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Working Title “Cicada Song” because the Brood X whirring sound is all pervasive. Still in keeping with the atmospheric “water works” of late. 60 X 40″

I think that it sets nicely in the early June Shady Side landscape.

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Dark Stormy

High Winds on Treasure Island, Florida. Soonest I could visit the home-waters and Fam after second vaccination. Wanted to share this image of a place I love to be, in a darker aspect. Back to paintings next post.

And here is a small panel of mine hanging in Sister Lise’s house:

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Shallows 60 X 30″ Present State

“Shallows” 60 X 30″ Present State. Seething is believing. “Moving in a rapid or hectic way.” 4/18/21

Previous Worked State

“First” State. I don’t know. I like the atmospheric openess in this first state. No “Crtl Alt Z” In life or in painting . . . Not unless I go digital. I guess it is still here in a sense though. We’re looking at it.

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Call ’em Done

Orca 64 X 30″ Acrylic Paint on Raw Canvas

Above: Orca 64 X 30″ Acrylic Paint on Raw Canvas

Below: Yet to be Named . . . 64 X 30″ Acrylic Paint on Raw Canvas

These were started at the same time in November, then put away for the winter. Resumed in March.

I am calling them finished and will post on the gallery page.

I “kept my hand in” on a few pieces this winter, but read and looked at a lot of art books and mostly hi-bArt-nated. Sorry about that.

Below is a piece that was a painting that I liked, but worked beyond recognition. So, nothing to lose and I enjoyed the activity of painting, if the result is dubious. I actually still kind of like it. Makes me think of a crowded market (remember those?) flower stand.

Spring is here! Starting a new yard painting this afternoon. Actually about two yards.

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March at Last

March at Last, though started in February. Working title “March Vortex.”

Studio assistant Mamma signs off before stretching “Orca.”

This is “Orca” stretched. Almost 6′ across, but I’m too lazy to check. Started last fall. Stretched today and worked back into. I often start loose and “Point,” or sharpen up/define an image in the later stages. And so it is here. A wintery mix on for Monday, but spring is on the way Friends.

Here is the Final (I think.)

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Sunny and Dry

Imagine a day when the sun is shining and it is partly cloudy. it is not raining. It is not snowing. Temp is about 40 degrees F. That day was yesterday and I was able to comfortably paint outside. A blessing.

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That and This . . .

This Jim Crane, AKA “Dad” (circa 1960) reminds me of something more recent. . .

Carey Crane, work in progress 2020 – 2021

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Lamp Ice

Greetings from the Frozen North of the Mid-Atlantic. Just wanted to check in. Today is a Snow Day and I’ve taken advantage by finally completing an art supply order I’ve been meaning to get to. This order is stretcher bar heavy with some new paints included. Loving the Golden Titian Green Pale these days, or Vert de Titane Clair if you prefer. Why not?

The stretchers will finally allow me to stretch up the canvases that you may have seen in “recent” posts. I have started to work the larger canvases un-sized and off-stretcher. Once they are stretched, I will work back into them, seal, and overlay some more paint.

Also have a 40 X 30 that is promising, promising, always with the promising. Doing some work inside, but really looking forward to a break in the weather to work outdoors unfettered.


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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning: While straightening up in the garage recently, I came upon a number of photographic prints (!) of my painting/collages. These are mostly from North Carolina years, circa mid-to-late 1990s, living near Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, and later, Asheboro. Some of these will be posted on the “archive” page where pre-Hecho en Nuevo Mexico art resides.

Above: 24 X 48 panel. Mostly collaged fabric and paper. It has a nice depth and “glow” in the actual piece as I recall.

24 X 24″ Panel. Fabric and paper collage. Maybe some modeling paste and India ink. Notable for plant forms based on picture plants. These forms later morphed into Sweetgum tree leaves (after cutting out hundreds of silk leaves for a museum project) and eventually into “Agave” forms in New Mexico years.

This is a small panel collage with silver leaf and papers. I like the (for then) less-characteristic earth tones. This would be late 90’s Pittsboro from the rented neon-factory studio shortly before the move to Washington, DC.

I think that F & L still have this one? Acrylic and enamel spray paint on canvas with fabric collage. After-the-fact, I see a jovial little fellow dancing through a jungle in a top hat. Made during North Carolina Zoological Park / Ramsuer years.

“Pagoda.” Oldest in the bunch. ~36 X 24″ paint on canvas, some collage. From un-cropped photo I see that this in leaning up again the barn-house off 15-501 surrounded by cow pastures and woods. Bucolic. I imagine that the land supports a subdivision now.

Bonus photo, much later. From New Mexico shortly before the move to Maryland. 30 x 30″? Acrylic and spray enamel paint on canvas. I left this one behind and I can’t say why. I like it now, and brought others that I am not as fond of. It is just hard to judge one’s own work when it is relatively fresh I suppose.

Another bonus – “Blanco Verde” ’15 in situ. a New Mexico collage/painting. A personal favorite. Seems like it came from a “good place.” It looks happy here in L’s house.

Getting warm enough on some days to work large canvases outside again. Hope to “see” you in a few weeks with new 2021 and continuing work. Think I may collage some fabrics . . .

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In Situ

In Situ “Forbidden Fruit” ~2013 LP Collection

In Situ: Big Sis LP sent me this photo of of ~2013 painting “Forbidden Fruit.” To paraphrase The Big Lebowski, the central mask on the left “. . . really ties the room together.” That mask and painting are having a lively conversation, no? What a party. You don’t have to wear a mask if you are a mask.

I occasionally receive photos of my artwork hung in people’s homes or offices. Or home/offices these days. I love to see how they look in a context other than isolated online, in a gallery setting, or especially stacked around the house!

Our Father began an eclectic collection of masks and figurative sculpture from about ’62 on. Undoubtedly an influence on our Family aesthetics and collections; and my painting surely. We have carried on the tradition.

I am thinking of gathering “in situ” painting photos that some of you have sent to me over the years into a web page. Please do send or re-send any that you have.

Happy Solstice, and good yule. All best celebrations possible. Here’s to brighter days ahead.

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Working Title “Orca”

Here are “Works in Progress” glimpsed at in the previous Fe-Line post. They will both be about 66 X 32″ completed when/if on stretcher bars. All acrylic on raw canvas at this point. These were started at the same time, similar pallette. Different feels though, don’t you agree?


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Brootie Lends a Paw

brootie comes. on her little cat feet. she sits looking. over warp and weft. on silent haunches. and then moves on. *

*Apologies to Carl Sandburg’s metaphor. Broo is literal. Broo is a cat. I’m foggy.


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