|A Night's Promise-Pastel|
Monday, November 28, 2016
Dear Art Lover,
La Raccolta e il Regalo is Italian for 'The Harvest and the Gift.' It describes my special November and December 2016 offer:
If you buy one (or more) of the selected original artworks shown on this page (sculptures, drawings, and paintings, about 35 in total), you will receive a gift certificate for 20% of the value of your art purchase (shipping not included) to use towards more art for you or someone important to you. For example, if you buy a large charcoal drawing for $1800 (most are framed), you will receive a gift certificate towards any other available Borsheim artwork, reproduction, books, note cards, etc. for the amount of $360 [1800 * .20].
You may also take advantage of the studio's LayAway Plan, but the first payment MUST be made before Dec. 31, 2016.
The offer expires end of year 2016. However, the gift certificate expires when the artist does.
The artworks shown online here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/SaleArt2016-LaRaccoltaeIlRegalo.htm
are listed by their current location within the US. The weight and dimensions of the artwork(s) and the point of origin will help me give you a shipping quote. Please send inquiries directly to the studio here: http://www.borsheimarts.com/contact.htm
I am sharing a few of the selected artworks here, but visit the page to see all. Click on each image on that page that interests you for more and larger views and information. Thank you for your collecting and sharing!
P.S. Happy birthday, Aunt Nancy and Kumiko!
Monday, November 21, 2016
Dear Art Lover,
So, what I have learned my first late summer and now fall in my new home is that September and November will be the months in which I do not want to have a bronze sculpture coming to completion at the foundry, nor do I want to have an exhibition or anything that takes me away from le raccolte (Italian for “the harvests). September in these parts is the harvest of the famous white bean of Sorana and November, of course, is the olive harvest, as it is in most all of Italy.
Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from this year’s effort… the land here is much more terraced than the gentle slopes in Casignano (outside of Florence) where I normally help with la raccolta delle olive.
You may see more images on my upcoming newsletter, which I hope to publish around the Thanksgiving holiday with a very special offer. You may subscribe (it is FREE!) if you like, as well as check out past issues to make sure you WANT to subscribe at:
|Setting out the nets the night before la raccolta begins|
I will be at the foundry for the next couple of days, and otherwise, writing… and we still have not finished the harvest. The rains are holding much of that up.
|Gregory has a difficult time understanding nets|
|One sunny morning, but we also harvested under clouds|
|Picking by hand still happens|
|Filtering out foliage|
|Sparse olive branches overlook the fields of rape|
|Gregory helps with olive harvest - not|
|Gregory tries to eat cascading olives|
Friday, November 11, 2016
Dear Art Lover,
2011 was a precarious year for me. After many years of knowing we were in trouble, 2011 was the year of our divorce. One might think I would have prepared myself for the option we ended up choosing, but reality is soooo different from theory or dreams or even just talk. I was all over the map on what I was going to do, and where I was going to do it. I did not even really know what I wanted, other than to continue my life as an artist if at all possible. I just knew that something had to change and so, it did.
That year I created a new bronze titled “The Unwritten Future.” It is a play on my bronze “Cattails and Frog Legs.” Instead of the original amphibians, one man hangs by one hand from the end of the cattail, while another man sits on the lily pad below, watching in anticipation. The original piece is a type of self-portrait [as a frog], based on a story my mother told me about my actions as a baby… always a climber! I had had a request to create something with frogs, but needed to create something connected to the rest of my work. But at the time of the newer composition, I was also interested in mixing up proportions. It seemed to enhance the surreal emotions I was attempting to communicate.
The depictions of the moments of transition have always interested me. It seems that during that time, there is a risk of an unexpected element entering the scene with the possibility to “turn one’s head.” It is a vulnerable time and for this, it seems even the person IN the transition, more so than those watching from outside, might not even understand the dynamics of the decision-making process. However, the vulnerability may just be necessary in that it opens us up to the possibility of a positive solution that either was never imagined, or never before seemed obtainable. Or, this is my optimism. And frankly, when I look back over my life, it describes my pre- and post-divorce experiences.
Maybe “The Unwritten Future” will give you some hope or perhaps remind you to see your own situation in other possible lights. I like the particular view of the bronze that I have chosen to share with you. The shadow cast by the sun implies that the hanging man will not drop, but will choose to grab hold. It is optimism in a precarious situation.
For more images of this available 19" h x 7" w x 6" d bronze sculpture “The Unwritten Future” (only $1200 if you mention this blog post, payment plans accepted), please visit this page:
And if you are curious about frog legs, click here:
Also, today was not such a good start: My Italian lesson of the day started with a tribute video to the now late, but ever great Leonard Cohen. So many artists gone this year and it makes my heart heavy.
P.S. to the US, Happy Veteran’s Day… here is a pic of my favorite veteran, my dad (fought in the Vietnam War, then became a fighter pilot teacher).
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Dear Art Lover,
Matteo Cecchi is a young and handsome Italian who really does seem ready to be a model. He has a strong passion for the beauty, the curious, and the past and present of Florence, Italy. And he writes about it. His newest book is called “Firenze romantica” and is a sort of guide book by street names of where to find beautiful artworks around the Renaissance City.
Florentia an oil painting that I did many years ago depicting in mostly thin transparent paint the image of one of the sculptures of a woman as she was backlit in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. I also added the colorful Florentine calligraphy with metallic highlights because I just adore the papers and designs from those city artisans.
Tomorrow, November 3, Matteo is having a presentation of his book by Professor Franco Cardini. YOU are invited. One of my former landladies told me that the ‘professore e molto bravo!’ And that is a good thing!
There will be a brindisi afterwards, which means a little food and drink to celebrate. Palazzo di Valfonda is rather close to the Santa Maria Novella train station. I hope you will meet me there! Here are a few of the pages from the book . . .
And on another front, I recently finished writing my art newsletter. This time the article is about Castelvecchio and its art, as well as La Pieve, an Italian church that is known to have existed since 879 A.D. and has carvings that seem more Mayan, Aztec, or African in origin. Check it out with lots of images here: