Acrylic and ink painting of a secret garden

I've been filming myself painting and drawing a lot lately. It's fun! This one turned out surprisingly well, considering I was working with no sketch, just eyeballing it as I checked my photo reference. As it happens, I did manage to get the proportions of the pond wrong, but I think you'd never know if… Continue reading Acrylic and ink painting of a secret garden

Ink painting in a concertina sketchbook

I'm in a couple of artist communities online. It began with the free course I took part in over the summer by Louise Fletcher, which in turn convinced me to take the full paid course. Lots of un-learning and breaking down barriers, some of which I wrote about a couple of posts (and a number of months) ago. Since then I've been painting a lot, and this weekend I did some ink painting in a concertina sketchbook. Tap the image to read more.

A new type of imagery emerging

I've been taking a class that's all about getting unstuck or kickstart a revolution in one's art. It's led by artist Louise Fletcher, who is co-host of a podcast I've been listening to for awhile now. I took her free one week taster course, and decided to jump in and do the full ten-week program… Continue reading A new type of imagery emerging

Moonwater and Other Rituals of Navigation

Every weekend I open a "new post" window, and there it sits, staring at me with its blank, accusatory stare. No, the accusation comes from within. The pressure I put upon myself, the spreading myself too thin, unwittingly, every time a create a 'weekend' list— I hobble myself with overwhelm! I did cross lots off… Continue reading Moonwater and Other Rituals of Navigation

Quarantine project: before and after

Over the weekend I undertook a project that I'd originally intended to do when I moved into my apartment, but I was on a deadline with a big project for a museum, and there was no time. Since then, well, I just haven't thought about it except once in awhile. Then last weekend I got… Continue reading Quarantine project: before and after

A row of brownstones: process part III

I planned to post this Friday, but things being what they are out in the world, I didn't manage it. With things in NYC going from quasi-normal to lockdown in a matter of days, it wasn't a priority. I spent part of the weekend in communication with family and friends near and far, a final… Continue reading A row of brownstones: process part III

A row of brownstones: process part II

Here is the third proof I pulled after completing my line etches in the acid bath on Tuesday. The first proof was a mess, on account of excess acid and water trapped beneath the contact paper that held the strips together throughout the etching process. I removed it, cleaned the plates, and re-joined them with… Continue reading A row of brownstones: process part II

An extra day in the year

Happy Leap Day! It seems fitting that our extra day comes on the weekend, else I'm sure it would be overlooked by many of us. It isn't as if the world treats this day any differently. I've been trying hard to not allow the relentless news of the world to overwhelm me. It can be… Continue reading An extra day in the year

Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Continuing on last week's theme— images from Savannah. Here are two scans of a copper plate etching in progress. Above shows the first pull of phase two, after adding some tones with aquatint. This is a miniature print (3"x3"). The next phase will involve some burnishing of the plate to create more variations in the… Continue reading Cathedral of St John the Baptist

4th Annual NY International Miniature Prints Exhibition

Last night was the opening reception for the Mini Prints show at Manhattan Graphics Center, where I take printmaking classes. The place was packed to the gills, and I was pleased to see that my two prints had already been claimed by someone! (The red dots indicate the pieces are sold.) This was the first… Continue reading 4th Annual NY International Miniature Prints Exhibition