I recently completed a commissioned painting "Eagles Victory Parade." Although not a big fan of football, I got caught up in the Super Bowl frenzy and witnessed both the spontaneous celebration of Broad Street the night of the Super Bowl Victory, as well as the official "victory parade" a few days later. I felt happy for Philly and Eagles fans and wanted to do a painting to capture the excitement in the city. As it happened, I was contacted by one of my clients, and I welcomed this commission. My concept was to illustrate prominent Eagles players in the caravan as they passed the Swann Fountain, Logan Circle. I have always loved this fountain and the colossal sculptures by Stirling Calder. There was something very wild and pictorially stimulating about the figures climbing all over these statues, as well as climbing up street lamps, etc. With the view down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (with the row of flags, etc.) toward City Hall, there was plenty of "material" to turn this into an image that also paid homage to the Philadelphia cityscape, not just the Eagles.
I returned from Italy on August 3rd, 2016 after one month painting there. I stayed in a villa in a small rural area, Vitiano, near Cortona in Tuscany. My painting compadre Paul Reuther and I painted roughly 25 out of the 30 days we were there, traveling to various small hill towns in the region. I returned with 17 paintings, some of them completed, but others requiring more work, and I have been finishing them this summer. A few of them have already appeared on the website.
It was a wonderful trip, we lucked out with great weather, and the beauty of the various towns is spectacular. We painted in: Cortona, Castiglion di Fiorentino, Arezzo, Montepulciano, Lucignano, Castiglion del Lago, Firenze (Florence), Vitiano, Pienza, Siena, and Casale d'Elba. I am hoping to have all of the Italian paintings finished, scanned, and posted to this site by the end of October, 2016. I will probably be returning to Italy in the summer of 2017.
In the meantime, I will be exhibiting in the Rittenhouse Square Art Show http://www.rittenhousesquareart.com/ on Friday through Sunday, September 16-18th. My booth is #125, directly across from PARC Restaurant on 18th Street, just north of Locust Street. I will have roughly 25 original oil paintings on display there, some of the new Italian views, plus a potpourri of Philadelphia and Buenos Aires scenes, etc. I have participated in this show almost every year since 1990, and I always meet new people and get new clients, as well as reconnected with my "peeps!"
I will also be exhibiting in the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Event in Chestnut Hill, on Sunday, September 25th (http://chestnuthillpa.com/events/fall-for-the-arts-festival/ ). My booth is roughly across from the Starbucks. In contrast to the Rittenhouse Show, which is of only original oil paintings, this show will feature my PRINTS and NOTE CARDS, as well as original work. My son, Julian Cushing, will also be exhibiting, a few booths away from me. This is his website: www.juliancushing.com
I continue to work on my large painting of tango dancers at Buttonwood Tango Studio. i worked on the painting from life over a six week period last spring, and am now finishing with reference to Facebook photos of my tango friends. I am expecting to complete it this fall, and it will be "unveiled" at some point at Buttonwood Tango Studio. Below is a photo taken by Kelly Ray of the WORK IN PROGRESS. It has advanced quite a bit beyond this stage by now. There is still space in the painting for another couple for interested buyers who are not already depicted! The finished painting will also be available in print form.
April 1rst, 2016:
I returned a few days ago from 5 straight days of painting by the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.! I completed three canvases, which have been posted to my "RECENT WORK" page. They are all available for purchase and can also be PRINTED to order, on paper or canvas. It was a beautiful scene down there, but very challenging at times because of the great numbers of people! But I generally enjoy "connecting with my peeps!" The people were overwhelmingly good-natured and respectful, and actually did not interrupt me that frequently. This is my third trip there to paint during this unique period in the past four years. For all the difficulty in getting to the site, navigating the "madding crowd," etc., the Tidal Basin always delivers at peak blossom time, with stunning visual effects that change radically throughout the day.
March 7th, 2016. My new website is up, but still "under construction!" I will be adding products to the store, and uploading many more images in the next week. In the meantime, those who have specific inquiries that are not being answered by the site as it appears now, can call me directly (267-679-7853) or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience!