Friday, July 20, 2018

Rocks, Waves, Frames

Intemperate, 24"x18" image size, and Vanguard, 16"x24" image size

This all took longer than expected, but these two very large prints are now framed and ready to hang in the Living with Craft exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen's Annual Fair.

Two smaller ones are going too - Appledore Evening and Green Wave, but they were already framed.

The next two things to be framed are the new pumpkins for the printmaking exhibit in the other lodge. You will see that on White-line Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pumpkin Print and Block

As you can see, this white-line woodcut is almost finished. It will be one of the many things dressing up in a frame before Friday. 

Because I told you I'd get some framing done by Friday... So I better have some framed stuff to show you Friday. 

I know I said this last week, but I really like how the wood grain is showing up in the print. Just a few more shapes to go.

Then you'll see some framed stuff on Friday.... 

Monday, July 16, 2018

More Distractions... I mean, New Projects

Close-up of a new painting

Last Friday, you saw the very beginnings of a new print. One of two new prints based on a foggy marsh last autumn.

This is the very beginning of a new Wet Dog painting. This is just the dog butts - they do show their faces in the final painting.

Why are there so many new things beginning around here?

Because painting is more fun than framing, that's why. 

But framing can't be avoided forever and so I will say right now, today, that you will see the fruits of framing labor on Friday. Of this week. 

If you don't see any framed pieces here on Friday, bug me about it ok?

Friday, July 13, 2018

Much to Do

Plein air painting of fog, tracing and outline on wood for a new print.

When you have to frame seven things in less than two weeks, one of which needs to be finished, the logical thing to do is start new prints, right?

Well, for some reason that seemed like a good idea to me. This painting is from last fall - remember the story about the day it was painted? 

Now it's the inspiration for two new prints. The goal is simplicity and efficiency. That is always the goal, but this time I mean it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Another Pumpkin gets Pressed

As promised last week, here is the second of the two pumpkin white-line woodcuts I'm making for the printmaking exhibit at the League on NH Craftsmen's Fair.

The grain from the pine board is distinctive in this print, which is giving it some interesting textures.

Next week, you'll see more!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dog Butler

Measure and Coast waiting for me to open the door.

I haven't been completely honest with you and it is time to come clean.

You all think that my primary occupation is Artist - that I spend all my time painting and drawing and mixing ink and carving wood and printing. Sadly, that is not true.

I have this completely separate life that I have hidden from the outside world for years.

My primary job is not Artist. It is Dog Butler.

Most of my time, I am at the beck and call of the two Golden Retrievers who live in this house.

When they demand to go out, I rush to the door to open it for them. When they wish to come in, I open the door before they can bark in reprimand.

Their meals are prepared and set for them on a regular schedule and cleaned up after by me.

I ensure they are properly attired for the day’s activities. Some days we need the collars with the embroidered phone numbers and other days we need to wear our peacocks and pandas. There are harness occasions and slip lead occasions.

And they have appointments they must keep - to the veterinarian, the trainer, competitions, training dates, hikes, masseuses and chiropractors. It is I who make these appointments and keep the Little Masters on schedule.

I heartily apologize for keeping this a secret for so long. Now, when the blog seems light on new artwork, you will know what has kept me from my studio.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Da Da Da Daaaah

Intemperate, 24"x18", jigsaw reduction woodblock print, available

The print that was in production for 9 months is complete. Soon - next week - it will get all dressed up in a frame and be ready for the Living with Craft exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen's Annual Fair.

This will be the last large print for a while. I started it on a press with a 24"x48" bed and when I couldn't use that any more, I printed the last few layers by hand with wooden spoons a LOT of elbow grease. 

These prints are too large to dry in the studio. The spare bedroom is littered with drying prints now. (So it isn't a good time to visit.)

Without this print taking up space in my studio and my brain anymore, I feel free to plan new projects.

Some of those are more Wet Dog paintings, some are jigsaw prints that will fit on my press with its 12"x24" bed, and some are more white-lines. 

It is going to be an exciting summer in the studio and I am looking forward to it.

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