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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Studio Time!


Happy Spring! I have finally been able to get some time to work in my art studio after a very long hiatus due to winter weather and life, and it's been really productive. 

My task is to use the 12 feet of fabric I painted last summer, in new work that needs to be finished by the end of this summer, for a two person show with Denise Driscoll at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham, MA in October. 

I have 13 pieces in two sizes in the works right now. Twelve more boards are on order, 11 of which are a third size. While the work in these pictures could technically be labeled finished, I'm going to push them much further. Stay tuned over the next few months.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Six Month Task


I've been thinking about ice, but not only the ice dripping down the side of my house. I'm thinking about the ice photos I took this winter and last, at Morse's Pond in Wellesley, MA, which is a short walk from my house in Natick. 

Over the next six months, my task is to make a number of new series in a variety of sizes. The work will include colorful monoprinted and painted fabric with the shape and texture of a construction fence, and acrylic skins of inverted photos of pond ice that will be collaged on top of the fabric.

This new work is being created for an exhibit with Denise Driscoll entitled "All Boundaries are Imagined" at Fountain Street Fine Art from October 8 - November 8, 2015. I have a lot of work to do but I'm very much looking forward to this challenge.

Above is a sample picture of some fabric I'm currently stitching, and below is a sample of an inverted ice photo.


Friday, February 13, 2015

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 February 2015


My new monthly piece, 12 x 12 x 12 February 2015 (above), is a follow up to 12 x 12 x 12 January 2015 (below). Both are created with scraps of colorful monoprinted and painted fabric that has the shape and texture of a construction fence on it, and both have acrylic skins of photos of pond ice, both the actual photo and its inverse, collaged on top.

For February, the skins are on top of the construction fence shape. In January's piece, they're on top of the holes in the fence pattern. I may do a combination piece next month, unless something else inspires me instead.


This is my ninth year of creating one mixed media piece on 12" x 12" x 1" board each month. Hence the series' 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. It's my monthly time to play. 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.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Outdoor Art


One of the most interesting things about outdoor art is how different it looks depending on the day, time of day, weather, and season. Above is a detail shot of my work in my back yard after getting record amounts of snow in Massachusetts the past 2 weeks, and below shows a clematis growing through it last summer. More pictures can be seen here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Home


Here's a picture of a print of my painting Seasonal Fences - Spring #3, which is available at Crate & Barrel, in a California home. It looks awesome in this nicely framed photograph. 

The original painting is mixed media on 22" x 10" x 1" cradled board. The signed giclee print at Crate & Barrel measures 60" x 30" framed.

You can see more of my art in homes here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Year, New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 January 2015


I've started my ninth year of creating one mixed media piece on a 12" x 12" x 1" board each month. Hence the series' name, 12 x 12 x 12.

After eight years, I decided it's a wonderful opportunity for me to continue. It gives me time to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. It's my monthly time to play. 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 make something in the given month, and I don't throw the work out, even if it's unsuccessful.

12 x 12 x 12 January 2015 was created with scraps of colorful monoprinted and painted fabric that has the shape and texture of a construction fence on it. 


Layered on top of the large rounded squares are acrylic skins of a photo of pond ice, both the actual photo and its inverse, as shown above and below. I have dozens and dozens of ice photos that I took a year ago, and also this past week, while walking on a very frozen Morse's Pond in Wellesley, MA, which is a short walk from my home in Natick, MA.


I have 10 feet by 4 feet of very colorful fabric that I monoprinted and painted, and handstamped last summer, which I am planning on sewing and collaging with many of the mostly inverse ice pictures. Together they will become a number of different series of paintings, in a number of different sizes.  I've had ideas about this in my head for quite a while, and now I'm starting to the work of actually making them. Stay tuned.