Thanks for visiting my News page! This is where you can find out what my current works-in-progress might be, and what is happening in my world of art.
February 5, 2020
Issue Ten of the art magazine Murze is out today, everyone, so please check out http://www.murze.org, http://www.murze.org/artists and specifically http://www.murze.org/issueten/Rich-Sheaffer . An image (small as it may be) of my work “All Together Now … Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, Into the Swamp We Go” is included. This represents my first international recognition and exposure! I would throw a party, but I’m too busy dreaming and painting …
January 31, 2020
At 2:42 PST (5:42 EST) on January 31 the news broke that the U.S. Senate had voted 51 to 49 to block witnesses and documents into the impeachment trial. That’s the U.S. Senate for you … consciously deciding to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil when it comes to a certain revered leader.
A 20″ x 24″ linen canvas is primed and ready for the paint … there is no need to wait for a final impeachment vote, for that is written in stone on January 31 when it was decided to not listen to witnesses but rather to ignore evidence and vote along party lines. This is how it works:
- First, you block witnesses from testifying and documentary evidence from being introduced;
- Then, you say “There is no compelling witness testimony and insufficient evidence presented here to prove that the president should be removed from office, so we must acquit.”
Clever. Very clever. [5:23 AM February 5 Update: By the way, I wrote that before the Senate vote, so you can come back later to see how accurate my prediction was.]
So, “The End of Democracy in the National Interest?” is underway today. Please see the news from January 29 for more details. Following is a color chart that I will be using for the first and subsequent originals. The first original uses only Payne’s Grey in the lower right, but I am considering using a blend for any subsequent versions.
January 31, 2020
I am honored and certainly pleased that an image of one of my works has been selected to be included in the art magazine Murze, Issue Ten, scheduled to be issued on February 5. With Murze (www.murze.org) being a British publication based in London, and distributed internationally to those interested in the arts, this represents my first international recognition. My work “All Together Now … Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, Into the Swamp We Go”, is the work planned for inclusion. I guess it was a good idea after all to not wait to disclose the hidden mechanism until this work was selected for public exhibition (if ever). At least for now, my artist profile can be found at https://www.murze.org/issueten/Rich-Sheaffer .
Thanks to everyone (you know who you are) who kept pressuring me to create a website, which is now rapidly increasing the exposure of my art to the world. Issue Ten of Murze is a bit pricey at £20.00, but I will pick up a couple of copies to keep around the house.
January 29, 2020
How about this for a title? “The End of Democracy in the National Interest?”. All I see is black. Four blacks. The last four years? Four more years? Four attorneys that took the stand for the president? The four horsemen of the apocalypse? Whatever … the number four sticks in my mind, and I’m sure many are “fourlorned” at today’s news.
Today it was argued on behalf of the president “’I think I’m the greatest president that ever was, and if I’m not elected, the national interest will suffer greatly.’ That cannot be an impeachable offense.” This was in the context of pressuring for foreign interference in U.S. elections. Once one believes in the acceptability of a “Quid Pro Quo” and foreign interference in U.S. elections, and even believes in the acceptability of lying about it, then it is not a far reach to then believe that any form of election rigging or influencing is alright so long as the president believes it is in the national interest. For some reason, the character “Fearless Leader”, and the blind obedience of Boris & Natasha, all come to mind from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. Also remember that the president actually does see himself as our “fearless leader”. Remember when he said … “I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon” in regard to the Parkland, Florida school shooting. And of course after the 9/11 incident in Manhattan, talking to first responders, “… I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.” As if.
January 20, 2020
For those of you out there who have anxiously been awaiting “Out With the Old, In With the New” (anybody?), in keeping with my prior statement “… he never knows from the onset how the final work will appear”, I re-imagined the final appearance this morning after working on this for many weeks, and now it’s done! All it took was getting up at 1:00 AM and finishing at 7:30, but it’s done! A preliminary image will be posted shortly, then a final image a couple of weeks from now after the UV archival coat is applied.
