Another and more recent version of the Baptistry

July 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

This is my current attempt at the subject of the baptistry. I am rather pleased with it.

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Gone Again. Now the Baptisary

June 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

I have done a series of sketches on my 19th-century school slate. I have started a series of painting that is concerned with a feature in the Catholic church called the baptistry with its baptismal font. ( Now I think of font as the style of an alphabet). I do not know why this element of the Church fascinates me as much as it does. It is not that I am concerned with the teachings and dogma, it is perhaps something to do with water. Being Cancer, the crab water sign might be part of that artistic if not, spiritual link.  The theme of the baptistry ( a space in the church in which a baptism is performed, is not new to me. Years ago I did a painting concerned with the idea, and that finds its origin in a tradition I had with a friend of meeting in a church baptistry during my lunch break to talk. At that time I was employed by the Center for African Art, near Hunter College, then, Manhattan.

I have a very poor a very poor image of that first painting.  Trying to photograph through glass is never a good idea, but as of now it is all I have.  My friend owns it now so I might get another chance to photograph it.

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G0ne for a While

December 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

I have not been blogging as of late. In spite of that I see that some friends have been going to my site. I feel that I should have something new to say or something new to show at this time.  I may have paused my blogging but no my painting. This is the latest work from my series regarding boats and fishing.

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A view from above

May 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Well I have been out of this game for a long time.  I did have my exhibition in which I sold a few paintings. Then the year rolled pass and tax time rolled around and time sped up it seems. I have been working on a new set of paintings. In fact working in series is a new thing for me.  The first series I call boats from above. It is a group of paintings that places the view as if in a tree above fishing boats passing below.  I have included an example.  The second group is what I call my bathhouse series. It is a play with several elements including the male nude, ceramics, and water vapors. The setting alludes some what to the Japanese teahouse in it’s rustic references. This group is a bit too new to post but perhaps later. IMG_1854

Back to Blogging ( I hope…)

December 6, 2013 Comments Off on Back to Blogging ( I hope…)

IMG_1642I have been caught up with my exhibition an it’s aftermath. I have kind of let the blogging go by the way. I hope to fix this soon. I have been to a few museums about the city at this time. The thing is when you are in a city full of great museums, you can take all this for granted. This is a bad habit, I wish to break.

The image you see here is an artist paint and brush box from the 1800’s.  It was in the Luce Center, 4th floor at the New York Historical Society. The center is a very large room that allows visitors to see behind the scenes, how museum objects are stored when not mounted on display. It is a great place to visit to get some sense of the history of New York City, and some sense of how museums manage their collections.

 

Having an Exhibition of My Paintings!

September 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

You have not heard from me lately because I have been in the thick of it. Teaching at two colleges and having an exhibition of my paintings. Wish all of you could come.

All the best,

Leon

 

Invitation for Leon Waller Reception October 8

Boats and Bodies Fishing

September 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Spent the weekend in Washington DC.
It’s a museum town but I tried not to over do the tourist museum thing, I only went two. One of my favorite museums is the Renwick. It is a small museum with 19th century paintings and contemporary crafts and sculptor. Most of the collection is on the second floor of an lovely 19th century townhouse.
One of the most enjoyable paintings for me was a scene of boats and fishermen . The subtle color and masterful composition was breath taking
. It was painted by Emil Carlsen of Denmark, about 1909.

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