Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inspiration by Brian Eno

I'm reading a book that I find interesting and inspiring. It's by musician Brian Eno - "A Year with Swollen Appendices". It's a diary of his life as an artist, muscian and music producer in 1995. He's a very creative man.

Also Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt published a deck of cards that I go to when I'm stuck in my art life. Here are some samples of the ideas that release the glue -

- What wouldn't you do?
- Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list.
- Not building a wall but making a brick.
- Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame.

The box of cards is called "Oblique Strategies".

Returning -

After a long hiatus I'm returning to my blog. I've been very active in my art life but I haven't talked about it much. I just read "Show Your Work" by Austin Kleon - that's what made me decide to return to this blog.

So, to begin, this is a 40" x 40" piece of BFK Rives paper painted with encaustic. I'm trying to decide how (if) to continue working on it and then how to present it.

Blue Night, 40"x40", encaustic on paper


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rain - GFS

So - the commissioned piece I've been working on all year was installed last week. It's a permanent installation in Gordon Food Service's new building in Wyoming, MI.  Rain - GFS is 10' x 10' x 15'h and made of silver leaf on polyester film squares, fabricated steel suspenders and aluminum. There are around 10,000 squares and 10,000 suspenders. Here are a few photos -

view from below:

view from the second floor:

view from the stairway:



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sphericon - September 2012



video

Meet Sphericon, 3" diameter, out for a walk. Sphericon is a carved ball of wax (encaustic). It will be on display for three days (Oct 4, 5, 6) in the "little SCULPTURE Show" at the ISC Conference in Chicago.

Monday, September 3, 2012

short story recommendation

I have a short story to recommend - The Artist of the Beautiful by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's nothing like The Scarlet Letter.

You can read it free at a number of different sites. Here is one of them -
http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/nhawthorne/bl-nhaw-art.htm

Saturday, September 1, 2012

more St Louis

The reason we took a 3 day trip to St Louis was to see this building -
The Pulitzer Foundation Building, Architect - Tadao Ando
- and this sculpture.
a small part of Joe - a permanent installation created by Richard Serra They were both wonderful, as was the St. Louis Arch.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

St Louis Arch

I'm in St Louis to visit the Pulitzer Foundation Building designed by Tadao Ando with the associated sculpture by Richard Serra - but that is for tomorrow.

Today I was laying in the grass looking up at the St. Louis Arch. It's a beautiful sculpture. The gigantic scale of it makes it very impressive. I was surprised as I didn't expect to think much of it . . . but I did. It's very different in person than in photos.

This is the bottom of one of the bases - it's pretty large. The St. Louis Arch is a catenary arch designed by Eero Saarinen, finished in 1965.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Last comments on Art Prize 2011

I have some thank yous to post -
- Cathy and Alan Moore for a warm home and comfortable bed during the three weeks of Art Prize
- Ellen Wilt - thanks Ellen, for the beautiful working space
- Connie Cronenwett - thanks Connie, for the timely use of your paper cutter
- Klaus Wolter - thanks Klaus, for taking pity on me and making the jig
- Paul Malboeuf - thanks Paul, for food, ideas, videos, construction help, support and a million other things
- Rick DeVos for the platform that allowed Art Prize to happen
- the people of Grand Rapids for their warmth and understanding of Rain

MLive Art Prize do over? Here's the link

My two favorite videos of Rain:

This one by Paul Malboeuf on YouTube

And this one by Dustin Dwyer on YouTube

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Rain - Art Prize" update Sept. 10, 2011

Finally! Two days to go until we install "Rain" in Grand Rapids. Almost all the work is done. The 2' square modules are packed up in 5 boxes and the super structure is sitting ready to be transported.

There is a little video of another step in the process but I'm waaaaay beyond that now.

I'll post images of the installation next week, when it's DONE!

Art Prize doesn't open to the public until September 21

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Art Prize - on to Silver Leaf

I finished bending the 7600 aluminum wire suspenders on July 4. Now it's on to the silver leaf. This is for Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI, Sept 21 - Oct 9, 2011.

I have adhered most of the silver leaf to polyester film but have a few sheets of pf to be beautified yet. Here are a few photos of the silver leaf on polyester film before I seal it and cut it into 2.5" squares. It's beautiful this way - makes me want to leave it uncut.



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Installation for Art Prize 2011

8 June 2011
Recently I went on a car trip from Ann Arbor, MI to Seattle, WA. While I occupied the passenger seat I bent wire to form suspenders.

I've cut and bent 4800 aluminum suspenders. I have approximately 2600 more to do. This is all in preparation for my installation at the Grand Rapids Public Museum in Grand Rapids for Art Prize 2011 (September 21 - October 9, 2011).

I bent wire in the Columbia River Valley:


I bent wire in Missoula, Montana -


I bent wire at the Grand Coulee Dam -


I bent wire in the car -


I've bent wire in hotel rooms -


This is my elevator talk about the piece (called Rain)I'm making:

"I'm taking 7000 reflective squares and arranging them within the space of an airy 10' cube. The squares will move with ambient air currents."

In case you're wondering how the reflective squares relate to the suspenders, one suspender sits under each reflective square on lines of monofilament. A visual of a small version of this in on youtube.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HARMONY's Story

HARMONY has been sold to the EAI - Encaustic Art Institute. Here is the link for the full story.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HARMONY FINISHED!

