Saturday, November 21, 2009

White Painting

My second in my new group of paintings concerned with white. This really is a hard painting to photograph. Even though I took it in the sun, i'm tired of taking photos under interior light, the sun is oh so much better for photography. I just wish there was a way you could get to see the interior of this painting and how it looks almost metallic with the undercoats of color.

"11-20-2009 (White 2)"
18" X 10" 
Acrylic and Wood Filler on Canvas.


Here's a side image of it from outside where I do my photography now. Unfortunately it's not on the best of surfaces, so I had to put some white paper behind the painting to make it easier to photoshop. Enjoy and have a wonderful week.

Has anyone Seen Leger’s Palette lately?

"Painting has also probed the wall as origin of support and surface. A sequence intellectualized: construction, reconstruction, deconstruction. Carved cave wall first, then fresco wall erected and honed for illusion – into wall as perspective, in front of it as cubism, as environment for installation – all around but not in or on the painting as object. Three modes of painting made today: representational; abstract, actual. Where or why or how a painting is made. Question, pause, answer. A litany of trinities."

Frederic Matys Thursz: taken from…
“Has anyone Seen Leger’s Palette lately?”

Studio Photo. Taken by E. Tulchin

Monday, November 16, 2009


Got the website finally fully updated. It's more like a ten year retrospective now. Ten years. Shouldn't I be getting a call from a museum by now. ;-)

Click the link below and enjoy. And remember the large images are found through clicking the thumbnail images in the galleries.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More Drawing...

I recently got some R+F Handmade Paint Pigment Sticks and have been trying them. If you are interested in Oil Stick/Oil Bars/Pigment Sticks, you will love these babies. Buttery consistency and fantastic color and transparency. This first drawing is done with a Paynes Gray Pigment Stick. A bit more on the messy side of things working with the Pigment Sticks, but that's something I need to work on fixing myself with some gloves.

15" X 11" Oil Stick on Arches 140lb Watercolor Paper.

Detail in raking light to see the textural elements.

The second one was done with the W&N Oil Bars, Cadmium Red Deep

15" X 11" Oil Bar on Arches 140lb Watercolor paper.

This was done with Shiva Oil Stick, and I quite like the matte in it's color.

15" X 11" Oil Paintstick on Arches 140lb Watercolor paper

Thanks for viewing. In the next few days I'm going to be having a few interviews of artist friends of mine who live here in Columbus Ohio.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Working with R&F Pigment Sticks.

Just wanted to take a moment to let all my friends know about this. I recently began using R&F Handmade Pigment Oil Sticks, although they refer to them as Pigment Sticks.

I recently did a new drawing using the Paynes Gray Pigment Stick and the consistency was so buttery and easy to work with. The colors are both transparent and Opaque at the same time depending on how you use the sticks.

I'll be showing the drawing and a few of my W&N drawings within the next few days. Just wanna wait till this new drawing is done. For the time being, check out how they make these Pigment Sticks.

Quote of the day, Oct 29, 2009

Today's quote I just found from Agnes Martins writings book. This woman has such amazing insights into the world of painting.

BTW, If you ever get the chance, check out the documentary on Agnes. It's fantastic.

"When we go to Museums we do not just look, we make a definite response to the work. As we look at it we are happier or more sad, at peace or more depressed. A work may stimulate yearning, helplessness, belligerence, or remorse.

The cause of the response is not traceable in the work. An artist cannot and does not prepare for a certain response. He does not consider the response but simply follows his inspiration.

Works of art are not to be purposely conceived. The response depends upon the condition of the observer."


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Douglas Witmer and his SKTCHBK

Douglas Witmer from Philly has been showing everyone who is into it, his sketchbook online. Photographing the whole thing and day by day, putting up new images of the works inside this book. Check it out for yourself.

Looking forward to hopefully meeting Douglas for the first time in a week or two in Cincinnati, Ohio. As he's one of the artists in a show curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones. Called "TOUCH FAITH"

Monday, October 12, 2009

Oil Sticks and flattened out wood pulp...

