Monica’s blanket chest

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
Monica’s blanket chest

Last year at the CraftBoston show I was approached by furniture maker Monica Raymond about collaborating on some pieces. This blanket chest was our first, and it was, at least from my point of view, WAY fun. Don’t let anybody tell you artists can’t work together.

The final fish

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The final fish

Not to say that this will be the last fish I will ever paint, just that this marks the end of the limited palette fish painting exercise. I didn’t plan for an end point or have anything specific in mind, I was just going to paint a fish a day until something interrupted me. That […]

Daily Fish the Seventh

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
Daily Fish the Seventh

  Two colors: phthalo blue (green shade) and azo yellow medium, plus titanium white, makes this my most limited palette yet. And this was one of my favorite fish of the bunch. That’s one fish that has seen it all, man, and he’s just not impressed.  

The Daily Fish, Six

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments
The Daily Fish, Six

I have always been leery of brown. It just seems to be a color that can go so easily, awfully wrong. But I decided it was time to get some brown on my brush and try to get over it. I tentatively experimented with burnt sienna, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. […]

Lovely Etsy Treasuries

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized, your brain on art | No Comments
Lovely Etsy Treasuries

A pair of orange and red enamel earrings have been getting some love here and here and then there’s this one too, and too again, for a little bit of blue oh, and this one

The Day of Fives

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Day of Fives

Today marks the fifth day that Fred, the dogs, and I have been essentially stranded here on top of our hill, thanks to the big snow storm of the first of May. Truthfully, we could snowblow ourselves out of here if we really wanted to, but we didn’t have anywhere urgent to go, and it […]

Unarmed — a counterintuitive design choice in Journey

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in the technician, your brain on art | No Comments
Unarmed — a counterintuitive design choice in Journey

I’m nobody’s idea of a gamer — Journey has been out for a year and I knew absolutely nothing about it when I decided to give it a go. From a gamer’s perspective, there is sweet bugger-all I can add to the discussion. But as a visual artist, one little design choice in particular intrigues […]

The Fourth Day of Fishery

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Fourth Day of Fishery

Day Four of the paint-a-portrait-of-a-fish challenge (limited palette) was the final day I painted a subject from Fred’s aquarium supply catalog. This little guy is a clown anemone fish. He was an interesting subject because, unlike the fish that came before him, he wasn’t scaly. Funny how much one relies on the presence of scales […]

The Daily Fish, number 3

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Daily Fish, number 3

The third fish I painted for my daily fish portrait/color wheel/limited palette exercise is this guy (or gal). I think the original photo (which came from the pages of an aquarium supply catalog) is of some kind of angel fish, but I don’t really know my fish types, so I’m just guessing here. In any […]

The Daily Fish, Painting 2

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
The Daily Fish, Painting 2

I decided to invert the split complementary color scheme of the first day’s fish painting for day two of the color wheel exercise. I also nudged the colors into a redder purple and yellower orange. The first couple of days into this project I didn’t keep very good notes, so I don’t remember exactly which […]

Daily Fish Portrait – Entry Uno

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in your brain on art | No Comments
Daily Fish Portrait – Entry Uno

I decided to get back to my roots. As I have said before, painting is for paint. When I found myself, contrary to my own desires, essentially painting with enamels, I decided I was wasting too much money, materials, and time. Copper is no longer the cheap material it once was. Paper still, more or […]

Hasta la vista, cheap earrings

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
Hasta la vista, cheap earrings

When I was twelve years old, my father trundled me out to the back porch of my grandfather’s house one summer and read to me The Enchiridion of Epictetus. I tell you this not to gain your sympathy, but as a small illustration of how I came to be formed. For me, everything is and […]

Des Moines Art Festival 2012 review

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
Des Moines Art Festival 2012 review

After a spring of experimentation with indoor craft shows, I was looking forward to my first outdoor fine arts festival of the summer. This year, that would be Des Moines, which I was attending as an exhibiting artist for the first time. This is the part where I tell you that this a long review, […]

ACC St. Paul fine craft show review

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
ACC St. Paul fine craft show review

I put this off too long. I got sick at the ACC show in St. Paul, and stayed that way for a while, so this will be a down-and-dirty to-the-best-of-my-addled-memory review. Of the three indoor fine craft shows (ACC Baltimore and Craft Boston being the other two) I decided to try this year, St. Paul […]

Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett book review

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in media diagnostic | No Comments
Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett book review

As a self-taught metal worker and lover of books, I suspect my library acquisition has followed a trajectory familiar to many: Start with general instructional texts, the simpler the better. My first was Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry by Mark Lareau and I doubt I could have chosen better. It’s simple, clear, and unintimidating, even […]

Have You Seen This Bird Before?

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in your brain on art | No Comments
Have You Seen This Bird Before?

My habit, these past few days, has been to crash on the couch about an hour or so before bed, put some British crime drama on the Netflix, then sit there and sort of watch tv while I do an outline sketch. The object of the sketching game is to draw something completely out of […]

Top 10 Questions #2: How do you make that thing?

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in art in tents | No Comments
Top 10 Questions #2: How do you make that thing?

Here it is, the second installment of my thrilling series: Top Ten Questions Never to Ask an Art Fair Artist. Forbidden Question number two is, “How do you make that thing?” This is a tricky one because it’s close kin to a perfectly welcome question about an artist’s process. As an enamelist, I frequently encounter […]

Craft Boston Review Spring 2012

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in art in tents | 3 Comments
Craft Boston Review Spring 2012

Part of my genius plan this spring when I first decided to try a few well known indoor fine craft fairs was to approach this as a learner. Well, Craft Boston turned out to be quite the learning experience. In fact, this one show ended up costing me about a semester’s tuition at my local […]

Top Ten Questions to Never Ask an Art Fair Artist

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art in tents, your brain on art | 2 Comments

Part 1 Art fair organizers love to crow about how great it is to go to their shows, where you can meet real-live artists face to face! It’s better than a trip to the zoo, because when you taunt these captive creatures they won’t, usually, throw their feces at you or go hide in the […]

Why lie?

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in art whore, your brain on art | 2 Comments
Why lie?

My most recent show I was next-booth to a guy who only sold one piece all weekend. Still, when people wandered in to admire his amazing work and ask him, as far too many people do, “how’s the show going?” he always lied: “Great” he’d say to them, with a cheerleader’s enthusiasm and a hooker’s […]