The Perfect Storm


India ink painted cut-outs, layered in resin. It was a dark and stormy night.


Spoon, India ink on paper cut-outs, resin
October 2013

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Family Art Night

In an attempt to balance my kids’ urges to practice corporate accounting, financial law and quantitative decision making for business, we make art together. For the second year in a row, we participated in the National Arts Program Exhibit at Johns Hopkins (December ’09).

Lily made this painting specifically for the event. She started off painting pictures of Coraline and arrived at the Solar System. It has shooting stars.

Cocoa entered her Oscilloscope, which usually hangs in my studio. I LOVE this painting.

My friend and colleague RJ entered a photo, too. It’s the one of himself, taken alone with an old, manual camera. We haven’t worked out how he did it.

To my astonishment, I took home a first place prize. Dr. Ed Miller, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine handed me an envelope.

Here’s me and the drawer…

Finally, a better photograph of  the Mystery of the Loaves and Fishes, an  impossible-to-photograph-well piece. Click the one below for larger.

Thanks to Fred Dubs for the last three pics here.


For Illustration Friday, adrift (India ink applied on acrylic paint with nib pen).

And here with a dime for scale:

We’ve been adrift like jellyfish in ice water. Baltimore has had two blizzards in one week – something that’s never happened before.

I am not teaching any  classes at the community college this term, nor are any of my graduate school classes running. I’m using the time to paint more – including oil painting. So far, acrylics have been my favorite because they dry quickly. They can be mixed with water to resemble watercolor, but don’t run once dry. I’m interested to do some things with oils.

Stay warm. Can’t wait for spring.