Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Deborah Moss's Blog Post

Deborah Moss featured me in a recent blog post in which she discusses coming up with titles for your work.  She was one of the people who responded to my Titles post, asking for ideas.  I sent her a small piece of art, all the way to New Zealand!

This piece is titled "Paving the Way", thanks to Debora's suggestion:

18"x24", acrylic and collage on canvas, $800
E-mail me if you are interested in purchasing the original.  Prints are available on Fine Art America.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Workshop Openings

I am offering 100 Drawings on Cheap Paper again this fall, beginning on October 4.  This is a ten-week online workshop that focuses on working in quantity.  It is not about working quickly, but about investigating an idea over the course of ten small paintings or studies each week.  I am limiting the enrollment to a smaller class size than previously.

100 Drawings on Cheap Paper Online
One feature of this class is that you are asked to make observations about the work that you post, to really look at it as it stands on its own.  This is surprisingly challenging, because when viewing our own work, our default seems to be to describe how we made it.  You will develop a vocabulary for identifying visual content, apart from technical process.

My workshop at Hudson River Valley Art Workshops this spring has a few openings available.  "Visual Improvisation" is about taking a more inventive and playful approach to composition.  The web site describes the dates as May 7 - 13; that is is if you arrive on the Sunday prior to the workshop and depart the Saturday afterwards.  The workshop days are May 8 - 12, a Monday through Friday, full days.
Visual Improvisation in the Hudson Valley
For other 2017 workshop see my full Workshops Schedule here.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pink Slip Postcards

This is something that I found on Facebook this morning:  a project that entails sending a "pink slip" to President (for now) Trump.  If you are a Trump supporter, please just enjoy the video for my demonstration on making monochromatic postcards.  For those of you would would like to fire Trump, send him a Pink Slip Postcard on March 15.

See the description of the project here.

I created two 'postcard sheets', each 8"x12", each of which I then cut into four 4"x6" postcards.  I encourage you to make your own if you are so inclined, but if you don't have time, use mine!  Here is a link where you can download all eight of the postcards.  Just glue them to card stock, and send to:

President (for now) Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wonky Grids Workshop

My Wonky Grids workshop at AVA Gallery is now open for registration.  It's a light hearted, playful approach to abstract composition with paint and collage.  Register here.

Supply List
  • 90 lb or 140 lb watercolor paper 22”x30”, hot press, or smooth printmaking paper of comparable weight: 4 sheets, 22”x30”.  I use Stonehenge paper.  Cut your paper to 8.25”x8.25” BEFORE class.  You should get six pieces from each sheet.
  • Acrylic Matte Medium or Soft Gel: one pint. (I use Utrecht Matte Medium)
  • Acrylic glazing medium/liquid: one small bottle
  • Acrylic paint: artist-quality paints such as Golden, Holbein, Utrecht, Tri-Art, Windsor-Newton, Blick Artist Arcylics, etc. You may supplement these with student-grade paints. 
  • Disposable palette: pad of paper style, 9”x12”
  • Drawing materials: pencils, various pens and markers, graphite sticks, watercolor pencils and crayons, charcoal, (any of these that you care to use)
  • Brushes: bring a variety, some watercolor brushes, smaller flat ones, glue brushes
  • Brayer: soft rubber, 2” or 3”
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Big roll of absorbent paper towels
  • Stamps and stencils of your choice (optional)
  • Stash of collage papers : think pattern and color, not image or texture.

$5 Materials fee includes:
  • Loads of cheap drawing paper for making collage papers
  • Drawing materials to share
  • Pearls of wisdom
  • Chocolate, if you're good.

I highly recommend that you order your supplies online well before the workshop.  The local art supply store does not carry many of the items on this list.