Monday, May 25, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 May 2015


12 x 12 x 12 May 2015 is the fifth piece in my monthly series this year that explores using acrylic skins of photos from this past winter, which was a wonderful opportunity for me to take a lot of pictures of ice and snow.

This month I incorporated photos of snow imbedded in and behind my neighbor's chain linked fence, with the large square pattern of a construction fence. In previous months this year, I incorporated pictures of pond ice with different sizes of construction fences.

This is my ninth year working on this 12 x 12 x 12 series, that gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each monthIt's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

I took forward to starting my June piece shortly.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On Exhibit in the UK!



Fractured Fence Repaired #4 will be on exhibit at The Liberated Quilt: New work by Through Our Hands, at the Bilston Craft Gallery, in Bilston, West Midlands, UK, from May 16 - July 25, 2015. For friends and readers in the UK, the opening event is on Saturday, May 16th from 1:30 to 3pm.

The Liberated Quilt provides a showcase for 23 international artists working mainly with stitched textile techniques, including quilt-making and embroidery. My piece, Fractured Fence Repaired #4, is mixed media on stiffened fabric.

This is the first time my work is being exhibited in a gallery in Europe, and I'm very excited about it.  I'm also very happy to be affiliated with Through Our Hands, and I greatly admire the work of the other artists in the group.

Shown above: Fractured Fence Repaired #4, mixed media on stiffened fabric, 47" x 40", 2013

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Feedback and Suggestions


After I rolled Fence Patterned Chuppah #8 on a tube yesterday, so I can deliver it to the upcoming Community of Artists exhibit at Danforth Art in Framingham. MA, I captured images of color showing through the holes in the piece and posted them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. No big deal I thought. It's just my art rolled inside out on a tube. But, a number of people responded by suggesting I should make a sculpture using this concept. Feedback and suggestions are what makes sharing work with others worthwhile for me. While I have no time to do this at this time, I will definitely keep it in mind for the future. Thank you everyone!
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 April 2015


12 x 12 x 12 April 2015 is the fourth piece in my monthly series that explores using acrylic skins of photos of pond ice

The skin is cut with the shape of a construction fence, and it is collaged on top of a piece of hand stamped drop cloth fabric, focusing on the patterns of the ice instead of fabric printed construction fences like I did for the pieces I created in March, February, and January.


This is my ninth year working on this 12 x 12 x 12 series, that gives me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each monthIt's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

I'll be starting the May piece in a few days.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

On Exhibit: INTEGRATED PATTERNS: STRUCTURED ABSTRACTION


My work is on exhibit in INTEGRATED PATTERNS: STRUCTURED ABSTRACTION at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan from April 25 through June 26, 2015.


This invitational exhibition features a selection of artists and their works from across America who explore their fascination with the compositional organization of patterned forms, of repetition, and an orchestration of pictorial elements that resonate with a quality of systematized order, or of complex visual or optical qualities.  


The featured artists are: Diane Carr of Honor, MI; Jill Eggers of Grand Rapids, MI; Dorothy Anderson Grow of Traverse City, MI; James Hopfensperger of Kalamazoo, MI; Chris Hyndman of Chicago, IL; Hiroko Lancour of Royal Oak, MI; Nancy Middlebrook of Philadelphia, PA; Paul Nehring of Kalamazoo, MI; Margi Weir of Detroit, MI; Jeanne Williamson of Natick, MA; Jiangmei Wu of Bloomington, IN; and a few selections from the permanent collection.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On Exhibit


Tiled Fence Photos #7 (above) and Tiled Fence Photos #8 (below) are on exhibit at Fountain Street Fine Art's 8x8 Annual Members' Group Show from April 23 - June 14, 2015.

Both pieces are mixed media on 8" x 8" x 1.5" cradled board, and were created in 2014. While they would normally be for sale for $325, they are $200 for this show only. 

If you can't get to the gallery, which is located in Framingham, MA, all of the work is also on exhibit online. If you are interested in purchasing either my work or anyone else's, please contact the gallery directly.

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 March 2015


My new monthly piece, 12 x 12 x 12 March 2015, is a followup to my February and January piecesAll three are created with scraps of colorful monoprinted and painted fabric that has the shape and texture of a construction fence on it. Acrylic skins of photos of pond ice are collaged on top. For my March piece, it's the inverse of the actual photo.

I am really glad I'm doing this series for a ninth year because I have been very busy with other things. This project helps me make time to create at least one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month. That's why I chose the name, 12 x 12 x 12.

It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. Some of the pieces over the months and years have been really good, and others not so much. The only rules I have are that I have make something in the given month, and I can't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

I'm glad this month is almost over because I have a good idea about what I want to work on in April. Or at least an idea of how I want to begin. I never know how it'll end up until it's finished.