Sunday, May 26, 2024

Horseshoe Crab

 On our last morning at the Cape I found this recently deceased horseshoe crab on the beach. It was studded with little white shells.

Pen and ink drawing of dead horseshoe crab, upside down, with small white shells attached near its tail.


Pen, ink wash, white ink on toned paper

4" x 6"

Monday, May 20, 2024

Atlantic Spice Company Pallets

 Atlantic Spice Company Pallets


Ink drawing on toned paper of pallets stacked up in bright sunlight by wooden retaining wall


Pen, ink wash, and white pen on toned paper

4" x 6"

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Long Point Lighthouse from Truro, MA

 Long Point Lighthouse from Truro, MA


Watercolor sketch of calm. slightly ruffled bay with sandy spit of land and squat white lighthouse on horizon beneath white and purple clouds.

Watercolor
4" x 6"

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Truro Breakwater sketch

 First 2024 Cape sketch as well as first sketch in new Montanapolitancroptic sketchbook. I've done this breakwater many times before, but this time I was trying to work methodically with the reality of the constantly changing tide. The problem is that there is no stable baseline to use as a reference, and the overall visible size of the subject is changing, making it hard to judge proportions. I knew that the tide was going out, and that I had about an hour and a half before it reached low tide, so I made sure to use the parts that were visible and that would remain constant as my reference points, and gradually added to the drawing as more of the subject was revealed by the receding waters.

The gull showed about about halfway through, and I was of two minds whether to include it. Would it make the image too hokey? However, the way it stayed there posing for so long made me think it really wanted me to put it in the picture, so I did. I think it provides a nice accent.


Pencil drawing of breakwater with basic outlines and shapes


Pencil drawing of breakwater with details filled in

Ink drawing of breakwater at low tide with seagull perched on top

Ink drawing of breakwater at low tide with darkened water, sand texture, and highlights




Saturday, May 11, 2024

Academic Artist Association 74th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism.

Oil painting. Thick snow swirls amidst trees and play structure, simultaneously obscuring and defining the objects and the space between them.

 "Backyard Snow" has been juried into the Academic Artist Association 74th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism. This exhibition always attracts top notch artists from New England and beyond, so it should be a great show.


Logo with palette and paintbrushes on a fancy shield with text: Academic Artists Association "The Enduring Triumph of Realism"


June 16 – July 14, 2024
Thursday - Sunday, 1 to 5 PM

Arts Center East
709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT ~ 860-871-8222

Opening Reception Sunday, June 16, 2024, 1 to 4 PM
Awards announced at 3 PM

https://www.academicartistsassociation.org/


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

New MontanaPolitanCroptic sketchbook

Time to make a new MontanaPolitanCroptic sketchbook. It's been ten years since I designed and built the first of these.  Also,  some pix from the old one, selected with an eye to repeated places and subjects.

Two handmade sketchbooks, one old and one new. They have different types and colors of paper and are covered with black cloth.

Bookshelf showing spines of handmade sketchbooks with dates going back to 2014

Ink sketch  of railroad crossing signals with road in background on white paper

Ink sketch  of railroad crossing signals on toned gray paper

Ink sketch  of railroad crossing signals on toned tan paper





Ink sketch of dense foliage with light filtering through leaves at top

Ink sketch on toned tan paper of path entering woods with large rock on left, dense foliage in background


Ink sketch on white paper of path leading into woods, light streaming through trees and foliage


Ink and white gouache sketch on toned tan paper of river view with power plant and railroad bridge



Watercolor sketch of river view with power plant and railroad bridge


Watercolor sketch of closer view of power plant with smokestacks and complex ductwork; trees and river on foreground.




Friday, May 3, 2024

 Backyard Snow

Oil on linen panel

9.5" x 12"

I started this back in January, during the only decent snowstorm of the winter. There's also a shot of the first pass, showing how I was trying to get the movement and feeling of the snow down first, filling the details later but always referring back to the initial sketch; and my snow painting setup, Artistic In Tent.

