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Dreams In Black And White

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Updated: 2018-03-06T06:05:27.716-05:00




As many folks know, I cut and sell firewood, do some tree removals, trim work, yard work, site cleanups, hauling etc. All require a work truck. My rusty 2000 Chevy Silverado will no longer pass PA inspection, and replacing the box, rockers, cab corners and other rusted panels is not an option due to the condition of the frame.

Since my mother's decline and passing in September 2016, I have exhausted my savings, and have no means to replace my truck.

I'm not looking for big and shiny. I just need a reliable four wheel drive truck in decent shape.

My current truck's inspection has expired, and it's officially out to pasture. I need a truck on the road again as quickly as possible.

I have never found it easy to ask for help. But caring for Mom over the last years of her life humbled me, and taught me that sometimes, you have to ask. So I am.

Parnilla and I have set up a Go Fund Me. A Go Truck Me, actually. As of this morning, friends have contributed $1,375 to help replace my truck. If you'd like to donate, share with friends, or just learn more, here's the link: Go Truck Me.

If you can help in any way, I would be more than grateful.

Thank you for taking time to read and consider. Please share.

Much appreciated, friends.

'Making My Drawing PIRATE RADIO EDIT' in Strathmore Artist Papers' Spring Newsletter


A step-by-step article on the making of my recent drawing Pirate Radio Edit is featured this week in Strathmore Artist Papers' Spring Newsletter. If you're not an email subscriber to the newsletter, you can read the article here.Earlier this year, I was also interviewed for Strathmore's blog. Here's the interview.Big thanks to Sara Prentice at Strathmore! [...]

Watch Over Me


Watch Over Me                  Stippled Graphite Pencil Drawing, 5 1/2" x 4 3/4"My apologies to any listeners still monitoring this frequency. For those who don't know, and new readers: In 2014, my mother, Eileen Hackett Reep became gravely anemic, suffered congestive heart failure, and underwent emergency surgery. She spent several weeks in hospital, and three weeks of rehabilitation followed before she regained enough strength and mobility to return home. My responsibilities as her caregiver left little time or energy, necessitating a hiatus from artmaking, gallery commitments and the like. On September 17, 2016, my mother passed away. I'm grateful she was able to spend her last years at home, and I was blessed to have her as long as I did. Meanwhile, in May of 2016, my longtime partner Parnilla, who had struggled for two years with an illness misdiagnosed as diverticulitis, underwent emergency surgery for ovarian cancer. Four weeks later, she began undergoing heavy chemotherapy, which lasted for five months. Side effects linger, but she's returned to work, and all reports are good. I'm so grateful. For the first time in years, we're looking forward to a good summer. When I was ready to make art again, Parnilla suggested I list some unframed drawings on eBay. Response has been encouraging. Some drawings have sold for much less than they might have brought in gallery shows, but commissions and costs are correspondingly lower as well.I’m happy about this for several reasons. Most importantly, my drawings pay bills. They keep the light on over the drawing table, pay for my utilities, my internet connection. One day soon I hope they’ll pay for some upgrades, a more reliable connection to upload video files, etc. And of course, the big bills too. My goal remains a simple one many of us share: I want to make a living making art.Another reason I’m excited about making work available directly is that more friends can afford it. Over the years, many have purchased prints, cards, notebooks, other products featuring my images from print-on-demand sites like Redbubble, Fine Art America. Now, without the necessity of maintaining pricing understandably driven by galleries’ much higher overheads, folks who couldn’t have afforded to buy my work at gallery prices can afford an original drawing. That’s important to me. Feels good. Over the past three years, I've neglected my website as well as this blog. Updates soon. I post new originals and prints, eBay listings, work-in-progress scans and comments, interviews, other news on my Facebook page, Twitter, and Patreon. I blog occasionally at Niume, and I'll resume posting here as well. Some of this blog's sidebar links to older published work may no longer be active.  A sampling of flash fiction, poetry, drawing-and-text pieces is archived at Fictionaut. If you're new to my work, welcome. You'll find plenty at the links above. Questions are always welcome. Hope you enjoy! As always, thanks for looking. [...]

