thinking out loud

POSTED ON Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 21:45

I started to make some prototypes for my books that I intend to enter in RiTUAL. an upcoming show in Philadelphia. Cutting a larger sheet of paper down to size, folding it in half, cutting the slit, folding it again.

It's beginning to feel like a ritual.


Single-sheet book prototype
POSTED ON Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 12:15

I've been in my studio early the past few days.

I have been very productive and extremely excited about the new work I am making. But yesterday I felt like a spinning top. Bumping into and spinning off of each idea.

Today I decided to move into the day more slowly and deliberately. To quiet myself.

orange made by yellow and magenta
POSTED ON Friday, July 26, 2013 - 21:42

I spent a full 8 hour day in my studio yesterday. I jumped from one project to another hoping to land on using these new tools. These three marking devices are made of felt. I've been thinking of making some like this for some time. My plan was to buy industrial felt or maybe using chalk erasers to build pens and stamping devices or large pens.

Imagine my surprise when making a studio visit with Justin Bursk he pulls out these as a gift for me.

tools, mark-making, felt, pens
POSTED ON Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 17:44

I'm participating in the city wide Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. I hope you'll save the date on your calendar. I'll be showing and selling from my #drawingaday project 2012. I'll also have larger work from 2012 and now my new pieces from 2013.

More info as time goes on.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 16:52

Yesterday I spent a long day in the studio and I revisited a couple of projects and started a new one. This is a drawing I started a bit ago and I wasn't sure where it should go. I began to make more marks and was pretty happy where it was going. But I made a choice which made me come to a screeching halt. I'm not sure if it will be ok or if I trashed the drawing. I'll see next time I head to the studio.

The thing that forced the breaks on is not in the snapshot I posted.

ink drawings layers
POSTED ON Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 09:58

Today I stared these drawings down.

Deciding to make some marks today — i pushed forward. Took out acrylic ink and made some new marks. I must admit that I played it safe by experimenting on only two drawings. One of each tonal fields. I'm happy with the dots created by using the dropper. The ink made little pools that hold a sheen. I'm pleased.

In the studio
POSTED ON Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 15:51

A long day in my studio.

It was a very long day in my studio but it felt all too quick.

I spent a good part of the morning cutting and punching papers. Then I began arranging. Then attached several pieces using tape or staples. Some very delicate pieces were attached with a double-stick material.

Now I am investigating some of the other materials I have saved over the years to add to the collages. I have some tapes and fasteners that may come into play. I have several papers I will punch with little round holes. Much more to do to extend the vocabulary a bit more.

my workbench june 2013
POSTED ON Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:15

Thrilled to have four days of plein air drawing. So happy to have a place protected from the rain, just in case. We've had so much of it lately. Now, to make some drawings.

The basic kit includes:
- Fabriano Journal
- Rotring Sketch Pen
- Caran d’Ache Aquarelle
- Koi Water Brushes
and of course a few graphite pencils

drawing kit, plein air, art
POSTED ON Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 20:36

My analog holiday.

These are two drawings from the work I made plein air. The work I do in the open is my impressions of the environment I occupy. My vocabulary of marks is more limited. The smaller drawings require a tighter set.

drawing in my al genna sketchbook
POSTED ON Monday, May 27, 2013 - 17:01

I forgot my fav casual mountain wear this last trip to the woods. I was missing this pair of goodies. I guess I just didn't want to take them away from my studio in town. 

One of the most important needs for outdoor/cabin life is easy to slip on shoes to make the transition from the lovely wooden floor or deck to the trail to the little house. This trip can often happen in the darkness of the wee hours. It's what happens when you don't stop drinking at around 8 pm. One's brain is fuzzy and there isn't time for lacing and tying. These Crocs are indispensible gear.

outback crocs