Sunday, April 16, 2017

anatomy of the mouth

Well, none of the pieces I submitted to the Utopia/Dystopia juried show at Main Street Gallery were accepted. I was kind of bummed about it, because I really liked the pieces that I sent; and I really like the venue. But alas, "it is what it is". It doesn't really affect what I do at this point. I keep plugging away at it. One of the reasons I love the medium of collage so much is that in addition to creating pieces, I get such a thrill from discovering cool elements as I go through magazines and books. I was REALLY jazzed last night when I came across this gem from an anatomy book (looks like some kind of Star Wars character). When I find an element like this, I get excited about the possibilities of what it will become in the studio.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Utopia/Dystopia exhibit

Here are my submissions for the "Utopia/Dystopia" exhibit at Main Street Gallery in Clifton Springs, NY. Of course, I chose to lean toward the "dystopia" side of the spectrum for my new work which I have entitled "Mind-Bending Nostalgia" (9.5" x 9.5"; 18" x 18" framed).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Small works exhibit

Happy to see one of my pieces featured on the exhibit card for the up-coming Broad Street Gallery  exhibit (Hamilton, NY). I'm also very humbled and excited to be part of such a group of fine artists! Photos will follow.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Should I really write "small" in capital letters? (LOL)
Although I was still a bit tired from this weekend's trip to Boston for the Eastern Psychological Association conference, I was also excited to get back in my creative area last night. I worked on some sketches for a very small piece (1" x 2") and was able to integrate one of the elements from the dollar bill I last posted. I've also posted a couple other sketches for potential compositional ideas.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

finished postcard and "show me the money"

Here's my finished piece for this year's National Collage Society "Postcard Show". The adornments on this pink lady are pieces from a $1 bill. I am probably "preaching to the choir", but if you're willing to take the time to do very precise cutting, there are actually some pretty cool possibilities for elements from the detail in a $1 bill. I wonder how many folks would realize that's where those elements came from in this piece.

Monday, March 13, 2017

NCS Postcard Show

I'm appreciative that the NCS sent members a reminder that the Postcard Show submission due date is in a week. I lost track. So tonight I spent some rewarding time in my studio. These sketches are preliminary to my postcard, I think (?)... What a beautiful element!

Friday, March 10, 2017

mostly monochromatic

I've been intrigued lately by doing collages with only black-and-white elements (or, more appropriately... various grays). I'm feeling like I'm enjoying a second voice... or at least experimenting with a second voice. And I feel like it's resonating with vision(s). Here are a couple from tonight (I think each relatively complete.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Small works submissions

Given that I create only analog collages which can somewhat limit the size of my compositions, I always like when I get a call for artwork for a small works exhibit. Here are four works I completed recently that I submitted (suppose to here about acceptance by Friday).

Friday, February 10, 2017

a couple more sketches

I really enjoyed my time in the studio tonight. Not a lot of volume; but I'm loving how the sketches are coming along!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


I'm SO looking forward to 2017 in terms of how my artwork will unfold. I have been feeling a bit of a rejuvenated sense of creativity. A lot of it is a result of spending a couple of positively intense days with my friend and fellow artist Anthony Morgan (see previous post). Some of it is a result of regaining some of my artistic confidence. And some of it has to do with my feeling that I can "loosen-up" on some of my academic stuff (I've spent a bunch of productive time in that arena). Anyway, I am already to finish a bunch of stuff really soon and am looking forward to pursuing some new collage ideas (interested in black-and-white montages, for example).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

creative energy

On this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, my good friend, a fellow collage artist... a brother in our journey... Anthony Morgan and I spent days in my studio creating various sketches and artworks (I also culled and cleaned areas in my studio). It was an exhilarating environment and I appreciate our time together warmly. Her are a few products of our efforts (one of which which will be featured in the upcoming exhibit at The Tech Garden in Syracuse, NY):

Saturday, January 14, 2017

more ekphrasis?

This poem is what I would, perhaps loosely, describe as an ekphrastic poem. It was "inspired" by the element that I used as a substrate for this collage. I tried to use the words and phrases from the substrate to create an "acceptable" piece of poetry. Not the best poem, but a novelty poem none the less. I will be reading this poem as one of three at the upcoming Southern Humanities conference in Louisville, KY:

Advice from a certain type of writer

The First Lesson is done.
At 8
it is over…
leave; turn the page

The Second Lesson is,
“don’t plagiarize”.
Don’t use the phrase “A lurid fire failed”
Don’t use the phrase “A dull jailer sulks”.

The Third Lesson is,
“Be truthful, not fitful”.
You will touch hearts,
your tales remembered

The Fourth Lesson? …“explore”
Take wild walks in forests dark
…with folk and fowl and spooks and ghosts
Create wild work

The Fifth Lesson is nostalgic.
Understand that old junk links lives
The velvet and flannel
The big barn, and novels

What is the Sixth Lesson?
Exile the clock!
use everything you now have;

There are no limits …excel

Monday, January 9, 2017

South Side Sally revisited

The couple who bought this piece of mine a couple years ago have created a great treatment for it on the wall of the room. The substrate is the south side area of New York City. I am flattered! (the original post was 12/30/11)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Spontaneous pariedolia

Only have time for a "quickie" today as I head out to see a friend at Rutgers University. I just had to post this gem from my time in the studio last night. Perhaps a good way to begin the new year ;-)