Monday, September 1, 2014

New Home!

Orange Construction Fence Series #58

Orange Construction Fence Series #58 (above), an art quilt I made in 2008, has a new home with a private collector. This piece was the companion to Orange Construction Fence Series #57 (below), which sold in 2012 to the Picasso Loft in Philadelphia. PA. 

 Orange Construction Fence Series #57

If #57 had been available, the collector would have also purchased #57 yesterday because he wanted to hang both together. While I'm sorry that didn't work out, I'm glad they both have good homes, even if separate.

While I did stop making art quilts at the end of 2009, I have an archive of art quilts, many of which are still available for purchase or exhibit.

Now I create mixed media art on fabric that I stiffen and/or fabric that is mounted on boards.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Work: Tiled Fence Photos Series 6-10

Tiled Fence Photos #6

After creating and selling Tiled Fence Photos 1 - 5 earlier this year, and selling all five of them at Fountain Street Fine Art, in Framingham, MA, I've created five new pieces in this series, Tiled Fence Photos 6 - 10. I'm also making plans to make at least two more in this series.

Tiled Fence Photos #7

The tree wrapped with fencing (above and below) was a happy surprise I saw when driving on Rt 117 in Weston, MA this past spring. I luckily was able to get pictures of the tree with and without leaves, before the fencing was removed.

Tiled Fence Photos #8

Tiled Fence Photos #9

The picture above shows a construction fence that was decorated with greenery and a bow at Christmas, in Boston, a few years ago. It was so strange that I had to take a picture.

Tiled Fence Photos #10

Above is a picture of construction fencing along with a chain link fence, that was taken by a friend in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tiled Fence Photos Series is created with acrylic "skins" created from photos of orange construction fences out in their various elements. They are collaged on monoprinted textures of construction fences on fabric that is stitched, painted, and mounted on 8" x 8" x 1.5" cradled board.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cell Phone Photography Project


Yesterday I took a picture of what I was doing on the hour, all day from when I woke up before 7am until I went to sleep after 11pm. Looking at 17 snippets over the day doesn't show everything I did, but it is interesting.

Many other artists of Fountain Street Fine Art did this same Cell Phone Photography Project. Some did it from midnight to midnight. Look for an exhibit about it, and some other Collaborative Projects, in a show entitled Multiplicity from November 13 - December 14, 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

12 x 12 x 12 August 2014


The August 12 x 12 x 12 is a combination of fabric and acrylic medium. It looks like it's encaustic, but it's not.

It's created with acrylic "skins" of photographs of details of the colorful mono prints I created this summer. The skins are layered on top of a base of monoprinted fabric, and small ovals of the "holes" of black on white monoprints are layered on top of the skins for contrast.


The picture above is what this piece looked like before I added the ovals on top of the skins.

Other pieces in this series that have a combination of skins and fabric are 12 x 12 x 12 July 2014, 12 x 12 x 12 June 2014, 12 x 12 x 12 February 2014, 12 x 12 x 12 January 2014, and 12 x 12 x 12 November 2013. I really like working this way. It offers a lot of possibilities.

The 12 x 12 x 12 monthly series is my monthly time to play with materials or an idea. This is my eighth year working on this series. Each piece is mixed media on 12" x 12" x 1" board. You can read past posts about this series here on my blog, or see all of the completed work on my website.

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Work: Technicolor Fence Patterns Series

After monoprinting the textures of construction fences using only black as the base "color" in my work over the past few decades, I've switched gears and I'm now printing with color. 

Earlier this summer, I printed 12' of color on fabric, which turned out beautifully. Then I did another 16' which turned out so rich and saturated, that I didn't like it at all. I was tempted to toss it out, but decided to challenged myself, and push past my comfort zone. It wasn't easy. These pieces are still growing on me, but here they are. 

Technicolor Fence Patterns #1
mixed media on stiffened fabric
36" x 49"
2014

The Technicolor Fence Patterns Series is created using multiple colors to monoprint the textures of construction fences, combined with handpainting, and stitching, on stiffened fabric.

Technicolor Fence Patterns #2
mixed media on stiffened fabric
34.5" x 49"
2014

Technicolor Fence Patterns #3
mixed media on stiffened fabric
34.5" x 49"
2014

Technicolor Fence Patterns #4
mixed media on stiffened fabric
35" x 49"
2014

Technicolor Fence Patterns #5
mixed media on stiffened fabric
34.5" x 49"
2014

Now that I've used the 16' of challenging fabric, I'm going to start using the 12' of fabric that I love. My plan is to make a number of series, mounting all of the fabric on different sizes of boards, instead of stiffening it. I'm very much looking forward to this.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Copyright Registration


I submitted an application with the Copyright Office this afternoon, to register all 46 pieces of art work I created in 2013. I've been procrastinating since the beginning of 2014, and decided I better do it before it's time to do it for the work I've created this year.

It would be better protection to register each piece individually, but the $55 application fee is too much for me to do times 49 pieces. That's why I group the year's work into one application. It's better to do that than do nothing.

I keep reading articles, here or there, about work being appropriated by large companies, as if it's their own, but it's actually the hard work of an artist who might not see the infringement or understand how to stick up for them self.

I can not stress enough how important it is to register one's work. If you run into a copyright infringement problem, the official registration from the Copyright Office will be much more helpful than not having one.

It's reasonably easy to apply online. There is a learning curve doing it, but I figured it out again without pulling all my hair out, and I have thankfully checked it off my to-do list.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 July 2014


The 12 x 12 x 12 July 2014 is a combination of an acrylic "skin" of multiple square photos of details from a 12' length of fabric monoprinted in multiple colors, over a black monoprint of a construction fence on white fabric that is stitched.

I was going to cut the skin up and tile it inside the stitched grid, but decided it was too time consuming for this project, given my schedule. Instead it's applied over the stitching, which adds texture to the flatness of the skin.

The 12 x 12 x 12 monthly series is my monthly time to play with materials or an idea. This is my eighth year working on this series. Each piece is mixed media on 12" x 12" x 1" board. You can read past posts about this series here on my blog, or see all of the completed work on my website.