22 x 28 inches
Completed August 4, 2017
This painting came about because of the immense popularity of Delhi Rapids in Winter, (2014) in a private collection. That painting was horizontal in aspect, but another image from the same day's below-zero photography intrigued me with its vertical flow and the contrast between the hot sunlight color and cold blues.
In addition, I was not quite satisfied with the earlier painting. I wanted to achieve a higher standard of detail and rendering of the water.
I also wanted to experiment with glaze effects such as I had seen in a New York studio in 1970. The crust of ice in many places is painted over a dark-water underpainting to attempt to capture some of the transparency of the actual ice. That process suggested the title.
Now in a private collection, prints available.
24 x 18 inches
Completed September 14, 2017
Commissioned by Barbara Henk of Shelby Township, Michigan for her husband for their anniversary. She provided a wealth of excellent reference photos including the sunset that appears in the painting. The vessel is a 36-foot Tiara cruising motor yacht whose name signifies its role in the couple’s happy life together including many hours on Lake Erie.
Now in their collection.
Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University of Michigan. November 2017
It’s been quite some time since I’ve done much graphic design, and even longer since I was involved in theatre. The Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s budget is tiny, but this commission gave me a chance to stretch out and challenge myself. No regrets.
This is my second involvement with G & S. Both came about through the Ann Arbor Sword Club. Decades ago, I coached a swordfight for Pirates of Penzance. This time it happened via a member of the club who is on the Society’s board.
The earlier, very-vertical G & S posters reminded me of Alphonse Mucha’s posters for Sarah Bernhardt. He’s one of my favorite designers; the “father of Art Deco.”
This assignment being 8.5 x 11 made the vertical thing tougher. It also called for fairies in little black dresses. I created this one in pencil.
For her chair, the setting being in and around the House of Lords, I borrowed the Consort’s throne designed by Auguste Pugin, another of my faves.
The lettering and graphic surround à la Mucha is in Illustrator, sweetened in Photoshop. I had a print made on art paper with the fairy and chair ghosted back and set about it with dense water-color.
The scene of fairies and lords behind the Houses of Parliament was created with a bit of research and a lot of fussing around in Photoshop. For more details hit the “Steps in Creation” button below.