“The Dream Keeper”
25″ x 25″ natural and painted bamboo
“New Hope to New York” is the name of this year’s New Hope Arts Members’ Show. Ellen Bradshaw, president of the Pleiades Gallery in New York, was the juror for this show. I’m honored to be among 10 artists whose work was selected to go to the Pleiades Gallery in New York for their group show in December and January. Thank you, Ellen!
My mosaic was inspired by a poem of the same name, by Langston Hughes. I love this:
The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes
Bring me all of your dreams, you dreamer,
Bring me all your heart melodies,
That I may wrap them in a blue cloud-cloth,
Away from the too-rough fingers of the world.
Here are a few more detail photos of my latest bamboo mosaic. You can see the umber paint-glaze I applied to the bamboo strips of the background. By scratching through the glaze I’m able to control the tonal areas, making an area lighter by degrees. I’ll post the finished work soon.
This is a detail of the bamboo mosaic I’m finishing up. These small movable bamboo rings slide along flexible bamboo strands. You could see the fine angle I cut into the edges of the strands, and get a glimpse of why these mosaics are labor-of-love-intensive. Its as much about the details as anything. The background is a series of bamboo strips, over which I painted a glaze of burnt umber paint. This laid the groundwork for a texture I wanted to create, by scratching and cutting into the paint with a sharp blade.
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Bamboo and Wood Mosaic
16.5″ x 16.5″ / bamboo and stained poplar
I created this piece after a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place where various spiritual paths blend amid the sacred sites, missions, and pueblo villages. Symbolism and spirituality abound there in Santa Fe (“Holy Faith”), and my mosaic signifies these diverse paths sharing a common center.
This work is part of the Sculpture 2014 Exhibition at New Hope Arts, New Hope, PA until May 18. Hours are 12-5 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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Silverpoint Drawing on prepared paper
3.5″ x 5.5″
I love coming across these natural works of art while walking through the woods. The more twisted, viney, or misshapen, the better a subject! While drawing, it helps to imagine being the vine or branch, winding ’round and ’round a core.
Silverpoint Drawing on prepared paper
4.5″ x 6.5″
Sculpture New Hope 2014!
See the newest creations from 50 original artists who are working in Bronze, Wood, Ceramic, Found Object, Steel, Glass, Bamboo, and…well, let’s find out what else on Saturday, April 12 from 6-8 p.m. at New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Avenue!
I have two Bamboo Mosaics in this show, here’s a photo of “Passing Through”.
If you can’t make it to Saturday’s Opening Reception to join the artists and art lovers, don’t worry, you have until May 18 to enjoy the show. Hope to see you there!
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These photos show a few of the steps I take while working out compositions and techniques in bamboo. The first photo shows the bamboo strands that I rough cut for the main section of the panel. These strands are removed in sequence, then inserted into a piece of cardboard for the next step…
The second photo shows a refinement step, where I use a knife to cut a fine bevel into the sides of each of the strands. When cutting bamboo, the edges can become extremely sharp, which is another reason that I take great care to finish them. The background panel (in first photo) will be repainted before I include additional mosaic details, and re-insert the bamboo strands.
There is a lot of experimentation involved in getting to a composition, but it needs to be worked out beforehand. This last photo shows another variation of the “strand” theme that I’m immersed in right now. More to come, as the works evolve….
SURFACE, the current exhibition in The Duke Gallery at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA includes the work of 72 artists, creating in all media. Lorraine Riesenbach, founder and retired Director of Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia, was the juror for this show. I’m happy to report that both of my natural mosaics, “Ascent” and “Blossoms”, are part of this show.
The Duke Gallery was teeming with artists, art patrons and appreciators during Sunday’s afternoon reception, in spite of the pending wintry conditions. I met many new artists and enjoyed learning about their work which came in many shapes and sizes: encaustic panels, mixed-media collage, ceramic, tooled clay and plaster tiles, bamboo mosaic, trompe l’oeil paintings and drawings, wood collage, assemblage art, watercolor and oil paintings, abstract / representational, in other words, something for everyone to appreciate.
This was my first time exhibiting in this beautiful gallery – made all the more terrific when I discovered my 3rd Prize Award for “Blossoms”! Thankyou, Lorraine. Thanks also to everyone involved with handling the details of this exhibition – your efforts are greatly appreciated.
“Inside the Labyrinth”
9.5 x 9.5″ original painting
acrylic on panel
Wishing everyone a joy-filled and radiant New Year, New Day, New Path…