Friday, June 22, 2018

Living with Craft Line Up

 Vanguard, 16"x24, jigsaw reduction woodblock print

The League of New Hampshire's Annual Craftsmen's Fair is coming soon - August 4 - 12 this year. 

It is still at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH.

In lieu of a booth, some of my prints will be in the Living with Craft Exhibit on the upper floor of the  lower lodge - got that? (The link shows one of my prints in a past exhibit - House on Ocean Point.)

I love the annual exhibit because the designer takes items from all categories of crafts from different artists and creates lovely room vignettes. 

It shows you that by collecting things that you love, regardless of style or color or shape, you can create a cohesive look in your space.

In this post, you can see three prints that will be in the exhibit in 2018.  Since these are limited edition prints, you don't have to wait for the exhibit to get one for yourself. They are available on my website - just click on the titles for more information. Or you can always contact me.

The fourth print that will be there, Intemperate, will be revealed later this summer.

Green Wave, 6"x8", jigsaw reduction woodblock print

Appledore Evening, 6"x8", jigsaw reduction woodblock print

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Next Phase for the Pumpkin Print

Newest white-line woodcut print in progress.

What's new?  The purple shadows are darker and the pink granite color was just added.

Pink rocks next to an orange pumpkin with purple shadows, and minty lichen all next to a field of marine blues (coming next)? 

Yes, please. Hopefully this proof will be all printed next week.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wet Dogs Wrapped Up

Wet Dogs at Dawn, digital print getting ready for a journey to a new home.

Say you really like the Wet Dog paintings, but you didn't buy your favorite before someone else did.**    There are digital versions of most of the paintings available on the website

When you buy one, it will come in a box, wrapped in bubble wrap and colored tissue paper with a receipt and a thank you note - like the one pictured above that was just sent far away from its New Hampshire birthplace.

Your package won't smell like a Wet Dog - that is one advantage the 2-D versions of pups have over real ones. 

**They might have gotten to it first because they get the newsletter and saw it before you knew it existed. Sign up here to see the newest paintings before anyone else.**

Friday, June 15, 2018

Drawing Exercise

Sometimes, it is good to get in some old fashioned practice. When one doesn't want to hire a model (or the two furry ones on retainer won't stay still), there is always one's foot. 

In a shoe.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Beginning of a Pumpkin Print

Close-up of a pumpkin print in progress

As you might remember from last week, this image will be a pumpkin on a rock with a fairly calm sea behind it.

In this photo, you can see where the paper has embossed into the block a little. That is where the white lines will be.

Just adding ink and rubbing with a spoon a few gross of times and we'll have a finished print. Maybe by next week. But maybe not.

Monday, June 11, 2018

A few weeks ago...

Close-up of a painting of Measure in progress

This painting was started back in April. The entire painting is 12"x12". This little bit of it represents about a 4"x4" section.

The painting is done now and signed and ready to come back here for its official photograph. Once it dries, newsletter subscribers will see it in their monthly and then I can show it to everyone else.

I am sharing this now because I like remembering how simple these things start - just big shapes and limited colors. It elevates the subject of a puppy gazing down at me wondering if she'll get a treat to a higher level of sophistication.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Just the Sun. A Few Times.

Close-up of a painting in progress

There is a dog in this painting, but not in this view of it. 

Sometimes we enjoy a bright sunrise reflecting on the swirling surface of the ocean.

Even though the water seems to be on fire, I bet it was cold. As we've discussed, the dogs never care about that.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Black Lines for White-lines

Here is the drawing for the next white-line print. It has been transferred to a wooden block and the carving is almost complete. 

Next Wednesday, you should get to see some color, but if you can't wait, here is the reference painted a few years ago on site:

Pumpkin Perch, 20"x16", oil on gessoed board, available

Monday, June 4, 2018

Last Open Studio in Lowell

#334 in the Western Avenue Studio building in Lowell, MA

Last Saturday was the monthly Open Studio in the WAS building in Lowell, MA. It turns out, it was my final Open Studio there.

Leases are renewed in July and I have decided not to stay. The reasons are mostly boring, but the hour drive from New Boston to Lowell is the main one.

It was an educational few weeks. Mostly, I learned that I don't need to go anywhere to create. I like working there - the light is perfect is for painting. But I can make it perfect here too.

Also, it will soon be time to paint more outside and there aren't enough days in the week to paint in Lowell, print in New Boston and plein air paint.

There are still some paintings to finish up there, though, so I won't completely move out for a couple more weeks. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Jump the Waves

Wet Dogs Jump the Waves, oil on canvas, 12"x12"

Here we have the newest Wet Dog Painting. These two crazy pups always raced right into the surf, regardless of the low temperatures. 

There might not even been a ball out there yet - swimming and being wet was always enough.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The First of the Pumpkins

Pumpkins and Buoys, white-line woodcut print, 10"x8"

Remember this print from last summer? If not, you can see some progress shots (and some other pumpkins) here.

It isn't time for pumpkins yet, of course, but I have been thinking about them anyway. This print might need some companions. 

