The first new work of the new year has been completed - "Coastal Garden Rhododendron" - shown above. It is from a sketch and photo early last Spring at the Coastal Botanical Gardens. Again, the panorama format seems to work well and I really enjoyed working on this piece.
Bob Trotman, "Girl", 2002
Alex and I returned from a holiday road trip early this month. We had a chance to visit the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. It was surprisingly enjoyable. While the art critics may not have been kind to Mr. Rockwell, there is little doubt his work is well-composed and executed. The exhibit was quite large, with many, many of his oils spanning 5 decades and a compelling narrative to accompany. Also, at the NCMA was Bob Trotman: Inverted Utopias, a series of life-size carved, painted wood figures in falling, floating, suspended or otherwise unusual poses. These works were impressive in their construction and a little spooky in their connection with each other.