Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Colors of November

Digging into art work and some travel in the coming days.  Below is a collage of a collage I'm working on with Rita.  We've always talked about doing a collaborative collage and this is the beginning of it.  The works on the table are a collagraphic print and a watercolor of an autumn leaf that will soon be framed.

That's all for now.  Enjoy these autumn days.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November and Into Deep Autumn

Yes, deep autumn with cool/cold weather, cloudy days and even some sleet with rain yesterday. But along with that have been some sunny episodes which send me running outdoors with a camera.  The photo above is a detail of a dried flower arrangement in our upstairs bathroom.  Those Chinese lanterns glow when sunbeams pass through the room.  Below are some November views outdoors:

Many thanks to all who attended the opening reception of York Art Association's 47th Annual Juried Exhibit.  We had a full house of artists and guests.  It was impossible to really see all the works in such a party atmosphere, so I will definitely visit on my own for quiet study and enjoyment.  Here is a little collage of some of the artists and some of the art.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!
Looking out the office window at a golden autumn day--a little breezy and absolutely beautiful.  After lunch I will be outside helping Barry move vast quantities of leaves down to street side for the township leaf vacuum truck.  I don't know what we would do without this service.

November will be busy with art.  I have three pieces in the Annual Juried Exhibit opening Sunday, November 5.  Here are more details:

I'm also selecting pieces for a one-day trunk show on December 9, 2017 at the Framer's Workshop, South York Plaza, York, PA.  This is something new for me and I'm excited to see how it goes.  I am thinking I will have about 20 paintings and 20 photographic works for sale.  I am also culling some of my small (6x6 through 8x10) unframed works on paper as well as (5x5 and 5x7) photographs which I will bring along.  Anyone buying a piece of the art "for sale" can choose a piece of free art as a bonus.  Well, it seems like a great idea.  I'll let you know how it goes.

One more thing is the Anonymous Exhibit at Marketview Arts which opens on First Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.  A large number of artists have been invited to create paintings, drawings or collage on 6"x6" heavy art paper.  The art works are signed on the back only and will be mounted in a grid pattern.  All works will be for sale at $50 each, but buyers will not know the identity of the artist until the exhibit is over.  The event is a fundraiser for Marketview Arts with half the proceeds going to the artist.  Final day of the exhibit is December 21, 2017.  After that I can share an image of my entry.  I should also mention that Strathmore is providing the paper for this project.  

Marketview Arts, 37 W. Philadelphia St, York, PA

That's all for now.  Must grab a rake!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The York Art Association's Fall Members Exhibit is over.  I packed all my photography into the Fit and brought it home Saturday afternoon, but forgot to collect my two paintings--rats!!  Another trip to the gallery.  I only thought of them because I added them to the Paintings pages recently and wanted to share them here as well. Sigh...

The rusty truck pictured above was at the body shop we recently visited.  I believe the owner considers it a lawn ornament.  It works for me.  We were there dropping off Barry's car whose side mirror had clipped an open pasture gate on one of our back roads.  It was pouring rain and the gate (which was always closed previously) was sticking out into the road a bit.  We didn't see it and the next thing was a very load thump and shattered glass all over us.  The side mirror hit the passenger window and totally blew it out.  We felt shattered ourselves but recovered quickly once we got home and cleaned up all the glass inside the car and on us.  Our auto body man replaced the mirror and window and had the car back to us in three days at a very reasonable price.  We were so lucky.

Here are the three paintings recently added to the Paintings page:

Ireland Near Galway - 16x20 Oil on Canvas

Mellinger Twilight    6x8 Oil on Canvas Board

Two Pears   6x8 Acrylic on Canvas Board

And this is something I shared on Instagram today.  It's a mural on a building in the historic district of Riga, Latvia.  I wrote about the Art Nouveau architecture in Riga about two years ago--right after our visit their.  I'm just getting around to editing the Latvia photos and it's been wonderful to visit that country again through photography.

You can find me on Instagram:  tuesdaycafe

Saturday, October 7, 2017

First Week of October

As I was preparing for a visit from my Seattle family, I received news that the three photographic works I submitted for the juried exhibit (see announcement above)  were accepted.  That was a few days ago.  My son, his wife and their twin daughters (age 2 1/2) have returned to Seattle and life is returning to active normal here.  According to Socrates, "beware the barrenness of a busy life".  I keep reminding myself of this and have made a good effort keeping some time open each day just "to be" and keeping a couple of days open on the calendar each week for spontaneous things, working in the studio or whatever strikes my fancy.  It is so easy to get overbooked.  I'm especially thinking of this as I prepare for upcoming art events, autumn garden chores and preparations for an overseas visit to northern Greece and beyond.  The juried exhibit is exciting for me because this is the first year since I started submitting work (about six years ago) that all three pieces were accepted.  This is no doubt because I submitted paintings as well as photography in previous years.  I haven't had as much experience with painting as with photography and decided to stick to photography this year.  I'm challenging myself to complete another 20 paintings before I try submitting paintings again.   Below is a photo taken by one of my friends who came to the opening of the Fall Members' Exhibit.  

And here ere are some works from my archives that have an autumn feel.  One is an acrylic painting exploring autumn colors.  The other two are drawings executed in the autumn season.  Enjoy the season!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Feeling Excited 

I love to go back to my archives and look at images of the past with new eyes--eyes that have seen and experienced many things since a place was first seen.  This beautiful door is in Durstein, Austria and it has been several years since I walked those streets, but I remember many things about this charming, historic town on the Danube.  I remember an ice cream cone advertisement along the river that I posed with, the castle above the hill that was a prison for Richard the Lionheart when he was on his way home from the Crusades, the apricots and all the things made with apricots, flower boxes everywhere, the ancient church of which only a tall blue and white tower remains and the nearby vineyards.  Among many things, I had forgotten this door.  It was a delight to see it again and it has special meaning because  I feel that entering the Autumn season (this year in particular) is like opening a door into renewed life and energy.  Everywhere I look is new light and color.  For some reason, and inspite of all the disturbing events here and around the world, I am feeling hopeful about the future. And, I love this door.

Some of my latest photo experiments:

Luis Barragan architecture as a double exposure with my photography of a broken rosary.

View of my bedroom window from the floor where I do morning exercises.  I took three or four shots and combined them. 

Decayed leaves on moss converted to  color negative with some additional painting. I can't help but see a pillow cushion when I look at this, but it was fun to play with, and I can see it as a jumping off point for a painting.

No experiment here:  Art deco building found in the reflection of our hotel window in Ljubljana, Slovenia last year.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In the Mood for Travel

Here is a happy travel memory from five years ago while visiting Monemvasia, Greece.  This day was part of a small ship cruise exploring the Byzantine world.  Now we are preparing for another exploration in Greece which also includes Albania and Macedonia.  I'll be writing more about my expectations and preparations in the coming days.  For now, I want to mention again that my photography exhibit opens along with the Fall Members Exhibit at the York Art Association on September 17, 2017 and runs until October 21, w2017.  Here is more info.

Before I end this short post, want to share three photos I took in Montenegro in November of last year.  The first is some of my travel companions walking on the man-made island that has a little chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Rocks.  As you can see, it was raining that day.  What grabbed my attention inside the chapel was the covering that goes over the madonna when the chapel is closed.

My photo of the painting is rather askew, but you can see that the cover pictured above it is a protection for the painting.  Clever idea.