Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Drawing and Tracing

Tracing paper over a drawing for a new white-line woodcut

Is there a better way to spend a nor'easter than planning a new white-line woodcut?

The drawing is done and, as you can see here, traced.

Now the whole composition has been transferred to some pine and most of the image has been carved. 

Which means it is almost ready to print. You can see how this all turns out next week!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Wet Dogs at Work

Wet Dogs at Work, oil on canvas, 16"x20"

"Toodle" is a verb my father used when a dog was wandering around outside or in, sniffing this or that, with no perceivable goal.

Here we have three Golden Retrievers toodling. They are together, but not paying much attention to each other. They are stopping and starting, reversing direction, investigating seaweed and driftwood and occasionally tasting it. 

They've all been in for a swim and might dip themselves again. 

These dogs know what they are up to, even if we don't. 

They are practicing a sort of moving meditation. It is strolling around and enjoying their surroundings with the aim of strolling around and enjoying their surroundings. 

This effortless appreciation for the present is something we love about dogs. Even the presentation of this precious life-lesson is easy for them. They teach us just by being themselves.

Toodling is good work if you can get it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Wet Dog Lookout

Wet Dog Lookout, oil on canvas, 16"x20"

Lookout because he is about to dive down that rock head first and shake his salty self on you. 

You are welcome.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

White-line cards before the white-out

As we discussed a few weeks ago, there is printing and then there is printmaking. 

The computer printer has been busy making these note cards for a special order. 

The original print, Leaves in Winter, is a hand-printed white-line woodcut. You could special order a print from that block, I suppose, but it would take a lot longer than a few minutes to get it ready for you. In case you don't remember, this is how white-line woodcuts are made.

Either activity - printing from the computer or by hand with a spoon - is a great indoor activity as a nor'easter approaches.

Bringing with it more snow for artists to use as inspiration.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Framed Wave

Wave in Green and Blue, color woodblock print, image size 7"x11"

Just a quick wave. To say hi.

Get it?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Death of a Pallet

The pallet from a painting of Wet Dogs

This might look like a mess, but these piles of paint are actually organized. There are greys for the water and different greys in the rocks but sometimes water greys are mixed into rock greys because that is what happens in the ocean with reflections from above and rocks underneath. (We talked about that earlier in the week, remember?)

There are piles of pinks and oranges for dog fur. Those end up in the in the rocks and water too because everything is connected to each other and all the colors end up in the batter, so to speak.
Pre-mixing colors is a good practice. Those first mixes are very general, though, and need modification as the painting marches on. 

What began as a few big, different piles of paint - one for each section of the painting, devolves into a intermixed puddle of hues. 

The colors stay separate enough for me to use them cleanly, but at this stage, there is little room to mix too many more.

I have been using glass as pallets but, as you can see in this photo, the glass cracked. The pallet box fell off a table and I didn’t know it had broken until I removed the cover. Sad. 

Never fear, there is plenty of plywood hanging about in the studio to use as a replacement.

In the meantime, the painting that came from these colors is probably done along with two or three others. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

One Dog A-Leaping

White-line woodcut block

I found this block recently. I had almost forgotten that I had carved it and printed it. It would have been 6 or 7 years ago....

Even before that, I painted this:

Before the Leap, oil on canvas

It is a composition I really like, and as soon as I was introduced to the idea of a jigsaw print, I knew this image would lend itself well to the technique - there is a clear delineation between the blues and greens of the water and the yellows and browns of the dog and rocks.

Eventually, I printed this:

Life on the Edge, jigsaw reduction print, 7"x12"

You can decide which dog is your favorite.

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