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!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 August 2015


As a continuation of my decision to use photos from last winter in this year's monthly series12 x 12 x 12 August 2015 incorporates acrylic skins of pictures of ice and snow on the street, layered on top of a bright and colorful monoprint of a construction fence. The color contrasts the hot summer weather we're having now, to the dirty black ice and snow on the street last winter.

I've been working on the 
12 x 12 x 12 series for nine years. It 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.

For my September piece, I'm considering using some pictures of a neighbor's white picket fence mostly buried in the snow. I'll start it on or after September first. Stay tuned. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

2016 Calendar


It's almost time for Open Studios, which means it's time for me to order copies of my 2016 Calendar. The art and dates are all ready to go. Calendars will be available for sale at Open Studios at Artspace Maynard, in Maynard, MA on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 2015 from noon - 5pm in Studio 139. After then, as we head toward the end of 2015, I'll set up a webpage for anyone who wants to order one online. Here is a sneak peek.












Thursday, July 30, 2015

Open Studios - Save the Date


Heads up that I will be participating in Open Studios at ArtSpace Maynard, in Maynard, Massachusetts on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 2015 from noon - 5pm. Please save the date, and make a plan to visit all of ArtSpace, especially Studio 139, which I share with Merill Comeau.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Art Consultant


I dropped eight paintings, Seasonal Fences Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn #4 (above) and Seasonal Fences Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn #5 (below), off art an Art Consulting Company in Boston this morning

They are joining Seasonal Fences Winter #2 and Spring #2 which were already in their collection of artwork that is available to decorators.


Seasonal Fences - Summer #2 and Autumn #2 found a new home in a high end residential tower in the Boston area a year ago, thanks to this same Art Consultant. I am very thankful for their role in this transaction.

The Seasonal Fences series are abstractions of different colors of fences in contrast to the landscape during different seasons. They are mixed media on 22" x 10" x 1"  board, created in 2011. 

I've had good success with this series, which I was doubtful about when I created it. 

Seasonal Fences - Spring #3, is being sold as a print, Seasonal Fence Print, at Crate & Barrel's print collection for the past two years. And, Seasonal Fences -Winter #1, Spring #1, Summer #1 and Autumn #1 were purchased by Meditech (Medical Information Technology) in Framingham, MA in March 2012. 

It just goes to show that just because an artist may doubt their own work, others may like it.


The Art Consultant also has Fractured Fence Repaired #1 (above) and Fractured Fence Repaired #3 (below) in their collection.


The Fractured Fence Repaired Series explores blue construction fence patterns on white (reminiscent of blue and white plates), that are fractured and then repaired with gold (Kintsukuroi). 

Each piece was created with monoprinted, handstamped, and handpainted fabric, that was cut and reassembled with small stitches. Then the fabric was stiffened to provide a more paper-like feel and appearance, and gold was painted near the stitched seams.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 July 2015


12 x 12 x 12 July 2015 incorporates pictures of leaf fragments embedded in ice, layered on top of a monoprint of a construction fence. It's a continuation of my decision to use photos of ice and/or snow from last winter in this year's monthly seriesAs much as I wanted to add color to this piece, cold memories from the winter spoke to me, maybe because it's July and I'm not enjoying the heat.

This is my ninth year working on this 12 x 12 x 12 series. It 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 already have acrylic skins of photos of ice and snow ready for the 12 x 12 piece I'll make in August. What I'll do with it I don't know, and won't until I start it on August first or later.

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Home


Holes in the Fences #2 has been acquired by a collector in Maryland, thanks to ArtfulHome.com!

There are five pieces in the Holes in the Fences series, which are abstractions of construction fences and their holes.

The inspiration came from the scraps of "holes" that were left over from my Weathered Fences series. Both were created in 2010 when I started to making work on boards, or on stiffened fabric, instead of quilting it. It was a natural but big change in the way I created my work, and one that I have fully embraced.

Holes in the Fences #2 is mixed media on 24" x 18" x 1.5" cradled board.