2013 Headwaters Arts Show and Sale

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.

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New Nostalgia

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.

It was a dark and cloudy day in Alton

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.

Millcroft Inn & Spa

Something New

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!

A Well-Oiled Machine

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.

Cylinder Head
Piston Rods
Connections
Steam-Punk Goggles

Steel ghosts

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.

Waiting Talon.

Distant Rumble

Blue