Happy to announce that I will begin working for The Fine Arts Company as their new Curator. The company is opening their first store in Hagerstown MD. and carries a large variety of fine arts from glass and wood to pottery and metal. They also carry one of a kind jewelry pieces to other original American made wearable art. I stress American made but everything in the store is made by artisans and craftsmen from the good ole US of A. I am very excited to be working with the owners of the company as they have great vision for their company and for what they can offer to the arts in America.
For the past few days I have been working on another rubbing in the David Johnson series. This one is once again using two different plates, the snail and the caterpillar. When I first started out making the large rubbing as shown below it was my intention to make this piece but I got carried away by adding all the other plates to the piece, and I am glad that I did! Now, however it is good to get back to the original plan. It has been a lot of fun creating this particular piece because of all the background landscape imagery that I was able to formulate thanks to the clouds of soft crayon that was originally put on the paper when I first did the rubbing. The stone also was pieced together using these clouds as a basis for finding shapes and ultimately finding the rock formations.
"Follow the Leader" shown in stages
Yesterday I took work down to Warehouse Art Gallery in Luray Virginia. That place is incredible. If you are ever looking for something to do take a trip to Luray try to find all the murals around town, there are a lot and go to the Warehouse Art Gallery for an hour or two of art contemplation and maybe even shopping. They have everything from modern sculpture to paintings to note cards and much much more. I absolutely love it there. It has been years since I had been there to the Warehouse. The first time I went was when I curated a show there for 4 of 5 artists. I have to say it was one of the best shows I ever installed. The Warehouse was a little rawer back then because it was still pretty newly established and it was cool being there yesterday remembering back to that exhibit. The gallery has really grown and is such an artistic wonderland.
Today I finally retired this "plate." After about a half dozen rubbings using this plate in one way or another I decided to call it quits. Over the past two days (Oct 10 & 11, 2013) I colored it and clear coated it. Now to find a home for it.
I have been working diligently on a new series of work that are a stem from the David Johnson dribble series. Thanks to a Face Book friend who commented on one of my postings of dribbled paintings I had completed while on vacation to the Inlaws home. This comment had to do with the dribbling paint possibly having enough height/volume to it to take a rubbing from. My mind exploded and I immediately found a local art store and found paper where I could do rubbings from the dribbled paintings. I now call these dribble paintings "Plates" and use them until I have had enough which at that time I will then go into color the "retired" plate as I have done before and sell those in addition to the rubbings. Here is a sample of a couple recent "rubbings" that I have worked into with color pencil and wax crayon.
11th generation artisan working in the shadows of the nations capitol at the top of the Shenandoah Valley