For Charlottesville

There was a huge white supremacist march in Charlottesville, VA today. Counter protesters showed up, and someone drove a car into them. At least one of them is dead, and at least 19 are injured. The governor has declared a state of emergency.

Sorrowful Heart, 2017

Sorrowful Heart, 2017

These are the only words that feel appropriate right now: “The Mother of God stands weeping beneath the Cross…. She sheds many tears as she gazes on the face of her tortured Son. With devout mouth she kisses the red wounds of Jesus; with both arms she clasps His shoulders and sides.”

This is from part of a poem entitled The Sorrows of the Virgin which appeared in the book, The Imitation of Mary, by Thomas a Kempis.

Bear Run Road

Bear Run Road, 2017 - SOLD

Bear Run Road, 2017 – SOLD

My latest commission is a cutout collage that will hang in a family cabin in St. Germaine, Wisconsin, which is a city featured on the map I used. The clients asked me to include certain important details, such as their love of bears, their cabin’s location on Bear Run Rd., and the legacy of two grandfathers. I recreated one grandfather’s CPD badge and the other grandfather’s Board of Trade badge.

If you have ideas for your own cutout collage, please comment on this post or e-mail me at dean@deanjohnsonartstudio.com. They make excellent gifts and meaningful ways to represent your memories!

Reverse Plexi Painting

Chicago Picasso, 2017

Chicago Picasso, 2017

For the most part, I have continued to focus this year on completing private commissions and liquidating existing inventory. I did make an exception to the rule, however, when I decided to actually do something with materials I already had lying around.

At least 2 years ago I purchased some acrylic sheets with the intention of painting on them. This technique is known as Reverse Plexi Painting, after the brand name Plexiglas. Because this medium allows artists to achieve a perfect, glassy surface, it has been used in Pop Art by Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Nutt, and many others.

My approach to the medium was to be an extension of the cut-out technique I have been employing for over 2 years, as I would be using cut-outs as stencils. I loved the idea that the Plexiglas surface would remove all evidence of my hand. The end result would be like something off a factory line.

The piece at the top of the page is my first attempt. To see how I made this, take a look at my short video:

How To Make A Reverse Plexi Painting