Merged Images and Some Paintings: 4

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the next one. These are the photos I used – houses in Allentown, PA; the Lawn rest stop on the PA Turnpike; pylons along the Skippack trail, Skippack, PA.

Here is the painting. It is called Pylons Turnpike Rest Stop.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Friday Guy

You may know that in addition to my artwork I also write poetry (posted on my blog Claudia McGill Writes Poetry, Did You Know That?). For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Friday Guy

I use a pencil marked with the day of the week
keeps me straight on which iteration of
quintuplet look-alike workdays
I am dealing with
In particular
I want to recognize that valued colleague Friday
soon as it hits the street loud and proud
day five of five slide-through day outta here day
so I can say a big hello!
snap the point of Friday’s pencil
on green paper spreadsheets
leave the lead mark that says
it’s Friday!
and rejoice. In situ but half out the door already
neck twisted in clock-watcher position
(I cast aside my usual
just-short-of-a-faceplant-on-my-desk
Monday-through-Thursday demeanor
in honor of the honored guest) though always
of course
I am pencil in hand. That guy. Yes, him.
I point. Me, that’s him. TGIF guy. Me, that’s him.

2/14/20
Large Artist Sketchbook 2020 Image 5

Metallic: 3

Over some period of months or years, even, I have been collecting metal objects that I pick up from the ground. I decided it was time to see what could be made of them.

I bought wire at the craft store and used some that I already had on hand. I pushed the metal pieces around, trying to find a look I liked, and then I started putting things together.

Most of what I made in this little project involved figures. Here is the whole group that I have already shown you.

I had a few metal washers left over. I combined them with a spring and some kind of a weight to make this item. It reminds me of a kite string.

Here are some details:

And here it is hanging from a bush in my back yard. I like the look of this strand of circles and I think I’ll keep it for myself.

Metallic: 2

Over some period of months or years, even, I have been collecting metal objects that I pick up from the ground. I decided it was time to see what could be made of them.

I bought wire at the craft store and used some that I already had on hand. I pushed the metal pieces around, trying to find a look I liked, and then I started putting things together.

My plan for these people is to take them to the park and hang them from tree branches here and there for people to look at and to take home if they want to.

Here is the second group of people. (If you want to see the first group, look here.)

Here they are as a group.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 3

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the next one. These are the photos I used – Dixon Farm, Whitemarsh Township, PA; pier, Ocean City, NJ; passenger on SEPTA train, Philadelphia, PA.

Here is the painting. It is called Man Reading Under the Fishing Pier. Originally I was putting in some green plants under the pier rather than the man but I nixed that idea; you can still see some of the plants in the sweater and the water. I’ll use that plants photo later on.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: The Estufa Fria in February

You may know that in addition to my artwork I also write poetry (posted on my blog Claudia McGill Writes Poetry, Did You Know That?). For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Note: In 1998 our family visited Lisbon, Portugal, and one of the places we went was the Estufa Fria. Since then we have referred to any greenhouse garden in this way, as a nod to our fond memory of the trip.

The Estufa Fria in February

Shut the door on the sullen monologue
the one that’s been going on too long
That
will winter ever end
question
Put it aside. The botanical garden
free on Sundays a modest charge other days
Nothing to stop you. Come in.

The sashay of fronds along
the pea gravel path
The verve the swerve the swish
of the impertinent bloom
that reaches for your hand
The air so moist it splashes. The sky
that hovers above the palms
Breathe it in.

The leafless oaks outside
peer through the glass
is that a snowflake?
while we
in the middle of this gray-brown
winter-coat-wearing city
we laugh.
Winter doesn’t dare say a word here.

2/14/20
Large Artist Sketchbook 2020 Image 4

Metallic: 1

Over some period of months or years, even, I have been collecting metal objects that I pick up from the ground. I decided it was time to see what could be made of them.

I chose to try wiring them together to make hanging sculptures. I have no idea why this is what I settled on, but it is.

I bought wire at the craft store and used some that I already had on hand. I pushed the metal pieces around, trying to find a look I liked, and then I started putting things together. At first I tried to be neat with the wiring of the pieces, but neatness is just not in me, really…and I quickly learned I should have bought finer gauge wire – it would have been easier to work with. I’ll remember that for next time.

Well, no matter. Things got made. I’ll show you the results in a couple of posts.

My plan for these people is to take them to the park and hang them from tree branches here and there for people to look at and to take home if they want to.

Here is the first group of people.

Here they are as a group.

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 2

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Here is the second one. These are the photos I used: an alley in Pittsburgh, PA; clothesline kids’ art at a street fair in Sellersville, PA.

Here is the painting. It is called Art Show in an Alley.

The Boy on the Bridge

I created an illustration used to accompany a story on Fictive Dream, the online fiction magazine. And oops…I neglected to post it on the same day the story came out, as I usually do. My apologies to Fictive Dream and editor Laura Black.

But…that doesn’t mean I can’t catch things up. It’s not too late. I’ll show you the illustration and then I hope you’ll visit Fictive Dream and read the story it goes with.

The story is: The Boy on the Bridge, by Kate Mahony

And here is the picture:

Merged Images and Some Paintings: 1

A while back I had an idea (don’t know from where) to choose a couple of photos at random and see if I could combine them into an image. I got right on it.

I have been doing these paintings in a large sketchbook (mixed media paper) – it’s 18″ x 24″.

Some have turned out well, some not so much. All of them are a challenge to compose and fun to manage, or sometimes they are managing me, I think.

Here is the first one. The two images are a mannequin at the King of Prussia (PA) mall and the library at Chestnut Hill College.

Here is the painting. It is called Mannequins in the Library.

Of course.