Still making stuff. This is a bit of it.
That’s all for now,
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My pal Mark Bodah and I drew this for the Northampton, MA 2012 chalk art festival and won first place just a few days ago.
It’s a really great yearly festival that I’ve been drawing in since it’s inception three years ago. Thanks to some super awesome people and organizations like Penny and Amanda and everyone at the Northampton Center for the Arts, the Northampton BID, and Chartpak for making it such a fun experience!
I haven’t posted in a while. I’m busy making stuff.
I’ve discovered this week that my camera has a very unsophisticated view of the color blue in all its varying hues. I was aware of the Canon’s unconcerned attitude about transparent vs opaque, but I was unprepared for this “one blue fits all” motto. According to my Canon (on any setting in any light) there is basically one blue with minor variance of any sort at all. Ultramarine is indistinguishable from Manganese or Phthalocyanine. Cobalt? Prussian? Bah! What’s the difference? In fact, in certain instances, isn’t turquoise pretty much the same thing as lavender? No. Do not file this under hyperbole. Anyway, after shooting and reshooting and cursing and hair-pulling, I resorted to some heavy photoshopping to get these photos which are still not an accurate account of what you’d see if you came over for a studio visit to take a look at my new painting/sculpture thing. Ah well. Here it is.
Yeah, it’s kind of a lumpy puddle, isn’t it? It measures about 18 x 16 x 4 inches, and we’ll designate it “mixed media” because who really cares what it’s made of? Well, if you care to know, you can always ask.
Have a happy weekend!
Oh hey there. Hope you’re all enjoying your S-days. I had hoped to have images of a newly finished piece ready to share with you this week, but I don’t. The piece is finished. The photos are not. Shooting pics is proving to be a bit larger of a hurdle than foreseen. The real issue is that I lack an appropriate setting in which to present the work. Ah well. I will improvise something in the next few days, I promise. In the meantime, I will pad this less than interesting blurb with images of a still life that lives in the corner of my dining room.
Ok that’s it bye bye!
We ambled over the mountain to check out Easthampton–the neighboring town’s monthly art crawl yesterday. We saw some really fantastic art, and drew with other artwalkers outside one of the venues. Here’s a handful of chalk drawings from the festivities. There were many more, but these are a few that stood out AND photographed pretty well.
That’s all for now.
Although my sidewalk doodles have been few and far between for a bit now, the recent limestone-related absurdities in LA have aroused my ire. Here’s a link to follow if you have not yet read about the magnificently ridiculous recent events. I don’t even know what to say about this fiasco. Arresting people for drawing on the ground with chalk seems… asinine. It’s hard to believe. In case you were wondering, this is not a joke. Good luck digesting the indigestible.
With a fair bit of nausea,
Yep, that’s what these are, just a few images of parts of something I’m working on. Maybe I’ll even finish it someday and post the final work here. In case you were wondering, no, those are not blue fur-balls in that photo above. I did not dye my cats blue to facilitate my art making. Don’t be ridiculous.
With sincerity and a powerful gust of ambivalent sighs,
More photos of paint that I’m collecting and using because I like looking at it.
To Whom It May Concern,
You may or may not recall a post I published last fall with some fairly atypical (for me) work. Well, I’m still making that work, albeit sporadically. These are a couple of pieces from that series that I finished the other day. Both are acrylic on really nice, archival mat board.
When I have enough of these (in about thirty or forty years) I’m going to transform my under the front stairway closet into a gallery, plaster them all over the walls and have a party. Leave your address in the comments below if you’d like me to send you an invite. The postcards are sure to become collectors items in century or so. Trust me, you’ll want one. I’m not collecting addresses to sell. Really.
Well, I flipped it upside down, and it might be done. The jury is still out. Do I want to leave it soft and chewy? Or do I want a crunchy cookie? Depends on the mood, and I am nothing if not moody. Whaddaya think, Fini or get back to work?
In a timeout,
Here’s the most current pic I have of this work in progress. It’s the same one I posted last week. And below is an earlier stage.
Alrighty, I have to return some video tapes. TTYL.
Here’s a work in progress. Below is an earlier version I posted a week or two ago. Painting is going pretty well right now. I sometimes wonder why I ever leave the studio. Not much else seems worth the bother. My cat just entered the room, shot me a perfunctory stare, then laid down in his own personal sunbeam. He knows what’s up.
Whatever you require,
Above is a closeup of what’s happening with one of the pieces I posted last weekend. Below is another work in progress. It’s another of the two foot square panels.
