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…
Bamboo – Wood Mosaic
28.5″ x 16.5″
On Saturday, November 9, Mayor Larry Keller presided at the Opening Reception & Awards ceremony of the National Juried “Works in Wood” Exhibition at the New Hope Arts Center. As usual, this show was jam-packed with woodworkers and patrons of the arts. I was overjoyed upon hearing that my mosaic “ASCENT” was awarded First Prize for the Sculpture category by Jurors Mark Sfirri and Michael Ingham. Many Thanks to both of you!
“Ascent” – detail
I have two works in this show, Ascent and Jubilation, both bamboo – wood mosaics.
These works will be on display until December 8 so get yourself to this excellent show! See how these 50 terrific artists amaze and delight with their innovative, exquisite, humorous, and intricate creations in wood! New Hope Arts is located at 2 Stockton Avenue in the heart of New Hope, PA. NHA is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. Check their website for the Calendar of Events, or call them at 215-862-9606.
“Highlights of an Autumn Afternoon”
Oil on panel
10″ x 12″
This impressionistic painting is one of my most recent, of a field in Buckingham (Central Bucks County), Pennsylvania. The golden afternoon light, especially across fields and trees, always stops me in my tracks. It’s Autumn, it’s gorgeous, and out in that field is where I want to be!
“Highlights of an Autumn Afternoon” is on display now at Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, in Lambertville, New Jersey. I designed this new style of frame and am very happy with the results; this brings the size of the work to 15.5″ x 17.5″.
Please contact me for purchase of this original painting.
“Ringed Rocks and Sphere”
Silverpoint on prepared paper, heightened with white ink
6 x 8 inches
These are some of my favorite rocks stars in the large collection I have. If you’re a regular visitor to this site you’d probably have picked up on that, and have seen them in my paintings and drawings. The bottom rock I found near Findhorn in Scotland, the top one from Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island.
Silverpoint is a centuries old drawing medium, predating the graphite pencil; think about that for a second. It’s getting more and more popular these days, not surprising to me since it is a meditative medium and has a calming effect. You and the object of your attention. The more you look, the more you see and become absorbed in…writing line after line, keeping a diary of sorts.
Just made it in time to capture the sunset from a vantage point on the beach in Truro on Cape Cod. A nice way to end the day – and to finish up a vacation.
Sand Art I, Cape Cod National Seashore
Sand Art II
Sand Art III
Sand Art IV
It has been a week of bliss here in Cape Cod, Massachusetts – gorgeous weather, gorgeous sunsets, beautiful rest and relaxation!
The ocean left these fleeting abstract images in the sand, couldn’t resist!
4 x 10″ on blue-gray prepared panel
This recent silverpoint drawing is a section of intertwined vines and branches that I found in the woods and had to have. The more twisted the better. (I’m also attracted to bamboo that is bent, curved, or somehow different than the others.) These things have grown naturally like that and are great finds!
The actual piece will become a focal point in some future “work in wood” that I create. Until then, I get to know it by drawing and sometimes painting it.
A silverpoint drawing is made by using a silver rod that is typically inserted in a holder. The drawing surface, or ground, is prepared, that is, it must have a “tooth” that allows metal from the silver rod to rub off. The term metalpoint refers to any metals – silver, gold, copper, aluminum, etc. – that could be used in the same way.
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