Sunday, November 17, 2013

Recent Sketchbook Pages

Moleskine - 30x21cm. (8x11.5) - Watercolor Album
November 9, 2013
November 10, 2013
November 10, 2013
November 11, 2013
November 12, 2013
November 14, 2013
November 16, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Piece - Homage to Summer

I've been occupied with a lot of busy work this week; inquiries from out of state, shopping for materials, clients in my studio! I had to completely remake a piece that was damaged in transit, thankfully it was a grid piece, easy to recreate but time consuming. By Thursday I had done everything but the making of new work.  Friday and Saturday I did find some time to be in the studio. I had quite a few painted white cardboard triangles leftover from an abstract piece this summer and they were talking to me. I had worked with this motif in my watercolors, but the actual adhering of the cardboard on top of the watercolor was a unusual process for me. The material qualities of the finished piece are not really present in this photo- the whites in the triangles vary and have subtle brush marks. The watercolor background is abstract and physical presences of the cardboard on top of the paper testifies  to its collaged provenance.  

Untitled - Watercolor, recycled cardboard, acrylic paint, watercolor paper - 26 x 40 inches

The precut cardboard triangles

An example of earlier watercolors

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Squaring the Square

Process - Photograph something with squarish proportions (window). Down load the image into your photo editing software, (Photoshop). Add 50% white space to all four sides (Image, Canvas Size). Using spherize filter compensate for the barrel distortion of your camera lens (-10). Using skew transformation (edit, transform, skew) bring edges of window back to orthogonal alignment. Using the scale transformation (edit, transform, scale) make width and length of the window equal bring it back to its original square proportions. Crop down but leave the skewed edges.

The now mutated photograph evidences a corrected camera based point of view written into the elegant slopes and overall geometry of the image.

A second example.