This blog is my portfolio of artwork, a journal about my process of making art...and the things that I have no words for...

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Wedding Present and other recent drawings

I made this one special for a wedding present for my friend Megan Dunn who just got married last week, I knew that I wanted to do one to add to her collection of other small drawings that I've made for her (one for graduation and one for a going away present on her last day of work)...I'm a sucker for weddings and happily ever after good stuff, so when I soaked this small sheet of Arches watercolor paper, the first stroke was the right side of the heart, which is the only side that I can draw consistently right, I always mess up the left side (I don't know why, it shouldn't be so tough to be symmetrical, or as close as one can get!) Any way...this whimsical little watercolor evolved as I splashed color and water throughout the day of its creation...I sketched a little to define what I needed to define, and then I tagged it at the top with Corinthians 13 just because I felt it was right.

I've been on vacation for a week, it's been nice to have the time to spend making lots of art, I did set up the picnic table studio on was a paint explosion for a while...I finished nothing but have lots of promising beginnings in the works and reworking of things that languished in limbo...but nothing I want to share just yet... the point of the day was having lots of fun! Fun immeasurable! Favorite beer included.

Oh, yes...two recent drawings...these were made in May... favorite...

"May" May 12, 2008

"The Rain is Coming" May 18, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Little Pieces of "Whimsy"

Some of my favorites are the smallest drawings...done in a 4 x 5 sketchbook that I carry with me every day, many of the images in it are taped off to 3 x 3 size, some spill out beyond that initial border...more often than not, they're pencil drawings, some are colored pencil, some are tinted graphite that have been saturated with water and scumbled with a brush, and then a drawing made over the dried result...

The Heart of Night,

The Red Window, 5/29/2007

The Blue Window, 6/5/2007

The Window's Edge, 6/2007

Each piece pictured here is in a portfolio featured by request at the Contemporary Gallery, 230 Harrison Street, Syracuse NY (they're prettier in person!)

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Opening of Whimsy at The Contemporary Gallery

The opening was fantastic, baked goods were delightful, the tea from the Roji Tea Lounge was heavenly, the art whimsical, and fun was had by all! Thought I'd post the installation shots of our room at the end of the Fred and I were both very pleased with the arrangement...
Courtney and Roslyn did a good job pulling the space and the art together in such a short span of time...

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mixed Medium Experimentation

This is the fun stuff that I've made lately...started with white acrylic paint slathered on bristol paper leaving behind brush marks and ridges, then I scribbled over it after it dried with the tinted graphite pencils that I adore so much, drenched them with water and squished the brush around to make bubbles, swirls, and other such textures, allowing it to pool and make it's own tide lines...then I let it set up a bit to the almost but not quite dry, and splattered some acrylic and watercolor...let it dry...

I contemplated drawing on them, but left them alone...I didn't want to do anything more with them, I just have enough fun looking at them as is...there's nothing wrong with that, not everything has to be finished...

Mixed medium experimentation...oh, my goodness, it's always a pleasure!

I will be participating in a group exhibition this summer at the Contemporary Gallery, 230 Harrison Street, Syracuse New York...please click their link for more information about the conception of the gallery, ongoing events, and gallery hours!