And the work continues

Many works on the table right now.  I’m in the studio every day.  Here are some finished works and a sculpture in progress.   The mugs and steins are for sale.  Price does not include shipping and handling.

Bunting 1wb

Bunting, ht 4.75 in, stoneware 2016    SOLD

Bunting 2wb

Bunting, side view

Bunting 3wb

Bunting, end view

Flicker 1wb

Flicker, ht 4.75 in, stoneware 2016 $45

Flicker 4wb

Flicker, detail a

Flicker 3wb

Flicker, detail b

Flicker 2wb

Flicker, detail c

Fawn mug 1wb

Fawn mug, ht 3.75 in, carved stoneware, 2016 SOLD

Fawn mug 2wb

Fawn mug, detail a

Fawn mug 3wb

Fawn mug, detail b

Rabbit mug 1wb

Rabbit mug, ht 4.25 in, carved stoneware 2016 SOLD

Rabbit mug 2wb

Rabbit mug, detail a

Rabbit mug 3wb

Rabbit mug, detail b

Landscape mug 1wb

Landscape mug, ht 4.75 in, carved stoneware 2016 SOLD

Landscape mug 2wb

Landscape mug, detail a

Landscape mug 3wb

Landscape mug, detail b

Landscape mug 4wb

Landscape mug, detail c

Kayakers 1wb

Kayakers, ht 5.5 in, wood fired stoneware, 2016 $50

Kayakers 2wb

Kayakers, detail a

Kayakers 3wb

Kayakers, detail b

Kayakers 4wb

Kayakers, detail b

Stein with doe 1wb

Stein with Doe, ht 6.25 in, carved stoneware, 2016 SOLD

Stein with doe 2wb

Stein with Doe, detail a

Stein with doe 3wb

Stein with Doe, detail b

“Defiance”, ceramic sculpture in progress, three sections.

Defiance detail a wb

Defiance, lower section at knee, 2016

Defiance front of torso wb

Defiance, torso and arms, front view

Defiance back of torso wb

Defiance, torso and arms, back view

Defiance head section wb

Defiance, head section

Defiance head detail 2wb

Defiance, head detail a

Defiance head detail 1wb

Defiance, head detail b

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For Josh Rosenthal

Many of you have already seen our posts on Facebook about the loss of our son Josh Rosenthal.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on  January 21, 2016.  He was only 31. Far too soon for him to leave us.  His loss was unexpected and I still can’t believe I will never see him again, at least not in this world.  He would have been proud of how many friends and family honored him  by coming to his funeral in Houston.  I think also he would have been genuinely surprised as he didn’t believe he had that many people who cared about him.  My first wife Ardis, my wife Mary, and I each wrote eulogies we read at his funeral.  I won’t add them here but I can only say they touched upon the story of who he was and what he had always dreamed of, but sadly could not have:  a normal life.  I find solace in knowing that he isn’t hurting anymore and is probably having a great time wherever he is now.  I will  remember the camping trips, the movies we loved, the jokes we shared, and the pleasure of his company.

The recently installed sculpture, “Standing Figure”, is a tribute to Elie Joshua Rosenthal.

Standing Figure front 1wb

Standing Figure, raku fired ceramic, ht 64″ x w 29″ x d 12″, 2016

Standing Figure back wb

Standing Figure, the view to the northwest

Standing Figure sunset wb

Standing Figure at sunset

 

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Moving forward

Hello again friends,

With most of  the holidays behind me I’m continuing rapid progress on new works  in my studio.  My “Walking Man” series is in full swing as I explore figurative subjects with an abstract approach.  Sculptures I sketched out as early as 1988 are now on my radar and I am very excited to bring these into my new body of work.

Defiance lower module, 2015

While my mind continues to move along like a racing engine with multiple stations that lead to many paths in many directions, I remain focused on the inventory that must be made.

If you are interested in purchasing work in time for the holidays there are a still a number of artworks available through the Pottery, Drawings & Prints, and Paintings pages. Painting sizes are approximate unless noted otherwise.  All prices include shipping USA. For questions about any of the works please leave a comment on the appropriate page or email me at:

walkingman.rosenthal@gmail.com

All the best to each of you in the year ahead,

Marc

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Inventory

Some of you may already know about the commitment I made in May to focus the year ahead on completing the ever elusive “body of work”.  It’s not like I haven’t been making art all this time but I know there have been times when I lacked direction and others when I simply let myself be distracted.  No more.   As Mr. Peck said to Mr. Niven in The Guns of Navarone, “You’re in it now boy.  Right up to your bloody neck!”  That’s probably a paraphrase but you get the idea.  I don’t expect I will ever let up from this point on.