Oil painting. Thick snow swirls amidst trees and play structure, simultaneously obscuring and defining the objects and the space between them.


Underpainting sketch showing movement of snow


Pochade box with tent made of plastic bag on file folder frame to shelter palette and painting from snow

Thursday, May 2, 2024

MICAfest 2024

 Sunscreen and Three Women are up at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity as part of MICAfest 2024, Art for Change: The M/others’ View.


There's lots of other interesting artwork on display, connected to non-traditional conceptions of motherhood. Unfortunately the gallery is currently only open during other scheduled events and performances, so if you happen to be attending one of these during May be sure to traipse down the hall to the Peacock Gallery during intermission. There is a possibility of scheduling additional viewing times which I will announce if they pan out.

There is also a reception May 25, 2:00 - 4:00, which I won't be able to attend, but which should be fascinating. The reception is free, but please RSVP so they can plan accordingly.

https://experiencemica.org/event/mica-unveiled-art-reception-2/


May 1-31, 2024

Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity

130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062

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


Peacock blue gallery wall with pastel painting of mother applying sunscreen to her daughter's nose as a large wave breaks in the background, and an oil painting of three women, a mother, daughter, and grandmother on a porch overlooking a town with a thundercloud on the horizon.



Pastel painting of mother applying sunscreen to her daughter's nose as a large wave breaks in the background.

Oil painting of three women, a mother, daughter, and grandmother on a porch overlooking a town with a thundercloud on the horizon.

Friday, April 26, 2024

Hartsbrook Farm pano

 Another favorite bike destination is this afternoon view of Hartsbrook Farm against the light. I've done it several times, but this time I decided to try a pano of the whole scene. 

Ink on toned paper pano view of farm with silo, barn, outbuildings, farmhouse

left side of pano, with trees and huge pile of old tires

right side of pano with bright light on metal roofs


Monday, April 22, 2024

Racor switch

 I sketched this endearing personage on a walk today. Subsequently learned that it is a Racor switch.

Ink and watercolor sketch of railroad switch mechanism incorporating a yellow handle and vertical shaft with a red arrow and green circle mounted at right angles.


Sunday, April 21, 2024

Power plant

 I've done this power plant a few times looking south from a ways up the river, but yesterday I found myself right opposite it, and did this watercolor sketch.

Watercolor sketch of old power plant with chimneys and ductwork by river in sunlight  against dark clouds


Monday, April 15, 2024

Mount Toby

 A nice in just spring day so I biked up to Mount Pollux and did this watercolor sketch of Mount Toby.

watercolor of distant mountain against partly cloudy sky, hills covered in bare trees and evergreens in foreground.



Tuesday, April 9, 2024

PCC Memories etching

I think this is the final state for the plate. Not that it couldn't be improved, but there are flaws that have been baked in from its inception and that will likely get worse with each trip through the ferric chloride. I've also done a lot of scraping and burnishing and filled some unintentional pock marks with epoxy. Next step is to work on the printing part - using inking, wiping, and printing to get a consistent, predictable result so as to be able to print an edition. I've learned a lot from this first attempt at a larger scale, complex image which I'll apply to the next one.

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


Moon, mountains, humans

We went up north to see the eclipse! I got a decent-ish shot of the totality by holding a phone camera filter (which didn't work with my admittedly old phone) up in front of my real camera. While waiting, I did a watercolor sketch of the mountains and some vignettes of my fellow humans gathering for the event. 

total solar eclipse
watercolor panographic view of mountains with light snow on peaks and ski trails

left side of pano

right side of pano

page of pen and ink sketches of people holding large binoculars, setting up cameras, walking dog, mother helping daughter with coat, lounging chair group

pen and ink sketches of people - pregnant mother and young son sitting on wall, serious people with telescopes and tripods




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 one 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