Thursday, December 16, 2010

Small Works at Roby King

Lost, Monotype 6 x 6 in.























I have five Monotypes at the Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island during the month of December.  
Roby King mounts an annual small works show each year and I was invited to exhibit in the 2010 Small Works Exhibition.  
Above and Below are two of the Monotypes for sale and currently on display.


Halcyone, Monotype, 6 x 6 in.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Masters in Miniature

 Parthenope, Monotype, 6x 6 in.























The last weekend, Dec. 12-13,  of the 2010 Vashon Island Holiday Studio Tour is coming up.  There is lots of wonderful art by Vashon Island artists to see and buy.  My studio is #12 on the map.  Please stop in to take a look at my print, paint and assemblage work and all the glass, dyed fabric and toys that Laughing Magpies and Tiffany Huslig have created to show and sell.

A great place to start your tour  this weekend is the Blue Heron Gallery’s year end finale Masters in Miniature.

The exhibition showcases art by 43 Vashon artists in mediums that include: painting, pottery, wood, glass, tile, sculpture, printmaking, fiber, photography and mixed media.  No work is larger than 7 x 7 in.  This annual exhibition, curated by Gallery Curator Janice Mallman and artist Carol Schwennesen,  is exceptional and should not be missed.

Posted here are two of the Monotypes I made for The Blue Heron Gallery’s Masters in Miniature exhibition.

Tauromachy, Monotype , 6 x 6 in.























Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bookended by Art

Siren's Song, Monotype, 12 5/8 x 10 1/2 in.























Art at Studio Bookcase















 Walls of art bookend my studio bookcase during the 2010 Vashon Island Holiday Open Studio Tour.  Three more images of my monotype print work featured there are posted here for closer inspection.

Athena Nike, Monotype, 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.
























Island Orchard, Monotype, 20 1/2 x 27 1/2 in.

Art Descending a Staircase

Art at Staircase




































Here is another shot of my artwork as displayed for the 2010 Vashon Island Holiday Open Studio Tour with details of a print and painting featured at the staircase.

Theseus and the Minotaur, Monotype, 14 1/4 x 22 3/4 in.















Taming Bucephalus, Oil on canvas, 20 x 20 in.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Open Studio

Art and Hearth
















In the next couple days I will be posting several images of my work as it is displayed for the 2010 Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.  Above is a shot of the hearth and posted below are images of two Monotype prints featured there.

Battle of the Centaurs, Monotype (1/1), 14 1/8 x 35 1/2 in











A Thousand Ships, Monotype, 14 3/4 x 11 in.







They Who Go Down to the Sea in Ships

Invictus, Monotype, 15 1/4 x 22 in.
















Although my surname might conjure a heritage comfortable at sea, I have had little experience with boats or for that matter large bodies of water until moving to an island in the Pacific Northwest. 

My friendship with families who fish professionally and the stories I have heard them tell have however engaged my imagination and sincere appreciation of what ingenuity, fortitude and mind over matter it must surely take to make a living from a boat afloat at sea. 

I find the concept frightening.  Much of my fear though is not about the hard work or uncertainty of nature but the dependency upon ones shipmates, their strengths, weaknesses and the emotional baggage all of us are born to and carry in our personal odysseys. 

Several Monotypes I have made for the 2010 Vashon Island Art Studio Tour illustrate my reflections upon all of the above and are presented within the context of Odysseus’s misadventures and long voyage home to his beloved wife, Penelope and island kingdom, Ithaca. 

Two of those Monotypes, Invictus I and Invictus II, are named for and reference the last lines of William Ernest Henley’s poem, Invictus.   

“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul”.

The Latin translation of invictus is “the undefeated” and though Henley’s words are a wonderful declaration of responsibility and self realization my imagery also reflects the reality that each of us are dependent upon our friends, family, and shipmates even in our personal odysseys.  I may be the master of my fate and captain of my soul but we are, each, all, in the same boat (together).

Invictus ll, Monotype, 10 5/8 x 13 1/2 in.