Here is the link for the finished collaboration between 32 artists working in encaustic. The work is entitled HARMONY (in case you didn't know). It will travel and be for sale for $5000. The money from the sale will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

If you follow the link above you can see the finished artwork, the names of participants below the artwork. If you click on the individual squares in HARMONY you will be led to an image of one person's work and the story of that work.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Silver Liquid: a tribute to water - part 3

Exhibition dates: October 19 - November 28, 2010

"Sumi Pond"
encaustic on Sumi drawing on wood panel
22" x 22" x 2"



"black ink"

encaustic on Sumi drawing on wood panel
22" x 22" x 2"


WSG Gallery
306 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
734.761.2287
WSG website
WSG blog

more to come -

Silver Liquid: a tribute to water - part 2

Exhibition dates: October 19 - November 28, 2010

"Rain"
collaboration between Lynda Cole and
Candace Compton Pappas
silver leaf on polyester film, cement
10'h x 5'w x 5'd
The hanging sculpture rotates and the individual squares move with air currents.



Perceptual title: "Peace Ball"
Conceptual title: "Wrapped Pond"

encaustic with EPS center
2' diameter
the dish is wax on concrete


WSG Gallery

306 S. Main Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
734-761-2287
wsg website
wsg blog

more to come -

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Joe and Tif's new house, in progress, August, 2010

These photos are of Joe and Tif's house after the green roof was planted but before the front yard was finished. A day later the front looked quite different but I don't have a photo of that.


a detail of the round window in the kitchen -

Silver Liquid: a tribute to water - the photos

This is the first in a series of posts about my new exhibit at WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. These photos hang in a grid. The grid makes up one of 11 pieces in the exhibit. All of these photos are printed on 8 1/2 x 11 rag paper using pigmented ink.

The exhibit runs from October 18 - November 28, 2010. WSG Gallery is located at 306 S. Main, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The opening reception was October 22, 7-10 pm.

Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle Washington


studio 1, Ann Arbor, Michigan


studio 2, Ann Arbor, Michigan


fog on Mohonk Mountain, High Falls, New York


water as solvent, window cleaners on some hotel windows


sand pattern on Wingaersheek Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts


water reflections in the water off Roatan, Honduras but they could be anywhere with the sun and water in the right relationship. I love these patterns wherever I encounter them.


Jones River Salt Flat grasses with water drops as jewels (altered), Gloucester, Massachusetts


Grand Traverse Bay tranquility, Michigan


Grand Traverse Bay sedges with their doppelgangers, Michigan


with Jim and Christina, Sarah and Pete in Cornwall, England


with friends in Cornwall, England


some hardy surfers in Cornwall, England


bull kelp off British Columbia, Canada

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anouk



Paul and I went to visit Joe, Tif and Anouk. These are some new photos of Anouk. It was lightly raining. Anouk is a very busy little girl.

HARMONY continued


This is what I received from Rodney Thompson - the panel (beautiful without anything on it) and the template of my section of HARMONY to paint with encaustic anyway I want.

I've done my painting but have to keep it secret for awhile yet. We all had to use the same color palette: green gold, Indian yellow, titanium white and raw umber. Using someone else's colors was an interesting challenge. I usually constrain myself to a red, a yellow and a blue + white. This was quite different with 2/3 of the color wheel not available.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

HAROMONY

Here's a link to a blog about a new project I'm working on with thirtysome other people - HARMONY. It's an encaustic art project with this goal, "Together, we will be creating a work of art that is greater in sum than its individual parts. We will be working in harmony for the benefit of humanity."

That's kind of a tall order but, at least, we'll be creating something in collaboration. Maybe it will come to stand for something bigger than itself. We'll see. I like the concept.

As yet I don't have the part I'm to work on but I'll post photos to this blog as it gets underway. I'll be given the composition and I know the basic colors to use. Other than that it's up to me.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Different Alphabet

Since October I've been working on a major piece of art for the Bloomfield Township Public Library in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It's called A Different Alphabet. It was installed on January 29, 2010. The materials are 4"x4" squares of patinated silver leaf on polyester film supported on a wire armature. There is a flat piece of red/orange aluminum mounted on the wall at the right end. Except for the aluminum A Different Alphabet stands out 4" from the wall. It is about 18' wide and 6' high.

To go with the dedication of this piece, I participated in a panel discussion on Public Art with Reed Kroloff, Christine Schefman and Marc Schwartz. This was at the Bloomfield Township Public Library on February 4.

So, here is a photo of A Different Alphabet in its new home in the BTPL -


work in progress in my studio shortly before it went to the BTPL -

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ebb and Flow

This is a quick visit to my blog to add this installation image of the piece I was working on all summer. It's up in Beaumont Hospital, Sterling Heights, Michigan. I'll have a better photograph (without morning shadows)soon. This is called Ebb and Flow. It measures 20 ft high, 14 ft wide. The medium is encaustic on 12" x 12" pieces of plexiglas linked together by stainless steel, fabricated hangers. For scale, the two rectangular shapes below it are interior hospital doors.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

where I spend my days

My studio is in a 20'x20' building west of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here are a few interior views.

looking out the front door (north)


looking out the back door (south)


a side wall (west)


The blue and green and dark colored squares on the table and floor are 12"x12" plexiglas with encaustic wax. The finished piece will be 280 of these squares hanging in a grid.

At the moment I'm still painting individual squares, keeping them in organized piles on the floor as I finish them and trying to make one square blend into the next. I'm following a drawing I made that was chosen by the client.

Welcome to my studio

I'm going to keep a history of my work on a current commission. I decided to do it in this blog. So . . . welcome to my studio.

These are some views I see when I'm there.

the front door -


a little meadow -


a nice confluence of lines -

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Anouk update

Here is a new picture of Anouk. She is a lively little sweetheart. It was truly indescribable to hold her.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The best

Our new granddaughter, Anouk. Born 7/8/09

2 hours old

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Woman - Silver Leaf on Mylar



This is my newest work. The title is Woman. The pattern was created in the computer. Woman is silver leaf on mylar with bits cut out. The background is a cream colored wax saturated paper. Woman is flat and about 50" x 40". It is on exhibit at WSG Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.