Please join me for an informal closing reception for Force Field at the Bromfield Gallery on Saturday, November 30, from 2 to 5 pm, and I will be talking briefly about my work that is on display at 3 pm.
Following my exhibit at Stonehill College last month, I worked with a group of 7 students to produce an installation on the entry windows of the Cushing-Martin art building. In my previous post, I showed the process of arriving at the design using the students' unselfconscious doodles to music.
Vector files of the doodles were sent to Signsbytomorrow.com in Easton, MA who did a great job of working with me to size the images properly and cut them out of adhesive vinyl. The students and I spent the afternoon adhering the vinyl to the windows, mostly following our sketches from the week before. There were some ad hoc decisions made as we discovered that some of the designs were too busy and needed to be simplified.
I am always impressed by commercial businesses that make an effort to accommodate the sometimes weird requests of artists!
There were lots of positive comments about the windows as we were placing the doodle shapes. Everyone wanted to know how long they would be up. I t…
First, I elicited marks from the students by having them draw on a piece paper lodged inside of a small paper lunch bag. While drawing, they listened to two very different musical selections. The first was a melodic, lyrical piece, very meditative in nature. The second cut was percussive and loud. Prompted by the contrasting musical selections, the students responded to what they heard. "Blind" drawings allowed them to be unselfconscious about their work.
During the next week, I scanned the drawings and printed them out onto
transparencies so that we could project the images onto a wall…
I am just back from teaching Painting Intuitively on the island of Skopelos in Greece. Sponsored by the Island Center for the Arts, and run by my friends Tom and Isabel Dempsey, this was the trip of a lifetime. Tom and Isabel, originally from Boston, moved to Skopelos permanently about 20 years ago. Each year they offer classes taught by New England area artists. My class included nine wonderful people - seven New Englanders, one Ohioan, and two Canadians. Fifi, Isabel's daughter's chihuahua mix, often accompanied us on our outings.
Getting there involved landing in Athens, and taking a bus and then a ferry to the island.
Mornings were reserved for classes which were held on tile patio and shaded by grape vines. We looked out onto a pool, an olive grove, a chicken yard, and the turquoise Aegean ocean.
Most travel art classes focus on plein aire painting or drawing, so this was a little different. Instead of concentrating on capturing the scene at hand, we took inspiration fro…