Working Small


SmallWorks

An exhibition of of small works at The Arts Center 

I’ve chosen four wildly different pieces for this show, which opens November 20— a book, mezzotint print, stitching, and a drawing on canvas. They are all exploratory experiments, which is one reason they’re small.

Blue Moon

Mezzotint “Blue Moon”, 4″ x 4″

Cyclops detail 1

Page from accordion book “Cyclops”

I’ve switched to less toxic media with these printmaking projects. The hand-bound book with intaglio print illustrations is my first collaborative project with author (and partner) Gregory Newell Smith.  It uses ferric chloride rather than nitric acid to etch the copper plates.  The mezzotint print also uses a copper plate as the printing matrix.  I switched to water-based inks from Akua (less toxic and easier clean up).  The color is built up by printing layer after layer of transparent ink.

Amorphous 7 scaled

Stitched and waxed print ” Amorphous #7″, 7″ x 3″

With Amorphous #7 I was looking for a way to attach a small print to a larger paper, using something besides glue. Stitches worked, and to a calligrapher, they looked like Neuland letterforms. With this piece, I’d stumbled into a way of combining image and text that was integral to the form.

Untitled (Doug)

Charcoal on canvas “Doug is Good”, 5″x 7″ x 2″

I’m currently working in the studio with charcoal on canvas.  This drawing, life-size though small, is an experiment with going frame-less.  A local artist, Jana Johnson, generously shared with me her method for frameless pastel drawings, building up layers of charcoal and PVA size on canvas.

Treed

 

drawing "Large Oak"

“Large Oak”
charcoal and gesso on paper
36″ x 24″

I confess, the month of April slipped past me and I neglected to post an announcement of the spring exhibit, New Work by 13 Artists, at The Art Spirit Gallery. The show ends today, but many pieces are still available, including the drawing above. Now that it’s May and things are less hectic, I’m ready to climb down the metaphorical tree, and back into the studio.

 

The Great Ship Prichard

Prichard Art Gallery Benefit Auction- Noah Kroese Illustration“If art is a journey, the gallery is the ship.” *

The  Prichard Art Gallery Benefit Exhibition will come to a close Saturday night, February 8th, with a live auction that begins at 7:00 pm.  As a contributing artist, I appreciate how the Prichard manages their benefit exhibits:

  • artists are allowed to set a minimum price for their work
  • artists have the option of contributing 50%-100% of a sale to the gallery
  • prior to the auction, the exhibition is free and open to the public

It’s always an honor to be invited to contribute your work to an art auction, but I am not inclined to participate without the stipulations listed above. They indicate respect for the artists and their work, while offering some level of access to all community members.

Tickets for the live auction are $15, and available at the Prichard, One World Cafe, and Book People.

charcoal drawing "Field Burn #4"

Field Burn #4

I have two charcoal drawings and a “moon” print in the auction. You can view all available work at the Online Auction Gallery.

charcoal drawing "Bill"

Bill

*Auction illustration by Noah Kroese

Drawn to the Wall Video

dttw6 I returned to the Gonzaga campus last month at the close of the Drawn to the Wall  exhibition to join with my fellow artists in painting over our drawings. However, they still exist in this 3 minute video, Drawn to the Wall V, which includes the artists at work on their drawings, the opening reception, and wall restoration.

Elaine at opening with "Two Phobias"

Elaine at opening with “Two Phobias”

Since this exhibit, I’ve continued to work with silverpoint. It’s a nice change from charcoal: using a silver wire the thickness of a paper clip rather than a fist-size chunk of messy charcoal–spending hours building up darkness and tiny details with line, instead of the gray values made with the smear of a hand across charcoal on paper.

drawing Two Views of the MoonYou can see the final image, statement, and details of the drawing Two Phobias  at my website blackthumbart.com, and read jundtan essay by Sheri Boggs in the Jundt Art Museum catalog.

Thanks to photographer Christian Woods and videographer Matt Green for their documentation of the Drawn to the Wall V Exhibit.

Two Phobias: Of Mice and Moon

Two Phobias

Drawn to the Wall V Exhibit, “Two Phobias”
-photo by Christian Woods     

     To a phobic, the depth of fear is wholly out of proportion to the actual threat. Fear of the moon—why is madness called lunacy? Musophobia—even the thought of mice or rats can induce states ranging from panic to paralysis.  Two Phobias explores out-sized fear in an over-sized medium.

 On the work itself, the isolation of space has been enhanced by hand-rubbing charcoal into the chalkboard paint background. Features of the moon are charcoal over white gesso. The mice are drawn hair-by-hair with a silverpoint stylus, a technique I learned at a British Museum workshop in Elizabethan art materials; the images will change over time as the silver reacts to its environment.

__________________________________________

Here are some photos, taken in August, as I worked on my wall drawing:

Drawing from Memory

Heyburn

1440 Main, view from the front doorway, 1968

My hometown of St. Maries Idaho is having it’s centennial celebration this year, and in the nostalgic spirit of remembering the past, I drew  seven images of places and events…from memory. As I tried to remember specifics…was it four windows or five in a classroom…I found some details were clear while others were hazy.

05 halloween

Highway 3 near Golf Course Road, Halloween wreck, 1969

These charcoal drawings of places and events, circa 1967-69, contain a degree of unreliability. I cannot claim they are completely truthful representations since they are based on memories that after more than four decades, are prone to exaggeration, misinterpretation and alteration.

03 bus

Six of the drawings are hanging as pairs in storefront windows on St. Maries’ Main Street, between 8th and 10th streets. They will be up through Labor Day and the Paul Bunyan Days Celebration. Thank you Les Schwab, American Title Company, and Pizza Factory for displaying the work. 

Drawing at the Jundt Art Museum

This week I’ve been drawing at the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga campus, in Spokane. I joined four other artists, Margot Casstevens, Kurt Madison, Carl Richardson, and Roger Ralston in an invitational exhibition, Drawn to the Wall V. We each have a museum wall, about 8 by 12 feet, as our drawing surface, and two weeks to complete our work. I don’t want to be a spoiler so I’ll show just a few photos now, and more pics after the opening.

Day #1

Day #1

The exhibition opens September 6, with a reception September 12, 6-8 pm. The following morning we will join the Jundt Director/Curator for a museum walk-through, September 13, at 10:30 am. The show closes October 12.

IMG_3405

Day #2