Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sept. 25, 2011 Cone

Flat yellow petals radiating out draw the viewer into the "nest" where this sculpture sits. The light green cone shape, with its strong diagonal lines and symmetry, is very compelling. The bright sun highlight on the right and the shaded area give it a sense of volume.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sept. 24, 2011 Seaweed

The puffy packets of the seaweed leaves overlap one another--they start out paper thin at the base and then inflate at the tips. The color differential between the gray and yellow is subtle, but the negative spaces add much needed depth to the composition.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sept. 18, 2011 Public Art

For the past few months I've been participating, with other Tacoma artists, in a public art training program sponsored by the City of Tacoma. A recent assignment was to create a "gesture" and put it out for public viewing. My work is responsive to the waterfront and the sound. If you walk the Ruston Way waterfront, keep your eye out for it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sept. 16, 2011 Riot

The Art Chantry show at Fulcrum Gallery is a riot of color, images, text, and history. I was amazed at how different each poster was, but there was a similarity to them that I couldn't put my finger on. My favorite part of the show is in the back room where the mechanicals are displayed with the final poster.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sept. 14, 2011 Sunshine

Sunshine in a jar. Cut up and canned, these peaches expose their inner color. Placed in close proximity, the forms' negative spaces are not very pronounced.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sept. 11, 2011 Bulbous

One of the things I like about fall is the arrival of the many interesting squash--the bulbous forms are inspiring. They seem to start off creating one shape and then move on to make another completely different shape all the while being one form.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sept. 9, 2011 Engineering

When I look at this dahlia I imagine rolling up paper to make the cone-like petals.While that would be relatively easy to do, it would be difficult to get the cones shaped and secured in a dome form. Looking closely at flowers makes me appreciate the engineering of botanical objects.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sept 6, 2011 Petals

The yellow and pink petals of this Dahlia have an almost stag horn quality in some places. Draping over, in and around, spent petals add to the composition. The deep green background really sets off the form.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sept 2, 2011 Fungus

This fleshy orange fungus reminds me of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sculptures in that it appears soft and supple. The ridges and crevices, the overlaps, and the upwards orientation appeal to me.