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This year, it’s my work on our digital card – a view high in the mountains of western Norway. A quiet snow storm, and every reason to tuck in and stay snug! I hope ya’ll do just that.
Just took my new studio set up for a BIG picture test drive today – IT WORKED!
Did this weirdo ant – but does it maybe have a little bit of a cow skull for a head? Hey, this is HUGE for ink – over 3′ x 5′! Oh man, the logistics and physical effort required have certainly scaled up too. Fun challenge though. I’m oddly thrilled with this picture.
HEY WAIT – I never told you about my major studio re-fit! Wow, okay, we need to chat – – –
The goal was to adapt my modest workspace so I can tackle large work, hopefully up to 8 FEET in length. To manage it, I had to identify space that was either overlooked or that could handle overlapping uses. Here’s my construction mess at the beginning of day 2:
Now, check out the photo below, of my new studio – – – isn’t my loooooooong worktable wonderful!
There’s ALWAYS plenty of unused air space in any room. That tower of shelves in the middle is on casters, so it can be easily moved around. It also has a small foot print for the great amount of paper and work it can store. The table that butts up against it is now totally free! And do you see my printing press? When in use, the bed actually rolls through and hangs over that same table. See what I mean by overlapping space?
In addition, I’ve added several new shelves, including two wide ones on which I can stack big work. There are three ways to back up in the room, so that I can look at and assess pictures underway, and the lighting is adjustable to any situation.
It’s a pretty cozy studio, but it’s also highly functional. I’m happy in it!
In moments, I’ll begin the first day of my big ink-slinging push. Hope it’ll take me clear through to next Spring – with December off to paint butterflies for my Sweetie.
I wonder how this all will go? Time to find out!
It’s time to do some fishing and paint pictures of something other than that ol’ Norwegian mountain! Gonna hang with friends too, recharge and just enjoy the summertime before starting my big Autumn push.
I’ll begin posting again in September! Hope you have the finest summer too!
Sorry I haven’t been posting – blame rhythm of living issues + tech trouble. It’s sorting out, but I must get a new scanner, so I can’t show you my new Norway pictures yet. Am aching to.
Meanwhile, I’ve been continually adding flower pictures to this website. A whole lot more are coming, but already, there’s SO MUCH TO SEE – FIND THEM HERE!
I’ve been adding digital picture albums to this website. It’s the first stage of my Picture Album Project – which will result in just that: bound albums of original paintings that will be truly wonderful. But first I must figure out how to do it, so I’m sorting and designing online!
You should take a look – because it’s fun! CLICK HERE – – –
My sister (Kay) left for home yesterday, Reidun went to work and today I begin a new creative year with high hopes and BIG plans!
The Logans had a fabulous holiday, and I want to share something so cool there are no words – so I’ll show you pictures! My sis brought the first edit of a half-hour long animated film she made as her present to us! She used her own drawings and photographs, my paintings, a postcard I sent Reidun – AND some of my Sweetie’s childhood drawings (the very same I use each year as source material for our holiday greetings cards).
Here are a bunch of stills from the film – WOW!!! Kay is going to tweak the project a bit more, but eventually it’ll be on Youtube and I’ll post the link.
YOU SHOULD CLICK THESE TO GET A REALLY GOOD LOOK AT ‘EM!
This is one of many flower pictures that I’ve tentatively selected to go into a series of picture albums. I have much more work to do before I actually begin assembling them, but as you may know, I’ve begun the process by constructing virtual albums, so I can fool around with how things might look.
Wanna go check it out? CLICK HERE to see the digital project thus far – it will take you to a page that looks like this, and from there you can start exploring:
I’m sorry it took me a bit to get these photos posted. It was a lovely exhibition, in a particularly beautiful space. I can’t believe a month went by so fast!
I’m deeply grateful to the Cottage Place Gallery and the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ for allowing me to share my work with so many. Very special thanks also to Carol Wolf, who had answers for every single question. She, Bob Demarest and Wendy Setzer did a brilliant job of hanging my show. Evelyne Pastore catered the reception, and I gotta tell you, her presentation got more attention than my work – and deserved it! Finally, the biggest reason I get to be who I am is that my sweetie, Reidun, is fiercely supportive, as patient as a saint with me, and has better insight into my work than anyone. I am so very lucky.
Okay, let’s get to the pictures – this first one is a composite view of the whole show. All told, there were 37 drawings and paintings (you can see 35 here).
Next are closer looks. On one big wall, I simply clipped up 18 cats, bookended by 4 more in frames.
There were also big flower pictures, and of course, a number of landscapes.
Here are hi-resolution images of the four paintings that seemed to be the favorites:
Now it’s time to make a whole bunch of new work. You can imagine me hard at it in my attic studio until next Spring.
A lot more show-n-tell is coming!
