Monday, June 27, 2011

Fells Art Show Images

These are my images that were accepted into the "Celebration of the Fells Art Show". All three of these images have been exhibited previously in juried exhibitions. The top image is "First Snow" and was a "People's Choice" winner in the 2010 Krappy Kamera show. The middle image is "Hemlock Pool" and has been in three juried shows. The bottom image is "Vernal Pool"and has been in two shows previously. These images had been retired from competition and were happily living on the wall of my office at home but were brought out one more time for this very local show which is in a gallery only a mile or so from my home. The opening is Friday, July 1, from 7-9 pm at the Beebe Estate Gallery in Melrose, MA.
If you are local, come on by and say hi.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Celebration of the Fells Art Show

Three of my images will be included in the Celebration of the Middlesex Fells Art Show which will be  on display for the month of July at the Beebe Estate in Melrose, MA. The opening for the show will be on Friday, July 1 between 7 and 9 pm. For those of you unfamiliar with the Middlesex Fells Reservation, it is a conservation area of approximately 2,500 acres just north of Boston. I have always enjoyed taking
a walk with my Holga in these woods. I'll post the images in the next post.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Another Transfer onto Birch

This is a recent ink transfer from an older image. For this transfer, I sealed the wood so that the alcohol gel mixture would sit on the wood and not soak in.
 I applied a very liberal amount of alcohol gel to the wood and let the transfer material sit in place for about five minutes. I slowly (and I mean very slowly) removed the transfer material.
 The excessive amount of alcohol gel caused many bubbles and dark cracks in the image, which is what I was going for here. After drying, I applied three coats of a spray gloss polyurethane and one coat of paste wax. It has a wonderful depth to it which is pretty hard to display from a flatbed scan. And I love all the imperfections caused by the alcohol gel solution. Ultimately I am trying to achieve something which has the feel of a wet plate image. I probably will attempt this on glass as well. Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

More Experiments in Printing: Part Two

A couple more inkjet transfers, but this time on birch plywood rather than paper. In a nutshell, the process
involves making a transfer image on
InkAid transfer material. That image is then transferred to the wood using a solution comprised mostly of 91% isopropyl alcohol.
I modified both of these a bit rather than leaving them as straight transfer prints. Both of these images were scorched with a plumber's torch after the ink had dried (the bottom image more so than the top). I also sanded much of the bottom image away after
being scorched. The top image has a
very light coat of stain as well.
I applied a couple of coats of a paste wax to both as a finishing coat.
The original image is a few dead trees which I shot with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash camera with an inverted lens.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011