Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to be Prolific

Isaac Asimov's Advice on Being Prolific

...a good little article written by Charles Chu. The thoughts in here make good sense. Don't aim for perfection, but strive to do good work, every day.  Don't obsess over mistakes. Enjoy your own production. If you take some of the advice in this article, you will be less prone to creative block, and you won't fear creative block.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

2 in 1 Sitting....

Although at first glance, there may be a lot of consistency from work to work, in order to keep the process always fresh and unexpected, I mess with procedure. Although they are all small, the slight variations in size are very important and have a huge influence on the work. I change the methodology and working procedures in various ways. Here, the size is a bit smaller than usual, and 2 are done in one sitting, one right after the other. Seen here are 2 consecutive days.....2 works from one day, 2 from the next.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Framing Small Artwork

Many thanks to the wonderful artist Mary Jo O'Gara  (click on the link to see her beautiful pieces) who sent along these photos of my artwork in her house. I love seeing how people frame and place the work in their`s just so exciting to see! And I think Mary Jo did an outstanding job of framing this piece. Framing can be a difficult thing, and it takes a lot of looking and comparing of results.

I also like how Patti Blumenthal framed one of my small collage paintings on gessoed birch panel, and I really appreciate getting a chance to see these photos of both works in their new environments!
Here's one of my drawings in a simple museum frame. The matte is 4 inches, top and sides, 4.5 inches on bottom, and the white is a warm off-white. If in doubt about any of your framing choices, this method will work very well for all my works on paper. Where the edge is part of the work, it should be shown, and not covered up by the matte.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Final Days of 2016

...some of the last pieces from 2016...smaller collage paintings on Rives BFK paper...

Happy New Year Everyone!  

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Paintings....

I am coming to the end of my stock of Whatman paper. It's wonderful to paint holds washes beautifully, and buckles hardly at all with any application of acrylics. These 3 December paintings were done one after the other, on consecutive days....(top and bottom piece Sold)    

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hill Stop....Drawing on Location

(Sold)  Every so often, I make these drawings on location. 2b, 4b, and 7b pencil are used, and the pencil is continuously moving for about an hour.....drawn in the front seat of my car....   

Friday, December 2, 2016

Recent Pieces.....Late November

...a fairly gloomy time in this part of the world, but I enjoy painting these times. There is still time to do plein air work also, and more of those will be happening, although perhaps not with the same frequency as in the summer.