Friday, March 23, 2012

"Crowned", part I

"Crowned I (interior)"

"Crowned XIV (introspect)"

"Crowned IV (voices)"

"Crowned V (the call)"

"Crowned" is a new series of self portraits that I shot in my studio recently. I was in the middle of working on a couple of small paintings when I opened an unmarked bucket of what I hoped was white paint. The paint was white, only completely dried and stuck around the sides and bottom of the bucket. I peeled the paint out and couldn't resist using it as a prop. 

Ch ch ch ch changes...

Change is good, yes? Well, in this case, it is...

What this means is that I now have a brand spanking new "proper" art website were images of my work will live on their own and not have to compete with the randomness of this blog or my other social media outlets *cheers and applause from the artworks*.  For this minor miracle*, I have to thank the wonderful people over at heavybubble for developing some really nice, clean templates that compliment artwork, are super easy to edit, and have no ads. You can also try a "bubble" free for 30 days. You can see mine here: Tim

(*I resisted the urge to have a dedicated art website for a long time, because I didn't want to have to depend on someone else to edit and update a website for me-I wanted more control than what has been available until recently. Plus, I've seen some god-awful, poorly designed art websites...)

Now for the tedious stuff: 

Beginning today, if you type "" or "" into your browser address bar, you will be directed the website, instead of here, my blog. That said, my blog address is now (no "www" in front). If you happen to have my blog listed as a link on your blog or website, you might need to change the url. Thanks in advance and I hope you are all enjoying summer so far...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


"Blum Store" ©Tim McFarlane, 2011

On February 27th, "Philadelphia's Golden Age of Retail", by Lawrence M. Arrigale and Thomas Keels, was released and contains a large black and white reproduction of my photo, "Blum Store", shown above. The book is a great read for anyone interested in Philadelphia's rich retail history and what made it a leader in department store innovation. 

I was contacted by Lawrence Arrigale last year and asked if I would be willing to let them use this photo for the then-upcoming book. I agreed, but had to actually re-shoot the photo last fall because the original file I had was too small to print. A few years ago, I had an interest in capturing images of what was left of old and faded signs of old business that still existed on the walls of center city buildings. This one, for the Blum Store, can still be seen from 13th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets. On the upper left side, you can get a glimpse of the upper floors of what is now Macy's, but to most Philadelphians, that will always be John Wanamaker's

Sunday, March 04, 2012

The lab (3.02.12)

  New works on paper on the wall and a couple of sheets of stenciled parchment paper on the floor ready to be used for something or another. 

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Gorky's Granddaughter


Studio visit with painter Deborah Dancy on Gorky's GranddaughterI just found Gorky's last night, thanks to a link that someone posted on Carol Diehl's art blog. This is just the first video that I watched on the site. I didn't know anything about Dancy nor her work before seeing this, but after watching it, I'm really interested in watching more. There are a ton more videos on the site and they seem to average between 10-25 minutes in length. 

Gorky's Granddaughter is a great studio visit/interview blog that is part of a documentary art project by Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting.