Ballard Art Walk at Solo Ballard Lofts 8-9-2014

  Come see the exciting Ballard Lofts at Solo, and see some of the following art pieces, Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6-9 pm at the Solo Lofts Sales Office 2041 NW 57th St., Loft 103, 98107.  See the Solo Blog entry here.


This painting called Modifiers was the inspiration for several stainless steel and wood sculptures prepared for an six month grouping at the West Seattle Gatewood B and B at the beginning of 2014.

The subjects are publicly viewed and visited large utility structures imagined to purify air. They are made like nuclear cooling towers, but have some suspended lozenge that changes the molecular structure of the atmosphere for the better.

The painting is on a custom wood panel with an acrylic gesso base.  The lines are drawn and drafted with graphite and painted over many times with acrylic paint and gesso, then finished with a variety of sheens of gels.


18" x 24" Acrylic and graphite on wood panel.


The sculptures depict industrial - public - probably rural in nature and could be anything, but all have peaceful scientific roots,  with interpretive centers and docents to take groups through the facilities to have the public know where and how their tax dollars are being spent for peaceful, scientific and community enhancement.  Any of the pieces conjure a site and specific action and/or industry and often gather energy form the sky, ground or cosmic rays and refocus or disperse the energy.


Cedar Duo

Base and runners from Douglas Fir, "machine" base and "buildings" from cedar, turned on a lathe or cleaved from thick chunks of cedar scrap then glued to base. Cone shape was top drilled to take turning stainless steel lozenge , lozenge seat and roller bearing assembly were epoxied into the hole. This lozenge actually turns 360 degrees . Most wood milling is preformed by a 12 inch stationary disk sander. 7.25 x 10.125 x 8.25h inches. One of the least controversial energy/environmental advancement projects run transparently by a consortium of scientific universities around the globe.


See the Wood page for more sculptures and comments here.

Gatewood B an B Second Thursday continues

Jon Taylor at Gatewood B and B West Seattle Second Thursday Art Walk 

May 8, and June 12, 2014



Come by this Thursday between 6 and 9pm to see Jon Taylor’s paintings, acrylic resin, welded steel and wood/stainless steel sculptures.

Sara Barton has put the extra effort into the Gatewood B and B in West Seattle to invite several artists to hang their work for sale as well as graciously opening up the second and third floors to display the artwork prominently in the sky lit upper lobby and some of the rooms.

There is always a nice spread of food and a welcoming by Sarah to show off the B and B and the art on Second Thursdays.


If you want to see the art on other days and and you want me to walk you through, please call me at 206-612-9863 to set up an appointment,  or you can call Sarah at 206-938-3482 to drop by at the  Gatewood B and B to view the the art next time you are in West Seattle.


Come see this great family run B and B and enjoy the art this Second Thursday May 8, 2014 and June 12, 2014 from 6-9pm.



The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast

7446 Gatewood Rd SW
Seattle, Washington, 98136, United States
Gatewood Art 2014

Factory Film Sculpture Prototype

  While taking the Certificate for Photography Program at the University of Washington this term, I was in the darkroom as much as possible.  I would do my own film developing at home for my 4x5 negatives then take them to the Art Building darkroom to do contact prints and enlarging on photographic paper.

I decided for the last critique of the class I would do some architectural /art drawings based on the factory paintings and sculptures I did earlier this year. I scanned the Sumi/watercolor/ink drawings and inverted them in Photoshop then inkjet printed them.  Lights and camera were set up and the inkjets were pinned to a wall, the negatives were developed and dried then cutout with a sharp hobby knife.  This prototype was taped together with a couple of different Scotch tapes.  Not sure what the next batch is going to be, but I think I will shoot the next negatives in a n 8x10 format. Fun!


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Panel Making for PRINT PAINT FLOW show

For the Print Paint Flow show there was just a bit less than a month to put together artwork that had been recently made or needed several hours to complete. In addition there were a number of new painting s that were to be produced which included reworking on one and painting new on four 20 x 30" birch panels;  making four 24 x 36 inch panels for stapling on archival sleeves to hold 20 x 30 works on paper and making four 36 x 60 inch panels for new paintings. On top of that there was so much sculpture and three-dinetional work that we decided to make three new platforms for this show and space. This post  focuses on how and why panels were made from hollow core doors.  Hollow core doors are relatively cheap if you can buy them at ReStore or Second Use or other recycled building material centers for about 10-20 bucks each. New blank flush doors with primed Masonite skins can be purchased at Frank Door or Dunn Lumber for about 30 bucks - these are cheaper in time because you don't have to fill hinge slots or door handle holes and they already have one coating of primer.  After the doors are cut to length, filled with new edges, glued, clamped, sanded and gesso is applied they are ready to paint.  Near the show and before transport the eye hooks are installed and they are ready to hang.

Panels are relatively cheap and much cheaper in the larger sizes than canvas or frming of canvas or works on papaer.   Panels are very stable and flat.  Panels from doors can be hung from the top with eyehooks.  The largest panels were less than twenty pounds, easily held by most hanging systems.


Process used to prepare panels:


Step 1: Cut doors to length (and width if needed).

Step 2: Make correct thicknesses for cut end fill pieces and glue and clamp. Fill any holes or mortises with wood and filler.

Step 3: Afer glue and filler is set, sand and/or plane for flushness. Fill as required.

Step 4: Sand, then gesso at least 3 layers on painted surface and 2 coats on sides and back.  These panels were painted with Daniel Smith World's Best White Gesso.

Step 5: Paint and draw.


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Classes at SCCC

Took advantage of some sweet deals on classes for those of a certain age at Seattle Central, Painting (acrylic) and Printmaking.  Last class and print exchange will be March 20. Look for lino reduction print "Dolphins at Siding" on Relief page soon.