Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday activity

After discovering his Navajo painting, the professor had  a thought about what to do with the culls from his past. He could tear them up and make collages of them and paint on them more. With slight nod to his friend Dick Wray he started to tear.

Using acrylic modeling paste he pasted them together.

He has no way to work on them in MM's studio unless he got a large table. They need to be worked on flat. He went to Home Depot and got a 4x8 sheet of plywood. The Temp out side is close to 100 and the plywood feels like 100 lbs...but it has to be so he draged it in and set it up.

It takes up a lot of space. He had no intension of of working like this, but just do it. He prepared 4 others
of smaller dimensions. The first was 5'x8', then a 4'x5' and a 4'x4' and two 16"x16". Modeling paste is a terrific glue. Everything is setting up for tomorrow.

The Professor got a call from the bookstore at the Menil Museum.
They were reoganizing and found a box full of objects that he had put on consignment with Sheila Rosenstien in the 90s. Totally forgoten, but here they are a nice time capsule of a dark creative period
in his life when he turned to ceramics for inspiration.


  1. Jacquelyn Laurie Halpin
    "It seems you have found a way to simultaneously be in the past, present and future!"

  2. From HJ Bott:
    While you were tearfully nodding to Dick Wray, in your tearing action for the big collage, you knew full well such collage manipulation has been practiced by many, even before the 1849 watershed of making art. That was very nice of you to acknowledge Dick's usual process. So pleased to see you working in this scale and in a collage, taking advantage of your streaks of brilliance.

    But, EARL, modeling paste will crack on you if you roll the work and and any significant temperature changes take place. Roplex, gel medium or gloss/matt medium are more expensive but certainly more archivally sound. Modeling paste mixed with acrylic gel is quite good, at least 60% gel. Now this from a sculptors' experience. Tell me to stick-it, if you wish. Posted here in lieu of the blog figuring my advice stuff wouldn't be appropriate for Professor Art.
    Over the plate,