Yep. That’s what I’ve got going on.
just primed panels drying in the sun
Don’t let the title of this post mislead you. I’m no math geek. I mean, I do think math is great. I love math geeks. It’s just that there is a ton of math I haven’t actually used since high school. As a result, there is much that I have forgotten. I’m still good at measuring and fractions because that’s handy for building things. But honestly, in the interest of creating a convoluted post title, I looked up the square root of eight today in lieu of even trying to figure it out.
Back to art! My very special pal built for me this week, eight fabulously-crafted two foot square panels. That’s him above alongside the panels with his blue ball and his blue yoga mat. Thank you, handsome, beardy Bodart! Each panel is cradled with one by twos which leaves a little room in the back for things like squishy foam and velvet or whatever else strikes my fancy once I start cutting into these suckers. I haven’t started any subtractive work yet, just additive. See a couple of works in progress below.
acrylic, spray paint and flocking fiber
Happy painting, bitches!
-happy painting bitch Steph
Steve Lambert’s giant interactive sculpture greets visitors at the entrance to the deCordova museum. It’s part of the 2012 biennial show on view through April 22.
Interesting note: this work was partially funded through Kickstarter.
A couple of weeks back, my pal Bodart and I took a trip to The deCordova sculpture park and museum in Lincoln Mass. Despite having lived in western Mass for over a decade, neither of us had ever been. I’d heard great things about the place and was not disappointed. The museum held three floors of compelling contemporary art which I was unfortunately not allowed to photograph. I was especially disappointed not to be able to snag photos of Soo Sunny Park and Spencer Topel’s collaborative installation “Capturing Resonance” as it’s a particularly photogenic work. So do follow that link, and better yet, go see and hear it for yourself!
We did, however, take pictures on our jaunt around the grounds, some of which I will post below. The park is set in a partially wooded area overlooking a large pond, and the landscape provides a beautiful backdrop for the art. I was delighted by how wonderfully the sculpture park was designed. Your vantage point continually shifts as you walk along, as do the surroundings and how they relate to the sculptures. At times, the environment and the art echo each others’ shapes and textures so much so that a sculpture will blend in only to reveal itself once you are nearly on top of it. Other times, the landscape provides a vignette or marker that frames or points to a work in a more obvious, even theatrical manner. Wandering around the grounds was my favorite part of the day. I’m looking forward to visiting again to experience the park during different seasons.
by Michael Hansel
by Albert Paley
by Fletcher Benton
by John Wilson
by Bob Boemig
by Daniel Ladd
by Robert Schelling
by Tom Chapin
by Martha Friedman
by Laura Ford
by Michael Rees
by Jaume Plensa
See more pics here.
I can’t promise it will continue, but the Sunday Sidewalk segment of d’Arteboard is back for at least this week. Ornamental concrete brought to you today courtesy of Mother Nature’s senility. Please no one remind the old gal of what March in New England is supposed to be like.
Warm thoughts and warmer air,
I can’t figure it out, and I’m tired of being pissed off so let’s revert to snail mail and keeping to our own business and that of our immediate neighbors’. I will post (as in mail) these as soon as I’m finished erecting a forty foot tall fence around the compound that is to be my hermit cave. It should not take long as the hot oil trap door is already finished. Hooray for being ahead of schedule!
Yesterday, I hung some of my art up at JP Licks in Harvard Square. It never occurred to me that my work could look presentable on astro-turf, but as it turns out, faux greenery is quite a lovely background for it indeed! After careful consideration, I chose work from two different series, Surface and Circular Obfuscation.
It was a fun day! My super-hero pal–Preparator M and I awoke at 4am, fed ourselves and our feline army, then hit the road. We arrived in grey, rainy Cambridge with a carload of art at 7:45 and were greeted at the JP Licks door by bright-eyed Lily who, along with her ice cream compatriot Steph, provided a very helpful, very enthusiastic audience for the next hour and a half. Happily, everything went perfectly, no problems at all! We spent the next few hours hanging out in Boston, watching penguins at The New England Aquarium, enjoying Thai food, sipping hot beverages and people-watching.
My work will be up until the end of March so if your nearby, stop in and see it. Big fat thanks to Kelly at JP Licks for inviting me to show and to my pal Zatch for showing Kelly my work in the first place!
Two more postcards, both acrylic on all rag mat board. I’m going to have to use regular stamps to send these since the board is so thick. The thing I learned, or re-learned actually, from the second card here is that neon does not reproduce accurately in photos. I have these great neon acrylics that I just can’t get to look the same in pictures of the work as they do in real life, damnit.