Lately on top of my working on my paintings. I have been focusing again on my oil stick on paper drawings. If you could call them drawings. As they are definitely not recognizable forms. Though the first oil stick drawings I have done were using your basic shapes, squares, rectangles, etc. This has become one particular thing I have liked what it was and wanted to develop it more.

Color is the primary focus of these works, and the ways I approach the materials is a physical mannerism, which helps make the drawing turn out the way it does.

The works here were done on 80LB unsealed paper, within the most recent of drawings, of which I have yet to take pics of. I have begun working on 180LB Primed cold pressed watercolor paper.

For archives sake.

All oil sticks were Windsor and Newton Oil Bars. Very wonderfully workable oil sticks with gorgeous color.

More to come...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A very rare interview with Robert Ryman

Didn't know how many people have seen this yet. It's a very rare recorded interview with the painter Robert Ryman. He does get very in depth with his methods and reasons, even though it seems he get's cut off at times when he really should have just kept talking. He really gets into ideas about painting, and about what it's like to be a painter as opposed to a picture maker.

Watch and enjoy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

David Novros...almost, all your questions answered.

I've been quite intrigued by David Novros these last few days. Not to say that I haven't been a fan of his paintings for years now. But last night I did some serious searching for interviews of him online and here's all the nuggets of interviews and info on the elusive painter that you might wanna know about. There is even a great video of him at the Getty Center in LA speaking about the conservation of two of his paintings that were at MOMA and the Menil Collection.

Here's a video on his new show at Paula Cooper Gallery in NYC from James Kalm.

Here's a great interview in three parts from White Hot Magazine with Thomas Butter.

Part 2

Part 3

Here is another great interview with Novros and Phong Bui.

This is not really an interview, but it's still a great read with Novros in it.

And a piece about Novros from artnet.

Here's that video on conservation with a panel speaking about two of Novros' paintings that are now in MOMA and the Menil Collection.

You'll find this particular video I speak of in the Session Three section.

Here's a very interesting letter Novros wrote to Paula Cooper, you will understand more about him through this reading.

I hope you enjoy these readings and videos. For there is a lot to learn about this tremendous painter.

Have a great week. Jeffrey

Monday, August 31, 2009

Rothko and uses of materials.

After visiting the National Gallery in DC last year, and taking a number of photos. Most of which didn't come out the way I had hoped because these new cameras pretty much always need a tripod, if you aren't using the flash.

I was visiting the section with all the Rothko's and Newman's, one thing really hit me about the one particular painting from the Seagram Mural job he did. How crappily it had been painted.

As you can see in these pics. The one painting from the Seagram murals has got some pretty crappy paint that Rothko used in these paintings. I don't know what the hell kind of paint he had used on these paintings. But it sure wasn't artists grade oil or acrylic paint.

I've heard many stories about how he was always using cheap materials in his paintings. Which is not what one should be doing when you are a serious painter as he was. You can look in these pics and see where one section of paint has bled through the rest of the paint on top of it. It almost looks as if someone had taken a torch to that section to make the other paint seep through the top coat.

Seeing this really bothered me, as I really try to take as good care of my paintings as I possibly can. As do my other painter friends. Only in my very first paintings were I not using high grade artist acrylic paint.

Thinking about this painting and it's bad aging, leads me to think of the Rothko Chapel in Houston where he has his largest paintings. Which from his uses of materials, and his being stingy with the cash flow he had been given for the set of paintings. We today will never be able to see the paintings as they were when they left his studio. I know they have been "restored" but in cases of restoration, it never turns out the same way as the original had been the day it was finished. If you want to learn a bit about how restorers can be, just read the book "I was Vermeer"'ll tell you about a number of ways restorers over the years have screwed up painting after painting.

Here's where you can really see some of the results of using inferior materials. Thankfully he didn't do this on all of his paintings.

So in lieu of the above. Please let me say to all of you painters out there who wish to be selling paintings like crazy. Give a thought to the future and how you would want these paintings to look after 50 years, 100 years, and then ask this house paint really something I should be using on this canvas. Think about the people who will become your patrons, spending their well earned money on a painting of yours only to have it fall apart after 15-20 years. And go to your local artist supply store and put down some money on the good stuff. You'll feel a lot better about it in the future, when you can look at your paintings and they still look as good as the day you finished them.

