2.5″ x 1.75″ bamboo, cherry base, sycamore lid
I have quite a nice selection of wood varieties in my workshop, assorted scraps that fellow woodworkers have saved for me. And now I have the perfect idea for combining them – these small containers!
I cut this piece of bamboo on an angle, and figured out a pleasing thickness for the wood caps. I sanded through the outer skin where bamboo meets sycamore lid and cherry base, leaving the node area in its natural state. The lid is shaped to fit inside the bamboo about 1/4″ and is an interesting piece of wood in itself. I sand and sand until the edges feel like a natural extension of the bamboo.
This one is not for sale, but I’m working on others…
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18 x 9″ canvas
Who can resist the wonders of Nature! Lots of “garden” works to come…
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Acrylic on panel
24 x 18″
This is one of my favorite flower paintings of alliums and irises, that I’ve never exhibited publicly – until now. I’m showing this and a few other garden-themed paintings at the Artists’ Gallery for this month as we are participating in the Hidden Gardens of Lambertville Tour.
Check out the Artists’ Gallery link for details! And, don’t forget, 15% of the sales go to the Kalmia Club, one of the oldest women’s clubs in New Jersey, whose volunteers are dedicated to education, leadership training, and community service.
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16.5″ x 16.5″
This is the 4th of my recent mosaics celebrating bamboo. I’m really surprised at how many shapes and patterns I’m finding with this medium. The patterned bamboo circles reminded me of rose windows in Gothic cathedrals, so I went with that idea. I added curved bands that wrap across the bamboo strips – to suggest offerings. Uplift seemed an appropriate title for this piece.
Each of the mosaics are mounted in a deep frame made of poplar wood, that I designed to protect the edges of the bamboo.
Please email me if you are interested in purchasing this natural mosaic for $800 plus shipping and insurance.
16.5″ x 16.5″ bamboo with umber paint glaze
This is the third of 4 of my bamboo mosaics currently on exhibition during the “Meditations on Nature” show at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. I’m really excited to be adding this medium to my other favorites: painting, silverpoint drawing, and wood mosaics.
Here I used an umber paint glaze that I rubbed through to accentuate the bamboo grain – and lines of swift movement. After splitting the bamboo poles and rough-cutting the shapes, I sand the edge of each piece to a slight bevel. The “H” shapes inside the circles are cutaway sections of the ridges (nodes) that are seen on the outside. To protect the thicker bamboo edges I designed a shadow-box type of frame and gave it a “patina” of age.
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16.5 x 16.5″
This is one of my four bamboo mosaics that will be on exhibit until June 5 at the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ for my 2-person show with landscape painter Michael Schweigart. If you’re anywhere near the river towns of Lambertville (NJ) and New Hope (PA), please join us Saturday (tomorrow) night from 5-8 pm for our opening reception. Our show “Meditations on Nature” features Mike’s beautifully detailed landscape paintings, my silverpoint drawings, paintings of glass spheres with natural elements: stones, cinnamon, bamboo, and mosaics in wood and bamboo.
My bamboo mosaic process requires lots of time, energy and exploration. First, I split the dried bamboo poles and rough-cut them. As my design ideas unfold, I cut shapes, scribe the pieces to fit, sand the undersides flat, and hand-sand the edges of each piece to a fine bevel. I use epoxy and metal weights to adhere the pieces to the back panel.
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“Onward and Upward”
It begins tonight! “Meditations on Nature” is a two-person exhibition about Nature. It features my beach stone paintings, silverpoint drawings of animal skulls, glass spheres, and the beautifully detailed landscape paintings of my fellow artist Michael Schweigart. I’ll also be introducing four bamboo mosaics, showing my recent explorations into the elegant world of bamboo. I’ll post more photos of this show soon!
Come Visit! The show starts tonight and continues until June 5, with an opening reception Saturday, May 14, from 5-8pm, at Artists’ Gallery, 18 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ.
Opening Reception of Byers Bucks Fever Art Exhibition
I’m so thrilled to be in the company of these wonderful artists as we celebrate the 25th Annual Byers Bucks Fever Art Exhibition! The photo shows only a part of one wing of the beautiful exhibition space on the 2nd floor of the Keenan Mercedes showroom. The two wings, connected by this wide expanse, are filled with sculpture, paintings, etchings, stained glass, wood mosaics, fresco, watercolor and paper collage, calligraphy, egg tempera, photography, colored pencil, graphite, pastel, charcoal, flame-worked glass, sculpture in marble, clay, wood, bronze and stone, etc. It’s a beautiful sampling of work created by the dedicated and hard-working Central Bucks area artists.
If you’re in or around the Doylestown area, treat yourself to this fantastic exhibition – and see yourself driving off in your new Mercedes – with all your new art purchases! Exhibition continues at Keenan Mercedes through April 27, 2011. Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 9-5pm.
16.5″ x 16.5″ on panel
I’m thrilled with this mosaic! After much experimentation with the cutting and patterning possibilities of bamboo, I created this work. Each piece is a natural tile, and the edges are finished with a slight bevel.
The poplar frame I designed for these mosaics is deep enough to keep all the edges protected. This work, and whatever others I’ve finished, will be included in my May show with the Artists’ Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. More about that as the time approaches.
These elegant bamboo pieces will become part of a larger mosaic, but right now I’m exploring shapes, patinas, “interior” design…
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