Monday, August 14, 2017

Another collaborative project with Tony Thompson

VERY excited to have gotten my "canvas" from my friend and fellow artist Tony Thompson today. We are doing another collaborative piece. For the first one we did, Tony painted on a collage I had done. For this one, I will collage on this painting that Tony has done (although I like it just the way it is). Looking forward to experimenting and, hopefully enhancing this piece! 

another (3rd) Kolaj article

I am so pleased to say that I have just had my third article published in Kolaj magazine entitled "Affinity for the Infinity". The folks at Kolaj did a great job with the layout (which includes three of my collages and two of my friend and fellow collagist Anthony Morgan). If you're not already a subscriber to this publication, I would HIGHLY recommend it.


Here are a couple sketches I completed this week. The hand piece still needs some detail work done. I posted this sketch on Facebook and people are REALLY responding positively to it (a couple folks are offering to buy it). I had a feeling that it would be popular. My initial plan was to use the anatomical details of the hand and place different backgrounds behind it (I still may do this) as part of a series I am working on for a conference presentation (more on that later). But because people have been responding so positively, my temptation is to simply finish it up and frame it. The piece with the vintage etching of the woman reading is a work-in-progress (not quite wowed by it yet, in my own mind's eye).

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

untold stories

Once again, here's are two more examples of why collage, as a medium, is so fascinating to me. I purchased some frames at the auction in Farmersville, PA a little while ago. One of the frames had a picture of this cute little puppy in it. After I took off the back to take the puppy out and clean the glass, I found this old photo. But why did someone cover up this photo with a goofy puppy picture? Seems like there's a story behind it. But it's a story that will never be told, I suppose. So it leaves me simply wondering in my studio about what the story is. The little notebook page was included in a Scrabble game box that my mother got at a garage sale last weekend. In the midst of a bunch of blank pages and pages with Scrabble scores on them, I find this gem. Interesting (even when I'm not active working on a collage).

Friday, July 7, 2017

Giving Polly the Finger

So excited to have gotten another piece done today!


Here is the final product of a piece I have been meeting around with for weeks as part of a project considering the use of space as background elements in collage. It will be part of an article which will appear in an upcoming issue of Kolaj magazine. I was able to think a bit analytically while putting together the final piece and take some photos of some of the detail work that I do when I do collage. The detail work makes the elements look more integrated (and, in fact, makes people sometime think my collages are digitally composed). I paint the edges of the dark elements; so you don't see white edges (look carefully at the images below). I also wanted to convey the size of the molecule elements. It was a real chore to get those cut so precisely -- especially as to not lose the circularity of the atoms. Each of the molecules edges was painted with Golden's "neutral grey" acrylic paint. Took me about two hours to complete just the molecules. BTW, the image in the background is a photomicrograph of a tick's mouthparts.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

collage photo/photo collage

While I was working in the studio the other night, I looked up at some items I had placed on a small shelf on the wall. The lighting caught my attention (as well as the composition), so I took this photo. It's a photographic collage, I think. And I rather like it ;-)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Black Gryphon placemat

My good friend and fellow collage artist Anthony Morgan is owner/operator of "The Black Gryphon" restaurant in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania (near Hershey, PA). The restaurant had a serious fire in December and will soon rise from the ashes and open again. In addition to featuring artists' works in his place (commission free sales!), he features collaged placement and check presenters. Here's one that I finished yesterday in my effort to get the MANY of my half-finished work completed. I've spent a lot of time this week cleaning and organizing my studio space to hopefully continue getting some stuff off my current plate.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

spiral hands

Just thought I would post a quick sketch (was very busy with school work today)... Why do you think?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tripartite project

One of the projects that I am working on these days actually involves three related components. My friend and fellow collage artist -- Anthony Morgan -- sometimes teases me about the fact that I often like to use background elements comprised of space or galactic images. Of course, like many collagists, I do! But that got me thinking about the appeal of those types of elements for me as an artist and for viewers who respond positively to my work. So, in addition to working on a specific collage, I am also taking the opportunity to photograph various "candidate" backgrounds for comparison. I hope to submit an article to Kolaj magazine soon which discusses the use of space/galactic backgrounds in terms of design strategies and psychological effects. In addition, I am considering doing a small research project at Utica College examining viewers responses to the different backgrounds. From a "scientific" standpoint, this necessitated my use of various backgrounds which might replicate the lighting or perspective factors of the space backgrounds, without it actually being space-related (i.s., "galactic"). Here are some of the images that I am considering using for these projects (nota bene: all of these are images of analog elements... i.e., not digitally manipulated):

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.