Friday, September 26, 2008


Yes, its getting to be that haunting time of year again. To celebrate Summitart Space in Akron is hosting the exhibitation "Spooky!" This is the fourth annual juried show of Weird, Unearthly,Ghostly, Mysterious, Eerie art.
My entry is a mixed media piece measuring 5x7" featuring a Halloween Moon and a few haunts in the house. I found this rather victorian looking frame for my mansion. The details on the show:

Oct 4 - Nov 8 Fresh & Spooky
Juried Art Show Meet-the-Artists Opening:
October 3 , 5-7pm

Thursday, September 25, 2008

at the Art Academy

We're looking forward to the members picnic at the Peninsula Art Academy this weekend.
If you haven't been there yet you're missing out on a great gallery in the heart of the National Park. There are a number of fiber artists working their magic looms and showcases of handmade jewelry. Bob is usually there with the kiln going blowing glass or giving lessons.
I changed my display the other day, right before the Ernie Hawkins Guitar workshop.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ohio Collage Show

Here we are enjoying the fantastic 2nd Annual Ohio Collage Society Show in Mansfield, Ohio.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ohio Canal House

This was inspired by the view of the canal behind the Wilson Feed Store. The old rock locks can be seen in the foreground. The painting is 8x10 on gallery wrapped canvas. Price on request.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Hundred Flowers Ohio Collage Show

"Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom"
11 x 14"
I'm excited about the Oho Collage Society Show that opens this Sunday in Mansfield. This is one of my entries in the show.
The title refers to a brief time in Chinese history when Chairman Mao encouraged different and competing ideologies to voice their opinions about the issues of the day. Unfortunately the result of the Hundred Flowers Campaign was the persecution of intellectuals, officials, students, artists and dissidents in the ensuing years.
My collage includes hand painted paper and appropriately joss paper. Joss paper is burned in traditional Chinese funerals, to ensure that spirit of the deceased has lots of good things in their afterlife.


The Ohio Collage Society, local affiliate of the National Collage Society
marks it's 1st anniversary by sponsoring the 2nd annual Member's Show at
Mansfield Art Center in Mansfield , Ohio. Opening ceremonies will take place
on Sunday September 21 at 2 PM and the exhibit runs through October 26.

Rebecca Langley, curator of the Pearl Conrad Gallery at the Ohio State
Extension Campus, will be the awards judge for this invitational exhibition.
The show will include 2 and 3-dimensional work using a variety of collage

The Mansfield Art Center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday
12-5. For more information on the exhibit call the Mansfield Art Center at
419 756 1700. For information on the Ohio Collage Society email

Tuesday, September 16, 2008



This ACEO is done in watercolors on 140# paper.

Blueberry Muffins

I think blueberries are just about the perfect fruit. And one of the best things I got from my years of living in Massachusetts was the recipe for blueberry muffins. While Maine is famous for its blueberries, the best muffin recipe came from the venerable Jordan Marsh department store. I wasn’t a bit surprised to find that my new neighbors in Ohio also had the recipe from their time spent back East in Rhode Island. Even the famed food critic Martin Burros wrote of the famous muffin and the debate over its superiority in the NY Times. Do NOT substitute anything for real butter!


1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar, plus 3 teaspoons
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 cups blueberries, washed, drained and picked over
3 teaspoons sugar

1. Cream the butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until light.

2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder, and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk.

4. Crush 1/2 cup blueberries with a fork, and mix into the batter. Fold in the remaining whole berries.

5. Grease 12 large muffin cups, and fill with batter. Sprinkle the 3 teaspoons sugar over the tops of the muffins, and bake at 375 degrees 30 minutes.

6. Cool 30 minutes before removing. Store, uncovered, or the muffins will be too moist the second day, if they last that long.

Yield: 12 muffins.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Call of the Wild

To many Europeans of the late 19th century, America represented a land of plenty with boundless opportunities for hunting, an image fueled by popular "Wild West" novels. The first edition of Karl May’s “Winnetou” trilogy appeared in 1893 – books that were soon to make him the most widely read German author ever. Many of his books are written as first-person accounts by the narrator-protagonist, and he sometimes claimed that he actually experienced the events he described. However these stories were written by May while he was in prison. Before writing his tales of the "Wild West," he had never seen the US. His resources included travel accounts,maps, guide books and his own imagination. He made a brief visit to America shortly before his death, but he never saw the western United States he had written about. Buffalo NY was as far West as her went.

I wonder if he had the opportunity to meet Carl Rungius?

Rungius at the easel in a 1950 photograph

Rungius was born in Germany in 1869. From an early age, he was determined to become an artist. Following the German passion for all things Western, Rungius jumped at the chance to visit an uncle in the United States, and he immigrated to the United States in 1896.

Rungius is important in the art world today because he was an innovator - the first career wildlife artist in America. He situated animals in their natural environment, a practice that was new to painting in early twentieth century North America. If he was lucky, back then, he got $25 apiece for them. Like Karl May, his works played an important role in the creation and popularity of the mythic American West, artfully blending history and fiction.

I am so impressed with his use of light and shadow; in both his animal studies and his landscapes, he always executed perfect compositions. I have used his example in painting the ACEO of the wildlife below:

Frederic Remington attended the first major one-man exhibition of Rungius's work in 1908, at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, and afterwards sent him a letter extolling their mutual involvement in depicting rapidly disappearing aspects of American life.

Rungius's ability to accurately depict a number of species secured him a commission to supply the New York Zoological Society with a contract to document threatened species. These paintings, done between1914 and 1934, were collectively entitled the Gallery of Wild Animals and hung in the administration building of the zoological society. The society specifically requested that in doing these paintings Rungius abandon his more impressionistic mature style in favor of his earlier, more precise renderings of animals, as the society wished to maintain scientific exactness in the depiction of threatened species. To this Rungius somewhat reluctantly agreed.

Carl Rungius died in 1959.

Prints of Rungius’s work are available here

Photos of Carl Rungius and his travels are available at the Glenbow museum

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sailing Away

I thought I would do two more sailboats before the season is totally over. Both are ACEOs.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Roses: Pink or Yellow

Both of these paintings are ACEOs, painted in Acrylic

Its funny, neither painting started out with the idea to grow up into a still life of roses. It just sort of happened. I read a quote by Richard Schmidt that sums it up:

"There are times when I have started a work with an end in mind, but then, for one reason or another, as my picture unfolded, it emphatically suggested another direction... I always accept the risk and go for it. I'm convinced that at such times my painting is wiser than I am." (Richard Schmid)

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Post Monet, theres not much more to be done with haystacks in the world of art. But they are great subjects with all those ingrain (no pun intended) colors and textures. Coming from the city I dont know why they are stacked differently but I love the variety of shapes.
I saw these in central Ohio

as were these, which I think were on an Amish farm and bundled by hand: and these which were inspired by an old painting:

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Land and Sea

In these ACEOs I used a limited palette and simple design to emphasize the drama of the scene.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Stonehenge - a 4x6" acrylic painting of the ring
An ACEO done in watercolor

I loved visiting Stonehenge and it remains one of my favorite subjects to paint. I found the atmosphere of the place to be enchanting but I never got too caught up in the mystery of how the slabs were moved.
I recently came across this video on Youtube of a gentleman in Michigan who seems to have solved the mystery.