The Art Fly

“Bamboo and Spheres”

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Acrylic Painting
10″ x 10″ panel

Lately, bamboo has been used in all three of my chosen mediums: in paint, silverpoint, and wood. It’s a beautiful subject that I’m just beginning to explore in my mosaic work. As an artist, it’s thrilling to follow these paths that appear along the journey.

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“Earthly Pleasures” on Crafthaus Online

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Happening now online is “Earthly Pleasures: It’s Easy to Be Green” on Crafthaus. I have three pieces, all wall-mounted wood mosaics, in this show. One is a natural bamboo mosaic that I posted on November 14 – titled “Bamboo.” Each bamboo tile has a slightly hand-beveled edge. The others mosaics that are on exhibit are “Pisces Rising” and “Genesis.” These were very intricate mosaics, consisting of hundreds of hand-scribed pieces, all made from scraps that were discarded by local wood shops – too small for them to keep. They became the materials that I gilded, painted, textured, interlocked, and with which I fashioned flames, waves, ribs…. Check it out on my website and Crafthaus.

“Pisces Rising” 48″ x 24″

“Genesis”62″ x36″

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“Bamboo and Sphere”

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Silverpoint Drawing
6×9″ gray-green prepared paper

Silverpoint is a drawing made with a silver stylus on a prepared surface. The metallic lines gradually tarnish to a sepia tone over time. This drawing medium was commonly used in the Renaissance era in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

I’ve been using silverpoint since the mid-1980s when a fellow artist and I experimented with traditional formulas and color tones on panels and fine art papers, and used various metals. (The term metalpoint describes the use of silver, copper, gold, platinum, etc. on prepared surfaces.) At that time I enjoyed creating silverpoint drawings from the faces seen in paintings by Renaisssance artists: Vermeer, daVinci, Botticelli, Holbein….and I’ve continued that practice. I prefer using silver on a lightly toned paper, board or thin panel so I can finish up with white highlights; occasionally I use other pastel colors, as in this drawing.

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“Peace and Quiet”

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Oil Painting
6″ x 6″ bevel-edge panel

This is another in my Meditations series. With all the recent art openings and holiday energy in the air, I escaped to my studio and decided to paint these two stones. I’m never quite sure if I choose the subject or it chooses me, but these two had a calming effect as I sculpted their forms in paint.

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2010 Works in Wood Opening

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This was the scene at Saturday’s Artists’ Reception for the “2010 Works in Wood” exhibit at New Hope Arts! “Works in Wood” is a national juried show, held annually, that is one of the area’s most anticipated events – a favorite show for folks who love wood in all its forms. It runs until January 2, 2011; please check the link for more details.

Here are detail photos of my two wood mosaic frames that are in this show:
Detail of “Beach Stones”

Detail of “Water”


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Bamboo mosaic
14.25″ x 14.25″ mirror frame

This piece was made specifically for the upcoming Crafthaus online juried exhibition “Earthly Pleasures.” The idea was to create something green, that is, reclaimed or recycled from local material.

A construction crew doing bridge work in my neighborhood was thinning out a grove of bamboo and feeding it to a “chipper.” I asked them to set a few aside for me that day, and later hauled about 8 or 9 very long, heavy stalks back to my studio. It turns out I really love working with this beautiful natural material, and the curvier the better. I split open the bamboo to reveal the chambers and have a focal point that I built the piece around. I also wanted to incorporate a variety of natural “patinas.”

Aren’t you curious what’s inside?

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