Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Evening sketches

Thankfully, I have been working pretty regularly these days in the studio. Unfortunately, I have not been posting too much on this blog (that's partially due to the fact that, for some reason, I have to do two extra steps to get to this site). One of my main foci recently has been to work on another collaborative project with my friend and fellow collagist Anthony Morgan. This latest project involves each of us using the same two issues of two National Geographic to create our collage compositions. For that reason, I can't post those intermediates because we keep our individual ideas "secret" until the big "reveal" when we are both finished. But here are a couple of sketches I like (and with likely pursue to completion) that are not part of that project.

Monday, July 4, 2022


 After creating the previous post, I discovered that the juror for the show -- Irena Roman -- had written a short statement about the pieces that won "Honorable Mention". I like what she wrote about my work (I think she hit the nail on the head)...

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Falmouth Art Center exhibit

Recently, I have been interested in showing my work outside of my immediate locale in Central New York (Utica-Syracuse area). When I cam across a call for submissions for the Summer Juried Exhibit at the Falmouth Art Center (on Cape Cod), it piqued my interest. I was very happy when my collage "Who's Protecting Whom, and from What" was accepted into the show. Rather than shipping the piece to the venue, I delivered it in person (on Tuesday) and took the opportunity to spend a few days in Falmouth, and go to the opening reception on Friday (yesterday). I was thrilled to find out that my piece had been chosen for "Honorable Mention", especially because the exhibit includes mostly very strong pieces. And I really enjoyed that some of the folks in attendance wanted to know more about the composition and the technique.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Collage composition video

 I made this short video this week. I suppose it's a bit instructional; but I really just wanted to give folks a bit of an insight into how I go about creating my collage compositions.

Postcard for Arkell exhibit

 I was very excited yesterday when I got the postcard announcing the "Made in New York" exhibit at the Arkell Museum Library. I was previously informed that I had been accepted into the exhibit (87 accepted of 209 submissions); but they also used an image of my piece on the announcement postcard. It's not that big of a deal, but I'm tickled by it.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Return to Farmersville

I was so happy to return to the auction at Farmersville (Lancaster Co., PA) last week! It was the first time since the pandemic hit (over 2 years!). I didn't get too much, in terms of elements; but I got a bunch of framing. I must say that this single page was such a compelling image, I had to have it:

And these images I think will be good for transfers...
And here are a couple of vintage images and frames that will be interesting to work with...

And here are some of the stranger items that I saw and didn't buy...

Always a fun time at the Farmersville auction! Looking forward to going again soon.


Monday, May 30, 2022

Good news/bad news

 It's always nice to be able to enjoy the fruits of one's work (in this case, creative works). I am happy to say that the collage I submitted to the Vayo Gallery (Rochester, NY) for their "Everything is Nothing with a Twist" exhibit (see my post of April 14) was chosen for inclusion in the deck of cards made to commemorate the exhibit. It was a very interesting concept. All works submitted were accepted for the exhibit, but a juror chose 52 of the pieces to be used as images for the playing cards -- very cool! There were 187 submissions in total. That's the good news. The bad news is... they sold out of the decks of cards. I hope that they will consider producing some more. I think they would be awesome gifts for my friends and family. They look pretty damn cool too...

You can learn more about the Vayo Gallery here:
I have not visited yet; but I look forward to going soon!