Sunday, December 6, 2009

Its Christmas Time in the YO!

Nothing like a parade in the city!
Especially in this city,
Another sign of positive change and a long overdue event that is but another small thing that benefits us all in big ways.

Parades happen all over the country this time of year.
but in this city it had a sense, in my humble opinion, of healing and togetherness that we all need. Just a fantastic way to bring us together and share an afternoon of family and friends and of course Santa too!

I can hear BUFF'S joyful laugh just by looking at this image of her, Pugslee(her car) and the wonderful folks from the Oakland Center for the Arts!!

Roman gets his close up!

You got to love that smile!

The ubiquitous and ever lovely Ms. Brooke Slanina,
The Oakland Center for the Arts Pres.
By the way, Another great Christmas show at the Oakland. Go see it
before it's too late. Another fantastic job Mr. Joki!


Santa and the Mrs. roll into the YO.
in style!

Adrian and Isabella get their moment with Santa!

Jes Arnold, I had more humorous shots of you Jes but I tried to take
it easy on you. Great to see you and Adrian as always!

Sterling! I forget your last name but what a beautiful voice!
His singing captivated everyone there!

Our Mayor Jay Williams gets ready to light our tree!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Building momentum: Ways to get through winter.

It feels like fall around here lately, we, here in northeast Ohio are usually knee deep in snow and arctic temps by now. Last year at this time we had seen 17 inches of snow hit the ground already but I digress. I am not here to talk weather. Its more about how I spend my winter months when going outside is a bit of a challenge. I usually try to be as productive as possible down in my studio. I like to use this time of year producing as much work as possible. For some reason the ideas really flow when you put yourself in the frame of mind that this is my time to push myself to work as often as possible and really build momentum to develop new work and generate new possibilities. I love this time of year!

So this is the first work begun a couple weeks ago just to get the juices flowing. I began with motorsport imagery as my raw material(big surprise) simply because I have hundreds of older prints to choose from right here at hand. I havent' done a mosaic in sometime and love the process and how it really aids in idea-generating for other future works while involved in the current piece.This is were the magic happens! Not really but it sounds so cool no?

I begin with a design drawn out on paper and the imagery is basically used as color or texture.

There is some representational parts put together but I enjoy using my photography in many differing ways. Nothing earth shattering here just a fun way to utilize my images. I tend to get bored with single prints framed and matted. Dont get me wrong I love photography in many many ways but my creative gut is always telling me to push beyond that single image and how it is used.

Raw material pulled from the archives! I love looking at photos and working with mosaics forces me to look at them in a different and challenging way. The are not merely images of racecars they are the paint of my pallette.

Notice the pieces of old contact sheets. To all my photog friends: when was the last time you used or made a contact/proof sheet.
Funny how things evolve in our digital age.

Sometimes when I am working I am lucky to have free entertainment provided by my two most favorite people, Anthony and Isabella play spin around the pole to learn about equilibrium.

Finished on Saturday. Good , good! Already have ideas for the next piece in my head and on the sketchbook pages. Since music is a big part of my creative process I think the next piece will use images of a musical nature. Time to edit through my band and musician images for more raw material. Its going to be a very productive winter. Sorry for the delay in posts, I will be posting more often as things progress.

Monday, October 19, 2009

MONA LISA Mosaic Unveiled in Niles,OH

On Sunday evening Oct.18 there was an unveiling of an absolutely beautiful work of art at the Eastwood mall. A large crowd gathered in anticipation of this event. Beautiful music resonating through the area by Eduardo and Heather Mandujano along with Margaret Jones and Nathan stephens helped to transform the room. The artists and friends crowded into the viewing area all staring at the looming black curtain raised twenty feet into the air. As the curtain came down you or maybe just I could hear and feel the air leave the room for a second as everyone took a deep breath.

Sue Jacobs, The director of this project deserves a mountain of credit. To bring 70 artists together and coordinate all that had to be done was no simple task.

This mosaic work is but another beautiful example of the multitude of artistic talent
right here in the Mahoning Valley! As you take a closer look at each panel it is plain to see
that there is no real need to travel to far away places to get that unique work of art to hang in your home or business. I feel an urge to state first that it was a joy to be a part of such a great
project. Second, tell anyone and everyone to stop and think for a moment before you buy that generic picture from a chain store and go find a local artist and support those right in your home town! All of the artists involved in this project can be reached through