August 2017 – Print of the Month

August 2017 – Print of the Month

Spring Morning

Spring Morning, monotype, oil on rag paper, 12 x 16 inches 

It’s been a year since “The Butterfly Series” had its beginnings, painting with granddaughter Katie in Merano, Italy. And I still find myself drawn irresistibly to the theme. Looking forward to the larger series of these paintings debuting at the National Arts Club as part of Spring RisingOctober 2-27, 2017

May 2017 – Print of the Month

May 2017 – Print of the Month

Arrival II, monotype, 15 x 12 inches

Continuing to explore the potential of the winged quality of the butterfly in flight, I decided to experiment with the introduction of a secondary element (the sun) via the use of collagraph.

April 2017 – Print of the Month

April 2017 – Print of the Month

Arrival

Arrival, monotype, 15 x 12 inches

Butterflies have always seemed to personify Nature’s gift of fleeting beauty. I’ve been at work on a series of monotypes which try to capture that evanescent moment at its peak.
I’ve been experimenting with combinations of oil paint and water and oil-based printer’s ink with various combinations still underway.

March 2017 – Print of the Month

March 2017 – Print of the Month

Steel Thistle Rising, 2002

Collagraph on rag paper, 20 x 13 inches

I’ve always felt a kinship to the bravery of growing things as they return to us each spring, against all odds. One day I thought emerging with protective armor might help it all along.  

January 2017 – Print of the Month

January 2017 – Print of the Month

Fire & Ice on the Hudson II

2002

Monotype, oil on rag paper, 8 x 10 inches

Of recent years, the monotype has offered opportunity to make the kind of oil paintings on paper that I’d always wanted to. That is, to work swiftly or slowly, boldly or delicately, densely or thinly–and still to maintain the freshness and directness that comes only with a first vision.

I suppose it is because the “battle” (or dialogue) between artist and subject takes place on the surface of the plate (zinc, copper or plexiglass), running its inevitable course of conflict and change–second, third-and-after-thoughts. Paint it in. Paint it out. Scrape it, punch it. Kick it into that elusive shape/form/color. And then, by the simple, rational process of running it through an etching press (sometimes two, three, four times) take that image to the surface–receptive and responsive–of good rag paper and come away with the entire encounter and image fresh and whole and intact.

February 2017 – Print of the Month

February 2017 – Print of the Month

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Fierce Flower V

1980

Monotype, oil on rag paper, 6 ½ x 6 ½ inches

In Nature, the swift-sudden quality of a familiar image transformed by an unexpected encounter, in an unlikely moment or context–illuminated by a fleeting sense that winter may be past.

December 2016 – Print of the Month

December 2016 – Print of the Month

Dancing Thistles IV

1998

Collagraph on rag paper, 11 x 18 ½ inches

It is implicit in the human condition to be aware of the passage of time–the shimmering instant, the sense of loss–of moments which will never return.

And December arrives with its radiant promise, signals the moments which will return.

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