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From Blueprints to Art

10 June 2012


Here's a huge machine - that prints on plastic which is the underlying foundation for the artwork which will hang in the board room of I2M which stands for Innovation to Manufacturing.  The press from Italy is gigantic and seeing it at the Crestwood Industrial Park, helped me to understand the blueprints.  Certain areas in the work took on an abstract feeling - like a Diebenkorn with repetition of shape and color tying everything together.   Lisi at Marquis in Wilkes-Barre has come up with the perfect framing solution - simple.  I can't wait for the hanging!!

Rothko Altar

02 June 2012


Mark Rothko is the centerpiece of my altar - his calming paintings blew me away when I saw them at his retrospective in DC years ago.   The scale of the works - the progression of his palette from light to dark as he progressed into his depression was hauntingly beautiful.   One of these days I really want to see the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas . 
The Rothko Chapel, founded by Houston philanthropists John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A tranquil meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world.  On the plaza, Barnett Newman's majestic sculpture, Broken Obelisk, stands in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

She Said "I need new energy in this Room"

24 May 2012


She said " I need new energy in this room"  The view of an angle of her house - just the corner showing the bluest sky with white clouds rolling in.  A four foot by six foot acrylic on canvas breathing new life into a room - pretty neat.....

He Said....

13 May 2012
 
                                             detail from Elevating 9  acryic on panel 20" x 20"
He said "why don't you put a fragment of yourself amongst those cell?"  I said  "I did......"

One's Main Task in Life....

13 May 2012

                             "Get me out of here" acrylic collage on panel 15" x 7"

 

one's main task in life is to give birth to oneself.......Erich Fromm

Wandering Cartoonist Day!

08 May 2012

         A great artist and friend of mine will be at Barnes and Noble on Saturday from 9-9 - make sure to go and have your spirit and soul elevated in more ways than one! 
        Cartoonist Bob Heim will wander around Barnes and Noble in the Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 to commemorate the first-ever "Wandering Cartoonist Day."  The day will also be observed as a fund raiser for the Luzerne County SPCA, when animals, in addition to a wandering cartoonist, will be present. 
        Heim, who admits to loving kids and animals, will demonsrtate for children of all ages how easy and fun it is to make art. He will also be happy to sign copies of his book, The Squeaking Earl.
        The Wilkes-Barre-based cartoonist is pictured, at left in the second row, next to the Squeaking Earl. Other characters from the book which Heim wrote and illustrated include, front row, left to right: Owl, on oboe; Hound, on horn; Cat, on strings, purring out vocals in the style of swing;  Hare, on snare, and a sheep on sax, all hoping to make the public aware. The cartoonist said he had trouble finding a word that rhymed with "sax." 
        As a reminder, Heim says that since Wandering Cartoonist Day is not yet a national holiday, those with jobs will be expected to show up for work on Monday, May 14.
 

Numbers in my Work

02 May 2012


                                          detail of 'One Day 42'
      Numbers appear in my work representing my age at significant events which happened in my life
      I feel there is an emotional / physical response when a number is heard which alters one on a certain level whether it be conscious or subconscious.
      Many of my works deal with time and the changes that occur in all life - the blooming and the decay - and the continuation of spirit.  After all, everything is temporary.

Time Running out for Haiku

25 April 2012



This show called for audience participation with writing a Haiku based on the poppy image seen or
inspired by the botanical impressions installation.    The wall is filling up - it's really neat to see!




Opening Night ~

15 April 2012
What a night - well attended - good people, good food, good energy - and good response! 
Here are a shoots by photographer Mike Burnside :


      Curator Brian Bennedetti

                  Liv me and Rich

             Rebecca me and Burgy

            Betsy and Russ





                 contrast

Red at Flow

11 April 2012

                                          Red at Flow - Photo by Burnside

There's a great adventure awaiting you in Jim Thorpe - a one man museum, gallery and amazing local food restaurant called FLOW...... it's a flowing experience - you just gotta go to see what I mean.

False Spring

01 April 2012

        Shovel 42  acrylic on canvas 74" x 18"

Here's a sneak preview of a piece which will be exhibited at the MacDonald Gallery April 10- April 29 with the opening reception Saturday April 14 , 5:00-8:00pm.  It's a shovel - to help dig to deeper levels.......

Pediatric Elevation

13 March 2012






A local hospital is a little brighter for kids and staff due to the safari themed bus I recently finished.  It's amazing the power of ART!  It stimulates a smile..... it heals, it uplifts, it makes one ponder, it refreshes, it just helps to make one feel just a little better......  And that..... is a really good thing.

She Said....

23 January 2012
            Floral Medley for Yumiko 24" x 48" acrylic and collage on canvas


                                            detail of floral medley
She said make me painting of colorful beautiful flowers.  She said I'm tired of buying arrangements every week and then having to throw them away when they die.  She said I want something to last forever.

Lucy Goes out in Style

03 January 2012


For the past five years I have had the privilege of doing a client's Christmas card showcasing the gorgeous, Lucy.  2011 depicted her driving off with her red scarf a flowing Snoopy style.  She made it through the holidays but left this realm a couple days ago.  Rest in peace furry wondrous one.

Wood, Concrete and Clay = BEAUTY

22 October 2011


Today I drove up past Hamlin to pick up a great sculpture I purchased at the Artworks Gallery this summer by Matt Povse. 
I'm so excited to assemble it and enjoy it for a life time.  Here's a shot of him in his studio.

Growing like an Asparagus?!?

16 October 2011

About thirteen years ago I did an asparagus growth chart in the mud room of a home in Shavertown,Pa.  The family has documented the date and growth of their four children - from the time they could stand by themselves, to the height to which they've matured.  I recently completed another asparagus - fresh for charting growth - on a piece of wood which can be taken with this new family of three should they ever move. 




Matt Gets a Print for his Cottage

22 September 2011
  








Today I delivered a framed giclee to Matt who is in from Haiti to decompress at his cottage retreat.  He's heading back to work in Haiti for the Red Cross and showed me some amazing photos he's taken.  You can check out his site at http://matthewmarek.photoshelter.com/

Wedding Present Delivered to NYC

22 September 2011

                       Justin and Lindsay with commissioned painting "Release"

On Saturday I had the delight of driving into NYC to deliver the commissioned painting "Release" which Lindsay gave her husband Justin as a wedding present.  Although I lived in the city for five years... I never drove in it, so it was a new experience topped with lunch with old friends from the Art Students League, Yumiko and Jerry.

Three's Company Reception

21 September 2011

               Earl  Lehman "Three's Company "  Luna, Uta and Earl


                          Me with Ken Marquis

                               Acrylic on Canvas paintings

                            Me with Catherine Cullen of Scranton

Scenes from the opening on Friday September 16, 2011 at Marquis in Wilkes-Barre.  Attendents were greeted with a saxaphone musician compliments of Ken Marquis.  After the flood evacuation the prior week, it was the arts  that breathed freshness and hope into the city.

It's a dogs life

19 August 2011


After a hard day of rippin around the woods - killing a couple woodchucks and chasing geese for a solid 45 minutes, Eloise takes pause and reflects on yet another wonderful day.