recent artwork

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I have been dabbling in a few mediums; colored pencils as I try to capture tomatoes on my deck before Mr. Chipmunk eats them, a mountain/water scene using oil paint, and a Montana valley with wild mustangs in the distance. I am learning to accept mistakes as a stepping stone in learning how to draw and paint. Perfectionism held me back in the past. I would do something that didn’t look right and stop, unable to finish. Now I plow ahead and just try to learn from these mistakes. You’ve got to make some ugly art in the beginning.

Recent work

 

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Odie, the Boston Terrier/Pug Boy

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I started this drawing at the Attleboro Museum class in the spring. Then it sat around for months as I was unsure about how to blend the colored pencils to get depth to the subject. Fortunately I recently found a studio, Lugar Learning Center in Seekonk where I am getting some great tips and tricks as well as specific instruction to help me complete this project. Odie is well on his way.

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Black and White Film Photography Class

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I recently finished a Photography I class at CCRI in Warwick, RI. I used to work in a darkroom many years ago and in this class I remembered how much I enjoyed being in the darkroom. I am looking into purchasing a good scanner so I can share my film camera photos. Here are a few that were part of my final. I used a 60mm macro lens on my Nikon N75 and Kodak Tmax 400 asa . I was trying to emulate Tony Sweet. His books are great because he tells you exactly what he does to get his amazing images. I tried his multiple exposure examples, but my camera would not cooperate.

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Expressions Art Group

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A few months ago I started an art group for interested persons to get together and create art, share techniques, or just talk about art. We are creating a display that will be at the Seekonk Public Library in October. Each member has taken a few letters from the group name “Expressions.” Each letter will be on a 5 x 7 inch piece of paper, within or around the letter individuals can embellish with whatever they like, i.e. Zentangles, collage … I chose pen and ink with watercolor. Here is one of my letters in progress. My inspiration was my Koi in the backyard pond. I’ll post pictures of the display case after we set it up.

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“The Museum of Extraordinary Things”

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Irony

I am reading this very interesting book for a book club. I found it ironic that there is mention of Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer that I chose to emulate for a digital photography class. Before this I had never heard of him, but knew that Georgia O’Keefe’s husband was a photographer, just never knew his name. OK maybe it’s just strange to me.

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Old Farm Equipment

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Old Farm Equipment

farm equipment from my area

Truck oil paint

I recently attended a five week class on digital photography. We shot all pictures with manual settings and then used Photoshop to enhance the images. I didn’t get a chance to play around with filters during class, but now I decided to add filters to my “old farm equipment theme.” Here are the first two images; an old truck that I’ve admired for years and finally got to shoot close up, and a local farmer adding something to the soil on a sunny summer day. I used the oil painting filter for these two. The sky in the truck photo was washed out (a hazy day, late afternoon w/o clouds) so I changed it to a lavender cast that I liked with the yellow of the old truck. More to come.