In 1993 I was living with my then husband, Barry Katz. We had been married for one year but had lived together two year prior. We had purchased a condominium in Edison, New Jersey. The Address was 901 Maplecrest Rd., Edison, New Jersey. The condominium was a suitable living space but did not offer any area large enough for a studio. Thus I had to make inquiries as to suitable space in which to set up shop.
At the time I was quite fortunate financially because I had been made the recipient of a small trust fund ($750 per month) from 'Becca and Harry Dalton. They were Sally's mother and father; Sally was married to my brother Ed. 'Becca and Harry Dalton were truly patrons of the arts. They helped to support several artists, writers, and poets with their financial generosity. For me it meant that I could rent a studio and purchase necessary art supplies and other essentials. The trust fund granted me a degree of independence from my husband. I came to find, in the long run, that this was absolutely essential to my growth and development as an artist. I truly owe a great debt to 'Becca + Harry Dalton for their belief in my work and support as well.
This sketchbook, in particular, concentrates on the designs and development of a painting, a singular painting. I had been invited to be a participant in an exhibition that would have in the small gallery on the lower level of the Metropolitan Opera in the city.
There were seven artist chosen. The stipulation was that each painting had to be about a specific opera. I chose "Othello" by Giuseppe Verde. Now I confess here and now that then I knew nothing about opera. I knew of no one particular artist or work. But with such an opportunity, I set myself about the task immediately. Giuseppe Verde's "Othello" was my choice. I had it memorized within a month. I played it over and over over in my studio, in my car, at home. I reread the original Shakespeare and did the same with Giuseppe Verde's libreto.
All of this I accompanied with ongoing ideas and designs for the painting.
Aside from the studies, there are other observations, ideas, and sketched.
The basis for another painting is part of this sketch book as well. The piece was entitled "Staten Island Alterpiece." The piece is based, roughly, on Giorgione's "Sanso Pulcro Madonna."
Aside from this I have line/mass studies along with ink and brush studies.
Too, I have for years worked with a reoccurring image of women standing together abreast - non-definative, not specific; some critic once called them androgenous. Hower, this image runs universally through my sketchbooks accompanied by several paintings. I don not know the origin. But I know that so amny times when I have picked up pencil
|I.D. #||Title - Description||Medium||
a quick preliminary sketch done on yellow legal paper and taped into the book with transparent tape
|3||003||three photographs of paintings two of them presumed to be the Othello painting and the other to be "Staten Island Altarpiece".||photograph|
|4||004||Idea for Staten Island Altarpiece||ink|
|5||005||study of a bowl||charcoal|
|6||006||sketch of a window scene||graphite|
Lack of control
|8||008||sketch for the Othello painting||ink|
|9||009||sketch for the Othello painting||ink|
|10||010||hand study, assumed for the Othello painting||colored pencil|
|11||011||assumed Othello and Desdemona||colored pencil|
|12||012||sketch for Othello painting||colored pencil|
|13||013||sketch for Othello painting||colored pencil|
|15||015||"In making a cast of a hand to study, I cast my own hand. It got stuck. Barry's solution was to chisel it out with hammer + screwdriver."||colored pencil|
|16||016||hand study for the Othello painting||colored pencil|
|17||017||"My cartoons for Chris"||colored pencil|
|18||018||"My cartoon of Chris's dad and his scolding."||colored pencil|
|19||019||"I have often wanted to time travel to see what this country looked like before the great forests were destroyed.||ink|
"Look Act React"
|21||021||a painter with a canvas stating "What?" with a thought bubble saying "Why?"||graphite|
|22||022||"Artist Rag 2nd Edition Look Love Act React."||graphite|
|23||023||paintbrushes and canvas||graphite|
|24||024||sketch of a decorative molding||graphite|
|26||026||sketch assumed for Staten Island Altarpiece||ink|
|27||027||string of typeface||ink|
|31||031||two nude figures||ink|
|32||032||sketch for the Staten Island Altarpiece painting||graphite and watercolors|
|33||033||figure with a bird on its head||graphite|
|35||035||four figures, assumed pallbearers||graphite|