bemusing musings of a bewildered brush-wielder

three brothers

Three Brothers, 12″ x 8″, oil on linen

A while ago, I was looking to buy a Christmas present for my brother.  He was living out of state, and so I wanted to find him a Christmas present that would remind him of home.  I decided to paint him something.  But what to paint…

I sat in the window of a warm pub in Islip on Christmas Eve, sipping a pint of Guinness, stumped by the question of what to paint.  Then I realized, I could do a triple portrait.  I asked the bartender, Lanny, if I could buy three glasses off of him- a Guinness glass, a whiskey glass, and a Stella Artois glass.  He asked me what in the world I wanted them for.  I told him, and he gave them to me for free.

Three hours later, I had this triple portrait of me and my two brothers, as seen by our respective drinks.  I intended to bring the painting to a higher level of finish, but my brother preferred the brushiness.  So, there was his Christmas present.

I’ve been asked by a few people if I could give them rights to reproduce this painting.  They say it has a spontenaity and simplicity that gives it a wide market appeal.  It’s funny to me that, after all those years studying Baroque elements of pictoral design, this is a design that captures attention.


2 responses

  1. ed

    I saw an article on you and your work in the islip bullinten. I was very impress with your work and want to inquire if you will have any upcoming exhibts of your work on Long Island in the near future.

    Meanwhile, as a former employee of the Islip Art Museum, I suggest you look at their website. Islip Art and click on the picture of the Carriage House. They actual offer a place to paint and a stipend during the year.

    Meanwhile, I thinking about opening an art gallery, on Long Island, wherreby, I would take art works on consignment. (my backround is in sales and marketing.

    Please let me know where I can view your work.

    Thank you for you time and attention.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

  2. Ed, I appreciate your interest, and I would definitely be interested in showing you my work. Just send me an email at, and we can work out a time to get together at my studio.

    I am interested in that space at the Islip Art Museum, it sounds nice. My current spot at the Presbyterian Church is pretty amazing, too, but I’d like to see the museum space just the same. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Thanks again,

    January 21, 2010 at 5:06 am

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