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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Through the Camera Lense

This commission offered me the opportunity to further develop technique in painting, especially shading with crosshatching, foliage, and reflections. The tiny monarch butterfly below is a smaller than my thumb nail.

The concept of the piece is to show the perspective of a photographer in seeing detail in a large landscape, further emphasized with the contrast of black and white versus vibrant color.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hot Stuff in the Kitchen

The top image shows the installed scenes of Allentown, NJ, focusing on the old mill on Main St. where I spent nearly 32 years operating Off the Wall Craft Gallery. To the left is the lake, and to the right is Doctor's Creek in Heritage Park, my new favorite woodland playground.

Each tile was created from Spectrum System 96 glass, and fired to 1450 degrees. Then each piece was painted with vitreous glass paint and fired to 1250 degrees.

The installation is in my own home on S. Main St. This was my first time making and installing tiles and I was quite happy with the results!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Forest Fantasy

This fall I had the opportunity to continue my theme based on my previous piece, "Dancing in the Forest". The finished piece, "Forest Fantasy", measured 21" X 43". I did a lot of painting and experimented with new leaf patterns and bark textures. Water and rocks offered some new effects.