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Images from Paula Roland's Advanced Encaustic Monotype workshop

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Recently I was able to spend a couple weeks in New Mexico culminating in taking Paula Roland's Advanced Encaustic Monotype workshop.  What a wonderful experience!  Paula is a fabulous teacher and was ably assisted by Hylla Evans.  Hylla's deep knowledge of color and paint-making added a great deal.  The other participants in the class brought  interesting ideas and work to share making for a tremendous, immersive art retreat with lots of interesting discussion of technique, materials and approach to art-making.  
I have been fighting with  being blocked for months  after completing a large body of work for a solo show.  Best possible cure:  surround yourself with other artists and wonderful teachers, bringing focus and clarity while exploring new ways to use a  medium I've worked in for many years. 
 Below are a few of the pieces created in that week in  Santa Fe.  They clearly continue to build on the aerial landscape theme I've worked with for  years. My interest in…

Water Ways

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 These are some of new monotypes which will be in my upcoming show at Kerrytown Concert House.  They are pieces playing with the dramatic curves of the Mississippi River as seen from both satellite images and antique maps.




Dynamic Digitals - 2 person show at Dexter Library

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This morning Judith Jacobs and I delivered our work to the Dexter Library for our two person show curated by Distinct Designs.  That is a lot of D's - awfully alliterative!  Judith and I have both incorporated digital tools in our art-making for many years.  We're also two of the founding members of the now moribund Art Alchemists collective of digital artists.  All things have a lifespan so the group is no longer active although many of us still use digital tools in our work.  My work in this show are landscapes, primarily woods and water.  They are a mix of digital prints manipulated in Photoshop and printed on my large format HP printer and combined with encaustic on paper, on panel and in 3 dimensions.  The show will be up until June 20th at the Dexter Library.  Note - there is a lot of construction near the library at the moment so if you go you need to drive in via 5th to Alpine rather than simply turning off Main Street because Main is closed. This is  a selecti…

New monotypes

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These pieces will be part of my upcoming solo show at Kerrytown Concert House.  I've been doing mainly river channel focused work for quite a while and these pieces continue that interest.  I'm fascinated by the meandering lines rivers take, driven by details of contour in the landscape as well as human intervention. These works are intended to be spontaneous, calligraphic and intimate in nature although they are fairly good-sized.  Most are 22 x 30.






Installation -Watershed Moments

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Moving the Communitree sculpture was an adventure.  It had been stored in a basement which was once a paper mill - and the egress was a steep ramp with doors that were significantly lower than the height of the piece.  Somehow we got it out having lowered the branches - the tree is now a conifer having previously been deciduous!  I drive a Subaru Forester and we put down the seats and somehow got most of the sculpture in - several feet hung out the back -the green thing at the top is the flag we used to be vaguely traffic compliant when I drove across town with the hatch tied mostly closed.  The elevator was not as tall as the tree either (gallery not at ground level of course) so we somehow diagonally got the piece in.  This all brings back painful memories of transporting large pieces on buses in art school....and reminds me why I generally size my work based on the largest size I can conveniently fit in my car!.


 Between Sara Adlerstein (gallery director) and Dave - the SNRE'…

More big monotypes

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These are more of the current series of large encaustic monotypes.  I haven't written much about the process of making these one-off prints.  A monotype, as opposed to a monoprint, is made as a unique piece through a print process (monoprints have repeatable elements like stencils).  I work on a heated surface - a hotbox, as developed by Paula Roland.  I use a sheet of galvanized steel (many artists use anodized aluminum), heated with 4 100w light bulbs in an enclosure of insulated wood which I built. For these large prints I actually use two hot boxes under one large sheet of metal - so 8 bulbs total.  I paint directly on the metal surface with a mix of encaustic and pigment sticks and then make a single print using a variety of papers.  This is the point where the pieces can diverge from a classical monotype because I often work back into the piece with graphite, pastels (both soft and oil), conte or add collage elements.

My upcoming show at UM has been publicized at Montage - …

Big monotypes

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This series of monotypes is part of my ongoing exploration of river movement.  These are far and away the biggest monotypes I've done - they're all 25" x 50" on kozo.  They all incorporate encaustc, graphite, pigment sticks, conte and other drawing media. 
Like all of my recent monotypes they are strongly influenced by both my connection with the environment AND with the music I've been listening to in the studio.  WEMU plays jazz and blues during my studio hours and that sets the mood and the motion for the work.
These five pieces will be the inaugural show at the new Art & the Environment Gallery at the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan.  The opening will be Thursday Feb 16 at 4pm.





Stop SOPA/PIPA

What is SOPA/PIPA?

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), also known as H.R. 3261 is a bill that was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on October 26, 2011. The bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement.*

Similar to SOPA, the PROTECT IP Act or S.968, (PIPA) establishes a system for taking down websites that the DoJ determines to be "dedicated to infringing activities." In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.**

As artists, inventors, educators, writers, creators, and dedicated citizens, we believe in the importance of protecting individuals' intellectual property, but these bills are too broad and go far beyond addressing issues of internet piracy. If passed, they will infringe on First Amendment rights, enable Inte…