Reexamining a Technique

There is an upcoming print exchange that I’ve signed up for and the deadline approaches. What subject should I attempt? What method should I jump on? Last year I created a drypoint on copper and I wasn’t terribly happy with the end result. Do I try it again or do a traditional block print? It’sContinue reading “Reexamining a Technique”

A New Year 

After an almost 2+ month break, I’ve decided that it’s a good time to get back into a blogging routine. The holidays are over. Winter is very much here. The studio is aching  for attention from me! 2016 certainly held several projects with art and life: Art in Rural Communities is still up and goingContinue reading “A New Year “

Working with pain 

Thursday hasn’t been particularly fun. I spent most of last night tossing and turning due to sciatic nerve pain. When I got up, the pain continued. I tried to take it easy, laying low, but that doesn’t make it better. So I decided to work on a couple of items for the garden sale on Saturday.Continue reading “Working with pain “

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”

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”

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”

Waiting For Breakfast

Halfway through the edition I realized that the recycled print paper is changing how the image comes out. I chose to tear apart old test proofs from an India series of screen prints from university days. The backs are beautiful and pretty clean, unfortunately  I can tell where the screen print starts and stops onContinue reading “Waiting For Breakfast”

Slow progress forward

Little Ms Hazel is coming near the end. A few more areas to darken & a bit more definition in others. My big quandary is whether to add a dog dish or not. Since I’m feeling lazy, I probably won’t add it it, but a bit more ground work is likely so she’s sitting on something.Continue reading “Slow progress forward”