Legumes and Snakes, Oh My!


Ever wonder what happens when you cross a legume with a snake? Find out at “The Lettering Office”, a sabbatical exhibition by Mel Rodgers, in the Brossman Gallery at the York College Galleries.

Reception: September 3, 6:30 p.m., Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall lobby
Artist Lecture“Stop Learning New Things”, September 3, 5:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall


Today’s Progress 4/08/15

Started the day facing the music about the things that have been bugging me about “My Diagnosis”… which in included scrapping two canvases (dandelion and hawkweed) and just plain starting over. Wasn’t fun, but made me feel like a big girl.


Then, moved on to transferring “What You’ve Got”. What a difference workable fixative makes on a graphite transfer! Holy moly! Clean, beautiful and sharp. The familiar smell of solvent and bananas brought back memories of all those days on East Philly. Then began the painting process with some very subtle mixes I made with my new Flashe paint, vinyl waterbased paint (available at Dick Blick). Thank you, Joan, for suggesting these paints for matteness and flatness! They are intense, opaque and go on like velvet! Even in my ruling pen (you youngins wouldn’t know what that is ; ) I am in love with this paint. The pics don’t do justice. Just wait until you see it fo shiz.

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Today’s Progress 3/25/15

So, what do you call a painting that consists of 12 pieces? I looked and looked and the answer that appears to make the most sense is polyptych. Sounds more like something a doctor would find during some invasive test than a colorful work of art. Interesting that the title to this piece is “My Diagnosis”, homage to the 12 things ChemLawn said was “wrong” with my lawn as a result of my free consultation. “Getouttahere”, I said. I love these natives. The canvas colors are all based on research I did on each plant from a medieval English botanical.

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Today’s Progress 3/18/15

Who’da thunk drawing convincing ball fringe would be so difficult? Anyway, working that out with a commensurately obnoxious fabric pattern. “The Search Committee” is coming down the home stretch. Loving me some wooden boards type 😉

Lettering's mostly done.
Lettering’s mostly done.

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Progress 03/10/15

Thanks to people today talking about the war of art! Appell Fellow Dillon Samuelson, Colleague Dan Lobdell… visiting Fine Art juror Deanna Hagagg. Smartness about the art life was in the air. Some painting got done too.