January 18, 2020
For anyone who may be interested in “Out With the Old, In With the New”, it has been a very long process which is now finally wrapping up. Some final touches are underway, and a preliminary image should be available within about a week! After thorough drying of the heavy acrylic paint (up to a couple of weeks more), a UV archival coat will be applied and a final image will be available on the Portfolio page. The description is there already! This work, as well as other recent works, will be offered for an upcoming exhibition.
November 17, 2019
I was watching TV this morning and the subject of the country being ripped apart was discussed. Why didn’t I think of that before, what was once a great country is now in a dark period, ripped apart, smashed and splintered! I’m making up for a creative block from which I suffered recently, so that makes five in the works.
November 16, 2019
Of course, today’s headline news refers to the “Center of the Swamp”. So, make that four in the works.
November 13, 2019
This is my current thinking in terms of titles of my current or future works-in-progress:
“When knowledge surpasses wisdom” or “When knowledge grows as wisdom fades”.
“Don’t think of it as air pollution and global warming, think of it as new real estate opportunities!”
I still like “Loss of Innocence”, although I don’t know yet have a vision of how that will look. So that makes three in the works … possibly.
November 10, 2019:
I woke up with a start, with a dream and a title: “Don’t think of it as global warming, think of it as a new real estate opportunity!” Of course it is.
November 5, 2019:
Now that “Blue Period – III” is finished and my website is up-and-running, I’m looking for fresh inspiration. I try to keep doing something new and different, maybe with a surprise embedded. I’ve spent months (on and off of course, mostly off) constructing a stretched canvas in the shape of an irregular quadrilateral. Apparently you can’t just pick up one off the shelves. That construction, of course, has been a learning process. I have no idea why I’m doing it, I’m just operating off the Field of Dreams principle of “if you build it … ” the idea will come? Maybe. And what would it be called? “Off Kilter?” “Out of Whack?” “Off Balance” or “Out of Balance”? “Loss of Innocence”? The canvas should be primed and ready in a week or so and then … what? Keep following the news (not my news, the actual news) and you might get a hint of what could be next.
November 3, 2019:
My Home page is back, and it’s even better than before! You can see how fast my website is changing just from today’s news that you see here!
November 3, 2019:
If you’ve been following my web page development, you will have seen changes day-by-day as I learn how to use WordPress. Today, I tried a new design … and wow, my home page information got wiped out! Other pages survived and were reformatted, but all of the information on my home page was instantly gone and not recoverable. So, Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, Back to Work I Go …
November 3, 2019:
Blue Period – III is now up and running on the Portfolio page. Now for the next inspiration … from whom will it come? OK, we already have a clue. But what will it be? And how will I see it in a dream?
November 2, 2019:
The application of the UV archival spray is finished for “Blue Period III”, now on to a few other steps …
October 28, 2019:
I am just now finishing “Blue Period – III”. Not being entirely satisfied with the exhibition-worthiness of “Blue Period” (which was developed based on personal experience and never intended for exhibit) and “Blue Period – II” (which didn’t turn out well at all), I have made a third attempt and will go public with “Blue Period – III”. The UV archival spray is being applied now in very thin coats … then the hanging hardware … then the photo shoot …
The description will go something like this … The country has endured much through the 2016 presidential campaign, the loss of the candidate with the majority vote and the success of the candidate who won through the process of the Electoral College. And so it goes, that the People of the United States as a whole do not elect the President and Vice President, but the members of the Electoral College do.
In the past, we have seen that while many are disappointed when their candidate of choice is not elected, that is where it stops … disappointment, yet we pull together as a nation. It is different this time.
We have all experienced heartbreak during our lives. Usually, we are able to heal and carry on. But as a nation, our heart is ripped apart so badly … even extending to a proposal to re-write the poem of inscription on the Statue of Liberty … that we must question, will the heart of the nation be able to heal from all of the events of the past few years as an individual’s heart might?