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Farm at Harvest Time

Here is a photo of Norristown Farm Park in November, 2017.

Here is the painting done from this scene, also in November, 2017. It’s acrylics on board, 18″ x 24″ on wood board.

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Orange Purple Red Yellow

A family resemblance but then they do have their own characteristics, too. Postcards made in June, 2017.

Storm Circle

Here is an artist book done in October 2017. Using acrylics, I painted the pages on ad cards I received in the mail. Then I assembled it into a book by folding and stapling the cards. They are not all the same size, so some pages peek over other ones.

Then I wrote words to go with the pages as poetry/text. I didn’t want to cover any parts of the paintings – interrupting their full expression seemed to interrupt their meanings, or at least the enjoyment of a person examining all the details. So I typed up the words and put book and pages into a clear plastic envelope to keep them together.

I will show you the pages with their associated words. Then – the whole poem at the bottom of the post.

But first: Front Cover and Back Cover:

Storm Circle

Thunderclouds
spun up out of a blue bad temper.

The house. The green field
beyond the fence.
Unsuspecting.

The sky

The sky
sliced open in clean-edged cuts.
Lightning
strikes the field.
Again.
Again.
Again.

Thunder
splits

the air
a wedge of
unfallen rain

the signal given
lets loose
a blue fury

all-out breakneck rain
slowing its blows
becoming
frail
uncertain
dissipating into gray
old age

ending.
A streak of sunlight
across the green field
brilliant orange

fading into
pink illumination
showing the way into evening
the storm
a memory
The field vibrates
electric green

10/10/17

Here is the whole poem.

Storm Circle

Thunderclouds
spun up out of a blue bad temper.

The house. The green field
beyond the fence.
Unsuspecting.

The sky

The sky
sliced open in clean-edged cuts.
Lightning
strikes the field.
Again.
Again.
Again.

Thunder
splits

the air
a wedge of
unfallen rain

the signal given
lets loose
a blue fury

all-out breakneck rain
slowing its blows
becoming
frail
uncertain
dissipating into gray
old age

ending.
A streak of sunlight
across the green field
brilliant orange

fading into
pink illumination
showing the way into evening
the storm
a memory
The field vibrates
electric green

10/10/17
artist book

Faces in Clay – Two

More clay faces made in October, 2017. For information on the process, look here.

Faces in Clay – One

Here are clay tiles I made in October, 2017.

I made my own tiles from terracotta clay (I mention this because sometimes I use commercially-made tiles). I roll out the clay, cut it into approximately 6″ squares, and fire it once at cone 06.

Then I use Velvet underglazes to created the faces. First I apply a layer of black and let it dry. Then I add the colors. I scratch through them when they are still wet to reveal the black (the thin lines you see); I also leave space between colors (the larger black irregular areas). I don’t draw anything out beforehand – I just go right to it.

Another firing at cone 06 and we’re done. Faces looking at you!

Me in the Winter, Me in the Summer

Here’s a couple of clay tiles I made a month or so ago. I’m the subject in both of them. Selfie-tiles, kind of. The setting for both of them is coincidentally the same place – the home of good friends, right down the street.

All right. This first tile was made from a photo taken in January, 2017. I’m waving at you, wearing my green coat.

This next one owes a bit more to my imagination. I started with a photo of my neighbors’ pool – I was not in the picture. No one was. Just the pool. I added myself to a lounge chair. I do like a summer day in and around a swimming pool.

Both tiles are 6″ x 6″, fired at cone 06, Velvet underglazes on white commercially-made tiles, no glaze.