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A Bed of Lotus


A Bed of Lotus

A Bed of Lotus

Remember my sneak peak? Well here is the completed artwork, all finished and mounted onto board!

It’s a multiplate print measuring 18″x24″ and titled A Bed of Lotus. Creating the artwork was a fun challenge, especially the surrounding abstract section, which was worked over quite a bit. Mounting it was an even greater challenge due to its large size. It required precise trimming of the paper, brushing of acrylic medium on both the back of the paper and front of the board and then some very careful aligning of both elements and pressing down to ensure that all would be glued together with no air bubbles. I used some strong muscle with a baren over wax paper on the piece to push down the paper which continually wanted to curl upwards. Finally I weighted everything down overnight to firm the bond.

I painted the sides of the board prior to mounting the print and waxed them to seal afterwards. A close up of one side is shown below.

A Bed of Lotus, side view

A Bed of Lotus, side view

Mounting the piece rather than framing behind glass was a little scary, so much could have gone wrong, but the final result is very pleasing and impactful as there is no glass to blunt the view of the print. It’s a much lighter piece to move around as well! A few more details are below.

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

A Bed of Lotus, detail 1

 A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

A Bed of Lotus, detail 2

I intend to submit A Bed of Lotus to a show but if you’d like to save me the trouble I am offering it this week at $750.

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The Exquisite Camelia


Camelia Red

Camelia Red

I spent this past Easter Sunday  shooting pictures for a local triathlon (photos to follow in a later post). In a quiet moment between transitions I turned my camera to these lovely camelia blooms beckoning for some attention. I happily obliged. More pics below and here. Wishing everyone a creative colorful week!

Camelia Sepia

Camelia Blue

Camelia Blue

Camelia Pink


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Latest Artwork – Sneak Peak


Untitled, detail

Untitled, detail

Today I have the unusual situation of having the exact number of followers of this blog as I do Facebook fans. They’re not large numbers but together they represent a sizable number of people who find my artwork interesting enough to follow and engage in with me.

To thank you all I am giving you a sneak peak into my latest work. It is one that has spent a lot of time percolating in my head. The central image is an 11″x16″ photogravure I have partially printed once before. It is surrounded by a large abstract monotype and the entire piece measures 18″x24″. As always the result on paper is not exactly what I had imagined but I am enjoying the bright colors and am very pleased with it. It is as yet unfinished and untitled. Maybe you might have some ideas for a title?


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Photo Fridays – Winter Blues


Winter Berry

Winter Berry

It’s been a dark, slushy day here today, with the rain melting last night’s snowfall, so I thought I’d post a colorful close-up of a small, winter berry, shrivelled but still beautiful.

Great weekend to all. Hope it’s not all frantic shopping. Find room for some quiet contemplation of beauty.

ps, with the heavy snowfall and ensuing rain my car was so shiny clean I hardly recognized it in the mall parking lot!


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Music Mondays- Dreaming In Color


Dreaming in Colour

Dreaming in Colour

This week’s song is Better Man by Pearl Jam. It’s one of their most famous and well loved. With deceptively simple lyrics it packs a punch and leaves itself open to a wide range of interpretations as seen here. The video below is the album version with lyrics.

These are the lyrics, by Eddie Vedder, lead singer:

Waitin’, watchin’ the clock, it’s four o’clock, it’s got to stop
Tell him, take no more, she practices her speech
As he opens the door, she rolls over
Pretends to sleep as he looks her over

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Oh

Talkin’ to herself, there’s no one else who needs to know
She tells herself, oh
Memories back when she was bold and strong
And waiting for the world to come along
Swears she knew it, now she swears he’s gone

She lies and says she’s in love with him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
She lies and says she still loves him, can’t find a better man
She dreams in colour, she dreams in red, can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Yeah

She loved him, yeah, she don’t want to leave this way
She feeds him, yeah, that’s why she’ll be back again

Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man
Can’t find a better man

Finally this is an awesome live version. Watch how the audience takes over the singing and how it builds to a dynamic mind bowing climax! I’m seeing Pearl Jam in December and can hardly wait!!! As other fans have said “Can’t Find a Better Band”!

Would love to hear your impressions of the song and its lyrics. Some say Eddie Vedder wrote it specifically about this parents’ relationship but I think it resonates with people on many levels, as all good art does.  For my part I feel it’s a place we all find ourselves in sometimes in our lives, unhappy in a situation but unable or unsure how to get out of it. So we settle or lie to ourselves that this is as good as we can expect, all the while dreaming of better things.

Ps, the artwork, Dreaming in Colour, is a recent piece. I chose it to include it in this post because of its title and use of red, though the interpretation of it can be as wide ranging as that of the song.


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Photo Fridays – Luscious Last Days of Summer


Luscious Red

Luscious Red

This is my final photo posting for the summer. But when does autumn actually start? A google search showed up some interesting facts. Apparently the astronomical fall for the northern hemisphere starts on Sunday, September 22. But the autumnal equinox may vary from year to year according to climate so it may not align with the astronomical date. This year’s equinox is at exactly 20:44 on September 22. Next year’s will be on the 23rd at 02:29.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend and last days of summer!


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Tuesday Tales – Red is for Roussillon


Sejour b

Sejour

It is always wonderful to discover special places while travelling. Some are magical, no matter how many times one visits them. Venice and Bali are two such places I have been fortunate to have spent time in. Others grow more enchanting with every successive visit. Roussillon is one of these places. A tiny hill town in Provence, perched high above a green valley filled with orchards and vineyards, it is labelled one of France’s loveliest villages. And rightly so, for it’s location on a ridge filled with ochre deposits in its clay, has resulted in a village rich in russet tones that glow in the extraordinary Provencal light.

This was my second visit to Roussillon. The enchantment began upon arrival as we wandered through the cemetery overlooking the town, with its spectacular view below and its stone tombs and crosses rising up into the brilliant blue sky. Strolling through the village was magical as the sun was starting to set, creating an everchanging contrast of glowing and deep red and orange hues and long, dramatic shadows across walls and streets. Lovely shops and even lovelier galleries and eateries beckoned, competing with the visual feast of textured walls, painted doors, the cool stone interior of a church and windows with charming flourishes and potted plants.  Best of all was visiting this lovely town with someone special, someone who delighted in its charms as much as I did, and someone who waited patiently as I snapped away uncontrollably at every turn. Images of Roussillon can be seen in my Flickr album here.

This week I am offering another pair of photopolymer gravure etchings, both of Roussillon. The image above, titled Sejour (Sojourn), I feel captures perfectly the joy of strolling through this lovely town with someone special. The image below, titled Village Stroll 2, highlights the dramatic quality of the light at sunset. The name of the gallery in the bottom left of the image, barely visible, is Galerie de la Porte Heureuse (Happy Door Gallery), a most fitting name for this most enchanting place.

I am offering the prints, this week only, at $150 for both or $80 each, unframed, and for an additional $20 each framed. Each print is 5″ x 7″ on 8″x10″ paper.

Village Stroll, 2

Village Stroll, 2