Friday, September 26, 2008

Purple Blend

Do you ever read the Sunday comics in full color? Did you realize you’re looking at pieces of the Sunday comics right now?

This collage is made up of pieces of the Sunday comics collected between September 2004 and March 2007. The only thing that they have in common are the colors. Speedball acrylic gloss is used to glue them down on Reeves BFK paper. I recently took a break from my dot artwork to complete this piece.

collage, 10.5" x 19"

So what made me create this work?

Well back in the summer of 1998 I took a trip to Chicago and saw the work of Ray Yoshida. He taught at the School of Art at the Institute of Chicago. I enjoyed the show so much I bought a catalog.

It wasn't until seven years later in March of 2005 that I got around to doing a piece in the spirit of the work I saw in Chicago. Cutting out the pieces from the Sunday funnies was very time consuming. I wanted my students to see how the context of the comics could be changed in a collage. It was a good way to show them how to use found materials.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

We See

The materials for this collage were handed to me at a lecture on Hannah Hoch in Boston. It was one of many seminars I attended at a national art teachers convention in March 2005. The speaker asked 25 of us to make a collage out of the materials she put in a cellophane bag. She referred to it as a "Dada bag." When I returned home, I worked on this piece as an example for my talent art students. I wanted them to see how unusual materials could be used to make a collage.

collage, 17.5" x 24"

Monday, July 07, 2008

Reef Madness

This piece started with a demonstration I did for the Jefferson Art Guild. I poured paint as a start. After that I had to let the paint dry. It wasn't until days after that I went back into it.

acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pink Sensation

This one started as a demo for the West Bank Art Guild back in 1995. Mostly I used a stencil and sprayed acrylic with a toothbrush.

acrylic on canvas, 18" x 36"

Monday, May 12, 2008

Glow Worm

This painting started with a tennis ball rolling an orange acrylic path that proclaimed a glow worm. The texture came about from imprinting pine straw. The Metairie Art Guild was fascinated by the tricks I showed.

acrylic on canvas, 18" x 36"

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Blame It on the Comet

This piece was painted around the time of the Hale-Bop Comet passed us in the 90s . . . members of a cult killed themselves in the belief that they would catch a ride on a spaceship traveling with the comet . . . The smear became the comet occurred at the demo I did for the West Bank Art Guild. It was a "happy accident."

acrylic on canvas, 18" x 36"

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Algae in Bloom

At the demonstration where I began this piece, another artist pleaded with me to stop. She liked it the way it was at that stage. "Well, I'm not finished," I told her.

acrylic on canvas, 18" x 36"

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Cosmic Windshield

Again, this painting began a demonstration for the West Bank Art Guild. I used string dripped in acrylic paint. Also, I scraped som paint around. It was an expressive mess. All I could think about was how it looked like a messy windshield. But that bright yellow-green seemed more "not-of-this-world" - hence my title "Cosmic Windshield."

acrylic on canvas, 18" x 36"

Monday, January 21, 2008

Splash of Pink

This one contains a lot of the experimental watermedia techniques I use, but I never felt like it worked out quite the way I had hoped. I just sort of had to say to myself "It is time to stop."

acrylic on canvas, 18" x 36"