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An Experiment
January 19, 2015, 1:23 pm
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Billboard #1

Thanks to an internet search, I discovered a source of used billboards. They are 8′ x 12′, and thus provide a lot of raw material, but you can’t select the design you will receive. My billboard advertised an air show in Chicago. This is my first attempt to use pieces of it to make a collage, which was shown to a select group last night at our annual meeting.

While the adhesives I used were a bit disappointing, I was pleased to discover that I can draw with felt tip markers and paint with acrylics on the vinyl. The bold graphics of the original material lend the collage a power that my work usually would not exhibit. I think it’s humorous that I’m importing billboards to Vermont, where they are not permitted on the roadside.



December and January paintings
January 6, 2015, 1:52 pm
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Mud Season #2 Blue Forest

I’m pleased with the simplicity of the first painting, Mud season #2. The second, Blue Forest, was finished yesterday.  Horizontals are an emphasis in these imagined landscapes.



New Paintings
December 11, 2014, 1:35 pm
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Once again, fresh off the drafting board. These paintings are entitled Blue Trees and Orange Sky. Both are acrylic and they represent my continuing attempts to find a comfortable place between abstraction and realism.



New work
November 20, 2014, 1:51 pm
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These two acrylic paintings on watercolor paper are fresh off the drafting board. The one on the left began life as a realistic depiction of plants in the garden, painted during a lull on our studio tour. A couple of brown shapes at top left are all that remains of that. The one on the right is a bit larger than this image, there are more tree/reed shapes to the right. It is painted from scratch (also with scratches) and perhaps is overworked and overly colorful?

Obviously, I enjoy horizontality.

Steve Lloyd



Stroll Show
May 16, 2014, 9:11 am
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BWA was invited by Strolling of the Heifers, Brattleboro’s famous parade honoring Vermont’s agricultural heritage, to create a show of our art inspired by the five farms the Stroll is focussing on this year. The show will be at The Works restaurant on Main St. for the month of June, then it will move to the River Garden Gallery across the street. I’ve visited all five farms and have created two paintings, working on a third , fourth and fifth. I want to have some choice as to which will be in the exhibit. The two paintings below may receive an added component if I can work it out in time – an abstract relief section added to the left or right. I look forward to seeing the work being prepared by the other exhibitors. I’ve had a glimpse of Walter’s tile piece and his wood construction and Kris’s beautiful fabric work featuring all 5 farms: Deer Ridge Farm, Cortland Hill Farm, Rob Family Farm, Bunker Farm and Franklin Farm.

Steve Lloyd

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Robb Family Farm

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Franklin Farm

 



Atmosphere series
May 15, 2014, 8:54 am
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During our long and snowy winter I departed from my usual geometric painting to explore a new approach. The snowy scene is still rather abstract and suggests rather than depicts landscape forms. When I showed this piece to an artist friend recently, her enthusiasm caused me to paint over a very geometric landscape to create a more atmospheric one, creating the second in this new series. The two paintings are shown below.

Atmoshpere 1

Atmoshpere 1

Atmosphere 2

Atmosphere 2



Post Sequencing Post 1
May 24, 2013, 3:13 pm
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After my “Sequencing” experience I decided to try working on three pieces at a time in my studio. I had already started work on each of them, but working concurrently did free me up to a certain extent. In fact, after my first 3 hour session I was quite pleased. However, when I went back the next day to look at my handsome new pieces, they did not compel me. So I put in more time on each, then more hours another day. Somehow it was feeling like a task rather than a joy and the pieces showed it. What I have to share are the small sections of each piece with which I’m the most pleased. I’m beginning to see that there was much about the sequencing experience that led to a more vibrant result. My next experiment will be using wax under the painting (as we did in the sequencing workshop) to allow the colors to move easily over the surface.

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