Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another Week, Another Layer

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Remember the block for this print right after it was carved for a new layer? Here is the print after a trip to the press in Manchester. 

What's new? There are some yellows and greens in the middle of the composition. To see the previous layers, revisit this post.

What's next? More ink for the top and bottom shapes. If this ink dries fast enough, that might happen this week.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Unfinished Projects

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

I've been experimenting with a bunch of different things. Exciting for sure, but nothing is ready for a "Ta Da!"

These blocks were the object of obsessive energy for a few weeks. Until I was finally able to pull two proofs. And they weren't quite right and I didn't know what to do about it. So I am still thinking. 

This week, I tried to invent something to help me carry my stuff to and from the printmaking studio. After hours with materials and tools, I have a prototype that is just "ok." Round 2 will have to wait until next week. 

Until then, I will play with my dogs in an agility trial and enjoy the snow.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weather Together

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

These trees just seem sort of happy in the sun. Maybe they are snow lovers like me.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Tree Slope

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

This little tree on the edge of the woods needs to weather the cold and snow alone. Somehow, it seems pretty cheery anyway.

More snow is falling. That means more snow paintings!

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bay House

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Some lucky person lives (or at least vacations) in this house in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. 

This is a small, brand new version of a scene I painted a few years ago. 

Fun as it is to remember summer, we have some fresh snow to look at now, so we might switch back to winter subjects for the next few days. 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Attacking the Block

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Part of the block for a larger print. You know the one - you saw its current state earlier in January.

Creating such an impressive mess with wood chips is quite satisfying. But now there is ink to be mixed and prints to be pressed. 

And quite a bit of clean-up.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fog Over the Mountains, Magnetic Island

© 2012 Hannah Phelps

Over the weekend, I visited an exhibit of John Singer Sargent's watercolors at the MFA in Boston. If you like watercolors, representational painting, Sargent's work, or all of the above, you would enjoy this show. You only have a few more days to see it though, so don't wait!

Every once in a while, I pull out my watercolors and play with them. Even less often, I get something good. Seeing some of Sargent's mountains reminded me of this painting I did in Australia in 2012. 

At the time, I didn't think it was so bad and now, I actually like it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Upright Wave

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Ta Da!

The final print from the block you saw yesterday! I used some brushworks paintings from last spring to help me with this.

The specs are much like my other jigsaw reduction woodblock prints, like Maine Wave and Private Wave. I used oil ink and an etching press. The paper is Stonehenge which is white enough to help with highlights in the foam.

Is there anything you want to know about it? Ask me!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Used Block

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Last week, I printed the final layer of a larger print. You can see from this photo of the woodblock that it was a jigsaw.  

You will see the print next!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Seascape in Progress

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

I didn't quite finish today. I was painting from another pencil drawing completed on Appledore Island, because it was actively snowing here most of the day. Pretty, but I wanted to paint something else.

In order to consider a print, I need a color study. And for that, maybe the little guy has enough information for me to go to the next step. 

But I still like to have a finished piece, so I am going to let it be and see how it looks tomorrow.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Backyard Snow

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Basically, the same view as yesterday, but around noon instead of nearly sunset. Crazy how drastic the color differences are, but that is why landscapes never get boring!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fading Winter Sun

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

A quick study of my backyard today. Simple, but charming, don't you think?

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014


© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Another scene from Appledore Island. I painted this in my studio from a pencil drawing I did on site. Maybe you'll see that drawing another time.

This composition could make a good print, but it will have to wait in line.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

December Snow

© 2014 Hannah Phelps

Clearly, this scene is not from rainy, grey, mushy today. It is from just before Christmas, when there was plenty of beautiful, fresh, pure snow and sunny days to make each flake sparkle. 

I miss those days.....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Appledore Spray

© 2013 Hannah Phelps

I spent five days on Appledore Island in August. It is part of a group of islands off the coast of the Maine/New Hampshire border called the Isles of Shoals. Like many who grew up with their silent presence on the horizon of the Atlantic, I am fascinated by them.

This is a simple study, but painting it was a very powerful experience. I mean that literally - the tide and the large waves threatened to take my pack a couple of times. 

I mean it figuratively too. I usually enjoy painting, but this time, the whole thing kinda happened at a higher level. It is hard to explain to anyone who hasn't felt it themselves, so I won't try. It's a bit like being in "The Zone" while playing sports. 

You need to know all this because while this piece isn't for sale yet, it is modeling for yet another print. This one is in the planning stages, but I will share steps as I make them.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Little Turbulance

© 2013 Hannah Phelps

Painted on the cliff-like rocks of the Appledore Island's Northern Headlands, this piece is now a muse for a very large jigsaw reduction woodblock print. The paper is around 25" x 37", which is probably the limit of my reach.

So far, we have three layers. The first was just light purple with a few highlights carved out - not easily displayed in a photo.

When we skip to the second layer, it looks like this, with some light green, pink and tan:

Later, blue and a lighter pink were added:

There is lots more work to do with this print. Sometime, I'll show you the block. Until then, keep checking back for updates on our progress!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Wave Anatomy

© 2011 Hannah Phelps

I realized that you all haven't seen this little painting. This is surprising because it is a few years old - painted on site in York, ME in the summer of 2011.

I've kept it around as a reference. Specifically, it modeled for the very popular print, Wave in Green and Blue:

© 2012 Hannah Phelps

I am very attached to both of these pieces. Maybe that is why I like printmaking - I can create something I adore and still share it with you.

But I am ready to let the little painting go to the right home. It isn't really a "Brushwork", but it is a little study that continues to work for me.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Woods, 2013 Collector Card

© 2013 Hannah Phelps

Happy New Year!

This little print was sent to all the people who have bought original artwork from me. *

It is my way of saying, "Thanks for appreciating what I do enough to invest in me."

This year, the cards didn't go out before Christmas, but they did leave my hands before the New Year. Maybe yours will be arriving soon!

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