Archive for August, 2009


my last days of summer part 1…

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

well my summer of being off of teaching comes to a close, as i report august 24th…as it winds down i always try and cram too much into the last couple days.  it really becomes a crazy flurry to get to museum shows that i procrastinated about seeing all summer!

so, on thursday it was the sfmoma/jewish contemporary museum visits.  didn’t want to miss the o’keefe and ansel adams exhibit.  i really enjoyed most for just the opportunity to see both artists side by side…the museum also was showing the exhibit, richard avedon |  photographs 1946-2004  (large scale photos).  here are two that i was particularly drawn to.  you can read more about the avedon exhibit at the link below…

jasper johns, painter

jasper johns, painter

lee friedlander, photographer

lee friedlander, photographer




http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/384

the eyes here on jasper johns just completely drew me in, but creeped me out the same…had know idea he was such a dark individual!

more on the sfmoma visit:

here are a couple of clyfford still’s early paintings that are with his large scale abstracts…always admired his work and great to see some ones that don’t resemble what he’s known for.  still trying to see the connection…

clyfford stills "untitled"

clyfford stills "untitled"




here’s a quote from stills himself that i’ve added to my quotes board: “i paint only myself, not nature.” for those of you who know me and my connection to jackson pollock (this quote is completely opposite to how pollock saw himself).

julie mehretu "Stadia I"

julie mehretu "Stadia I"




just loved this piece, it really kept drawing me in!  it’s in the 5th floor, inside from the sculpture garden…a detailed picture of this is below. link will give you more details about mehretu’s work. #mce_temp_url#

"Stadia I" detail

"Stadia I" detail




i think this is enough for one blog;)…more to come on sfmoma/jewish contemporary (and more) in my last days of summer part 2…

in case you missed it!  here you can see some of my small box paintings display…new ones will be available at open studios this year.  

http://raymonddifley.wpengine.com/2009/08/new-paintings/

news

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

welcome!

this is the first blog of the raymonddifley.com relaunch…i’m very excited to have the site refreshed with all current and available works, a picture of me working in the studio, this blog and a few other additions and surprises. one addition is the opportunity for site viewers to leave comments or thoughts about a painting or the blog one the painting pages, just scroll down.

first off i’d like to thank nicole hanusek (smackhappydesign.com) for converting the site to wordpress for me (in trade)…having the site in wordpress will enable me to update everything from my blog to adding new paintings frequently and easily!

you may be wondering what I’ve been doing with my summer…well, not a lot of painting, but still productive…I finished my elusive media kit (a detailed artist packet), and sent out three to galleries (sf, santa fe and sacramento), more to follow soon).

you’ll also notice on the blog page there are three headers: news, shows and paintings. there will/are updates in all three…you can click on the header to open a new page for each.

shows

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

san francisco open studios | weekend 1 | october 10 & 11 | cellspace | 2050 bryant st., b/t 18th & 19th

this will be my second open studios showing at cellspace look for my image and info. in the 2009 open studios guide…also look for jon fischer’s image as well! jon does amazing silk screening work on paper and wood, you don’t want to miss seeing his work! and those of you with kids, they’ll be able to make there on print with him!! all in all, we’ll have about 9 artists exhibiting!

check back here for details on an opening reception and about the other artists.

for more details about sf open studios click the link: http://artspan.org/open_studios.php

paintings

Monday, August 10th, 2009

i will be putting links to where you can see my art in different locations on the web…also, will put paintings ones you may see on my paintings page and others you won’t.

-myartspace.com: http://tinyurl.com/2uh35y. myartspace.com is a website based community out of new york which allows people to find and display art online.

-urbanmercantile.com: http://urbanmercantile.typepad.com/urban_mercantile/2008/07/artist-raymond.html
you can see more of these 4 x 4 boxes at their retail location: 85 Carl St, San Francisco, CA 94117-3950

-my 4 x 4 boxes displayed in a unique way in a home:

my 4 x 4 box paintings

my 4 x 4 box paintings

close-up

close-up

close-up 2

close-up 2

a different angle

a different angle




http://artspan.org/artist2008.php?regid=5351?=Difley_Raymond_3.jpg
http://mocoloco.com/sanfrancisco/archives/000922.php
http://www.sierra-arts.net/DAAG_INTERVIEWS_RaymondDifley.html

-another home with boxes:

more boxes

more boxes