1990 Sketchbook, Chapter 4

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forward. I’ve enjoyed looking at things I used to do and have adopted some of them in my recent work. My sketchbooks are more visual diaries of what I see, what interests me and quotes of things that capture my attention.

Sketchbook Project 2013 Finished

Completed the last four pages of the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project 2013. Started this in April and thought I would fill it up right away – January deadline. Thanks to a really old copy of Modern Girl that someone threw away for the collage pages.

Early Photography in My Collection

I’ve always been fascinated by old photography and have picked up alot of interesting images over the years. This was an attempt at photographing a few of them. They need to be photographed more carefully because of the reflections but you can get the general image. I have daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes.

“Daguerreotypes (1840-1855) are on polished silver so they are very reflective, like a mirror. Since they are on silver and subject to tarnish, daguerreotypes were put behind glass and sealed with paper tape so air cannot tarnish the plate (there often is some tarnish around the edges of the picture). This was then put into a small hinged case, similar to a woman’s compact. But, the easiest way to tell if you have a daguerreotype is to see if it has that reflection, just like a mirror. You have to tilt it back and forth to see the image.

The second type of photograph, ambrotypes, (1855-1865) also came in hinged cases but in these there is a photographic emulsion that has been coated onto glass so they do not have that “shiny mirror” reflection (but, being on glass they are somewhat reflective). If you take an ambrotype out of a case and hold it up to the light you can usually see through the picture (since it’s on). Ambrotypes don’t tarnish but the black paint painted on the backside of the glass often dries out, cracks, and then peels off.

Tintypes (1855 through the turn of the century) are made using the same photographic emulsion as the ambrotypes but, rather than coated onto glass, the emulsion has been coated onto black-painted tin and then exposed. Since they are not on silver they do not have the reflection and, since they were not fragile, are not usually found in cases. Early tintypes are sometimes found in cases as that was still the convention at the time but most often they’re loose or have been placed in photo albums along with later paper photographs. ”

Information from the website of the Daguerreian Society: daguerre.org

Trip to Cozumel (Part 2)

The eagles were surrounding a flag pole near the ferry landing. There were some ruins, but minimal as far as ruins go. I was there as they prepared for Carnival, so all these oversized heads were placed along the waterfront. All in all a great experience.

Trip to Cozumel

This was a trip to Cozumel back in 2003. I had done a brochure for a hotel there through connections in San Francisco and got a weeks hotel stay.
Rode a bike around the island sketching. This is part one of two.

Myth 195

An old mixed media piece that I visited recently in the collection of a friend of mine. The center panel has hologram doves that fly in a circle.
I always saved them from old credit cards. Like visiting an old friend. A window I found on the street and turned into an art project.

View from the Studio

I’ve started taking pictures of the view from the fire escape at the studio. You can see Twin Peaks, the tower and the fog rolling in. Usually I miss the moment because by the time I go back to get a camera – It’s gone. Now I have an old iPhone so I can capture it. The first one is from yesterday and if there was ever a painterly sky…