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FRIDAY, JANUARY 05, 200710 years ago
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Mill Town Time Capsule

So far this composition encapsulates the feeling that I get from this mill area. In it, you have mill houses, a church building, a mill and a water tower. All of these at one time "fed" each. A lot of my other pieces concentrate on just mill houses or churches, but this piece brings all the major elements of the community together.

I think this piece will be the inspiration for a linocut as well.

 

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 04, 200710 years ago
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Luna Landing Mystery Logo

Since a child I have been fascinated by the Luna moth. I accumulated a collection of insects but especially of butterflies and moths. I was entranced with moths after I saw a thick, translucent green caterpillar spin it's cocoon. That particular caterpillar turned into a Polyphemus moth--one of those big, rich brown moths with large foe eyes on the wings. On only a few occasions was I ever able to catch a Luna moth. In fifth grade, I found some in the mountains of NC; so that kept them very special and rare.

The moon behind the moth not only makes connection with the name of the moth but is also a source of fascination for me which is heightened by my father's work in exploring the history of transient lunar phenomena. Rarity, mystery, beauty...all are resonant with my philosophy of art.

Wishing you a mysterious new day, peppered with rare beauty,

Mark

 

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Gallery of Past Work

Peruse through a gallery of past work no longer available for purchase.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 01, 200710 years ago
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Luther Rose

I was impressed when I saw this seal in Wittenburg on our honeymoon. It was a bit of a riddle I wanted to solve. I painted it a few years ago to have in my studio. It's edifying message can be conveyed quickly with several layers of meaning. I have found a site where you can read Luther's thoughts about it. Click on attached link.

It is a symbol of what a life of faith should be and our future eternal hope. We are advancing quickly toward our eternal home--heaven "blues" eternal. (Es blaut ewig.)

May you anchor your new year on the sure foundation of God's truth.

Mark

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 200611 years ago
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Commissioned Batik in Light

Renato Moncini, a fabulous watercolorist & technical wizard of a variety of architectural and mechanical disciplines has tackled the very difficult problem of lighting a batik from behind. He has done what nobody else (in my experience) has been able to accomplish. Heretofore, it has been a bit of a let down after I've worked with a batik on a clothes line and enjoyed it's stained glass quality as the light streams through it, to stretch it over a canvas and not see the full power of color and light play in it. You will see in the pictures how, through flourescent lights (8 of them), he has back lit it and has diffused the light with two layers of 100% nylon flag material. It was an absolute delight to see this piece come back to life.

Thank you, Renato!

Looking forward to a year of many new batiks!

Mark

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 200611 years ago
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Red Glow

There is something to said for a straight brush drawing. I've tried with this composition to increase the width of view by exagerating perspective lines. I think it makes it a little bit more dynamic, just a directness and simplicity and power of a simple drawing.

This was done directly onto the wood surface without any preliminary pencil drawings.

I hung it in my studio last week and it makes the whole studio glow.

Nothing like a hot red glow to warm spirits on a cold winter day.

Mark

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 01, 200611 years ago
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New Piece.

I think this piece will be resonant with my emphasis on Greenville. Of course, this is not West Greenville.

I was perched by the fountain in front of the Hyatt in downtown Greenville when I painted this earlier this Spring. No, Greenville does not have it's own "rainbow row." I doctored up the color a bit.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 200611 years ago
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Greenville Skyline From the West

I'm calling attention to this view of Greenville because I'm preparing to do a new linocut of the Greenville Skyline. My last was done before the Carolina First building was built which is an excellent addition.

To anyone who has visitied our city over the past ten years will have to concur that it has only gotten better--radically better. A friend of mine and I used to drive to a place in Greenville that we called "The Hole." Now it's the epicenter of one of the best parks in the Southeast including the Coach Factory and an Amphitheater behind the Peace Center for the performing arts which is the center of a burdgeoning art revival in the West End of Greenville. 

 

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 200611 years ago
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Christmas Past

Poinsettia--featured work today.

This is a relic from Christmas past (over ten years ago). There is only one remaining in this edition. Perhaps the day of these ornate borders is over. I used gold ink and one could say the whole effect is overdone, but if one doesn't over-do Christmas a little he doesn't have the full spirit of the season--in my small thinking, at least.

I hope you're not having a black & blue Monday from all your injuries accrued while scrambling for your iPods and what-have-yous. I think internet shopping is far superior and safer for the 21st century--the domain of the "enlightened ones."  Let's leave conventional shopping to the ruffians.

A vision of poinsettias can still the savage heart of any wild beast. Would that they had consulted my site before they made that rash decision of camping outside Best Buy in the bitter cold for 36 hours whilst the canker...

OK, OK. We beat that dead, wild horse long enough!

Have a "seeing red & green" brawl-free-Christmas-shopping-Monday-on-the- internet day!!!!! 

Mark

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 200611 years ago
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Winter as it Should Be

I take regular pilgramages to New York. Some of them conspire to restore my faith in winter. To live in Greenville, SC, is to experience yearly disappointment if you desire real snow.

This picture was taken in Central Park as I walked with a friend on his way to perform at a church nearby. The blues cool my spirit quickly everytime I snatch a peek at it in this land of heat, humidity and flurries of winter disappointment.

Have a day like no other...because it's a new one.

Mark

Quote of the Day: "Tolerance is the crowning virtue of a man with no convictions."

                                                                     ~~ G. K. Chesterton

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 200611 years ago
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Charleston Revisited

The French Hugenot Church Watercolor --Work-a-Day 10-26-06

This was sort of a "meet and greet" piece. It seemed like when I started painting this people started coming from across the street to see what I was doing. Some proceeded into the gallery after chatting with me. It's stimulating to be out in a "happening" city. This pushes me to work faster and more decisively--to say nothing of the brisk Autumn air. I did this piece in just over an hour.

Again, I can't say enough about the jewel-like presence of this church. I will revisit this subject matter, no doubt.

 

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