Sunday, February 4, 2018

Erin's exhibit

Erin, a former home school co-op art student of mine from a few years ago, has some of her watercolor pieces on exhibit at a venue in Paducah, KY. She enjoys recreating small town building front elevations as a favorite inspiration.
Erin is finishing her first year in an art program at SEMO in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Newfresco Website

It's been long overdue, but I finally updated my website. I had built the old one through iWeb, which hasn't existed for a few years (hence, not being able to edit it). Just used the free 5-page Godaddy wedbuilder which comes with my account there. Not very smart phone friendly, but...hey! Check it out, if you like:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Exhibit at Illinois Central College

I had a great opportunity to put up a one artist exhibit at this University; a jewel of an institution, tucked away in the less than appealing city of Peoria. Show is up through the rest of this month.
On site with Stephany, Gallery Director.

My work on the West Kentucky farm and off-grid cabin has taken all of my extra time. No art production at all since graduation from Fontbonne. However, my cabin does have a studio space included in it and I'm hoping to get back to my artistic creativity by this Summer.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Well, I did it! Finally got that MFA...even though it took me 30 years! The intensity of the year has left me exhausted (dealing with stage two of a 2 week long cold). Although I won't be able to maintain the level of production attained over this year, I will keep it up and will share more likely monthly postings on the blog.
It was such a joyous time waiting and waiting... and waiting in the SLU gym in preparation for the graduation ceremony.

Colleagues Rebecca and Jennifer in the background.

There I am in the second row on the left side. Not a huge graduating class, when you consider it includes both under graduate and graduate students.

Here are am with my host "parents" Jean and Gordon. If it weren't for their generous provision and assistance, none of this would have happened.

I was thinking of becoming a Dominican Monk (use the handle "Friar Myer")

I'm going to revisit this piece: cut the right side off and add pencil diagrams of a generic family tree chart in the open space in the lower central section. Got to work quickly on this seeing that I'd like to enter it into a regional competition by tomorrow's deadline!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Final Stretch!

I'll start start a new set of images here. Plus, I'll carry over any further progress on pieces featured in the last post. And I just realized that I've been neglecting my ceramics class. So, here's the first pic:

It shows fellow student Misha under a plaster mold for future
face mask slip castings which I'll use in clay sculptures, as well as being incorporated into one of my paintings.
Scott showed up for moral support.

Here's the immediate extraction-1st casting. When bisque fired, these look spooky real!

DISCLAIMER: do not try this at home! No matter how exciting you think it would be to make a plaster mold/cast of your friend's face. I have disaster  stories of students who tried it on their own (eg., a trip to the ER!).


As promised, here's a set from my ongoing fossil series in ceramics class.

Here's the next step of that other "fun" abstract piece I started a couple of weeks ago. It's all about industrial image of mechanic/speed; sort of retro futurism (now that's an odd pair of words!) within a 1950's design formula.

I did some shade/glazing over it to define forms and clarify the "motorcycle" parts. Low level challenge with simple satisfaction.

 I've done a bit more with that Mayan portrait set against a raised abstract environment. I was somewhat limited by the composition, but it has worked out quite well, none-the-less.
Just needs another glazing or two.
Yep, still working on that ecorche! Leg and arm at this point.

More development on that landscape painting from Castlerock Park.

Other antics in the ceramic classroom: Misha accepted a dare to bite a piece off of Hannah's Gollum figure (to get a reality effect).

Not sure if I'll be able to finish this painting of the little falls at Creve Coeur Park.

There's a better chance of finishing this painting of the Page Overpass at Creve Ceour Park. Just one more week...all critiques, all classes. Everything has to be done!

For the most part, the ecorche male figure is complete. Just need to smooth everything out.
This course was the most beneficial one of the semester!
I'm planning on making a mold/cast of it in latex, later in May.

I used a scrap of lauan, sized it, and put some of my KY clay over it as a support for this little landscape oil painting. I'm going to spread some highlights on the raised texture portions with a roller.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Spring Semester Production

Hopefully, this post will grow like the previous. Except, I will try to limit the step-by-step development of pieces and focus on finished pieces (so much for that attempt!)
I have some old, very large panels that need to be "used up". So, I fell back on my preferred stand-by on this 40x60 inch panel: non-representational abstract imagery. Oh, that's just plain FUN! I think that I will glaze some on this piece, simply to create a sense of depth on the picture plane.
It may be hard to see, but I've altered this piece a bit, adding a steam freighter, then turning it into a refinery, then cutting out sections where ceramic fossil tiles can be attached. Not sure if I should go back to the ship subject.

And another large "fun" abstract piece is underway!  

  I will be adding a few extra steps to the Pisa Portrait and thought that it would be best to re-post the "sealed" stage and show the progress that is made from week to week. I'm trying to glaze with acrylics this time: you have to really move quickly and restore highlights almost immediately. One advantage that I've noticed is that the plaster texture shows through with greater clarity than when glazing with oils.
Finished image for now (awaiting group critique next week). By the way, if you haven't already figured it out, it's "God photo bombing my selfie at the Leaning Tower of Pisa."

Here's an old piece that I revisited, selecting an image suggested in the abstraction and turning it into a ballerina on stage, complete with stage lights.

Here are some pics of early progress on my generic male figure for 3D-Ecorche class.



Here is an example of what I'm doing in landscape painting (a scene from Queeny Park in West County St. Louis). Just the second level of under-painting. Oh, I had to glaze white over almost everything to convey "fog", and darken the pond. The heavy stuff goes on next week (really!).
I may deepen the look of the water, but it's pretty much finished.

And I've started a second landscape, this one from a photo of the bluffs at Castlewood State Park.

Also, I decided that this older painting, in its previous state, had too clear of an edge around the human figure. So, I broke it up and softened the water boarder at the bottom.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas Break

Not very exciting, but it's something that I've needed to do for many years: color charts!

This is all about matching with a color and knowing how to "make it".

These are just two chart examples...I'm putting together 8 sheets for 12 hues. Each chart starts with the straight hue, then mixed with white to fill out a six point scale. Then it's mixed with all of the other hues on my 12 color palette. Each one of those is then reduced in value on the same scale.

In the next 10 days, I am planning on squeezing in a newfresco self portrait with color conscious glazing which will take advantage of this color study.

 Here's where I've had to call it quits with the "hand/model" painting. Just got to move on (I wasn't able to recover from having to reseal the ground).

And I started another self portrait using that new tile sub-flooring material. This shows the very beginning stage of drawing with the squirted plaster line on the sized surface.

My process involves sanding down the squirted drawing bead, filling specific areas with plaster (often premixed with tempera paint), painting over textured areas with black tempera paint to create a fine tracery/contour line, and then more layers of the same.
Further development: premix filling of particular areas, with combing texture lines that follow cross-structural contours, and a sprinkling of fabric dye for added visual texture.

Even though classes have begun for the Spring semester, I will continue to post photos of progress with regard to this painting/newfresco. As the layers increase, the image will become more obscure.
Everything has been layered and filled at this point. Now, I've got to sand it down and seal the surface. Then I can glaze with some Golden acrylic pigment and matte medium, where needed.
                          Image revealed through sanding
Image enhanced through  sealing