I have also seen a number of older Twombly's where they are now under glass, as the paint has literally fallen off the weave of the canvas.

Oh it's so sad to see great paintings go bad.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Rookie Mistake

Yesterday. I reverted myself to an earlier state of being, when I realized that I had thinned down the paint mixture a bit too much, while finishing up a painting. Why didn't I simply work with the paint the way it had originally been in it's nice plastic can. Doing the directions I normally use for creating the pouring on my painting. I remembered back to how thin and gorgeous some of my earlier paintings had been and wanted to attempt to produce something akin to that feeling again. I guess back then I must have really been on the edge of pigment destruction, for all those pourings came out in a very matte manner. While the paintings I make today have much more of a gloss surface. Through my attempts and successes at glazing, I might have went a bit far in that manner also which didn't allow more paint to stick to it...but I don't think that was the problem. I simply got overzealous and mixed far too much water into the containers I use for this particular stage of my painting.

Even before I began work that day. I knew something was a miss. When I went to mix the colors with the end of my paintbrush. I noted that the paint seemed to really wanna come off the brush when I pulled it from the can full of color. It's always the little things that you should REALLY take note of and make sure that when you see little hints, you take them into consideration. Had I done that yesterday, I might be sitting here looking at a newly finished painting. Alas, I now sit here looking at the results and remains of the mistake I made yesterday. A wonderful yellow painting with errie, ugly, dirty looking paint caked upon many parts of the surface. Sections of the wood filler that I could not get the wasted paint from.

Not to worry too much about it. I will begin from stage 4 and will rectify this into a beautiful painting, of small scale but large in heart.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Not About Alan Ebnother

I could probably write a thousand words on how much my life has been touched by the personality and painting of Alan Ebnother...but I won't. I'll leave that for my archives.

One thing I can gladly tell you is how I got to know Alan and his painting. We met in July 2004 when I made my first trip to NYC to visit our mutual friend Joseph Marioni. I originally thought that while sitting in my crowded and smelling greyhound seat for around 11 hours, which I didn't sleep at all through it. That I would simply be meeting Joe and hanging with him through my visit. Not so. After meeting Joe in the bus terminal and making my way down the street with my arms feeling like jello, and trying to take in the situations I was in. I'm a 29 year old guy, visiting the biggest city in the world for the first time. Going to visit and hang with my favorite painter. Trying to take in all the sites at once during that first stroll down 8th Avenue.

Skipping ahead a bit. We met Alan at Joes, and proceeded to hit up the Hells Kitchen Diner for breakfast. Awesome place with great food. Heading out to Chelsea to see the galleries, and hearing Joe and Alan speak about the different spaces, I felt for the first time like a real artist, hanging out with other real painters. Trying to soak in as much as I could, and writing this. Realizing I can remember a LOT more than I give myself credit for.

Since that day, it took me awhile to get back in touch with Alan, but I knew it was something that I really wanted to do. You know how sometimes you feel compelled to wanna meet someone. You feel that maybe they have something that you are supposed to learn from that person, and you wanna find out what it is.

It wasn't till about a few years ago...I think. That I finally met Alan again online. Thank God for Myspace and it's technology which helps you to get to meet and learn about other people. This was before everyone jumped on the FB bandwagon, which I have found far more interest in.

Alan is always on FB, sharing new photos of his new paintings and him mixing his own paints. He's given me countless ideas about painting and about life.

And I just realized that i've said too much. The rest is between the two of us, and all of our friends on Facebook. HEHEHEHE.

So go add him as a friend and get to know Alan and his wonderful paintings. The rest is up to you. You'll just have to wait for the Biography to learn more.

