I repaired the box. The glass is plexi, it is pitted, scratched with mildew stains. the box lining is warped. the posters continue to shrink. the bottom was coming apart, i screwed it back together. wiped off a crust of pollen and grime. gave it a wash of slow set gilder’s oil. gave it a speed dry with the hot sun. laid down aluminum leaf. burnished the leaf to an almost hard tack (t?); rubbed in non oxidizing gold dust, light sipe with a milky tacky brush. laid down more aluminum leaf. inscribed sharpie drawing. i saw the silhouette of gloucester in the leaf, then signed it. one more burnish. done. the only audience? a man taking a deep lumbering nap on the rise behind me.
Hi there! when i got to work yesterday Ed Collard was talking with Fred Bodin. I reminded Ed the ‘fix it’ man about the bottom falling out of that information box at the Gordon Thomas Park. He had me remind him of what it was. Anyway, when I walked home from work yesterday I noticed that it was fixed! Awesome.
Oh, and the art work is of use to someone, as I saw a man stop at it (i was so excited, he’s going to look…or is he going to paint? he had some bags with him, i was about to take a picture) nope…he was just using the pedestal as a place to balance the trash bag so that he could put a knot in the bag. then he dumped his trash in Public waste bin. oh, well. Vincent Ferrini once wrote a letter to Gloucester “use your artists.” i guess gloucester finally does. hahahah
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Deb Clarke shares her paint box with us. If there are any painters out there that would like to share their Paint box photos with us please email with a Photo and info like Deb has done. Also include anything you’d like to share. Such as; Your website, facebook page, exhibits etc. Email me at Frontiero@hotmail.com
From Deb Clarke;
“This was my father’s french easel, now it is mine. it was pristine when i got it a few years ago, now it is broken in.
cad yellow light
cad yellow medium
grumbacher red (napthol red)
winsor blue (pthalo blue)
grumbacher pre-test white original (titanium)
a few big brushes, mostly flats, a few rounds, maybe a filbert or two”.
I’m gathering this information for a new body of work based on fish that I have not painted before. Some of the new paintings will be of favorite aquarium fish that I have lived with. Others will be new encounters through tidepools, my visit to the Maritime Center, the Boston Aquarium (a visit is next on my list). The artwork will exhibit up in Maine in the New Year. to see my progress subscribe to my blog:
I think this is Brenda Tredwell. She was my model and studio assistant for several years. This drawing is turpentine wash on acid free paper. Use blotter paper or absorbant cardboard as a palette, this will reduce the linseed oil. The reverse of this drawing has one small bleedthrough, with no sign of decomp. This drawing pleases me.
Brenda grew up on Monhegan. Her hair flames. She calls herself a rock rat. She modeled for Jamie Wyeth. I recognized her knees and hair that matched the color of Jamie’s ‘burn barrel’.
This is The Big Fish (a blue faced cichlid we named ‘fat boy’) that hangs in our long narrow hallway. The painting is oil with mixed media on linen, painted in 1995. We had a 35 gallon fish tank. This Big Boy ate every other fish in the tank, including several crayfish, then grew to an amazing size. sometimes i think to sell this, several people have ‘tried it out’ on their wall, for a few years it was displayed at The Bookstore on Main Street in Gloucester. Now, I say hello to Fat Boy everytime i hang a coat, store a painting, or head to the downstairs laundry.
every once in a while my work catches me off guard with an inner certainty that i am on the right path. the sun hit this painting yesterday. that ‘light patch’ is flattened out in this image. the reality of the reflected light is that it existed in space, sort of like a hologram. damn, if i could paint like that, But, I don’t know how to. Yet.
the wyeth and van gogh paintings are 2 paintings that i subliminally reference every time i draw some shoes. wyeth’s work is egg tempera, van gogh’s is oil, clarke’s is mixed media: drawing materials/oil paint/aluminum leaf.
Here’s Kerry McNally and her Mom in front of my work at the Bazaar. We were so busy I was lucky to get any pics at all. I thought the folk on goodmorning gloucester would enjoy seeing pics from a ‘sales person’s point of view’. There were so many peeps and every now and then, I got to see some of my friends (Loretta and Adara, my friends from Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church).
I would like to thank the readers of gmg that came down to the bazaar to see my artwork, and search for Paul’s ‘rock art’. I know of one other family ‘team’ that printed out directions to locate your rocks. Many folk thought they were supposed to find the rock, have a picture taken to document the event, then move onto the next clue. This might be a future development of your ‘rock art’ project Paul.
also: I sold three paintings at the Bazaar! (thank you to Richard and Sabine for allowing me to use some of their bazaar ‘real estate’). This was the most financially succesful bazaar for me, as I have been putting my work on Bananas’ sidewalk for several years. Thanks to word of mouth and the shout out by goodmorninggloucester, lots of folk came to see bananas and my work! I generated sales inquiries, networked like crazy, sold a lot of vintage, and had a lot of fun! Thank you to the folk that volunteered on behalf of the Chamber to organize the event.
It is Located at a very Popular and Long Established Store. It has My Favorite artist as an Employee.
Paul Morrison Buys his Martini Accessories there.
It always has a Beautiful and Dynamic Window Display.
Na, Na, Na, NA NA NA NA, Na, Na, Na, Na,Na,Na,Na,
(Theme Song from my Favorite TV Show when I was a Kid.)
THAT’S IT FOR THE HINTS.
Now the requirements; You may have to Ask for the “ART ROCK” or you May Have to Find it. It’s up to them and they’re unpredictable. You must take a picture of you and them with the Rock. So have a camera ready. Or they may even have one.
IT WON’T BE THERE UNTIL 12:30PM
GOODLUCK! GOODNIGHT! and Good Riddance.
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My Friend and “Mentor” Deb Clarke is making some room and Raising Funds to fix the “White Wind” Her Dodge Truck. She will be having some ArtWork Available for Purchase. Here is an example and one that is for Sale. It’s a great deal for such a Beautiful and Large Painting.
This painting was a demonstration for a painting class I held at the Magnolia landing a few summers ago. It is oil on canvas, 32×40″. I turned the canvas over last night and scrawled on the back is my copyright and next to that $850. I like numbers that add up to 13 and reduce to 4.
I will be posting work that is available for purchase. what would you like to see? oils? landscapes? figures? mixed media? reverse glass?
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A few years ago I found a dozen of these handblown glass panels at the building center. i incorporated them into wax/gild wire creations. the heat of this summer has melted the wax and most of the gold leaf is now buried in the wax. i like playing around with the idea of what is art, is it the making of something intentional? my intent here was to show off the beauty of the materials.
it’s summertime, so here’s a pic of my garden, which is coming in later than other gardens around here. must be the shade from the oak.
Went down to Cressy’s Beach to cool off Sunday. While I was there The mood hit me to sketch and leave a couple of “Art Rocks” If someone finds them they can keep’em, toss’em or pass them on. As Debbie Clarke’s saying Goes, “Art or not Art” That is the question. Or just Graffiti? Debbie is my Inspiration for these Rocks.
If I get Feedback from the Finders I’ll post them here on GMG.