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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?
The only downside to being prolific is that the more work I make, the more supportive work I create. Lots of reinforcing, flattening, image capture and web prep must happen before I can actually get new paintings online. I’m sort of overwhelmed at the moment, but headway is being made.
My favorite new feature in this big new section I’m creating is the one that lets me set up virtual albums of paintings, that you can actually look through! So damned cool, and one of those things that makes me love technology, even on days like this, when I feel as if I will never escape back to my ink pots. I also really appreciate the ability to sort and shift images around, try out design ideas, make mistakes and find answers before I actually start making these albums for real. Wow, right?
CLICK RIGHT HERE to go to the albums I’ve uploaded so far. Then enjoy!
Yep, no posts for a few days. I’m really sorry about that! I’ve been overwhelmed by the task of uploading A WHOLE NEW SECTION of work! It’s coming right along, and later today, I’ll post a bunch of links that will take you to the coolest show-n-tell.
And guess what? Saturday, I added my ONE THOUSANDTH picture to this website – and many more are still coming! That’s really hard to believe.
I’ll write again later today or early tomorrow. Until then, here an expressive little damselfly (which is very like a dragonfly):
Øyenstikkere (Dragonflies) #24
India ink on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″
At last, I’m back in my own studio, slipping around in my ink slinging and trying to find new traction! My mark making has turned shockingly raw and chaotic. Geez. It’ll be a bit before I show you anything from the past week’s effort. I don’t know what to think – my brain must catch up to my hands, even as I press on.
Soon enough, LOTS of new stuff will begin appearing on my website! In fact, I hope it’ll be a kind of continual avalanche. Right now though, I want to show you what took me away from my own work for 6 weeks!
A dear friend of mine, Joe DeVito (he is a truly fine artist and sculptor), found himself facing conflicting deadlines which is rough, especially since he needed the income. Thus, I was contracted to refine and finish his commissioned piece for the Catholic Church. This was a looooooong way away from my current creative pursuit, but I once was a sculptor too, so in about a blink I found myself reworking and grinding away on the Holy Mother and Baby Jesus!
My first photo is of Mary and Little Jesus finished, and just out of the van after delivery two Sundays ago. I’m on the left and Joe is the one with paint on his clothes. Have you noticed that most of my clothes are black? The ink spots don’t show! I have known Joe for almost 40 years – it’s an incredible and very dear friendship.
Here is Mary’s face as I began work on it – I had to rebuild the whole right side, because the casting was badly distorted! I also needed to soften the details of Mary’s face, so she had a more gentle and accepting appearance. All told, quite the challenge.
She is almost done in this next view. Her right cheek, dimple and jawline are fine, smooth and elegant. Notice how her eye brows, the creases in here eyelids and the edges of her lips are also much more understated.
And here is little Jesus almost finished, although I still had to re-carve his toes, as well as the dove he is holding.
There were so many defects and stress cracks caused by mold degradation and the uneven curing of the casting material. And there were thousands of bubbles that had to be filled. My sweet Reidun even pitched in (you can see her in the background patching away). Without her huge contribution, we would never have met the deadline.
Patching and sanding, and more patching and sanding – it seemed never ending for awhile. The folds in Mary’s robe were quite lovely once final sanding was completed. In this view (below), things are well along:
I especially like how Mary’s foot turned out – I completely re-carved it (the photo was taken before patching, so her toes have lots of bubbles). This sculpture will be on an elevated base. Many who pray will grasp that foot, so I gave it special care.
And here we are at the end of our short tour. Once this piece is painted and sealed (it will remain a warm white), it’s going to a large church in Fort Meyers, Florida. Installation is planned for early next month.
The whole project took more than three times what I thought it would. That’s fine. This lovely, moving work by my friend will be a focus of faith for generations. That required respect, and my best effort.
I’m going to try to post a new bloom almost every day for awhile! I’ve already shown you a few in quick studio snapshots, but now I’m putting together really nice hi-res images. Enjoy!
India ink and surface alteration on paper – two sheets = 14″ x 21″
Good Morning All –
Everything I’m doing right now depends on me doing a lot of other things first. So no great show-n-tell yet, but that will change in a big way. My brilliant web Guru is about to set me up with new categories and a digital reader option in the DRAWINGS•PAINTINGS section of this website.
In prep for that, I’ve begun, sorting, reinforcing and flattening about 120 paintings that will then be scanned. After that, another round of sorting begins, as I order and shift the pictures into digital readers, which to begin with, will act as virtual albums. Once I’m satisfied with how they look, the actual construction and binding begins! I want to have between 6 and 10 real albums done by springtime. Then I’m going to start tickling a New York City gallery with an exhibition idea.
Big plans, I gotta get back to ’em, and you’ll be able to start watching soon!
Your Buddy Bill