Cheers and have a wonderful week! J

Monday, July 27, 2009

Larry Poons video I had to take down

Well, I am now against another company I was trying to do a service for. I went and spent my time to upload a video of Larry Poons the other day. Today I get a message from artnewyork who since they didn't take their time to upload a video on Poons themselves. Thought it of themselves to make me edit the video or take it down. I have taken the video down and now am telling you to boycott and their videos. They don't apparently realize that when people like me, spend our time to digitize and upload a VHS video, and in the process, promoting a film for the people who actually made the film and doing it solely on my own, without asking for $$ for my time and effort. They in turn simply piss of the people who are trying to help them.

Customer Service really is crumbling in this world we live in. What I am doing here is the equivalent of word of mouth advertisement and instead I'm being asked to shut up.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Two New Paintings...and a dream.

It's been awhile since I last updated my blog. I've been doing quite a few things. Trying to plan for a book, trying to make some $$, researching painting techniques I have yet to try. Here are the results of my journey into more colors and more depth in my colors within the painting.

Both are painted within a month of each other. And are both the same size. 
24" W X 25.13" H.

Within this painting, I was focusing more on creating color I have yet to use. I wanted a nice creamy color to try out. I feel it is a success and will be working more in these creamy types of colors in the near future.

I have begun to take my photographs of my paintings differently. In the hopes of giving the viewer more of a sense of the scale of the painting, and of the subtleties of the color and texture.

I was speaking with a painter friend who noted that when we cut the painting out of the background, we take away from the scale of looking at the painting where it belongs, on the wall. And therefore it makes our viewing of the painting unrealistic. So he suggested taking pics of the painting in three sections. First, to take a full image of the painting with it's background and the views of the shadows on the wall. Second, to take an image with more items around the painting, which gives more of a sense of scale. Just how big the actual painting really is. As it is in relation to other items. Third, take an image of the painting from it's side, as taking a photo from the side gives more a sense of depth in the painting, as it also gives you a sense of the texture within/on the painting.

I have been following this method and I feel it truly is making the imagery you see on this computer screen, just a little bit more like being there in reality.

The color got a bit away from me in Photoshop with this detail image, but from the previous images, you can see it's true color.

In this set of images on this painting. I was experimenting with pearl colors. These are colors that have a slightly glittery look to them. Some people think of it as a gimmick, alas, others find it adds much depth to a color. I will not hazard to tell you my thoughts on it, as of right now I still have yet to form a concise view on the subject of pearls in color.

Using a great green for the ground and a paynes gray for the poured color. It creates a very deep sense of darkness within color. I haven't worked very much in dark colors in the past, so I'm still finding my way around with many many colors. There is much work still to do. Thank God!


Hope you are enjoying your day. 

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Thursz and the Radical Painting Group

I've been doing some snooping around the net and recently came across a cache of photos of Thursz and his paintings. I was even lucky enough to find a photo of the Radical Painting group of the late 70's and early 80's.

Which included (L-R) Erik Saxon, Phil Sims, Merrill Wagner, Dale Henry, Doug Sanderson, Susanna Tanger, Anders Knutsson, Marcia Hafif, Jerry Zeniuk, Frederic Matys Thursz.

Missing from the photo is Joseph Marioni and Olivier Mosset . I really don't know why they were missing from the photo. Seeing as how much a part of the group they were.

There was a lot more to this group than meets the eye. They were a group of people who were looking to begin painting again. Hence the term RADICAL. With it's meanings in the word ROOT. They were looking to get to the root of painting, which is simply color and it's surface, it's objectivity. Most of them just took different means and techniques to get to where they wanted to be with their paintings.

The group itself was begun with Olivier Mosset and Marcia Hafif, and grew from there. Until around 1984 when the group all but disbanded.

I wanted to share this great photo I also found of Thursz' studio in Ossining New York. What height to that ceiling which allowed for so much light to reach those paintings, there was probably almost no reason to even have artificial light in the room.

Studio Photo by E. Tulchin.

I also wanted to share some other photos of his work here.

Orison 1 and 2. 1990-1992 221X74cm each.

#4 1974 74.5 X 74.5 cm

Enjoy the wonderful paintings.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Sanctuary for Light

Just wanted to show some photos I received from my friend Alan Ebnother and the people at Art:Basel who took the last two pics of the installation from Joseph Marioni's Sanctuary for Light at this years Art:Basel. I'm looking forward to getting more photos from Joe of the installation, which should be in my inbox in a few days. Then I'll be happy to share these pics with everyone on here.

