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THURSDAY, MARCH 01, 200710 years ago
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Canus Major

Canus Major--my Great Dane/Irish Wolfhound--sleeping on the futon at my studio. He at times is a helpful addition. He instills a measure of respect among the less charitable locals.

Mark

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 200710 years ago
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Portrait of Girl

I found this girl intriguing because she had fun stories about her life in Alabama and how folks there would get real excited when they got "new underpinnin' " for their trailers. She is now quite a fine interior designer.

 

 

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 200710 years ago
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Art Alive

This piece, although unfinished, grabbed the attention of some collectors who said they love the idea of "live" art and will enjoy telling the story behind the work. 

 

 

Art Alive

Painting Live

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MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 200710 years ago
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Mergatroid the Cello

Merg's case got a new paint job. My sister Sharon's cello--built in the mid-1700s by a german luthier--used to be my father's. Sharon presented me with the case a while back and I finally came up with the solution. Originally we had thought of sunflowers or some floral ornament to paint on it. But after consideration I decided to go with the cello appearing to be in the case with a vantage point of being slightly above the cello so you can see it's thickness which is what makes the cello unique. The added volume and size creates a larger chamber for sonority and room for resonance for the low notes. Painting can add life to pretty much any surface. This could be the coming fad for truly discerning musicians--to house their faithful partner in adornment that is honoring to their service.

Hoping this week and this image celebrates the freedom of expression that visual art can bring.

Mark

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Painting Live

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 200710 years ago
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Aurora Over Mt. McKinley

I've only been able to see personally the aurora borealis twice in my life--once in New York and once even in South Carolina during a time of intense solar flare activity. Scientists can glibly talk about it's being the product of the earth's magnetic field playing on the ionosphere or something like that. But to see it in person is pure mystery and wonder to the beholder. When you get right down to it you can't explain art. It's truly a mystery and a wonder that is bigger than any of us.

Spending the day pondering and performing the mystery,

Mark

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 09, 200710 years ago
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Rooftop View

This piece is as much about the sky and the atmosphere as it is about dwellings and the church steeples. The paint has been applied sparingly--almost like a watercolor. Here and there you can see the underdrawing. This piece is on it's way to the Hatfield 2 Gallery on Church St. in the old city of Charleston.  

Signing off on a cold Tuesday,

Mark

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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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