• Where is Hope Town?

    Hope Town is a small village on Elbow Cay, located in the Abaco islands in the northern Bahamas. A red and white striped lighthouse (the last manually-operated light in the world powered by kerosene) is its most recognized landmark. Our rental cottage overlooks the harbor which provides safe moorings for boaters, but is not deep enough for cruise… read more

  • Published images #1, #2, #6, #10

    Portfolio images #3, #4, #5, #7, #8,

    Congratulations! Your entry in the Black & White Portfolio Contest 2017 has been selected for a Merit Award.  Several of your images will be published as a 2-page spread in the Special Issue #122 of Black &White magazine, scheduled to arrive on newsstands early June.… read more

  • Bloom is the first integrated exhibition mounted in collaboration with Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network. This exhibition will feature the work of local artists of all abilities, including artists with disabilities who have created work inspired by the theme. For this juried show: I continued to use some of Lyn Belisle's collage-making techniques, but I… read more


    The idea of “healing nature” reads both ways. It could signify nature’s power to heal us through our immersive experiences in the world but it also reads as a strong admonition, with “healing” as a word of action. Artists are keen observers, participating deeply in the natural world, from the micro-world… read more

  • As part of the 11th Annual International Encaustic Conference, I enrolled in Lyn Belisle’s one-day workshop at Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts. Prior to the workshop, Lyn provided a materials list.  I came with enough stuff to spend a week!  Lyn presented her “AB3” approach to composition. It is ALIGNMENT, BREATHING ROOM, and THREES. Photographers… read more

  • A series of Nor'easters have battered Chatham's barrier beach. Protective dunes are taking a beating. Washover #4  shows how narrow the distance is between the Atlantic Ocean and Chatham Harbor. On January 24th, a Storm Surge at high tide created a flow from one side to the other—so far not enough current to produce a permanent "cut." 

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  • Every Which Way, NYC: Hipstamatic is my favorite iPhone app because of its aesthetics to film photography. I shot a series of photographs from a taxi using multiple exposures to add subtle layers of space-related information. The giant sculpture of Atlas suggests the past as a point of reference to the human activity on the street. This image was juried into… read more

  • Alternative Photography and Digital Techniques

    Higgins Gallery/Cape Cod Community College

    I shoot mainly with an iPhone camera and use Adobe Photoshop and a limited number of apps to reflect my particular artistic sensibilities and understanding of the history of photography. I want my images to have a strong tactile quality either from… read more

  • Italy Comes to the Orpheum: Cape Cod Chronicle

    written by Debra Lawless, April 21, 2016

    CHATHAM—A little bit of Italy will be coming to the Chatham Orpheum next Thursday, April 28 with an original show of photographs of Sicilians… read more

  • I just wanted to send a personal thanks and recognition of all your efforts on our behalf!  Having the opportunity to have this focused interaction with the media, the classmates, excellent instruction and advice, have definitely added to my confidence and helped me visualize a workflow for incorporating these processes into my future output. 

    Bob Steffen

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  • exposure:

    the act of exposing, laying open, or uncovering

    unearthing, unmasking, weathering

    the fact or state of being exposed

    disclosure, as of something private or secret

    Artist's Statement: Barbara Ford Doyle

    Imagine an analogy—the likeness of sunbathers… read more

  • Top Secret Project

    On Sunday April 19th a kick-off reception for Piece by Piece II was held at Cotuit Center for the Arts. Envelopes each with a small square of a “mystery painting” were drawn by chance. With only a few restrictions, I am to replicate piece #44 in any medium and style I choose as part of a large-scale collaborative multi-artist… read more

  • I’m thrilled to be working on food images as part of this year’s annual event in Lenox, Massachusetts. Debbi Otto, Tanglewood Food and Wine Program manager, and Kyle Ronayne, BSO director of Events Administration, are in the spring planning phase for the festival which includes seminars, celebrity chef dinners, a grand tasting and cooking demonstrations.

    From farm to table,… read more

  • Ciao Madonna! is an “encaustic sandwich.” Separated by channels and printed on DASS™film, each CMYK color is transferred to tengucho paper. To make the yellow figures pop, I changed the fusing order—MYCK. My favorite part of this encaustic layering process is buffing the wax!

