Category Archives: Paintings

Creation of the World

Here is an artist book I made in October, 2017. I painted in acrylics on top of the pages of a pamphlet from the paint store – it was already stapled for me, and I used the images on the pages as guides for my painting (in a loose way). The booklet was composed of sturdy shiny paper, like the ad cards I get in the mail and have used as the basis for many mail art items.

After I finished the book, I wrote text for it based on the images. I did not want to paste it in the book or write it out as I thought it would interfere with the paintings. Usually I do include the text, but this time, it just didn’t seem right for the project. Instead, I typed it out, referenced the page numbers, and put the book and the text page in a clear envelope. That way they can stay together and be enjoyed together.

I’ll show you the pages with their text and then set the text out all alone at the end.

Creation of the World

i.
Tough-eyed
the thin black trees
it’s hard to get hold of their thoughts
they cast restless shadows
eye the green silence
across the divide

ii.
Eggs asleep in a cold-water nest
The gray river flows
over and around
the black stones

Red-hot to ashes
stones cool on the orange beach.

iii.
Draw up the cover of night

iv.
Calligraphy on the moon.
The signs scratched on the rock
by vagabond travelers
run out of momentum
inform later
arrivals.

Impulsive escape.
The pretext of pursuit.
Compromise and balance
the refuge.

v.
Stars hang from the grid
set across the sky
named and a map drawn
by wayfarers
who cannot leave home.

Here is the text, alone.

Creation of the World

i.
Tough-eyed
the thin black trees
it’s hard to get hold of their thoughts
they cast restless shadows
eye the green silence
across the divide

ii.
Eggs asleep in a cold-water nest
The gray river flows
over and around
the black stones

Red-hot to ashes
stones cool on the orange beach.

iii.
Draw up the cover of night

iv.
Calligraphy on the moon.
The signs scratched on the rock
by vagabond travelers
run out of momentum
inform later
arrivals.

Impulsive escape.
The pretext of pursuit.
Compromise and balance
the refuge.

v.
Stars hang from the grid
set across the sky
named and a map drawn
by wayfarers
who cannot leave home.

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Couple of People

These postcards were done in May, 2017. Just some people that came into my mind…

Pedestrians Two: Real and My Real

A photo I took on Market Street in Philadelphia, PA, in August, 2017. Notice that the lady is the same one as in a previous post.

Now here she is in my painted version. A bit of an appearance change. Can a person do this kind of magic just walking down the street? No, but I can, with my paintbrush and acrylic paints. And India ink. And NeoColor I crayons. On an 8″ x 8″ wood board.

“Lady Wearing a Hat on a City Street”

Pedestrians One: Real and My Real

Here is a photo I took in August, 2017, in Philadelphia, PA.

Here is my painted version. A little different but a little the same. That is what painting is all about for me.

Acrylics, NeoColor I crayons, India ink. 8″ x 8″, September, 2017.

“Lady and Man Walking on a City Sidewalk”

Arboretum: Real and My Real

Here is a photo I took at Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, in July.

Here is a painting of that same scene. Yes, it is, filtered through my imagination, though.

It’s 8″ x 8″, acrylics, India ink, and NeoColor I crayons, done in September, 2017.

“Arboretum Pond and Trees”

 

Photos Finished

Recently I picked out a few photos to use as painting references. Here is what happened.

Railroad tracks at Norristown Farm Park. Photo and painting from September 2017.

One of the roads in the Norristown Farm Park. Photo and painting from September, 2017.

And the market garden at Bryn Athyn College. Photo and painting from September, 2017.