Thursday, March 19, 2015

Another Maquette With Plexiglass

I'm still experimenting with ink on plexi and have a dilemma, I don't like working on a plexiglass surface; there is no response, no dance between the ink and plexi, so unlike the response of paper. This seemed like the perfect solution but it's not for me, so more experimenting needs to be done.


Plexi and fold, 2015


Just plexi, 2015
I'm going to take a spring break from social media for a few weeks, so Happy Spring everyone and see you in a few weeks.

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Language of Snow and Screen

It's been warm enough lately to open the windows in the bedroom, and the other morning we woke up to a new sight. During the night the temperature had dropped and snow had fallen, actually snow had been blown around; so that looking at the windows I had the sense of trying to understand a new language.


The pattern of language, 2015

reading the grid, 2015

a paragraph break, 2015

the sun comes up and language melts away, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Stratigraphy, Notes

Continuing my series "Ode to My Refrigerator" I am amazed by the colors; it must be the quality of the light at this time of year, the angle of the sun and the reflections from the snow that fill the kitchen with light. And I am longing for the earth, to feel my feet in the ground, to feel softness underneath rather than the frozen white.


deep down, 2015


at the bottom of the sky, 2015


piercing light, 2015


Notes:
Stratigraphy is a branch of geology which studies rock layers (strata) and layering (stratification). It is primarily used in the study of sedimentary and layered volcanic rocks. Stratigraphy includes two related subfields: lithologic stratigraphy or lithostratigraphy, and biologic stratigraphy or biostratigraphy.

Lithostratigraphy is a sub-discipline of stratigraphy, the geological science associated with the study of strata or rock layers. Major focuses include geochronology, comparative geology, and petrology. In general a stratum will be primarily igneous or sedimentary relating to how the rock was formed.

Biostratigraphy is the branch of stratigraphy which focuses on correlating and assigning relative ages of rock strata by using the fossil assemblages contained within them. Usually the aim is correlation, demonstrating that a particular horizon in one geological section represents the same period of time as another horizon at some other section.

Historical development

Nicholas Steno established the theoretical basis for stratigraphy when he introduced the law of superposition, the principle of original horizontality and the principle of lateral continuity in a 1669 work on the fossilization of organic remains in layers of sediment.
The first practical large-scale application of stratigraphy was by William Smith in the 1790s and early 19th century. Smith, known as the "Father of English geology",[1] created the first geologic map of England and first recognized the significance of strata or rock layering and the importance of fossil markers for correlating strata. Another influential application of stratigraphy in the early 19th century was a study by Georges Cuvier and Alexandre Brongniart of the geology of the region around Paris.

From Wikipedia

Words and phrases to use: original horizontality, principle of lateral continuity, layering = stratification

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cut, Fold, Bend

While I experiment with different inks on plexiglass [thanks everyone for the suggestions] I also had time to make some maquettes of shaped work, which led to cutting and folding some of the shapes. Still a lot of details to work out, but exciting.

Just folded maquette, ink on foam core, 2015

Just cut, 2 flat works, ink on foam core, 2015


Flat and folded, ink on foam core, 2015

another view, Flat and folded, ink on foam core, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Experiments on Plexiglass


Over the past few days I've been experimenting with ink on plexiglass, as one of the ways these works [Pentagons and Hexagons] are leading me is to work on a shaped support, and I hoped that I could cut the plexi into shapes. But first I needed to see if the ink would hold. I used 3 different surfaces for the plexi, all with poor results. Now on to plan B.

Ink on plexi, no sanding, 2015

Ink on frosted plexi, 2015

ink on sanded plexi, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Strata

A few years ago I started to photograph the reflections on the refrigerator [you can see some of them here]. I call it my Donald Judd, as it's basically an aluminium box, and this week I noticed how the light was changing on it; layers of subtle colour seemed to wash over it reminding me of strata of the the earth or visions of the universe. Or maybe its just more cabin fever.


A line of light divides, 2015

Broken line, 2015

2 light lines divide, 2015

layers of horizon, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sky Colors February 22,2015

It's time for another grid as I organize the sky colours. Do I go by colour, time of day, kinds of blue, cloud formation?  I'll start with a chronological order of yesterdays sky and sees what happens.

Sky colours, Feb 22.2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Last Weekend

This is the last weekend to see "Ceci nest pas an exposition", a group show that I am part of, along with John Murphy, Brigite Normandin, Richard Surette and Susan Surette at Galerie Art Plus, 8 rue Maple, Sutton, QC., gallery hours are 1-5 pm.


Poster for "Ceci nest pas an exposition", at Galerie Art Plus

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Light Returning

I love it; for the past week I have been waking up early to light as I lie in bed watching the night lift off the edge of the mountain. It seems to have happened so quickly, this lengthening of days as I fretted about the bitter cold we have had this winter; but the signs are there, spring is coming.

Dawn sky from the kitchen window, Feb 19, 2015

From the bed room window, dawn breaks over Moose Back Mt, Feb 19, 2015

The colour of dawn, Feb. 19, 2015



Monday, February 16, 2015

Pentagons and Hexagons

Between bursts of cabin fever I been working on some more of the ongoing Pentagons and Hexagons; the top and bottom ones in the first image have been digitally added to, now to get to the studio and make them.


each 22 x 30 in, ink on paper, 2015
each 22 x 30 in, ink on paper, 2015