Free Form

This is a collage a put together a few years ago.  I scanned a lot of different materials and then printed pictures of the scans.  I cut out shapes based on the textures of the pieces I scanned and then built free form collages.  Then I took pictures of the collages and printed those to build additional collages and add to the originals.  I have been thinking of revisiting this project.  I’d like to modify my technique by adding cutouts that would form shadows.  I have been intrigued lately by 3D art that casts interesting shadows.  The problem I have to solve is finding a sturdy mounting base for the shapes that I can easily cut.  The outlines are often quite detailed so it needs to be a material that I can easily cut.  Any suggestions?

Autumn Sentinel Redux

I continue to work my Autumn Sentinels.  Today I tried to give my three sentinels a bit more definition.  I don’t want them to be fully solid, but I want them to have enough substance to anchor the piece.  I have started to add some other more shadowy trees into the background.  I don’t want them to steal attention from the sentinels, and yet I can see from the picture that they need a bit more development.  Funny how it seems easier to see that from the photo.  I have posted the newest rendition along with the first.  The coloring of the two photos is a bit off, for whatever reason, but it allows one to better view how this piece is evolving.


River Genie

I felt like posting today.  I can’t really say why – just felt like it.  I didn’t actually do much art.  The one small piece I worked on is drying and waiting for more attention so I can’t post that yet.  So I decided that maybe I would post a picture I’ve taken.  Something creative.  As I quickly scanned through my photo’s this one caught my eye.  It’s a picture of my daughter that I took this summer.  I was fascinated with her shadow in the water at the river.  She began trying out different poses to see what effect we could get.  This one was my favorite.  The “river genie”  loves me!  I call it the river genie because to me it looks like a genie when it comes out of a bottle.  Mmmm, there goes my imagination again!

Artists Valentine Sale

Please join us for an Artist Valentine Sale and purchase a beautiful, handmade valentine for someone you love.  All sorts of artist-made valentines are offered for sale at prices ranging from $3 to $300. Light refreshments and live music make this event a delightful winter afternoon.

Attendance at the valentine party and sale is free and open to the public. All proceeds of the sale fund the grant program for artists. 

Artist Valentine Sale Locations and Dates:

Sunday January 30  – 2 to 5pm
246 Main Street
Groton, MA

Saturday February 6  12 to 3pm
Western Avenue Studios, Loading Dock
122 Western Avenue
Lowell, MA

Autumn Sentinels

This is a new piece I have been working on.  Originally it reminded me of the city in decay.  Recently, however, I decided it brought to mind the woods in fall.  I started working in the outline of the center tree and liked the effect and the feel of it.  I added a second tree, but it was too similar proportionally to the first.  Today I eliminated it and brought it back slightly smaller and added an even smaller third tree.  They look like guardians of the wood to me.  I like how they are shadowy and fade into the wooded canopy.  Now I need to let it sit for a bit on my easel so I can determine what’s next…