The 100 Day Project

100 Days of Stills
This April, I began creating still lives as part of The 100 Day Project with Elle Luna and The Greatest Discontent. I set my intention to create and post to Instagram one still life collage with gathered objects each day.  I knew I wanted to focus on flat lays and incorporate natural objects from my garden.  Now, almost half way through the project my focus has developed into a variety of different petal plays. After foraging for fresh flowers and leaves, I deconstruct them and begin to sort and arrange, normally on a white surface by my office/studio window.  One arrangement that I have fallen in love with is the mandala.  I love the radial symmetry and the meditative qualities of this type of design.  Instagram's square format has also naturally lent itself to a variety of different petal square designs.  Color has been another inspiration for me and early on in the project I picked up a variety of color paint swatches to use as still life props.  It is interesting to juxtapose geometric and organic elements in these designs.  I really hope that you follow my journey on Instagram, as well as the many other amazing 100 Day Projects!!!

Nautical Series

Belfast Rowboats, ME

Inspired again by Fun a Day Baltimore, during the month of January I created a series of 20 painted photographs of nautical subjects. A majority of the photographs were taken on my trip along the coast of Maine last summer.  Some of the photographs were first digitally edited to adjust the overall color tone, and several were printed in black and white.  Then the line work was added by scratching into the photograph's emulsion.  I particularly enjoyed painting the variety of waters, adding color, accentuating the ripples and creating a playful sense of movement.  Each original altered photo is a 4x6, and Andres assisted me by building a series of small wooden frames. For the next two weeks the work will be hanging at Gallery 788, in Hampden. 
Stonington Helm, ME
Isle Au Haut, ME
Baltimore Harbor

Lighthouse, ME

Chesapeake Watershed

Dock, 2012

This spring the Hamilton Arts Collective is curating an exhibition of artists' interpretations of the Chesapeake Watershed.  When I discovered the call for entry, I immediately thought of my recent altered photographs of the Fells Point waterfront and Nick's Fish House.  I have long been interested in boats and Marylanders' relationship to the Chesapeake Bay. My former exploration of Sharptown, the Stokes family former hometown on Maryland's Eastern Shore, was closely tied to the town's relationship to the Nanticoke River.  Sharptown was historically a ship building town and three masted schooner ships would be sent down stream and out to the Chesapeake Bay.  The Sharptown Bridge is my most recent altered photo, created specifically for this exhibition, and was one of the three pieces to be accepted into the exhibit.  Chesapeake Watershed will be on display during the month of April at Hamilton Gallery on Harford Road and at the Baltimore Science Center during May.

Sharptown Bridge, 2013

Nick's Fish House

Recently I completed a series of altered photographs centered around Nick's Fish House.  This Baltimore restaurant is located next to the Hanover Street bridge.  I spent a year living in Pigtown and would often venture down to this area to enjoy the dirty yet beautiful Patapsco River.

January Sky-A-Day

This year I am participating in the Fun-A-Day project, where "artists in more than 20 cities choose a project (take a photograph, make the bed, draw a picture, bake a cake, etc.) to do every day in January".  For my project I am currently taking at least one photograph of the sky every day with my iPhone and editing them into a square grid format using PicStitch.  I plan to print and display at least eight of the grid squares! Baltimore artists will be showcased at BrickHaus Art Space, 2602 Greenmount Ave, with an opening reception on February 9th.  Hope to see you there!!
Enjoying the color contrast created by the simple sky gradations

Cloud variations from January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

December skies shot in Baltimore, from the Bay Bridge (bottom left), and Lewes (top right)