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Back To Work! Break’s Over!

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Significant changes in my life have been happening this summer and it all threw me into a sort of cathartic state the last few weeks. I spent August and September preparing for, and attending two motorcycling events which have been on the books all year. August was the annual Hungry Mother Rain Ride to Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia with some of my old R1150R buddies. September was the Twin Valley Riders (TVR) rally at Willville Motorcycle campground near Meadows of Dan, Virginia which is right on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

After doing the TVR rally, my Georgia riding pals headed back to Georgia and I headed east to visit my daughter and her family in Virginia Beach, VA. I was there for about 4 days then rode back west and southwest, through Georgia again and parked Lil Chubb at my son’s house. From there I drove my truck home to Atmore. All the riding gave me plenty of time to contemplate my problems and work out some solutions in my head.

Long story short; I no longer have a wife but I do have more time and am re-energized to do some art work in the studio for the fall. I have been promising a granddaughter a portrait for 3 years now and am just getting that started with a nifty new idea. The drawing I’m doing is not what I expected, so I probably will do another portrait for her, but the one I started is quite nice and I will continue to complete it to integrate into a multi-media display. Sort of an experiment.

Graphite Drawing

The other project I just completed was more utilitarian and practical than artistic, but I built a frame and printed a pattern on fabric to act as a panel to hide my water heater in the corner of the small mud room by the kitchen entry way. My sister-in-law sewed the panels for me but the concept was mine and it worked out fine.

Water Heater Cover Panel

The imagery used for the pattern on the panels comes from some silkscreen stencils I had left over from a tee shirt project a few years ago. Also in the works, printmaking wise, is silkscreen (serigraph) print I am re-doing. The first version I did back in 1980, called “Flaming Ford” from a photo of an old Ford car front end grill work. I have reprocessed the separations on the computer and made the stencils just yesterday in preparation for a 4 color print on paper. The image is 9 3/8 x 14 inches and I think I will print on white Rives BFK paper. I hope to do 20 prints. It is a process re-learning things I learned 30 or 40 years ago but using modern materials and technology. This time the learning curve is being taken at a greater speed and if the image is successful, I will move on to a new, completely different image.

4 Screens for Flaming Ford

New Art Gallery Site

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I am constantly trying to figure out a way to improve how my art work is displayed on the internet. Previously I had the Zen Gallery installed at my web site server and even though it was practical and displayed the work adequately, it was not very exciting or “fresh” looking. So I decided to can the Zen Gallery and run WordPress using an art gallery theme. I am only allowed one database and the WordPress theme uses one, however in addition I was able to install a gallery plugin which doesn’t use an additional database. That means a lot!

The current WordPress site has a much newer look and feel to it and the gallery plugin works almost exactly like the Zen Gallery which used a database all by itself. It is taking a while to learn the details of WordPress but it really has a lot of functionality and potential to it.

Take a tour around the new site and leave a comment or just send me the form to get added to the mail list. The studio is almost to the point where I can begin some serious work on projects I’ve had in my head for years. I’m very excited about it, so keep an eye out here and see what’s coming shortly down the road.