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Bold Geometric Abstract Paintings

painting on cardboard

A few weeks ago I got it into my head to try painting on cardboard.  It has been such a fun adventure.  I almost can’t stop myself from painting on any piece of cardboard I can find.  I love the texture of the bumps and lines that form when I start painting the cardboard.  Although I know that this is not the most stable surface to paint on for archival purposes, I have been doing a bit of research.  If gel medium is used to coat all surfaces this forms a good barrier prior to painting.  And I am so delighted that the little dimples and bumps still appear.

There are a number of reasons I love painting on cardboard:

  • It’s free.
  • I’m recycling materials.
  • It’s readily available.
  • It’s lightweight.
  • I can experiment more freeely.
  • Love the texture.

I am also recreating the look of painting on cardboard on my large canvases.  Everything is about the same except for the texture.

New Cement Sculptures

cement sculptures

I have been quite busy this summer creating some fun and fantastic new sculptures.  One of my favorites is title “All Dressed Up” which incorporates a large found metal object that I’ve had for over ten years.  This is one of the new sculptures that I am getting ready to show at a Sculpture show in North Carolina. But I think my all time favorite up to this time is a new Horse sculpture named “Blue”.  He was made using a metal armature that I fashioned from hardware cloth, wire, chicken wire, paint, sand and cement.

This past month, however, was filled with lots of time with three groups of grandkids who came to visit back-to-back.  We did lots of craft projects, went swimming, went rock collecting and more.  The last grandson who came to visit even made his very first cement sculpture … one of the Southpark characters, Eric.  So, it’s been a fun and busy few months.

Now I am getting some of the business stuff done for the upcoming show, making new handouts, etc.  Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how it went!

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Horse Sculpture Awarded First Place at Art of the State

My cement sculpture titled A Horse of Course was awarded first place in sculpture at the opening reception for Art of the State.  The show which opened on June 28, 2015 runs until September.  This was quite an honor considering that artists from all across the state of PA entered pieces of art for this exhibit.  Over 1000 pieces of art were considered and only 126 pieces were juried into the show.  Just to be included in the show was exciting.

The horse is built over a metal and wire armature and then I coated a mixture of sand, cement and red oxide pigment over the entire figure.  Several coats of cement were applied and then for the last coat, the boar bristle mane and tail were added.  Strips of muslin were also coated with the cement mixture and these were wound around the metal legs.  A cement piece must cure for a total of 28 days before it is totally cured.

Currently, I am working on a number of new sculpture which I will post soon.

cement horse sculpture

 

Found in Transition Art Exhibit Opening

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Opening night for the Susquehanna Art Museum exhibit Found in Transition was last night, April 17, 2015.  The exhibit looked wonderful and I was honored to be included.  My art sculpture, Tall Dark Handsome, looked great at this museum venue.  The mix of art was exceptional.  Here are a few shots of the opening last night.

Exhibit2

art sculpture

Exhibit1

Happy Art

 

Over the winter I have been painting more and dreaming of the warm, sunny weather.  While my palette of colors remains bold, I find myself thinking of beachy scenes and my colors are getting a bit lighter and brighter.  I’m anxious to get back to the outside studio and start on some exciting new cement sculptures.  Stay tuned for some fun stuff.