn't go finally at the end of her life."
homage to Wyeth's "Weather Side" 1965 //2018-2019 //mixed media w/beeswax // 0"x0"x0" // $200
"I wanted "Weather Side" to be a true portrait of the house -- not a picturesque portrait but a portrait I would be satisfied to carry around in my wallet to look at, because I knew the house couldn't last...I'm very conscious of the ephemeral nature of the world. I think probably my father's death did that to me."
homage to Wyeth's "Alvaro and Christina" 1968 //2018-2019 //mixed media w/beeswax // 0"x0"x0" // $180 SOLD
"'Avaro and Christina' was done the summer after their deaths...I went in there and suddenly that door seemed to me to express those two people, the basket and the beautiful blue door with the strange scratches on it that the dog had made -- all gone."
to Wyeth's "End of Olsens" 1965 //2018-2019 //mixed media w/beeswax // 0"x0"x0" // $200
"The chimney to me was the ear of the house...That was the last picture I did of the place. That's why I call it the "End of Olsons," because it has a double meaning."