    I'm testing more images on 12 x 12 inch panels. In Encaustic Fresco,… read more

  • I have been in computer HELL for two days! The problem was to separate an image into four CMYK colors and print each one on DASS™ film. Alan Trugman, my ArtSynergies and iPhone9 colleague, and I took a post International Encaustic Conference workshop last summer with Wayne Montecalvo. Wayne uses a channels separation technique for silkscreen printing… read more

  • My interpretation of the theme is sunbathing. I photographed Paulo and La Donna at Marina di Praia on the Amalfi Coast. Perfetto! The images are edited in Adobe Photoshop and printed on DASS™ film. My plan is to adhere tengucho rice paper to wooden panels using encaustic wax— one black and white pair (sort of an X-Ray) and a second pair using CMYK colors sandwiched… read more

  • Start images are iPhone captures using Hipstamatic app, John S lens and D-Type Plate film. I download and keyword them to Lightroom’s Library module, but all my editing is done with Photoshop and additional plug-ins. There’s a lot of tweaking until I’m ready to print a “flipped” final to DAAS transfer film. Each positive and negative was printed separately 12 inches x 12 inches, then… read more

  • When making a photo transfer, it's important that the inked side of the transfer film be face down to make contact with gel medium on the receiving substrate. In this case, the film was upside down, so no ink was transferred. Instead of trashing a sheet of limestone paper, the film was flipped over and pressed into the remaining gel. When the film was peeled away, what should have been a "Blue… read more

  • Saturday, August 30th I gave my first "hands-on" transfer workshop at Rebecca Sher's 28 & Bank Studio in Harwich Port on Cape Cod. Eight people sent me some images which I edited and printed on DASS™ film. Here is some feedback from Kathie: Thank YOU!  I thought your workshop was just the right combination of information combined with the opportunity for each of us to make successful… read more

  • The bluish background layers for my Winter Beach series are scans of “pickled” aluminum plates. In a multilayered file, background and foreground images can be interchanged and printed on transfer film either as separate or combined layers. Stone paper is a water resistant product made from calcium carbonate bonded with high-density polyethylene (HDPE), a plastic that can be… read more

  • Using only pictures of shoes as “static cues,” social psychologist, Angela Bahns from Wellesley College and colleagues from The University of Kansas, found that “surprisingly minimal appearance cues lead perceivers to accurately judge other’s personality, status, or politics.” Their study was solely a shoe issue. Judgments based on physical appearance would include “dynamic cues”… read more

  • Back story:  I started this series two years ago when my husband saved his garden crops from freezing. Faced with a pile of peppers, I made relish. It’s an annual harvest celebration that makes our house warmly smell of vinegar. Cutting the peppers in half, I was fascinated by their mysterious internal worlds. The seeds in some looked like teeth, other concavities were more… read more

  • Rousseau’s The Dream all came together Saturday, August 31st at Cotuit Center for the Arts. Ninety-six panels were lifted and hung on to a wooden grid. Applause echoed in the main gallery as Rousseau’s famous fantasy painting was finally revealed. My section #91 is on the bottom (outlined in red). David Kuehn, Executive Director beamed with pride—and breathed… read more

  • On April 22, ninety-six artists met at a kick-off reception at Cotuit Center for the Arts. We were each given a 24 x 24-inch wood panel and a small square of a “mystery painting” to be replicated in any medium of our choice. My puzzle piece is #91—a photo transfer on four squares of aluminum. Each square is a green and black abstract. When mounted together, and viewed from a distance,… read more

  • Since Stan Godwin retired from teaching and moved back to his family’s home in Brewster, I have taken several of his photography classes. The last one was Black and White. His six-week classes are a combination of art history, weekly shooting assignments, and group critiques. Stan announced this spring that he would mentor any of his students if they would agree to sign on for a one-year… read more

  • I recently took a post-conference workshop (7th International Encaustic Conference) at Truro Center for the Arts with Elena de la Ville: how to integrate photographic images and wax.  Encaustic materials are expensive. Working on a small scale —6 x 6 birch panels—allows me to experiment by trial and error. Working in a series, creates variety within structure. I’m learning how to create… read more