Nautical Series

Belfast Rowboats, ME

Inspired again by Fun a Day Baltimore, during the month of January I created a series of 20 painted photographs of nautical subjects. A majority of the photographs were taken on my trip along the coast of Maine last summer.  Some of the photographs were first digitally edited to adjust the overall color tone, and several were printed in black and white.  Then the line work was added by scratching into the photograph's emulsion.  I particularly enjoyed painting the variety of waters, adding color, accentuating the ripples and creating a playful sense of movement.  Each original altered photo is a 4x6, and Andres assisted me by building a series of small wooden frames. For the next two weeks the work will be hanging at Gallery 788, in Hampden. 
Stonington Helm, ME
Isle Au Haut, ME
Baltimore Harbor

Lighthouse, ME

Chesapeake Watershed

Dock, 2012

This spring the Hamilton Arts Collective is curating an exhibition of artists' interpretations of the Chesapeake Watershed.  When I discovered the call for entry, I immediately thought of my recent altered photographs of the Fells Point waterfront and Nick's Fish House.  I have long been interested in boats and Marylanders' relationship to the Chesapeake Bay. My former exploration of Sharptown, the Stokes family former hometown on Maryland's Eastern Shore, was closely tied to the town's relationship to the Nanticoke River.  Sharptown was historically a ship building town and three masted schooner ships would be sent down stream and out to the Chesapeake Bay.  The Sharptown Bridge is my most recent altered photo, created specifically for this exhibition, and was one of the three pieces to be accepted into the exhibit.  Chesapeake Watershed will be on display during the month of April at Hamilton Gallery on Harford Road and at the Baltimore Science Center during May.

Sharptown Bridge, 2013

Nick's Fish House

Recently I completed a series of altered photographs centered around Nick's Fish House.  This Baltimore restaurant is located next to the Hanover Street bridge.  I spent a year living in Pigtown and would often venture down to this area to enjoy the dirty yet beautiful Patapsco River.

January Sky-A-Day

This year I am participating in the Fun-A-Day project, where "artists in more than 20 cities choose a project (take a photograph, make the bed, draw a picture, bake a cake, etc.) to do every day in January".  For my project I am currently taking at least one photograph of the sky every day with my iPhone and editing them into a square grid format using PicStitch.  I plan to print and display at least eight of the grid squares! Baltimore artists will be showcased at BrickHaus Art Space, 2602 Greenmount Ave, with an opening reception on February 9th.  Hope to see you there!!
Enjoying the color contrast created by the simple sky gradations

Cloud variations from January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

December skies shot in Baltimore, from the Bay Bridge (bottom left), and Lewes (top right)

Framing Project

 Original frame (top left) and sewn artwork by Elizabeth Eagle, inspired by Egon Schiele drawing (bottom left).  The matching frames were found on a construction site and given to me by Andres.  The framing was professional but the teapot poster prints were not as original. Beth's artwork was inherited during my art school days circa 2006 and have had a place on my wall ever since.  They were stretched on wood stretcher bars and had begun to collect dust.  They needed to be behind glass and protected in my new home!

Step 1: Remove all staples and separate fabric and wood frame. 
Step 2: Measure and cut thin cardboard squares and restretch the fabric using tape (preferably archival artist tape but I just used what I had).

Step 4: Sand and spray paint salvaged frames with a white semigloss. I needed to do about three coats on each frame to achieve a fairly even cover. It still had a slightly textural look when done. 

Step 5: Selectively sand the raised edges and detailing to give it an antiqued feel. 

Step 6: Cut the salvaged mat board to fit the new artwork. I had to enlarge to opening slightly to fit the 8"x10" images.

Reassemble and they're ready to be hung! Andres helped me secure the cardboard backing using small 1" panel board nails (3 to 4 nails in each side).