Your Buddy Bill
I’m truly excited to be included in this continuing conversation with remarkable, creative souls, I’m humbled, and sincerely complimented.
My interview is now online- listen to it HERE!
Visit Your Creative Push – hear good advice, take it to heart, put it to action – AND if you possibly can, lend your support HERE!
Guess what? In the next day or two, you’ll be able to listen to a podcast interview with me, conducted by the brilliant Youngman Brown!
Youngman has this crucial notion that creativity should be investigated, nurtured and supported. He’s published (and you can hear) 257 conversations with all sorts of incredibly interesting artists, writers, musicians, film makers and other podcasters – all sharing their experience, advice and secrets about how to live lives in balance with – and defined by – creative pursuit. His guest list is really impressive.
And then there’s me. I hope I don’t sound like an idiot.
Youngman says I won’t, and I trust him. We had a blast talking and I came away thinking he needs to be interviewed for his own podcast!
I’ll let you know when the show is online, but in the meantime HERE IS A LINK, so you can go explore.
Hey ya –
Action-packed here lately, and no time for blogging or even art making! But I’ll sling ink as soon as I’m done writing you. May I’ll post some show-n-tell later if the day goes well.
One reason you haven’t heard from me is that we have a nice weather and I must use it. I needed days of no rain to turn my driveway into a furniture and fixture building shop. My mission this time is to re-organize my paper and art storage area, which is also the matting and framing area, print collection storage, guest bedroom and my Sweetie’s sewing room. Yep, it’s one over booked room! How on earth do I fit more flat storage in there too?
Answer: put it on wheels! That way the flat files can be pushed out of the way in any direction, when some other part of the room is in use!
So, imagine me out there in the sun working away – and not only for my workspace; I’m also making a new top for our trunk table, a cool foot stool with cat-proof storage for Reidun’s knitting projects, and some other odds and ends. I’ll get back to all of that tomorrow, and hopefully be done on Friday.
Have the finest day –
Your Buddy Bill
PS: handy tip – old metal bed frames are the best cheap (or even free) source for angle iron if you need it! This base (wheels about to be bolted on) should handle plenty of weight.
Here are snapshots from last Saturday at the gallery. It was a lovely gathering – and in just a few minutes I’m off to meet another crew coming up to see my work!
THANKS SO MUCH TO ALL WHO CAME!
Hey ya –
The weeks have POUNDED by. First my Sweetie and I spent some truly needed time in Norway visiting family and friends. YES, your Buddy Bill went fishing, and did some painting too – confusing pictures, but also beguiling. I’ll tell (and show) you more soon enough.
BUT THE BIG NEWS IS THAT MY NEW SHOW IS HUNG AND OPENS TOMORROW!
The Reception is next Saturday, and it would be wonderful to see you there. My work looks, particularly nice in that beautiful space, which is welcoming, and very airy.
Oh, and I forgot to mention one little thing – an exhibition of my work is scheduled for September too! Although I must finish getting that all set up, I’m already in pretty good shape with framing and prep.
If you’re in the area, do come see my work!
Hey All –
I’m so sorry I haven’t written in awhile! Nothing dire has happened. Nope, I’ve just been working really, really hard during this summer of many tasks.
I’m pretty pooped, which is my only excuse for not trying to check in at day’s end. Instead, I just collapse into the hammock with my Sweetie for a bit, or find an escapist movie to watch. Thus the days have gone – and will continue still, though at least I’m going to get out to do a little fishing and outdoor painting.
It’s time to run away from this studio. Look at the mess! Pictures finished or puzzling are stacked everywhere, and still more have joined the throng since I took this photo two weeks ago.
And here are OVER ONE HUNDRED two-sheet pictures ready to be reinforced, flattened and scanned. They’re going to have to wait until September though.
You won’t hear much from me for another bit, but soon enough I’ll start posting a whole lot more! Until then, have the finest August –
Your Buddy Bil
Hey ya –
Not many posts this past week and it won’t pick up again until next week. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been BUSY!
Just finished another article for Fly Tyer Magazine (it’ll be in the Autumn issue).
AND I’M TAKING A REALLY QUICK MUSEUM TRIP – out to Santa Barbara, CA for three days, to attend the opening of a wonderful new exhibition of prints, and talk to some folks about, well, things that need discussing!
HERE IS A LINK to this wonderful gallery – and museum!
NEXT WEEK: I’ll be back into the studio hard. See you then!
Your Buddy Bill
This UTTERLY FABULOUS video clip was done by the British Museum for their new (and HUGE) exhibition of prints and printed work by Katsushika Hokusai.
To see it, CLICK HERE!
This guy was one of the most fabulous ink artists of all time, brilliant both in color and black & white. I spend a great deal of time looking at his stuff.
Why oh why don’t I live in London?