Mystic Valley High School Art Club helps paint the switch-box.
This blog traces my influences, studio practice, learning, and teaching of art.
Dr. Fawzi Abdulrazak visited my studio for the final touches. I like to work on the majority of the painting from photographs and then have the subject sit for the finishing details. I always have the subject see the final result. I change any part of the painting which is of concern to the client; it is always good to see the painting through the client's eyes. In this case, Fawzi thoughtI could get a more accurate eye color.
Our high school art club designed and painted this mural on the Malden Bike Path. It was sponsored by Yankee Pest Control Co. We had a great time!
|etching, 8" x 10"|
When Stephanie Mahan Stigliano invited me to make a print about the March 5, 2007 bombing of the bookseller’s district in Iraq, I immediately thought of my friend Dr. Fawzi Abdulrazak, who owns a private book store in Cambridge MA. He is a leading scholar who wrote, “The Kingdom of the Book: The history of Printing in Morocco” and “The Fez Lithographs, Annotated Bibliography with Historical Introduction”. I asked Fawzi if I could draw a portrait of him and if he remembered Al-Mutanabbi Street and with an enthusiastic “Yes”, he agreed to meet me at his store. I arrived with my camera and he was mysteriously waiting with a flash light in the darkened storefront at 600 Cambridge Street. I took many photographs as he showed me some historic and beautiful books. He talked of his memories and described the vistas of Al-Mutanabbi Steet. As a young man he would visit and talk with many writers. Latter in his store room he showed his journal from those early days. The etching is a portrait of Fwazi holding the journal of poems he wrote as a young man.
Al Mutanabbi Starts Here, a book, poetry, & printmaking project
I am working on a copper plate etching of my friend, Mr. Abdulrizak, a book dealer in Cambridge. I was invited to make a print for a project about the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street in Iraq. Line etching on copper is a beautiful process. This is the second proof; I will add more cross hatching to build up the gray and black tones.
|Mairin King, Scholastic National Silver Medalist|
|Ceramics Teacher, Ray Duval|
The photo below shows Ann Hamilton's two painted vessels with images of farm animals. They are stunning. Ray Duval was showing us different ways to apply the surface treatments.
Mudville was started by Ann Hamilton in 1974. Click on the picture below to read more about this wonderful non profit organization. It is a casual and very personal place to learn at one's own speed.