Visiting Friends

I pulled myself away from the house today to specifically visit a friend, Lauren Ohlgren , working inside the window at Footwise (a shoe store in Corvallis). Jeff Hess started the Window on Art program two years ago in this space. During the month of April, artists come and work live in front of folksContinue reading “Visiting Friends”

Combining Techniques

Eventually I’ll be posting a video, but things are not quite to that stage yet. I started experimenting with combining fish prints, a lithography technique and thrown ceramic forms. In the end, it becomes yet another way to transfer prints to volumetric forms, but my prints to be exact! It was a rocky start and ratherContinue reading “Combining Techniques”

Crazy thinking 

What happens when your brain shifts into art overdrive, when ideas start flowing like hot oil? (I guess it could be called manic, but I won’t go there…. ) As I started preparing for the upcoming talk, my brain flew off the handle with new ideas. Well, not necessarily super new, but applying similar ideasContinue reading “Crazy thinking “

From Farm to Yarn Project

Like life isn’t filled with enough projects! Last month when we visited Carol & Harry, I was struck by something Harry said regarding their wool: No one wants it and it often  ends up in the compost pile. Wow! This probably happens with a lot of small farms with small sheep population. The brain jumpedContinue reading “From Farm to Yarn Project”

Fish Character

Fish have distinct body parts that are captured with printmaking. Scales, eye, mouth, fins, tail and operculum (gill cover). The nice thing about taking a copy of the original is the ability to add and subtract from the image, increasing the fishy character. Below is the starting copy before adding lots of additional stippling withContinue reading “Fish Character”

Getting Fishy

Wednesday I finished off the remaining few pounds of clay in hopes of creating a few more items to print on. Another larger vase, a few potential mugs of various sizes and a small cup. After cleanup, I went through my print drawers searching for potential images. I ran across some that were created 7Continue reading “Getting Fishy”

The Fox, Rabbit and the Pointer 

I could have named this post “15 minutes of wildlife “, since it happened in a short length of time. The weather has shifted back to rain and cooler temps. It was morning and I was enjoying a cup of tea, contemplating what the day would bring when I glanced out the sliding glass door to theContinue reading “The Fox, Rabbit and the Pointer “

Different ideas, similar approach

It’s Tuesday and I’m taking a ceramics day. The garage is finally clear enough to set up the wheel and pull out tools. On Monday I watched a nice piece on printing lithographs onto clay. The ingredients were quite straight forward: Linseed oil, Gum Arabic, Mason Stains, water, sponges, and toner based copies of artwork.Continue reading “Different ideas, similar approach”

Springing the brain

We are now entering the time of green. Everything is leafing out, pollen is flowing, lungs are coughing, sinuses are draining. Ahhh, spring! We’ve missed you! So many little things are going on with life, some not terribly interesting and others along the art line. I finally was well enough to travel to Eugene and startContinue reading “Springing the brain”