Sunday, November 24, 2013
I love to exhibit at this holiday show presented by the American Visionary Art Museum in Federal Hill, Baltimore. All 50 artists and artisans are exhibiting on the third floor of the beautiful Jim Rouse Building located just behind the barn building on Key Highway. It is a lovely show filled with the exuberant spirit of this distinctive museum whose collection includes some of the most unique art you will ever see.
BAZAART! is always held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving which is a perfect time to shop. Everyone is in a holiday mood. The art on display is festive and unusual. For serious shoppers there is a "first dibs" preview party on the night before on Friday. The fun begins at 5:30. And the show opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. PREPARE TO HAVE FUN and see many of your friends not only exhibiting but attending as well. Admission is free to the show. I sincerely hope to see everyone there.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Well it is here. My first wall calendar for 2014. Beginning with November 2013, it consists of Baltimore images from my original artwork.
|Cover - unfolded - of Baltimore Calendar.|
|Package insert depicting all the images used inside the calendar.|
Each month features a single, square image of one of my paintings. For example Domino Sugars is the image for November 2013. At the bottom of each month is a short description of the painting
and a bit of my stories about the picture. The calendar measures 10.5" high by 5.25" wide.
|June 2014 might be the favorite month with many local Baltimoreans.|
For the cover I used a piece of my Food Galore collage which by now many of you have hanging in your homes and offices. I say this because sales of the poster size print have been very, very good since last year when it was introduced. And it really inspired me to do the calendar as a follow up project.
|Food Galore in Baltimore|
Thursday, August 29, 2013
|"Eutaw and Howard" oil on canvas (22" x 20") 2011|
We varied our shopping habits some weekends by browsing in the four major department stores (Hutzler's, Hochschild's, Stewarts and Hecht's) that served as the hub of that downtown Baltimore universe. Afterwards, we found the time to wander east on Lexington Street to explore McCrory's for pierced earrings, Read's Drug Store for a tuna salad, pickle and chips, Brager Gutman's for bargains on clothing and Kresge's for the newest resident in the pet department. If our time and weekly allowance had not yet run out then we stopped at the Hot Peanuts store on the corner of Liberty Street for a late afternoon snack.
We chose to wait for our ride home at the Fayette Street stop across from the the Town Movie Theatre. It was fun to speculate about the movie titles advertised on the marquee. We also anxiously read the destinations on the front of each car hoping to see Number 8 Catonsville to board for home.
|"Fayette and Eutaw" oil on canvas (30" x 48") 2007|
|"Fayette and Liberty" oil on canvas (30" x 48") 2007|
Thursday, August 8, 2013
|"Cape May - Lewes Ferry" oil on canvas (18" x 36") 2013|
The ferries began their service in 1964 with a fleet of boats that had been previously crossing the Chesapeake Bay between Cape Charles and Virginia Beach, VA. At that time they were still steam powered but a decade later they were replaced with the current collection of vessels which includes names such as M.V. Twin Capes and M.V. Cape Henlopen. The terminal in Lewes is staffed by cheerful men and women who not only load the passengers and their cars but they sell tickets, tend bar and operate a gift shop.
|I love the clattering sounds of the ferry being loaded.|
|Ferries arrive and depart on a daily 16 hour schedule.|
Monday, May 13, 2013
|"Merlan Brilliant" oil on canvas (16" x 12") 2013|
France is on my mind as we recently said good-bye to six Parisian house guests aged two to 52. The two older children were keen to practice their English and soak up the teenage music and fashion. I secretly wished that we had beautiful markets to show off but our guests were delighted to be in the United States and dine on Baltimore's famous steamed crabs. In fact it was a request that they made. I was impressed by how naturally the younger ones just took to the crustaceans. You see, where they come from it is not abnormal to be served your dinner with the head still attached! When you dine with the French there is never a wasted piece of food! Everything gets used.
|"Rouget Barbet avec Herbs" oil on canvas (9" x 12") 2013|
|"Poissons sur Glace" oil on canvas (14" x 23") 2013|
Friday, April 26, 2013
Well for the past seven years I've been exhibiting at Sunfest in Ocean City every September. Now I've added Springfest to my list of shows. It opens Thursday, May 2, 2013. It's OC's gateway opener to the tourist season. I'm in a different spot for this show. Come by Tent #2 booth 43 and see my new paintings and more. Featured here is the Ocean City Fishing Pier before the storm last year when a part of the pier was destroyed. After a long winter aren't we all ready to take a little time off and smell the sea breezes? I want some fries and a milk shake, too.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
|"King of Enchanted Forest" oil on canvas (24" x 18")|
It seems now is the time to write about my beloved Enchanted Forest and my paintings the papier-mâché fairyland inspired. I have been invited to be a part of the celebration and spring fund raiser for this hidden treasure of Baltimore. Prints and paintings of my Enchanted Forest series will be on exhibition for show and sale from March 22 until April 7, 2013.
I'll be at the celebration on Friday, March 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. with my artwork. Hope you can join us for this magical evening inside one of Baltimore's most important landmarks located in Druid Hill Park.
Meanwhile I want to share with everyone here my series of eight paintings and stories of Enchanted Forest.
|"Dragon Serenade" oil on canvas (18" x 24") 2002|
Papier-mâché storybook characters, designed by the late Howard Adler, virtually came to life with the aid of mechanical devices, voice recordings and a big dose of imagination. I met Mr. Adler one day in 1988 while I was painting my papier-mâché artwork in a store window. He was kind and had a great sense of humor. For me it was like meeting a movie star. I was indeed star struck that day.
|"The King's Behind" oil on board (20" x 30") 2002|
Hoping to entice motorists on Route 40 West, cheerful gingerbread men accompanied the king of the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City, MD
|"Gingerbread Cottage" oil on board (18" x 24") 2002|
Many birthdays, including my seventh, were celebrated in the gingerbread house adorned with bright red cherries and dollops of pink marshmallow. After a treat of celebratory ice cream and cake, children slid outdoors through the glowing witches’ oven to join Hansel and Gretel.
|"Cinderella's Mice" oil on canvas (18" x 24") 2003|
|"Mother Goose Ride" oil on board (18" x 24") 2003|
|"Rapunzel, Rapunzel" oil on canvas (24" x 18" 2002|
|"Phoning Rapunzel" oil on canvas (16" x 12") 2005|
Thursday, January 3, 2013
|"Food Galore in Baltimore" 2012 mixed media (24" x 36")|