Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Capt Joey's "Pogie"


My friend Joey Ciaramitaro of Capt Joe's and goodmorninggloucester allows me to use his photos as reference for my fish paintings.  I'm starting a new series of glass paintings, and will try to have them complete within the next two months, so that some can be shown next year.  This Pogie, which is used for bait is kind of sad, yet i can see through the rot and have a 'sense' of the fish's individual character.  the eyes tell me everything i need to know.


ps:  if you click the photo, Capt Joe's "Not so Beautiful Industry" page on flickr will appear.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Something Fishy!

I've been asked to imagine a roomful of fish for a show first quarter 2012. gotta get to work, so i'm going through my files. this pic is of sockeye salmon in one of its early states. the finished panel is deeper with pthalo blue. gotta find the painting...i think it's in the attic.

Friday, September 9, 2011

oh, no...muse at play.

above:  judith's pears prior to muse at play

above:  after the muse stepped in it.

 above:  detail of the muse's work..dancing figures, a couple of musicians.

above:  the panel for Judith's Pears with a question?  fireblight?

  note to muse: keep your hands off!  it works the way it is.  (i better sign it before the muse decides to redact the pears.)  i have another 10x40" panel that is fresh and clean.  the muse can get that panel.  and finish the dancing figures.  ugh.  am reminded of writing: sometimes the writer has to run to catch up to the character that has taken over the story.  a completely different story than one was planning to tell. it is a for better/for worst relationship.

with best intentions,


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labors' Rest: Here and Now! Sargent House Summer 2011

yesterday i published pics of the back of this glass panel.  today i set the front panel (the viewing pane) to museum quality work.  judith's garden.  verre eglomise palimpsest.
copyright clarke
gloucester MA


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fruits of my Labor: Sargent House Museum Here & Now! summer 2011

 detail left 10x20"

 detail right 10x20"

 detail right, brighter conditions

 detail left, brighter conditions

ready for the frame box.  10x40x2.5"

this is the paired pears from my time spent working in judith's garden this past summer at the invitation of Kate Laurel MacIntosh of the Sargent House Museum in Gloucester MA.  Kate invited artists to work in the gardens as a way to revitalize, bring awareness to the museum, which is in need of membership, donations and volunteers.  This was the second time that I have worked with Kate on a revitalization project, the first was for the Peabody Historical Society "Historic Interpretation". 

This work 'Fruits of my Labor" is comprised 2 glass panels (front and back) that are 10x40" heavy glass shelving panels.  one glass panel is worked, one is flat glass with no ornamentation.  the 10x10 inch stretchers serve as windows of time. metal leaf, oil paint and sharpie define visual references. the reverse is a metal leaf drawing of Judith's pears as seen in the first photo.