Monday, November 24, 2014
I've joined a workshop for teachers with Cheryl Milligan, an accomplished Mentor teacher. The assignment we were given was to do 2 selfportraits. One a "smoothie" and one "Slash and Dash." In giving them names they exhibit to students the range they can achieve, the choices they can make. Most beginners opt for the highly detailed Smoothie when the Slash and Dash can convey much more emotion. Lighting the face is crucial. Strong shadows convey drama as well as bone structure.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Here are some of the paintings in this years show at The Corscaden Gallery that I was particularly pleased with.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Here are some pictures of my latest batch of Raku vases based on birch bark from Keene Valley. I actually used a piece of downed birch log from the Trails End Inn to create the texture. I make them intentionally rough instead of trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) because I still want the nature of the clay to be apparent and when you see birch resting on the ground it really looks like this. I also created a tile based on my ink drawing of a forest scene. It came out very calligraphic and abstract. I like it.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
At dawn in Keene Valley I grab a coffee and walk to a small pond where they used to harvest ice in the old days. It's right across from the local school. This particular morning a cloud hovered over the pond and dissipated as the sun rose and revealed the mountains behind. I chose to focus on the cloud before it disappeared because it seemd such an ethereal presence. 11x17in pastel
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Moving Cloud -pastel 11x14in
this is the view from the field at Keene Valley Central School at dawn. I noticed this pinkish cloud rise up in an arc and disappear in the sun.
HIDDEN 12x 24in oil
At Chapel Pond near Keene Valley, NY a fallen tree
lies hidden under the surface like a sleeping giant.
White House, Blue Shadow 9x12in oil