Wish Me Luck


They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Most days, I don’t feel like a graybeard, but it’s increasingly clear that if I’m ever to become productive enough to achieve the optimal Markie lifeplan (Surprised Inner Voice: ‘Hey- Lifeplan? Why wasn’t I told?’ Annoyed Other Inner Voice: ‘You were out partying, you damnfool.  Shut up and type.’) then I’ll need to learn to multitask. In all likelihood, I'll need to multitask like a bastard.  Admittedly, this is daunting.  I am a narrow-focus person.  I grind the details.  (Inner Voice: Oh that’s clever.  Admit it: You’re obsessive!’) But I am resolute, and I have a plan.  I will start small, with achievable goals.  Tonight, I will go buy bubblegum.  I will walk home.  On the way, I will unwrap the bubblegum, and begin chewing.  

I am a little afraid, but determined.  Baby steps.  I can do this.  Wish me luck.

A Stonecutter's Son


If you could build anything- if money, means were no object- if building codes didn't restrict, if laws of physics were only odd old notions, gravity no burden either-What would you make? What shape would it take? What materials would you use? -Me, I'd use stone, and today anyway, it would look like this. 'Cause dammit, I'm a stonecutter's son.

'A Stonecutter's Son' is a charcoal and graphite drawing, 5" x 7". The unframed drawing is for sale; the price is $175. I accept Paypal. If you'd like this drawing, email me: Thanks for looking.



"She only painted women deshabille: A waitress from a café on Rue Madelaine who complained of disrobing in the cold, a dancer from McHattie’s who smoked thin brown cheroots, held impossible poses, feral stares."

Read my little story Colorblind in the August Blue Five Notebook

Painting: Julius Rolshoven, 'Nude Reading A Sketchbook', oil, c. 1900.

Once Upon A Time


This 2002 drawing, Once Upon A Time, isn't for sale, but over the years a number of folks have asked about prints.  I recently removed the drawing from its mat and frame for a high resolution scan, and prints are now available here:  Hover over the image at FAA for a full resolution preview. 

For those interested in technique: I stippled the foreground, path, and tree with Sakura Pigma Micron pens; and stippled the castle and background with graphite pencils.  Working time was around 120 hours.

A Certain Fall Of Light


A Certain Fall Of Light. Graphite drawing, 8" x 8", unframed, 2014. If you're interested in the original, email me:

Mark Reep at Found In Ithaca, June 4-29


My solo show Dreams In Black and White is up at Found In Ithaca. More on the show here. Big thanks to Found co-owner Bill Hastings- Bill, it was a pleasure to meet you, and you hang a great show.

Dreams In Black and White includes 25 original drawings; prices start at $200. The show will be up June 4-29.

Found is located at 227 Cherry Street, two blocks behind Wegmans along the Cayuga inlet (here's a map). Found is open 10-6 every day except Tuesday. If you'd like, and you can, hope you'll stop in, have a look, and enjoy.




Dreams In Black & White at Found In Ithaca June 4-29


My show Dreams In Black & White will be hanging at Found in Ithaca June 4-29. At 25 drawings and counting, this will be my largest solo show to date. If you live in or plan to visit New York State's Finger Lakes region in June, hope you'll have a look. This drawing is called 'Abandoned Waterworks'. More on the show here:

I'm posting work that will be available in this show on Facebook.  Stop by, friend me if we're not yet, and thanks for sharing. 

Interview at In the Mood: Spotlight


I'm honored to be the first artist interviewed by Jennifer Woodward at In the Mood: Spotlight. Here's the interview 

I talked some about the drawing above, Light Be My Friend.  The original (charcoal and graphite pencil, 9 1/2" x 13 1/2") is available. If you're interested, email me for price and particulars:

Giclee prints of  Light Be My Friend and other recent drawings are available here.

Spectrum 21


Happy to learn my drawing 'The Gift Within' will be included in Spectrum 21. Giclee prints are available here.

