Monday, December 22, 2014

Digital Manipulation 2012, March 18, 5:00 pm


The final image is a picture of the process of coating the paper to make the final image.   The pattern made by the emulsion is the one seen being made on the page in the picture.  The image is a window into its own creation.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Digital Manipulation 2012, March 14, 4:30 pm



5 digits per hand

manually applied iron salts

manipulated by digits

manually processed in the computer

digital output to transparency

manual contact printing with a digital transparency, of the records of digits manually applying emulsion while the digital camera captures the process, whose digital files will be manipulated to show multiple steps of the process before outputting that digital file for manual contact printing...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Digital Manipulation 2012, March 14, 4:00 pm


The cyanotype “Digital Manipulation” prints are records of their own creation. Photos are taken, at regular intervals, of the process of applying the iron salt emulsion to the paper. While the emulsion dries, I chose the best set of images from the record, and print a digital negative. Each image is contact printed outside, using direct sunlight. The time and date are recorded on the back. These are equal part drawing and photograph.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Children love to draw

(was going to title this:  "Children love to draw, and college students think they can't draw")

because by the time a student is college aged, that student has had enough experiences that teach the student that they do not know what they are doing.  This leads to a common anxiety with which teachers (particularly art teachers) must contend.  Visual art is an experience that demands much trial and error.  It demands more error than success.  And, that tendency is intimidating in this world of standarized testing and goal-oriented students (read: parents who demand 4.0 GPA, and do not pay attention to the process of learning, and the benefits of failure).

So, with these drawings, I turn to the never-ending enthusiasm of children.  If a child does not know how to draw something, that child asks an adult how to draw it.  Better yet, frequently, the child will try to draw that something, and fail many times before asking the adult.  I found myself drawing, in a structured way (based on training), and the child with which I was drawing frequently interrupted my process to add colors or lines that I did not consider (silly adult brain....).  I feel that we have much to learn from this childish attitude.   I don't know what, but there is something in the enthusiasm for drawing that children have (and college students need [and Basquiat probably intuited] ).

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Cezanne 19

analysis of Bibemus Quarry

Monday, December 08, 2014

Cezanne 18

analysis of Le Cabanon de Jourdan

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Cezanne 17

analysis of Mont Sainte-Victoire

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Sophomore year in High School (mechanical drawing)

This school offered four years of mechanical, machine, and architectural drawing to the students.  It was one of the last classes left in the industrial arts wing.  (the district had already eliminated auto mechanics, and was talking about getting rid of metal shop, wood shop, and electronics)

It was one of the classes that made a practical connection to the math I was learning (initially geometry, and some algebra in the advanced mech. drawing classes). 

In addition to revealing the practical application of advanced mathematics, this class taught me line control, accurate measuring, and 2 & 3 point linear perspective (all of which gave me an advantage with later art classes).  It also gave me a desire to figure out how things are made, and communicate the discovery through visual means.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Cezanne 16

analysis of Horse Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Cezanne 15

analysis of Chateau Noir

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Cezanne 14

analysis of Mont Sainte Victoire

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Cezanne 13

analysis of Mont Sainte Victoire

Monday, December 01, 2014

Cezanne 12

analysis of Le Cabanon de Jourdan

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cezanne 11

analysis of Bibemus Quarry

Saturday, November 29, 2014

White on Red

enamel paint study for self-similar patterns in liquids of similar viscosity:
white on red

made in Corciano, Italy

Purchase this online or at the gallery.  Sale of this work benefits Art in a Box charity for Children.

The following link will go live on Nov. 30 at noon

Online sale 12:01 am December 5th to 11:00 pm December 9

Pop up Exhibition and Sale Dec 9 & 10, 12 - 6 pm at 
Skylight Gallery
538 W. 29th St.
NY, NY 10001

Party for Collectors and Artists at the gallery
December 11, 5 - 8 pm

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cezanne 10

analysis of House with Cracked Walls

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cezanne 09

analysis of House with Cracked Walls

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Let the holiday be a holiday for everyone.

Support the over-worked and under-paid retail employees
by not shopping from normal closing time tonight
until 8 am on Friday.

The giant retailers will extend sales.  If history is any indicator, the sales actually get better AFTER Friday, the closer we get to Christmas.  

"Do to others what you want them to do to you.  This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets"
-Jesus  (Matthew 7:12)

"Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes"
-Sirach 31:15

"None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself"
-An-Nanawi's Forty Hadith 13 

"Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself"

"What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either"
-Sextus (the Pythagorean)

Cezanne 08

analysis of Gardanne

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cezanne 07

analysis of Monte Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine (detail of center)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cezanne 06

analysis of Monte Sainte-Victoire with Large Pine

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cezanne 05

analysis of Bords d'une Riviere

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cezanne 04

analysis of Bords d'une Riviere

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cezanne 03

analysis of House with Cracked Walls

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cezanne 02

analysis of Gardanne

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cezanne 01

analysis of Lake Annecy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

formalist 18

Monday, November 17, 2014

formalist 17

Sunday, November 16, 2014

formalist 16

(The Road Less Travelled)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

formalist 15

(Where The Mountains Meet The Sea)

Friday, November 14, 2014

formalist 14

(Nineteen Eightysomething)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

formalist 13

(Bontecou Klee Schwitters) 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

formalist 12

(pre-Mondrian post-Martin)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

formalist 11

Monday, November 10, 2014

formalist 10

Sunday, November 09, 2014

formalist 09

Saturday, November 08, 2014

formalist 08

Friday, November 07, 2014

formalist 07

Thursday, November 06, 2014

formalist 06

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

circle in oblong 05

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

circles in oblongs 04

Monday, November 03, 2014

circle in oblong 03

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Making Adjustment Curves for Digital Negatives

This was designed for making photogravures (polymer), but will work for any alternative/historical photographic process that requires a negative/positive printed on a transparency with an inkjet printer.

This is a video version of the workflow from the book
The video was made for one of my classes last year.  The class already had lessons on intaglio printing, finding minimum (and optimum) exposure times, as well as a quick introduction to setting up the scanner to digitally capture an image of an intaglio print with multiple step wedges.

Here are links to many articles and videos.

Articles published on

When to use gray gamma 1.8 or 2.2

Finding Base Exposure Time when making Photogravures with Polymer Plates

YouTube instruction videos

Which gray gamma setting to use for digital negatives

Making your own step wedge for digital negatives

Making adjustment curves for photogravures (polymer) and digital negatives

Making a polymer plate for photogravure

Photogravure printing (in real time)

Making a cyanotype

Articles on my own blog

Overview of making adjustment curves for digital negatives

Adjustment curves compared

Cyanotype toning materials compared

circle in oblong 02