This blog post is titled “Inventory” and with good reason.  Making  art is one thing, selling it is another.  My dad taught me you can’t sell if you don’t have inventory, which means you better be prepared to work.  Some of my more prolific friends out there are rolling out a painting a week or even every day!  I never thought I could keep up with that pace but now I do know that doesn’t really matter anymore.  The main thing is to get in there and make art.

I like the idea of looking backward in order to achieve my goals.   I dream of the end I have in mind and work backward to the steps it took me to get to that point.  This type of thinking has helped me to achieve success in many different ways.

The ceramic sculpture, “Standing Figure” has now been constructed. To give you an idea how long it has taken for me to do this sculpture, the design was originally sketched out in 1990.  This is the curse of a brain that is rolling along like a locomotive, keeping journals of drawings and ideas for the last 40 some odd years.  I tell myself I will get back to this or that one but up until now, that hasn’t happened.  Now it is happening.

The kiln load of ware is ready to be fired to bisque. Fall is officially here and this is the time to be firing.  This coincides very well with my production schedule:  make ceramics during the hot months and fire during the cold ones.  The rest of the time I’m painting and drawing.

Thrown and cut test tile rings for four different types of clay.  About 80 glaze tests.

Thrown and cut test tile rings for four different types of clay. About 80 glaze tests.

I’m back to some functional pottery in the form of beer steins and mugs.  Additionally I’m returning to several bottle and box designs from 2011, long overdue to be produced.  Once completed, all works will be posted for sale here on the blog.  Many of these will be carved and accented with underglazes.  My style could be compared to the Arts and Craft movement that flourished in Europe and North America from 1880 to 1910, later to be replaced by Modernism in the 1930′s.

I’m continuing new works on canvas, greatly influenced by my new surroundings here in the hill country of Texas.  One of my favorite things to do is explore the many hidden roads around the area.  Each trip elicits surprise, wonder, and a magic that is in the heart of the places I visit.

Untitled work in progress, 36" x 48" 2015

Untitled work in progress, 36″ x 48″ 2015

All this while Mary and I begin intense activity in the back of the house, creating a raised bed vegetable and herb garden.  We plan to install gutters to conserve water for the garden, kept in plastic barrels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Back To It

Well, it’s certainly been too long since I posted on this blog.  But there has just been so much that has happened.  The house and studio were completed three months ago.  It took me awhile to complete most of the organization and get set up to work in the studio.  Thanks to my friend P. Clay Volmer, we were able to accomplish the big job of moving out of our apartment and moving in to our new home.

P. Clay also spent many long hours working in my studio building a rack on the south wall that I designed to be versatile enough for large paintings and ceramic murals up to 84 sq ft.  Tying in the panels to the framework was really tricky.

I’m now at a point in my life where I finally can get back to the many artworks that I have been envisioning for the last forty years or so.  Life just kept getting in the way.

46 years of sketch journals filled with dreams and visions

46 years of sketch journals filled with dreams and visions

May 16th I made the commitment to put in a full year to completing the elusive body of work that life kept getting in the way of.  (Oh yes, this is my blog and I can end a sentence with a preposition)

Two weeks ago I finished up an amazing 5 day workshop, Big Clay,  with Billy Ray Mangum and Carl Block, who have been offering this gig for the last five years.  The workshop took place at Billy and Beverly’s Eye of the Dog Art Center in  San Marcos, Texas.  This wonderful community of artists has embraced us with open arms and we love being a part of it.

I am now working on several projects at once and I’m getting real flow in the studio.  The first painting I completed in May, The Source, was one I started when I was still in recovery in 2010 but never finished.  Now it’s done and I’m working on four others.

The Source 2015 wb

The Source, 48 w x 36 h, acrylic on canvas, 2015

I also started a large sculpture in the Big Clay workshop.  Based on drawings from 1990, this is part of series of works that were planned in multiple media.  This first work, Standing Figure, is slab built, composed of modules, and may stand as high as 6 ft when completed.

Standing Figure, pastel chalk on paper, 36 x 24, 1990

Standing Figure, base 30 w x 12 h x 12 d, clay in progress 2015

Standing Figure, base (module 1) 30 w x 12 h x 12 d, clay in progress 2015

 

Standing Figure, module 2, 10 w x 9 h x 9 d, in progress, 2015

Standing Figure, module 2, 10 w x 9 h x 9 d, in progress, 2015

 

Standing Figure, module 2 detail, 2015

Standing Figure, module 2 detail, 2015

 

Standing Figure, module 3, 16 w x 8 h x 11 d, 2015

Standing Figure, module 3, 16 w x 8 h x 11 d, 2015

Standing Figure, module 4, 16 w x 12 h x 12 d, in progress 2015

Standing Figure, module 4, 16 w x 12 h x 12 d, in progress 2015

Standing Figure, module 4 detail

Standing Figure, module 4 detail

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