Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Path
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 4 9/16 x 5 15/16"
edition of 10
9 available
Pigeon
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 6 3/8 x 4 3/4"
edition of 7
7 available

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fly
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 2 1/4 x 2 3/4"
edition of 8
6 available

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Duck
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 5 1/2 x 4"
edition of 6
4 available

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spider
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 20 1/4 x 2"
edition of 6
2 available


The plate for this print was made with a strip of a dog food bag turned inside out. The technical name for this material is BoPET, or biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate.  I glued the strip to a piece of mat board, then scratched the image onto the surface with a scalpel. The roughened areas where the dog food had abraded the BoPET left a nice texture that caused the ink to adhere to the plate, so the marks on the wall behind the spider thread were built in before I drew the image.  

Once again, I've used a pasta maker as a printing press.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Instructional Video: Printing with a Pasta Maker

Here's a little video I made:


Materials required:
- Pasta maker
- Printmaking paper
- Akua Intaglio Ink
- A scalpel or other sharp tool
- A piece of clear plastic from a food container (it should say PET somewhere on the container)
- Newsprint for protecting your work surface
- Tissue paper for wiping
- A drawing or photo to trace
- A piece of card stock or other heavy paper
- Water
- Sandpaper (optional)

Fish
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper, NFS

Friday, August 4, 2017

Orleans Park
Drypoint on Stonehenge paper
plate size 5 1/4 x 4" 
edition of 9
5 available

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Drypoint with a pasta maker

I have been experimenting with a printmaking technique called Drypoint.  Instead of working on a traditional metal etching plate, I've scratched a piece of plastic with the tip of a scalpel to create the image. When intaglio ink is spread onto the plate and rubbed away with a piece of tissue paper, the scratches retain the ink.


Since I don't have a printing press, I've used a pasta maker to roll a damp piece of Stonehenge printmaking paper against the plastic. The rollers provide enough pressure to transfer the inked image onto the paper.  Here's the result:

Field Mouse, plate size 3 x 3"
Drypoint, edition of 10
SOLD OUT

Monday, June 5, 2017

Balloon Dreams: exhibition opening Saturday, June 10

In this series, I continue my exploration of surrealism. For me, this way of painting is about placing subjects in unexpected settings.  In the past I’ve focused on animals. This year I’ve turned to a styrene wig stand, a cast-off brought home by my daughter many years ago. Since I also paint portraits, I’ve been unable to look at this wig stand without thinking that it’s a face asking to be painted.

Humans anthropomorphize objects, especially objects made in our own image. From the moment we receive our first doll, stuffed toy, or action figure, we begin to think of this thing as another personality: a personality capable of reflecting our own feelings back to us.  When we see a blank-faced wig stand in an unexpected environment, we can’t help but impose our own emotions onto it.  We imagine that “it” is in fact a “she” and that she actually has something on her mind. If she’s lying in a puddle, or at the side of the road, she’s been thrown away. If she’s sitting on a table facing a window, she must be looking through that window, and she must be seeing what is in front of her. We know very well that she is made of plastic foam, but still we can’t stop empathizing with her.

As for the balloons, they are symbols of hope, a literal rising beyond earthly constraints. A head without a body can’t go anywhere, but a head watching balloons in the sky is a head that is dreaming, possibly of better things. 


Rock Pool
acrylic on muslin laid on panel, 36 x 36"

Balloon Dreams
acrylic on panel, 36 x 36"

Portrait of a Wig Stand
oil on panel, 14 x 11" SOLD

Shadow
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36"

The Guardian
acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24"

Window
acrylic on panel, 20 x 16" SOLD

Clock
acrylic on panel, 20 x 16" SOLD

The Princesses' Bedroom
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16"

Stairs
acrylic on panel, 18 x 14"

 Arrival at Ile d'Orleans
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 36" SOLD

 After the Flood
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30"

 No Exit
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24"

 Gathering
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18" SOLD


 Wardrobe
acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18"

 Arrival at Russell Square
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16" SOLD

Hall
acrylic on birch panel, 14 x 14" SOLD

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nikita and Maillie
Graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord
8 x 10" (commission)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Commission

This is a commissioned painting of an armoured vehicle towing a damaged tank in Afghanistan. It's an unusual subject for me, but it was a true pleasure to paint from the excellent photos provided by my client.

Recovery
Acrylic on muslin laid on birch panel, 24 x 36" (Commission)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jackson's Open Art Prize

I am very pleased to announce that my portrait, Pamela Newel Sellers, has received a Runner-Up commendation in the Jackson's Open Art Prize 2016. There were 3100 entries to this competition. You can read about it here: https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2016/05/13/jacksons-open-art-prize-winners-announced




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NATURAL HISTORY


Pool at Night, egg tempera on Claybord, 16 x 20" SOLD

Portrait of a Male Mottled Duck, acrylic on canvas board, 8 x 10" oval + frame  SOLD

Portrait of a Female Mottled Duck, acrylic on canvas board, 8 x 10" oval + frame  SOLD

Squirrel, egg tempera on Claybord, 12 x 12"  SOLD

Goldfish, egg tempera on Claybord, 11 x 14"  SOLD

Cyclamen, egg tempera on Claybord, 8 x 10" SOLD

Two Robins, egg tempera on Claybord, 8 x 10"  SOLD

Tulips, egg tempera on Claybord, 14 x 11"  SOLD

Gargoyle, graphite and Conservator's Wax on egg tempera, 12 x 12"

Nine-Banded Armadillo, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 5 x 14"

Three-Banded Armadillo, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and Pigment on Claybord, 8 x 12"

Anthony Purrkins, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 4 x 4" NFS

Portrait of Anthony Purrkins, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Portrait of Chanterelle, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Henry, graphite and Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 8 x 10"

Portrait of Henry, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"  SOLD

Mouse #1, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2"  SOLD

Mouse #2, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2"  SOLD

Mouse #3, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2" SOLD

Mouse #4, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2"  SOLD

Mouse #5, graphite and Conservator's Wax on Claybord, 2 x 2" SOLD

Albino Blackbird, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 8 x 10"  SOLD

Chickadee, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Indigo Bunting, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 5 x 7"  SOLD

Portrait of a Cardinal, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Chickadee, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Drongo, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of an English Robin, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3" SOLD

Portrait of an Indigo Bunting, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Junco, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 3 x 3" SOLD

Portrait of a Sparrow, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord
3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Tree Swallow, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 
3 x 3"  SOLD

Portrait of a Goose, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and pigment on Claybord, 11 x 6"  SOLD

Portrait of a Male Mallard, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"  SOLD

Portrait of a Female Mallard, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"  SOLD

Portrait of a Muscovy Duck, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 4 x 4"

Portrait of a Grey Goose, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 7 x 5"
 SOLD

Stairway, graphite, Conservator's Wax and pigment on Claybord, 11 x 14"  SOLD

Kensington, graphite and Conservator's Wax, 10 x 8"

Window, graphite and Conservator's Wax, 10 x 8"

Doorway, graphite and Conservator's Wax, 10 x 8"  SOLD

Night Garden, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and pastel on Pastelbord, 9 x 9"

Landscape, graphite, Conservator's Wax, and pastel on Pastelbord, 9 x 9"