Photo Collage and Digital Design
My present endeavor is to master digital collage.
Using point and shoot photography, the intent is to
combine imagery of nature inspired by the rhythms
of music. Color will attempt to interpret sound and
form will be a compliment, varying according to the
elements originally found in the environment.
The point and shoot camera continues to offer
challenges, obliging the artist to be severely critical
with the "compositional eye." The simple camera
forces one to be highly selective with shots taken
- studying form becomes evermore pivotal.
The study above, "Freedom of Religion,
Freedom to Believe", wishes to
challenge the viewer into considering
what is the contemporary role of faith
and religion in the 21st century. It is a
modern reinterpretation of American
illustrator, Norman Rockwell's Post
cover - "Freedom of Religion." Within
the aforementioned piece, Rockwell
places the statement -"Each according
to the dictates of his own conscience." I
too aim to provoke thought in the
viewer . . . I leave to his or her gaze the
quote: "Faith is the tolerance required,
compassion the key."
LIGHT AND DARK
Presently on view at the Robert Lincoln Levy
Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H. ,from Sept. 29
through Oct. 31, 2021, is the show "Light and
Dark." This exhibition is dedicated to the mystery
and inherent beauty of the effects of light and
darkness; The subtleties of the play of light or
shadow, whether in a hidden forest or in the
beauty of a radiant sun, is explored. Works on
view range from oil paintings to traditional
photography. This artist's piece, "Birthing in the
Light, phase one", a photograph printed on rag
paper is present in the noted show.
CIRCLE OF LIFE
Running from Sept. 1 - Sept. 26, 2021 at the
Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H.
is the show Circle of Life; this exciting exhibition
explores the mysteries and myths of the
meaning of existence, pondering such concepts
as family and molecular life. This artist's piece, a
pen and ink, freehand, line drawing is entitled
"Incantation"; it intends to examine the mystical
and occult in fanciful terms.
42ND JACK PARFITT JURIED EXHIBITION
Recently exhibited at the annual Jack Parfitt
exhibition was this artist's work - "Dandelion
Blending" (seen below). The successful show ran
from August 5 - August 29, 2021 at the Robert
Lincoln Levy Gallery, in Portsmouth N.H.
Photographic works ranged from traditional
silver gelatin prints to digitally altered pieces.
Now on view at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery,
in Portsmouth, N.H. is Summer Colors. This latter
is a show dedicated to the joyous hues of the
season. From the verdant greens of woodland
forests, to the boisterous colors of wildflowers in
fields - it runs form July 1st to August 1st, 2021.
The work Rose Unfolding will be exhibited at the
noted show. It celebrates the seductive beauty of
the wild rose as it opens its mysteries to the
world at large.
WHO WE ARE
Presently showing at the Robert Lincoln Levy
Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H. is the exhibit "Who
We Are" (June 3 - June 27, 2021). This show
presents the work of a variety of artists each of
whom interprets, in their given creations, the
manner in which they perceive themselves,
focusing on particular sensibilities - their
backgrounds, aspirations, personal vision, etc.
The piece below, "Who We Were, version one" is
this artist's entry into the noted show; a photo
collage, it wishes to recall the common ancestry
that all creatives share within their development
as both artists and individuals in general.
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
A show on the positive we strive for despite the
trying times, "On the Bright Side" is to be held at
the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth,
N.H. from March 3 - March 28, 2021. It presents
a wide array of styles and media, from the
abstract to the figurative and from oils to photo
collage. This exhibit should prove a delight for all
eyes, whether one is interested in realism or
more contemporary expressions. On view at the
noted show is the work below "Iris Meditation"; a
digital photo collage, it results a combination of
traditional photography and digital drawing.
Creating art requires a good deal of effort and
an ounce of that intangible, inspiration. It is for
this reason that the artist must consistently
refuel his or her psychological or emotional gas
tank. He or she must take time away, a break,
from the process of art production, to "imbibe"
more external imagery (visual nourishment), as
well as ideas.
The process of artistic growth is a constant one,
with the "creator" steadily weighing
information and external stimuli. Producing art
is a perennial judging of factors and meanings -
i.e. color, line, form, light, etc.- with symbolism
often shifting as the work progresses. Thus, I
would encourage one to dip one's feet into the
other cultural arts - writing, theatre, dance.
music. Excursions into the territory of these art
forms rewires the brain, invariably stimulating
other senses and abilities.
One discovers new ground in exploring other
visual and performing arts. A fresh light is often
shed on given ideas or concepts, and with a
different viewpoint comes a new,
revitalizing approach to realizing or finishing a
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you
reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of
"It is not enough to know your craft - you
have to have feeling. Science is all very well,
but for us imagination is worth far more."
"No one is an artist unless he carries his picture
in his head before painting it, and is sure of his
method and composition."
Book Cover Design is one of the more
inspirational forms of design within the
illustrator's or designer's fields of
endeavor. The ideal, of course, would
be to have a synopsis of the book's
narrative as a launching point for the
cover's actual ideation. Book cover
design IS a visual challenge - as can be
imagined - loaded with symbolism. But all begins
with a first sketch, which filters out one's initial
ideas. Certainly, a myriad of studies ensue from
the first conceptual drawing; for the above cover,
"Kisses in the Dark", love poetry was the
launching point. One is compelled to visually
state that the theme of love itself is not always
focused on passion, happiness or predestination,
but also regret and loss.