Month: August, 2012

Ruby in Julie’s Studio

In eighth grade I wrote a report on Roman dining. One Roman delicacy was roasted mouse. A small mouse was placed in a wooden box. The mouse was fed every day until it was exactly the same size as the box, at which time it was baked in the box and then eaten. My studio feels sort of like that box right now. Every day I fill it with a little more art. When the studio is full it will be time for the show.

Here is a picture of my studio table with Ruby, a willing if not able assistant in all projects.

Ruby is new to our household. Here is her first appearance in one of my paintings. Possibly she is looking for a Roman mouse.



From Blossoms in Rose

by Li-Young Lee

From blossoms comes

this brown paper bag of peaches

we bought from the boy

at the bend in the road where we turned toward

signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,

from sweet fellowship in the bins,

comes nectar at the roadside, succulent

peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,

comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,

to carry within us an orchard, to eat

not only the skin, but the shade,

not only the sugar, but the days, to hold

the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into

the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live

as if death were nowhere

in the background; from joy

to joy to joy, from wing to wing,

from blossom to blossom to

impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

Thanks to Tim Colman for introducing me to this poem.


This week we have been printing posters for the show. Here are a bunch of them drying in the dining room.

Joe has had posters for most of his shows. The posters advertise the show and they are part of a long graphic tradition of handmade artist’s posters. I have designed most of them – adding lettering to Joe’s art. Sometimes we have made them ourselves, other times we have had them printed. Here are a few of those posters. We’ve done about 15 in total. We have done several (including this year’s poster) with spray paint through a stencil. The photographs are a little crooked but you get the idea!

Jeff at Two Dimensions silkscreened several over the years.

Scott Smith designed and printed this letterpress poster.

and this one was printed by Cracked Compass Press using images from Joe’s sketchbooks.

Joe’s Studio

Our show opens in a few weeks and Joe and I have both been painting a lot in preparation. That really isn’t too different from any other time, especially for Joe. Joe paints every day, without fail, except when we are out of town. Painting is the center of his life and everything else fits in around that activity. But having a show still brings an extra intensity to the studio time. Joe has two studios – one in a small shed behind the house and the other in Magnuson Park at Lake Washington.Here are a few pictures from Joe’s studio at home.

Joe uses the wall as a palette. Every few years when it gets too thick he replaces it. Here is his painting wall at the Magnuson studio.

…and the window wall.

The shadow in Joe’s window did not inspire this painting by Franz Kline.

Invitation to the Feast

FEAST is a show of art by Joe Max Emminger and Julie Paschkis. It will be at the Grover Thurston Gallery in Seattle for the month of September. Please come by the gallery and see the show. If you are out of town or if you are just hungry for more please visit us at this blog. We will post pictures, poems, recipes, images and thoughts from the show every few days during the month of September.

This painting is a collaboration. Joe drew the ink bowls and Julie painted the fruit in them using gouache. We made a series of 18 of these drawings. Each one is 30″ H x 22″W. Together they form the main dish of the show.