Saturday, April 6, 2024

MICAfest 2024


M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art presents MICAfest 2024

MICAfest 2024 Art for Change: The M/others’ View

Visual/Performing/Literary Arts

I’m a Featured Artist!

80 m/other artists

May 1-31, 2024

Northampton, MA

Tickets for MICAfest are now open!

experiencemica.org/micafest-2024-northampton-ma/

My pieces, Three Women and Sunscreen, will be on display at Bombyx  Center for Arts & Equity in the Peacock Room.

Oil painting of three women on a porch, representing three generations. The daughter looks into the picture, across a valley with an old brick mill town with a Florentine tower. In the distance a thunder cloud looms. The mother is busy hanging a sheet on a clothes line, her gaze directed across the picture. The grandmother looks out of the picture, meeting our eyes with a quizzical expression.

Pastel painting of mother applying sunscreen to little daughter's nose. Behind them, a very large wave is breaking




Thursday, March 28, 2024

Abandoned golf course

 Took the bike out to the abandoned golf course, which was partly flooded from recent rains, and did this sketch of ex-farm buildings, subsequently repurposed by a landscaping company. Actually the golf course is also in the process of being repurposed as a recreational area/solar farm, so may lose its wild and melancholy aspect.


Ink drawing of barn, top of silo, and farm buildings seen from across an overgrown and  partly flooded foreground

Pen, inkwash, white gouache and white Sakura Gellyroll pen on toned paper.

4" x 6"

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Hydrometer!



I recently invested in a hydrometer, which measures the density of a liquid relative to water. In etching, it is used to measure the ratio of water to ferric chloride in the etching solution, in degrees Baumé, or Be. Counterintuitively, the relationship is not simply one of more water diluting the strength of the solution; instead there is a useful range centered around 35˚Be, tailing off in either direction. The ferric chloride I buy comes as 42˚ Be, which is recommended for a “careful etch,” but other products I use were recommending 34˚, so I decided to adjust the Baumé with the hydrometer as a guide.  

gloved hand holding  hydrometer, showing calibrations from 0 to 70

The hydrometer is basically a closed glass tube, weighted at on end with what looks like birdshot and glue, with calibrations on a paper roll inside the tube.

Hydrometer floating in water, reading 0

Floated in plain water, it reads 0.

Hydrometer floating in ferric chloride, reading 42

 In the ferric chloride out of the jug, it reads 42. 

turkey baster, measuring cup, plastic jug, and etching tank

I gradually diluted the solution by removing ferric chloride with a turkey baster and replacing it with water 

Hydrometer floating in adjusted ferric chloride solution, reading 34

until it read 34.

Hydrometer floating in graduated cylinder with sample of ferric chloride, reading 41
Finally, I wanted to determine the Baumé of the solution I had removed, which had become slightly diluted in the process, and got about 41.

Etching of streetcar interior with pensive man in foreground, mother reading large book wile her daughter looks on, other passengers in background.

PCC Memories etched with 34˚ Be ferric chloride.

I don't know how much it will show up here, but it made a noticeable difference to etch with 34˚ Be ferric chloride - the lines I added were darker and sharper.

Monday, March 11, 2024

Rin will be on display at the 3rd Celebrating the Figure show at Artworks Gallery in Ware MA.

April 6th through April 28th, 2024
Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 PM
Opening Reception  Saturday, April 6 3 to 5 pm

Artworks Gallery
69 Main St.
Ware, MA 01082


Pencil and white gouache drawing on toned paper of male nude standing with hands behind back, looking up.

 

Friday, March 1, 2024

MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others’ View

 "Three Women" and "Sunscreen" have been accepted to MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others’ View, a Visual/Performing/Literary Arts Festival coming to Northampton, MA in May. It will feature performances and visual art displays exploring non-traditional definitions and narratives of "m/otherhood," and will go on throughout the month of May at various venues to be announced.

https://experiencemica.org/

MICAFest will take in place in multiple venues around Northampton. My work will be at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in the Peacock Room
I'll post more details as they become available.

Oil painting of three women on a porch, representing three generations. The daughter looks into the picture, across a valley with an old brick mill town with a Florentine tower. In the distance a thunder cloud looms. The mother is busy hanging a sheet on a clothes line, her gaze directed across the picture. The grandmother looks out of the picture, meeting our eyes with a quizzical expression.

Pastel painting of mother applying sunscreen to little daughter's nose. Behind them, a very large wave is breaking


PCC Memories - etching work in progress

This is the first proof I've gotten that looked decent enough to post. I've been tweaking the variables of the process - prepping the plate, applying the ground, inscribing the drawing, etching, inking, wiping, preparing the paper, and printing. Still pretty far from having a reliable procedure but starting to narrow it down. I'm using non-toxic, or at least less toxic materials - BIG Etching Ground, Akua ink, SoySolve, etc. I started out with a sandpaper aquatint, in which a hard ground is applied before running the plate through the press a few times with a sheet of sandpaper, then etched. I successively stopped out selected areas and re-etched to create a range of values, then did the lines and hatching as several separate states. Those dark black marks are deep holes that crept in during the first etch. I've tried scraping and burning them but that only seems to lighten the surrounding area making them stand out more. I'm wondering if they could be filled in with epoxy or something?

Etching of streetcar interior with pensive man in foreground, mother reading large book wile her daughter looks on, other passengers in background.


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Mother Comforted by Child

Another recent pencil drawing that might become an etching. I've been struck in the past by scenes of upset parents consoled by children (including me by mine) in various places, and done sketches. I was surprised as this one from imagination started to take shape with such a dark Kollwitzian vibe, but then the child seemed to be channeling a more cheerful Cassatt energy, so we have a yinyang dialectic thing going on. I don't know what the water signifies.

Pencil drawing of sad-looking mother, immersed in waist-high water, holding child as he reaches up to touch her face.