Pic courtesy of Alan Ebnother.

Pics courtesy of Art:Basel.

Included here is a press release for the show.

This is a unique opportunity to see a major work installed to his specification. The room is 750 meters square and part of the presentation of a four part work designed for the room as one piece, each working in transition to each other within the scaled environment that he designed.

"Marioni has conceived this special project as a model for painting environments that he proposes to create in specific public and private spaces. The unique element in Marioni’s vision is that his paintings will be created on site and in an encounter with the natural light of each location. Each Marioni ‘Contemplation Room’ will belong to its special environment. My sense is that this initiative represents something innovative, and I am confident that you will want to discover this experience for yourself in Basel.

Mindful of Rothko’s thoughts on how his paintings should be grouped together, which culminated in his celebrated chapel at the de Menil Foundation, and embracing later notions of site specificity from Minimalism, Marioni envisages an exploration of the encounter between color, local natural light and specific architecture. Where Rothko’s paintings look inward and seek seclusion, Marioni’s vision leads painting into a distinct relationship with the global environment of the future."

Enjoy and have a wonderful week.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My week in PA

Been spending a few days reflecting on my past week with my friend and painter Joseph Marioni. It seems like everytime I talk to Joe, in person or on the phone, I learn a ton of new things. About painting, about life. The guy just seems to know a ton of fantastic information. So much so that when I'm around him I don't wanna ask too much to tick him off from this young'un asking too many questions.

I remember him telling me about his space in PA and how nice it was. I never got the idea in my head about how it was until I saw it. It just made me wonder if I have any depth to my imagination, as I seem to not be able to do much for visualization of spaces and the scale of paintings. It could very well come from the scale of my paintings being so much smaller than those of the painters whom I admire.

I took a few photos while I was there. I never did ask Joe to take a photo with me, I don't know why I did that, could come from my desire to not impose myself onto people, but sometimes I do need to be a bit more on the pushy side.

Anyway here are some of the various pics I took.

Here's a photo of the first floor gallery space with Joe's paintings and some of mine that I brought to show with him. He had only seen my work in reproduction, like so many other people.

Here's the wall with one of Joe's stretchers. A friend remarked that this stretcher is more Art than most people's art...which I agree. If only you could see this magnificent piece of woodwork.

I got to help Joe uncrate this painting after Joe, Stephen and I spent some time moving the crates around. Man those things are built like a tank.

I also got to meet another great painter while I was there. Stephen Bennett, the Portrait Painter. An amazing painter who travels the world painting indigenous people of the land. Along with his many commissions. A truly nice guy who has a love for life and a love of music. The guy is really into House music, so I gave him a few cd's of my mixes, to which he remarked that they were better than a bunch of the cd's he had actually bought. So THANKS Stephen!

If you are going to Basel this year and the Art:Basel. Make a point to check out the Joseph Marioni exhibition there with 4 of his large format paintings. They really are tremendous and I can only wish I too was going there to see those paintings.

Have a wonderful week. J

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Brice Marden and FLYP Media.

I just found these on youtube and HAD to share them with all the wonderful people whom visit this blog. Some wonderful interviews with Brice Marden, Thanks to FLYP Media for putting these out there for all of us.

BRICE MARDEN on Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko

BRICE MARDEN on Jackson Pollock

BRICE MARDEN's theory of painting

BRICE MARDEN on Asian art



Monday, May 4, 2009

Quote for the day...5-04-09

Today's quote comes from the documentary on Brice Marden from 1977. It's all about painting today.

"It's hard to look at paintings. It's really difficult, very strenuous kind of activity, but very very rewarding. Just like it's strenuous to listen to a great piece of music, they're very complicated, you have to think a lot. You have to be able to bring all sorts of things together in your mind, your imagination, your whole body. Really get off on it. It's a very high experience. It isn't something that comes out and hits you over the head, it's something very deep and felt."

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