Sunday, November 14, 2010


Birthday, 2010
water soluble oil, gesso and acrylic on panels, birthday candles
approximately 32" x 25"


New documentation of my faculty show piece, Backyard. This work provoked the only negative comment in the entire visitor notebook for the faculty show. I'm not sure if I should be proud or worried?

Backyard, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and gesso (wall drawings)
plaster, gouache and found objects (sculpture)
dimensions variable

Even kitty got in on the documentation!

Is it a phobia if you should be legitimately afraid?

One of my drawing students this quarter is affiliated with the annual Phobia show that happens at Vex
nightclub here in the big D. He asked me if I wanted to participate, and I said yes. We went to the exhibition last year, and it was fun, bringing together a range of artists from different walks of the art community.

One thing I love about Dayton is the way it's big enough to host a range of different art practices while also being small enough for artists to move outside of the typical stratification: academic artists with national pretensions, community and regional artists, people that make art as a hobby or therapy.

All this is a lead in to introduce the piece I've been working on for the show. It's based on my fear of poison ivy, a completely common-sense fear to my mind. Although not fully in the purview of "phobia" I wanted to work with the poison ivy motif I've been exploring this summer, due to the proliferation of it outside my studio window.

Poison Ivy, 2010
cut paper and water soluble oil on panel
approximately 72" x 30"

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Website

Blue Cheetah, 2006
water soluble oil on canvas
12" x 12"


I finally have a website that I can proudly direct folks to.

Stop by and check it out:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition

Kelly Joslin's cyanotype and van dyke brown print in the foreground and WWWH in the background. Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition. Photo credit: Pat McClelland

Wuthering Wuthering, Wuthering Heights is holding down a spot at the Whitewater Valley Annual Art Competition, Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. I haven't gotten to check out the show, so thanks to Pat McClelland for making a visit to the wild border lands of Ohio / Indiana and for taking photos!

The exhibition runs until December 5th at Indiana University East, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, Indiana. The Gallery in Whitewater Hall is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Friday, October 1, 2010


Mess, 2010
gouache, colored pencil, gesso on paper
14" x 18"

My students have been editorializing on their drawings quite a bit this quarter. I think they want to get the jump on any criticism coming their way and demonstrate an awareness that a certain piece isn't their best work - not what they'd be doing if they had a choice.

It can been annoying as a viewer - having the direct voice of the author telling you what to think. So I made them do a drawing that was comprised completely of writing (to get it out of their systems). It worked with mixed results; the most dedicated writers seemed most at a loss to compose their commentary into a cohesive composition.

This is the drawing that I did as an example - fitting as it describes the current state of my artist mind perfectly. It's hard for me to focus on making work when school starts up and all my creative energy is directed there.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Faculty Show

Backyard, 2010
drawings: gouache, colored pencil, and gesso on paper

sculptures: plaster, gesso, gouache, found objects

Fall quarter has started at Sinclair, which means it's time for the art department faculty show.

Last year, the installation I constructed - an homage to Matisse's Pink Studio - was kind of a spectacular failure. I had construction issues, problems with working in the tight triangular space of the Hypotenuse Gallery, as well as the basic insanity of trying to use lots of new materials and processes within a short amount of time. It was a good reminder that failure is part of the process of art making - although usually I prefer to make my mistakes less publicly!

So this year, I wanted to tackle installation again, while streamlining my ideas.

The new bamboo floor in the Triangle Gallery shows off the sculptural elements of this work better than the old ratty carpet. I'm fairly pleased with how the drawings and sculptures relate considering I haven't done anything sculptural since undergrad. The drawings and sculptures are an outgrowth of the Convenient Landscape series - a response to artifacts of a consumer culture. Once I get some more detailed images I'll post them.

For those of you in the area, the opening reception for the show will be this Thursday, September 16th, from 5pm - 6:30pm.

Sinclair Community College's Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery is on the 4th Floor of Building 13, at 444 W. Third Street, Dayton, OH.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ice Cream Series, Splash, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper
9" x 12"

Color Extend at Gallery 510 got some nice press! Here's a link to Pam Dillion's review of the show in the Dayton Daily News.

Artists inspired by daily travels and trash


Wetlands, 2010
gouache on clayboard
11" x 14"

will be on display at the Sangfroid Invitational Exhibition, curated by Amy Kollar Anderson.

The show will be on view from September 11 – October 29, 2010, with an opening reception on September 11, from 4-7pm. The event will be held in the At Peace Massage and Wellness Center, 8605 North Dixie Drive – Suite D, in Dayton.

I'm looking forward to seeing the show, paticipating artists are: Erin Holscher Almazan, Pam Adams, Amy Kollar Anderson, Laine Bachman, Julie Beyer, Bridgette Bogle, Matt Burgy, Christina Dendy, Amy Dockum, Diane Dover, Peter Frederick, Joyce Genari, Scott Gibbs, Terry Glass, Cathy Jeffers, Rick Jurus, Jean Koeller, Richard Malogorski, Ryan Mccullough, Trish McKinney, Marsha Pippenger, Mike Puckett, Sarah Puckett, Loretta Puncer, Heather Lea Reid, Francis Schanberger, Rose Schultz, Andrea Starkey, Doug Taylor, Lesley Walton, Terry Welker

A pretty good line up!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Heathcliff it's me, Cathy

Wuthering, Wuthering, Wuthering Heights
water-soluble oil on canvas, 2010
40" x 40"

Wuthering, Wuthering, Wuthering Heights got a shout out on an all things
Brontë blog. They are correct in the assumption that the piece is inspired by the incomparable Kate Bush. She would be amazing even without the mime-dancing.

