Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Work in Progress

Starting a new project today. Ink on white clapboard again. It's starting off very abstract. It's very intricate with a lot of tiny detail. Taking shape organically while I make decisions along the way. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"A Good Day for a Beret"

When I arrived with my work the other morning at the North River Arts Society I wasn't certain in which category I would submit the piece. It's a scratchboard but different than my usual in that I added ink to areas of a white Claybord and then scratched away the highlights. Also had a little bit of a painterly feel to areas where I used an ink wash rather than full strength. We hemmed and hawed for a minute or two - drawing or mixed media, hmmm. It was decided it was best in the mixed media category. The minute I left I started to question the decision. Would the jury actually be able to determine how the piece was done? - because luck would have it I forgot to include the actual technique I used in the description. I conceded to the fact that it would probably be overlooked but there would always be next year. By Saturday afternoon, the thoughts were soon forgotten under the padding of everyday life so when I got the call yesterday it took me by surprise. I was told that the work was selected as the first place winner in the mixed media category. I guess it was the right decision after all!

PS - And if you have it in you to "like" one more thing on Facebook would you consider my page please? And if I could be so bold could you push the "share" button as well? Thanks kid!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

To Show or Not to Show

According to Wikipedia, a juried exhibition has an individual (or group) acting as judge of the submitted artworks, selecting which are to be shown. If prizes are to be awarded, the judge or panel of judges will usually select the prizewinners as well. To those of you not involved in art – your work has to be selected out of all the entries to simply be a part of the exhibit. Prizes are secondary. From time to time I question the reasoning of intentionally putting yourself – yourself being your art – up for review. It's human nature not to take it to heart – even if it's just a tiny bit – if the work submitted is not accepted. But here I find myself again scrambling to meet a deadline so I too can put myself up for scrutiny. I think perhaps it's my manageable addiction to stress that I picked up from years as a freelance art director. It always was such a rush knocking off deadlines with minutes to spare.

There are a few shows that I like to enter for one reason or another. With the Confession promised to Danforth I had no new work to submit to North River's Festival of the Arts Juried Show. But I have one piece of 8"x10" white scratchboard, a bottle of ink and an old photo.  To enter North River's Juried show I need to be completed, framed and submitted by 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon. Will I feel the rush of an aced deadline or the defeat of a missed one? Only time will tell. 

My work in progress.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Solar Etching

Solar etching harnesses the ultra violet rays in the sun to expose an image burned to a photosensitive plate with unexposed areas getting washed away with water. The results are the same as traditional etching plate allowing one to repeat the same image over and over with subtle changes and nuances. Feels like the possibilities are endless.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Confession

I just heard from the Danforth Museum in Framingham that my piece "The Confession" has been selected to be a part of the 2012 Community of Artists Exhibition opening in June. I submit work to shows to keep my creative juices flowing. Trouble is - now I'm stumped for something to submit to the North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts. Better get scratchin'.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

When in Doubt Return to the Basics

Vacation is a wonderful concept. A good vacation allows one to relax and put all the "lists" aside. Trouble is it seems to take SO long to get back on track. Lying on the beach in South Carolina, I had a clear vision of my plan when I returned. But somewhere north of the Mason Dixon line everything got scrambled. So for the past couple of days I've been wandering around in circles trying to determine where to begin. To break the creative brain cramp I needed something that I could accomplish in a day - and that was fun. I had started this simple little seahorse scratchboard before I left intending to turn it into a print but never got very far. Today I decided it would become the next letter in the alphabet series I had abandoned so many months ago. High on the satisfaction of my completed masterpiece I went on to take on the letter "B" as well. It still needs a little work - for instance I forgot the antennae - and it looks a little bit like a puppy. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Starting Here

Pretty boring design, huh? Everything has to start somewhere. It's not often that I allow myself to jump right in and go back and edit later. Rather I tend to get stuck on things - ironing out every detail  - holding on until I think something's perfect. Someday you'll pop back in (I hope) and things will be all changed around but for now - this is it.