Postcards From The Edge 2014


My drawing 'The world is wider than the walls we raise' will be available at this year's Postcards From The Edge exhibition and sale to benefit Visual AIDS. Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, January 24-26. More here.



Parnilla and I at the Black and White Biennial opening. Kickass work, great mix, happy to be part of it. Good to see old friends, meet new. Big thanks to everyone who came!

2014 Black & White Biennial at Exhibit A


Happy to have two original drawings, The Gift Within and Solstice, included in Exhibit A's 2014 Black and White Biennial. Here's the Elmira Star-Gazette's feature, and there's more on the gallery's Facebook page.  Exhibit A is located at 22 East Market Street, Corning, NY. The show opens Saturday, January 11, 6-8PM. Black and white attire is encouraged.  Hope to see you there!

You Could See The Light From Farther Then


My little story You Could See The Light From Farther Then is included in the December issue of A-Minor Magazine. My thanks to editors Nicolette Wong and Eryk Wenziak.



Charcoal and graphite drawing, 6 ½” x 8 7/8”.



This hilltop oak is a local landmark. Twenty years ago, I photographed it many times with film cameras; this is the first time I’ve shot it with a digital. A small fence protects the tree from seedtime and harvest damage now, and a young man whose family has operated this farm for generations told me his dog is buried here. Can’t think of a better place.

Postcards and greeting cards available at Redbubble.

Untroubled at Redbubble


My drawing 'Untroubled' is featured on Redbubble's homepage today. Postcards, greeting cards and prints are available. The original ink and graphite drawing is also available. If you're interested, email me:

All The Best Hopes


Here's a series of in-progress photos documenting a small stonework called All The Best Hopes.The box frame is pine, milled from reclaimed lumber found at a municipal brushpile. The back is scrap plywood from a glass shop's discarded shelving unit. I gather stones wherever I am. The hanger is 12 gauge galvanized tie wire. A day or two later, I realized the wire's twist-tie was in the way, so I cut it and secured the ends to screws sunk into the back. Where surfaces meet closely, I join stone with Weldbond. Where there are gaps to fill, I use a water-based construction adhesive. I glued the triangular stone to a base cut from scrap plywood. When the Weldbond had cured, I shimmed and glued the base to the back.  Fitting the small stones surrounding the triangular icon was slow work. I use a hammer and pincers to break stone, coarse sandpaper to refine edges, weather fresh faces.  I discarded more than a few.  The last two were the trickiest. They're at a focal point, and I wanted them tight. I want them all tight.  But especially these.   I fill voids between the stones and back with latex caulk. I've used mortar, but I like caulk's flexibility and superior adhesion to both stone and wood. All The Best Hopes      Natural stone, framed, 14" x 18", 2013Here's the finished stonework. I wanted the look of dry-laid stone, tightly joined, but with the irregularities, the bellying-out and hollowing of a well-preserved old wall- And just as importantly, one you can touch. Stone feels good, does us more good than we know. It's timeless, calming, perhaps healing. For me, working with small stone is both a pleasure, and a valued meditation.   [...]

Late Night in the Shop


Six Courses


Six courses laid. Clear pine boxframe milled from reclaimed wood; to lend a better sense of scale, the frame's face is about 3/4" wide.

Tools & Materials


I'm doing a series of small stoneworks, and documenting process for promotional materials. Postcards, greeting cards and affordable prints of Tools & Materials are available at Redbubble.



                                                                                                photo: Wikipedia

Pain is the first teacher: My poem 'Hurt' at The Blue Hour.

Hemingray Number 45


For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of trading in antiques, collectibles etc is photographing them. This is a Hemingray Number 45 glass insulator.  Millions were produced for long distance telephone lines from 1938-1960.  They're not highly sought after, or worth a great deal; collectibility is often about rarity, and too many were made. 

Form not only served function beautifully in this design, but held its own in a way we'd consider indulgent, wasteful now.  I wonder how many of today's similarly utilitarian components, packaging products etc will survive this long, be considered lovely art objects one day.     

Postcards, greeting cards, and matted prints of this photograph are available at Redbubble. Prices start under $3.