Of course I love the gothic novel by Emily Bronte as well. Tragic romance is always good. Wuthering is a Yorkshire term for bad weather - fitting for the painting I think.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ice Cream Series

Ice Cream Series, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper
9 - 9" x 12" drawings

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dayton City Paper Review

Sunglasses, Convenient Landscape Series, 2010, gouache, colored pencil, graphite and gesso on paper

Jane Black, artist and the executive director of Dayton Visual Arts Center profiled Amy Kollar Anderson's and my show at Gallery 510 for her Looking About column in the Dayton City Paper. Instead of reading like an advertisement for the exhibition, Jane's writing actually tackles our two bodies of work in a more substantive manner.

As an artist I appreciate any attention to my work (it's terrible to be ignored!) and a press clipping is something tangible to send to my parents. It's proof that all those hours spent mulling over the beauty of my neon sunglasses does have an impact eventually. It's even more amazing, though, when it's obvious that the writer has thoughtfully considered your work.

You can read the piece online here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Color Extend

Hi Folks!

If you're in the Daytonian area for First Friday in August, stop by the Gallery 510 to see some of my most recent drawings and paintings. Fluorescent yellow, melting ice cream, and nefarious clouds will be heavily featured. I'll also be sharing the space with wunderpainter Amy Kollar Anderson. It's sure to be a good time!

Hope to see you there,


Thursday, July 22, 2010


Still-Life (with beer bottles and cigarette pack), 2010

acrylic, gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper

20" x 26"

Butter not miss this!

My two Convenient Landscape grids as well as one version of The Fog are currently on view at the Ohio State Fair. The show is up Jun 28 - Aug 8 - 9am-9pm daily (Aug 8th 9am-8pm) in the Fine Arts Pavilion. Francis has work on display as well - folks you don't wanna miss it!

There are also corndogs, butter sculptures, bizarre chickens, dogs doing tricks and bags of kettle corn as big as a couch (okay maybe not that big). The state fair is a wonderful place.

How to make a butter sculpture from Adrian Stucker on Vimeo.

Monday, May 3, 2010

In honor of Lost tomorrow night

Convenient Landscape, Smoke Monster, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper
9" x 12"

Inspired by Charlie Brown

Convenient Landscape, Zigzag, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper
14" x 20"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Space Invaders

Convenient Landscape, Space Invaders, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper
9" x 12"

Borrowed Words

I have two drawings in this show - go check it out!

Convenient Landscape Statement

Ice Cream, 2010, gouache, colored pencil and gesso on paper

Convenient Landscape

My eyes are like magpies swirling and dipping as they take in the world. They alight on various fancies: a phrase, an object, a pattern. In turn, I feel the need to recognize these small delights. This acquisitive impulse is the underpinning of this series of drawings.

Keeping my responses open to what my visual reality provides; I make a decision through indecision. These drawings are done with no boundaries in style and subject matter beyond size and media: sheets of 9” x 12” watercolor paper, gouache, colored pencil and gesso. Light and immediate materials allow for an unlabored response.

These small, quick works teach me about what my eyes seek out: the end credits of a John Carpenter film, elements of atmospheric perspective and relative scale that I’m teaching my students, snowflakes and cloud forms reflecting my non-native’s fascination with Ohio’s winter weather, all the romantic facets of my everyday landscape. Here, through drawing, I allow myself to reflect on the bright churning pleasures of a full world.


Convenient Landscape, The Fog, 2010
gouache, colored pencil and graphite on paper
9" x 12"

Convenient Landscapes Grid #2

Convenient Landscape 2, 2010
gouache, colored pencil, graphite and gesso on paper
grid of 9, 9" x 12" each

Convenient Landscapes Grid #1

Convenient Landscape 1, 2010
gouache, colored pencil, graphite and gesso on paper
grid of 9, 9" x 12"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

60 Wrd / Min. Art Critic

Couch Pattern, 2010, gouache, colored pencil, gesso on paper, 9"x 12"

Both Francis and I participated in Lori Waxman's performance at ROY G BIV last week in Columbus. Ms. Waxman is a traveling art critic working to make art criticism a more transparent process.

It was an amazing experience - thanks ROY for playing host to such an interesting critic.

Here is my review reprinted for your edification:

3/7/10 4:08 PM
Bridgette Bogle
Eyeglasses, snowflakes, chopstick wrappers, couch patterns, and overpasses - hardly the stuff of visual delight and wondrous attention, snowflakes excepted. And yet, in her drawings of these everyday subjects, Bridgette Bogle manages to make many of them unexpectedly sparkly and light, playful and pleasing. How she does this has something to do with a casual isolation of subject matter and a pairing of it with simple, decorative painterliness. More than anything, however, there's Bogle's choice of day-glo gouache as a colorful accent, throwing hot pink and chartreuse where none occur naturally. (As if they ever occur naturally!) Thus a heart-shaped box of chocolates which should read as cheap and common doesn't. Instead it's a jazzy, jubilant thing bursting with strange tastes and sparkling centers. The flowery pattern of a couch comes across not as an unfortunate decorative afterthought, better left in the 1980s, but rather as a quirky play of exotic and unnatural silhouettes colored by a decidedly vanguard mother nature. In some cases Bogle's light, quirky touch fails to defamiliarize the familiar enough to make it interesting - witness a pair of chunky, clunky spectacles and a bouquet of not-so-fresh roses. Rather than fail, though, these exceptions seem to testify to the artistic effort it takes to render the stuff of daily life as if it were in fact the stuff of some magical existence, a Midas touch not to be taken for granted.
-Lori Waxman

So cool!

Here's the link to the Columbus Alive article if you would like to read the rest of the reviews.