Care Dimensions Commission: What is a Blank Canvas?

The three 62 x 31 x 3 inch panels in the studio, September 2017.

A blank canvas is many things to an artist.  It’s a challenge and an opportunity. Having ordered the three panels from my friend “Ron the framer,” I secured the base sheet of pulp to the surfaces and am ready to begin the painting (left). This is both an intimidating moment and one of pure thrill. I love the challenge of working in multiples and on a large scale with imagery that needs to work harmoniously, as one unit, in tandem with its neighboring paintings. The subject of each painting needs to flow back and forth so that one compliments the others, all the while holding its own identity. This is a far more challenging task than when working on a single image that does not need to share space with other work.

Me taking photos of the wall for which the three panels will be installed. October, 2017.

Because I work with architects and designers, the blank canvas extends to the intended space where the work will be installed. Often, this space is the construction site-full of dust and debris.  I honestly love visiting the site, donning a hard hat and photographing the soon to be completed wall.  The busy workers, noisy power tools, and smell of production are reminders for why I enjoy making site specific work.  I love the companionship of working with people who see a vision, a future space where one does not currently exist. In many ways, this is what I see as an artist looking at a blank canvas: a future space where one does not currently exist.

Next post: the beginning stage of the paintings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci

Rocks and Water as Self Portrait: Day five

End of day five: sides of painting are glued down to the armature and pulp is added to the surface.

Day Four: Applying the background colors.

Day four: Today I applied the background colors and reconfigured the palette. The sides of the painting are as of yet not glued to the back of the armature. That will happen sometime next week. My goal today is to shore up the details in the rock areas and add more motion to the waves.

Autumn Marsh Triptych, 15 x 7 inches. 85.00.

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Marblehead Harbor painting, installed, private residence.

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Painting 40 x 26 inches. Mixed media handmade paper.  Private collection.

FAN Sea That!

If you didn’t get to the beach or the Boston Public Gardens this summer, why not bring a taste of either into your home or office? These Mixed Media Wall Reliefs capture the natural beauty of New England and add an up to date look to any interior design concept. Made with shaped abaca pulp, folded Giclee prints on German Watercolor paper, and mounted onto 1″ Gator Board, these large scale sculptural works are lightweight, ready to install, and guaranteed not to fade. Enjoy the beauty of New England all year round!

North Shore Fan installed insitu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Shore Wall Relief,

60 x 28 x 5 inches.

2.500.00.

Sailing Installed, insitu

 

 

 

 

Sailing Boats Wall Relief,

60 x 23 x 4 inches.

2,500.00.

 

fireplace with brick wall and sofas


Boston Public Garden Fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Public Garden Wall Relief

56 x 26 x 4 inches.

2,500.00.

What I did over my Summer Vacation . . .

After years of studying Art History, I finally had the change to visit Greece.  It was hot- 100 degrees every day!  But it was a wonderful experience and I had the best tour director who knew her art history.  Best of all, I made some great friends and fulfilled a life long dream.

 

Photos from Greece.

I just returned from a wonderful week in Greece where I was able to see many of the treasures I had studied for so many years.  Hot!  110 degrees every day.  But, what a wonderful time I had.

Documenting Memories of Marblehead for Care Dimensions Auction

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My friend Gary Tardiff photographing Memories of Marblehead in his South Boston Studio.  The photograph will be used for the giclees of the painting.  The Care Dimensions Auction will be held at the Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead on Friday, June 17.

 

 

 

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The painting temporarily installed in the artist’s home.

Marblehead Harbor, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final photograph of the painting.

Kick Off Event for the Auction Painting, Memories of Marblehead

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At Care Dimensions kick-off event for the 22nd annual Hospice Auction & Regatta to benefit Care Dimensions we unveiled this year’s signature artwork by Topsfield artist Meg Black Handmade Paper Art. This year’s Gala Auction and Dinner will be held at Boston Yacht Club in Marblehead on Friday, June 17th. For more information about event tickets or sponsorship please visit http://bit.ly/1Ros1vm.