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Exhibit Partner, Dan Trimbath

I first met Dan Trimbath at the life drawing sessions held every Saturday morning at Eastern Michigan University. Since we both have a real love for drawing the human figure, we just knew it had to be a part of our exhibit together. So when we narrowed our focus to landscape and figures, Landscape Bodyscape seemed the fitting title.

Dan is a registered Electroencephalographic. Yeah, I know, it’s enough just to see the word, you don’t have to say it. It’s a medical thing. He works for the University of Michigan Health Systems. Dan is also pursuing a Master of Arts degree at EMU. He has spent several summers studying painting with Lois Griffel at the Cape Cod School of Art, developing a keen interest in the relationship between light and color.

The Cape Cod School of Art was established in 1899 by Charles W. Hawthorne and was the first American school dedicated solely to the ideals of Impressionist painting. Dan’s work reflects those ideals.

“The truth in the color theory taught by Ms. Griffel was such a gift. I could always see the color before me, but I could not describe the light. To have this key of understanding has unlocked one of the small secrets of the universe for me. I have learned enough to know that I will always remain a student of nature.” Dan Trimbath

Thanks for reading. Have a grand day!

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

Stepping off the promised path for today’s entry…

This weekend is the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. Like most festivals, there is more going on then any one person can see or do. Keywords for the weekend would be historical, vintage, ancestor, with the featured timeline, pre 1750’s through post-Civil War 1870’s.

For some reason, this city was named after a Greek guy, Demetrius Ypsilanti. But before that it was called Woodruff’s Grove, which grew into a French trading post along side the Huron River, now known as our Depot Town. There will be an encampment this weekend in the Riverside Park demonstrating the life of those times with such things as Native American Dance, artifacts, Buffalo Soldiers, beer brewing, and trader booths.

Built around that will be a multitude of activities; parade, games, museums, tours, food, contests, arts and crafts, etc. There will be a tent next to the clock tower in the middle of the street of Depot Town, the Local Artist’s Tent. That’s where I’ll be, at least part of the time, along with about twenty other artists. We’ll each have two or three pieces of work for the viewing eyes of festival goers.

Stop by if you are in the area!!


How many times in our lives do we get caught in the rain? Or have to deal with the nuisance of an umbrella? Rain is one of those things that we need but often find rather inconvenient.

Have you ever taken the time to closely examine a raindrop?

For one of my pieces in the September exhibit of Landscape Bodyscape, I decided to do just that. Even though I magnified these Raindrops a few thousand times, the painting is only 8.5” by 7”. It’s done with Prismacolor colored pencils on Stonehenge paper. There are ten or more layers of color in places to develop that wet look.

Part of the challenge with Raindrops was actually the color itself. It’s my personal opinion that Prismalcolor pencils are a bit lacking in the green family. This required more layering to achieve the desired colors. But I’m hooked on the blending ability of these pencils, so I don’t mind the extra layering. It’s quite therapeutic actually.

“With each raindrop, is cast a magical, mystical spell,
Overflowing with dreams that may one day come true.”

From “Raindrops Cast” by Samuel E. Stone

Have a grand day!

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