The nights are now getting cool enough that I see frost on the lawn occasionally in the mornings now. This means it is coming time for the annual Headwaters Arts Festival and their grand Show and Sale (Sept 20 -29) . The show Jurors selected some of my new work to be in this year’s show. This new work is a mash-up of acrylic paint, photography and gel transfer on rough aluminum sheet. As always, most of the subject matter is about man-made objects in advanced stages of decay. All get a chance to tell their stories in my images.
I captured this scene just a couple of months ago, but it felt as though it should have been from the 50’s. I made the image look a bit older, then produced it as a transfer to linen at 24″x36″ to give it a bit of a “fresco” feel. It will be in my new show at Crimson Feather Gallery opening next week.
I just completed a series on the historic homes in Alton, done in my usual dark style and printed using the emulsion transfer process that I recently figured out. Looking over the completed prints, I noticed that the clouds were really the scene-stealers in these photos.
I have been experimenting with new ways to “print” my work for more than a year now. The learning curve was long and pretty steep (or I am a very slow learner), but I am finally producing work that I can show in public.
The process is a type of transfer – I print the image on a carrier sheet, wet it with alcohol gel, then apply the image to another surface. The resulting image is a very delicate layer that “floats” for a while on the gel, allowing me to move it and distort it before it dries. This is fun!
I eventually forced myself to leave behind the steel ghosts in the warehouse beside the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology and moved on to the museum itself. For those of you who are not familiar with this place, it is a huge steam-powered water pump that used to provide Hamilton with it’s drinking water. It is engineering from an era when machines were allowed to be beautiful.
I recently visited the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology to take some photos after sunset to show how the machinery would glow under the last vestiges of daylight combined with the old incandescent lighting of the museum. Before I went into the actual museum, I had a chance to take a look inside an attached warehouse and found a graveyard of old machinery. This post is about what I found in the warehouse.