Wednesday, October 7, 2015

On Exhibit: All Boundaries Are Imagined

Introducing All Boundaries are Imagined, Denise Driscoll and Jeanne Williamson, at Fountain Street Fine Art, in Framingham, Massachusetts from October 8 - November 8, 2015. 

Please join us for a Reception on Saturday, October 17 from 5 - 7pm and a Conversation with the Artists on Sunday, October 25 at 2pm.

If you're unable to come to the gallery, I invite you to look at all of the work in the show on their website. Besides looking at my work, please be sure to see Denise's incredible work too!

Here is information about our exhibit:

In All Boundaries Are Imagined, Denise Driscoll and Jeanne Williamson investigate the formality and flexibility of the grid, moving from strictly distributed squares to layers of riotous color and marks that all but obliterate the underlying structure.

Denise Driscoll showcases work from Cipher with maze-like translations of the human genome equally reminiscent of game boards and Byzantine icons. Also included are the geometric accumulations of Circles that explore similarities between personal, micro- and macroscopic perspectives.

Jeanne Williamson incorporates the different grid patterns of construction fences with black and white photos of bubbles, cracks, and skating marks gathered from the ice and snow of last winter. The holes and gridded shapes of the fences become containers for her manipulated and collaged photos, sewing, and painting.

Together, these artists entertain the grid as a welcome constraint as well as a mutable point of departure. 

mixed media on cradled board, 24" x 18" x 1.5", 2015

mixed media on cradled board, 14" x 14" x 1", 2015

12” x 9” x 1.5", 2015

mixed media on cradled board, 14" x 14" x 1", 2015, with one of Denise Driscoll's paintings second from the left.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Parachet (Curtain) Sketches Proposal

I had the opportunity to submit a proposal to create a Parachet for a synagogue in MA. A Parachet is the curtain used in the Ark where the torahs (scrolls) are kept in the synagogue. 

Here are two of the many sketches I submitted. The proposal was for mixed media on fabric, with a 6' 7.5” wide x 10' tall finished size. 

I spent a lot of time sketching, researching the requirements of the synagogue's call for art, and talking to the design committee, and a seamstress who I would have hired to do the actual sewing after I painted the fabric.

I'm proud that I made it to the final two artists for consideration. Unfortunately (for me), they chose an artist who makes beautiful more traditional Judaic work. My submissions were very abstract.

Even though I did not get this commission, I learned a lot, and I would happily submit elsewhere if given the opportunity to do so in the future.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 September 2015

This month's 12 x 12 x 12 incorporates pictures of a neighbor's picket fence that was buried in snow last winter, and the shadows on the snow, collaged over a monoprinted and painted texture of a large shaped construction fence.

September has been an extremely busy month for me. A lot of things are happening professionally and personally. If I had the time, I would have worked on this piece longer, probably adding some painted highlights or pattern. But, the rules I set for this series are that I can only work on each month's piece that month, and whether I like the end result or not, it stays in the series.

While there are technically about 8 more hours that I can work on it before midnight, the actual piece is at my studio a half hour away, and I can't get there today.

Looking at it in a positive way, I'm glad I was able to make it. I think it's OK, it's just not great.

October starts tomorrow. It'll be a new month, and time for a new 12 x 12 x 12.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Street Ice on Fences #5
mixed media on cradled board
24" x 18" x 1.5" 

I very much enjoyed participating in Open Studios at ArtSpace, in Maynard, MA this weekend, and I want to thank everyone who stopped by to look at my work, and say hello.

This year I had over 40 new bold colorful paintings on exhibit, as well as 2016 calendars and new greeting cards.

I very much appreciated the feedback I got about my new work, and there is no doubt in my mind that people like color! Wow! They really like color!

Three paintings found new owners, Street Ice on Fences #5Fragments from Ice on Fences #2, and Fragments from Ice on Fences #7. Thank you very much!. I hope they bring you great joy as you live with them in your homes!

 Fragments from Ice on Fences #2
mixed media on cradled board
6" x 6" x .75" 

 Fragments from Ice on Fences #7
mixed media on cradled board
6" x 6" x .75" 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Open Studios!

Please come visit me in Studio 139 at Open Studios at ArtSpace Maynard, in Maynard, MA, this weekend. I'll have over 40 new paintings on exhibit, as well as new greeting cards and 2016 calendars for sale.

I'm one of 70 artists, musicians, and writers who will be opening our studios on Saturday, September 25th and Sunday, September 26th from 11 am to 5 pm.

ArtSpace Maynard
63 Summer Street, Maynard, MA
Free and Wheelchair accessible
More information:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Artful Home - New Work

I added some new work to my Artful Home page, three of the 14 piece Tallis and Fence series, and three from the Fences and Nests series. I think it would be nice for my paintings to find new homes, instead of hanging around my house. 

The Tallis and Fence series is created with acrylic "skins" created from photos of my grandfather's tallis, collaged on monoprinted textures of construction fences on fabric that is stitched, and painted, and mounted on 8" x 6" x 1" cradled boardI noticed that Artful Home has a Judaica section, but there were no paintings, so now there are a few of mine.

The Fences and Nests series combines the monoprinted textures of orange construction fences with the nest-like circles of thread scraps, on 16" x 12" x 1.5" cradled board. I really like this series, and I'm grateful that a number of them have been sold over the past few years. Perhaps a few more will find new homes too.

If you're interested in seeing this work and more on Artful Home, take a look!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Even though I didn't technically have a summer vacation this year, here this an example of the new paintings I worked on and finished this summer. Three of the four series incorporate photographs of ice or snow from last winter, collaged over monoprinted and painted construction fence textures.

The eleven paintings in the Skating Marks on Ice on Fences series incorporate photos of skating marks on pond ice, mounted on 12” x 9” x 1.5" boards.

The nine-piece Bubbles and Cracks on Ice on Fences series incorporate photos of cracks and bubbles in pond ice, mounted on 14" x 14" x 1" boards.

There are five paintings in the Street Ice on Fences series, which incorporate photos of ice and snow on the side of the road. They are mounted on boards that measure 24" x 18" x 1.5".

The 26 paintings in the Fragments from Ice on Fences series are created with small pieces of fabric of monoprinted and painted textures of orange construction fences from the three series mentioned above, all on 6" x 6" boards that are either .75" or .375" deep.

This work can be seen at the Artspace Maynard Open Studios in Maynard MA on September 26th and 27th, and also in an exhibit entitled All Boundaries are Imagined, Denise Driscoll and Jeanne WilliamsonFountain Street Fine Art in Framingham, MA from October 8 - November 8, 2015. Come see this new work!