Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Between the layers shown in the last post, is this layer. The light yellow at the top is peeking out of a hazy blue and a middle yellow helps define the tide pools and sand mounds.
It was very exciting to see the composition of this take shape so quickly with just two layers.

Next up - A Wave!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sand Pools

 © Hannah Phelps 2015

More prints will be delivered to Sunapee this week for the 82nd Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair. Among them, this little piece of a beach at low tide.

This one was fun to do. I started with a blended roll in the back ground - yellow at the top and blue about two-thirds of the way down. The very bottom of the block was a separate piece with a sandy brown color. For later layers, I swapped those same colors around a little to make some sand and ripples in the water. Here is a picture of what I am talking about:

Of course, there is a missing layer between these two. You can see it tomorrow!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Turning Tide

© Hannah Phelps

You've been following this print for a few months now. At first, it was the yellow rectangles that kept ripping. Enough of them were intact for an edition, which is kinda nice.

One of them went along for the ride with Turbulence on Appledore when it was delivered to the Living with Craft exhibit at the 82nd Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair. It is headed to a show if its own - a showcase of printmaking in the Mount Sunapee lodge. The curator, Parker Potter, chose "Who We Are" as the theme this year. He told the artists to interpret it loosely -  traditional self-portraits weren't required to join in.

Without getting into a long discussion about self-portraits and what they mean (because this is a topic artists can spend days discussing), I chose to submit this brand new seascape. Rocks and waves are what I have focused on for years because the subject is very important to me. Much like the bug/windshield metaphor, sometimes I feel more rock and sometimes more water, neither inherently positive or negative.

This particular print began as a plein air painting last fall. As described in a previous post, high tide lingered longer than expected, allowing a little extra time to study the small breakers hitting these rocks. As a freshman Fair participant, everything is new and exciting and a tad scary. As a new member of the League, everything is changing, for good or ill. Just like the tide.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Turbulence Delivered

© Hannah Phelps 2015

It is already July! And nearly the end of the month as well.  That means that the 82nd Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair is coming up in a few weeks. Having been a shopper at the Fair for nearly 10 years, it is exciting to be a part of it all for the first time - especially the Living with Craft exhibit. Turbulence on Appledore, a jigsaw reduction woodblock print will hang amongst elegant and gorgeous hand-made furniture, tableware, glass, photographs, other prints, and textiles.

This exhibit is wonderful because it illustrates how well a variety of items can work together in anyone's living space. In the words of the League:

More than 200 handcrafted works are creatively arranged in a series of room vignettes. As you view the furniture, accessories, wall-hangings, sterling silver tableware, and lighting fixtures, you'll be able to imagine them in your home. Each vignette features a diverse collection of craft media that creates rooms with a vibrant look and cohesive feel – rooms you would want to live in. All items are available for purchase or special order.

Really, a show like this should make the thought, "I'm not sure if I should buy this hand-made treasure I love because it might not go with my couch," totally and thoroughly useless. If something speaks to you and you surround it with other things that you picked out, it DOES have a consistent style and that style is all you. "The look" will be cohesive and pleasing to you. Isn't that all that matters?

Besides, a little chaos (or turbulence) has a beauty all its own.
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