Alex and I returned to Brunswick Maine from a week at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate NY exhausted and energized. With the Brunswick 10by10 and a couple of one person shows coming up (more on that in upcoming posts) along with a commission to finish, I got busy in the studio. The commission was "Joshua" and it's now on the wall in the office of a true Joshua Chamberlain buff. It was fun and challenging to execute what with the varying types of detail in the fore-, mid- and background from spring blossoms to chiseled stone to bike riders. Other recent compositions on a smaller scale are "Hosta Blooms" (next to a bank in Brunswick Maine) and "Pope's Folly" (as viewed from the Lubec Maine waterfront). As a footnote to the Chautauqua trip, Vanessa German's show at the Strohl Center, "American JuJu: Root and Power for a New Century" was exceptional. Her figural assemblages were magical and mesmerizing.