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March 22 – 29

Acrylic and Collage on Canvas 30 X 20

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Cloistered Cloisonné Boom Box Orchard Electricity and Kerosene

Cloisonné Passage 30 X 20″ Acrylic, ink and papers, on canvas. In Progress?
Boom Box Orchard 24 X 20.5″ Acrylic, ink, and papers, on panel

I am still growing accustomed to the rhythms and accommodations of making art in Shady Side, Maryland. In the winter months I work indoors for the most part, given the short, often cold and rainy days. I repair to the shed and work close-in with reading glasses on easel paintings lit by electricity. Big Gestures are restrained, and I tend to work with smaller brushes. This seems to be a good time for revisiting works that were set aside.

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Visitation: Foraging

Visitation: Foraging 40 X 30.25″ Shadow, acrylic, collage on canvas

Coinciding approximately with the winter solstice, Starlings descend en masse upon Shady Side, chattering, foraging, and rising and descending in waves. Aflight, they evoke descriptions of Passenger Pigeons once filling the sky. For two days after Christmas, they were joined by Robins and Red-Winged Blackbirds splashing in the bird bath, eating winter and beauty berries, and foraging beneath the bird feeders and about the yard. The painting/collage Visitation: Foraging draws on this seasonal avian activity. Serendipitous tracing of a carved wood screen’s shadows led to my painterly flocks. The color palette is all around this time of year. The photo below was taken this morning from our living room window. It does not do the Starling’s visitation justice, but gives you the idea.

Apropos of Winter Landscapes, read a well written article here on a great painter, Charles Burchfield in today’s Washington Post.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Merry Chrysalis

Chrysalis: Jim Crane, Carey Crane
Book Cover Art crop, November 2019

Hello Friends, I worked on a book cover in November. The author asked for a simple calligraphic ideogram befitting the book’s subject. I am attaching a section of it here. I will print the full cover when it is published.

The top image is of my collage painting Chrysalis on the right next to the inspiration (along with some of his other collages of the ’60s,) my Father’s collage of the same name. When I was recently visiting family in Florida, I really wanted to see them together. I sent my collage down to Treasure Island last week where they are both well loved. Can’t wait to see them next trip.

New art supplies are stocked, and I’m looking forward to painting in December/January. Purchased a larger heater yesterday that will make the canning shed/winter studio much cozier. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!

By Crane the Elder: “Chrysalis ” circa ’66

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Dropping Acorns

Dropping Acorns, acrylic on raw canvas, 41 X 30″ September, 2019

Work in Progress. Painted this last September weekend outside, under the canning shed oak tree.

Koi Pond with Sweetgum Leaf (post below) was purchased in MFA, Ocean City exhibit. Good news. Art supplies!

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August and Exhibits

Fish, Cat, Accidental Skull, Black Eyed Susans

New work. In progress? Early August in Shady Side Maryland, mind on Las Cruces.

Swamp Circle, Maryland. 20 x 20″ 2017

Work in two new juried exhibits, one online, one coming up in Ocean City, Maryland. Thanks Maryland Federation of Art (MFA.)

Above – This one is in “Stormy Weather” online: http://mdfedart.com/mfaentry/sales/salesgallery.php?event=159

A sod farm on Swamp Circle Road, rainy day in early spring near us and Churchton, MD.

“Koi Pond” 24 X 36″ April, 2017

This one will be in the MFA at Ocean City show in a few weeks. It reminds me of Koi swimming in a pond in the fall with a large Sweet Gum leaf (background) upper half.

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July, Shady Side

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July, Shady side, MD. 24 X 24″ restive panel. Paint and collage.

Heat wave. Butterflies in abundance. Night chorus. Watermelon in the shade of the Pin Oak. Gathering black berries for topping a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Green-eyed cat crouching beneath the hydrangea.

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June 30: Storm, Uplands Pasture, Western Shore

Storm, Uplands Pasture, Western Shore, Maryland 24 X 24″ Acrylic/Collage/Mixed Media/Panel

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Work in Progress, 6/23, 2019

Untitled, Mixed Media on panel. ~24X24″

Another Summer Storm. Shady Side, Maryland. Acrylic and Collage on Panel.

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In Progress, June 1, 2019

In Progress June 1

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Marching Orders

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Marching Orders (in progress?) 24 X 36″ Acrylic paint and collage on canvas. March 2019

St. Patrick’s Day. Red buds blooming. Listening for the return of the ospreys. Leaf buds ready to burst, with the little maple getting ahead of the others.

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February

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Untitled 24 x 24 acrylic paint on canvas w/collage February 2019

Good to be working outdoors. Chilly, but signs of spring abound.

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I didn’t actually base the dominant color palette on the Little Friskies can, (or scissors or tape for that matter) but there it is. . . The form is like the “antenna” that has been showing up in work for a long time. I think of it and the last posted as a Dragon Fly and go from there.

The following “abstract” is of frozen puddle outside of our front door earlier in February. Heather would love it if I could paint it.

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