ECHO PIER: Excerpts from my Journal, Part 7. Written April 20, 2019; edited 2021. The image above shows Kathryn under the structure of our imploded tent. From mid-December to mid-March we took a break. Holidays first, then weather. An unusually cold and wet winter, much needed rain but not conducive to outdoor painting. Echo Pier,… Continue reading Echo Pier
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS: Excerpts from my Journal, Part 8. I stopped going to the bridge sometime in the last half of 2019 and began to compose large images based on the observational sketches completed on location. When we went into the first lockdown for Covid19 on March 17, 2020, I began an imaginative painting… Continue reading During the Coronavirus
During the Coronavirus, 2020. Oil on canvas. 48 x 72 inches. Unlike the other paintings in this harbor series, “Memories, Dreams, and Reflections” focuses on emotion and ignores the actual perspective and construction of the bridge. I wanted to paint a night scene, so William and I drove to the harbor to refresh my memory… Continue reading Memories, Dreams, and Reflections
House paints on paper, 2019. 55 x 98 inches. This is the top of the new Long Beach bridge while it was being built. It reminds me of the old clipper ships. When I mentioned this to one of the engineers, he replied, “Well, the laws of physics do not change.”
Charcoal and pastel on paper, 2019. 55 x 76 inches. This image depicts ironworkers on the new Long Beach bridge as they construct the framework for the roadway of the bridge. This framework will be covered with wood, set on the scaffolding, and filled with cement. The wood is then removed and the cement is… Continue reading The Harbor Meets Mondrian
Woodcut and linoleum print. 11 x 15 inches.
Watercolor, tempera, string, on a wood base with a plexiglass cover, 2019. 14″ x 19″ x 8.5″ deep. (See blog for more detail.)
Tunnel books originated in the 1700’s and were inspired by stage sets. However, its name has a surprising source. In England, this form of book was used extensively to advertise the newly built tunnel that went under the Thames River. The tunnel itself was a joke. It had cost more than 500,000 pounds (a considerable… Continue reading Tunnel Books
All of these images were begun on location; a couple were completed in the studio. They are larger than the painted studies, roughly 20″ x 30″. Materials used include charcoal, tempera, cray pas, and Inktense.
These are small drawings and paintings done on location at the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project throughout 2018 and 2019. Materials used include tempera, watercolor, walnut ink, Inktense, pastel, and charcoal. See the blog for more information about the project.