There is a small pile of plein air pumpkin studies here in the studio that are saying they want to become white-line prints. Who am I to deny them?

So White-line Wednesday will go orange for a bit while we indulge some paintings by making them into prints.

Sort of like Pinocchio becoming a real boy. But painting compositions turning into prints instead.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Ink Goes On

Ink for Intemperate

These are only three of the seven colors laid out all at once for the (probably) final layer of the large print, Intemperate.

Soon, we will all get to see the whole thing, done and ready to go into the Living with Craft exhibit at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair in August.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Start of Summer

Close-up of some Wet Dogs in progress.

These dogs celebrate the beginning of summer with a jump in the ocean.

This picture is a small section of a 12"x12" oil painting that is now done. Newsletter subscribers are going to see the completed painting in its entirety very soon. If you would like to be on the list, click here and sign up.

Or you can come to the Western Avenue Studios on June 2 between noon and 5 pm and stop by #334. This painting will be hanging there with its mates and some prints too.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

White of the Paper

Intemperate, jigsaw reduction woodblock print in progress

You have seen a few close-ups of this print lately. In this one, you can really see how the white of the paper works with all the inky layers around it.

This is the effect I was looking for all along. We still have to see how the whole image comes together. The goal was to finish them by the end of May and it looks like that will happen. You will be the second to know.*

*The first to know are email subscribers. You can become one here.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Making a Splash

Close-up of a painting in progress

This painting has three dogs in it. This is Coast, running through the water in a tide pool.

You will have to wait to see the others. 

Unless you come to the Open Studio on June 2 from 12- 5 at the Western Avenue Studios, #334, in Lowell, MA. That would be another way to see the whole thing...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Shapes and Textures

Intemperate, jigsaw reduction woodblock print in progress

These close-up photos allow you to see some of the textures inherent in working with wood.

Ink does its own thing sometimes. We let it because sometimes what the ink offers is more interesting than what we might have thought to do. Shapes in nature are rarely consistent in color and value - here we have some sparkly lights showing up in some places and some gravely darks in others.

Often looks like what light looks like when it hits water and rocks, don't you think?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rule Breaking

Intemperate, jigsaw reduction woodblock print, still in progress

It is white-line Wednesday and this is a jigsaw. But one of the reasons I wanted to make jigsaws after printing white-line woodcuts for a bit was because I knew there would be a white-line element to the jigsaws. 

When the block is cut into pieces, some material is lost to sawdust. That means that sometimes, the pieces don't snug right up together perfectly all the time. The key is to make that part of the design. For example, in the photo above, you can see that the brown rock shape and the green ink directly to the right of it have a varied white line in the middle of them. 

In this print, I wanted to really push the white of the paper. I carved a lot of wood the very first layer.

As the print progressed, it seemed like there was too much white. I was hoping I would get over that feeling, but I never did.

After months of thinking about it (ok, fretting, really), I have decided to add more blocks and print more shapes. That makes this print not a strict reduction, but who really cares. 

There isn't a "Reduction Division" of the Printmaking Police. There are a lot of busy-body types who love to geek out over printmaking terms who get a bit heavy-handed at times. There are juried events that might take definitions very seriously and if they say "Reductions Only", this print would be excluded. But none of these folks wear badges and none of them are the Boss of Me. 

Which is why I am adding blocks to my reduction. And liking it. You saw a close-up shot of the foreground greens the other day because I really like how that is turning out.

Other areas that changed in this layer are in the rocks - I planned all along to add a dark brown to the top area of that shape and a middle grey to the bottom of it.

The bummer is that I still think there is too much white..... So I am adding more blocks. 

Don't tell me I can't. It is my print and I'll add blocks if I want to.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Small Part of a Large Print

Close-up of Intemperate, 24"x18" jigsaw reduction woodblock print in progress

After months of knowing that this large print wasn't done, but having no idea what to do, I have finally added some more ink. This is the foreground as it looks now. I also added some ink the the rock areas. I'll share that another time. 

I was hoping that the print would be complete after these changes, but I'm not feeling it. I think I know what to do and I will try it very soon and get back to you.

(I just went looking for an old post to share with you and I didn't find one. I guess we haven't talked about this print here yet. That's ok. I was posting videos on instagram - here is one that shows the print coming off the press two layers ago.)

Friday, May 11, 2018

More Good Homes for Prints

Appledore Blue, 6"x8" jigsaw reduction woodblock print

The printmaking exhibit at gallery blink is now over and while that is sad, there is happy news too.

You already know that a House on Ocean Point sold at the show, but one of these, Appledore Blue, did too!

Jealous? I have more, so check out the website or contact me if you would like to add one to your collection!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sitting Gull

It is time to print another one of these. 

This block has no border around the image, so I attach it to a jig to print. Otherwise, there wouldn't be any border on the paper either.

The jig has ink from other projects on it too. Blues, greens and browns.... 

Hmmm. Sense a theme?

Probably water and rocks. Just a guess.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Splashing Ahead

This painting is still going. Slowly, but going.

We'll just keep at it.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Wet Dogs Drying

Months ago, you saw my "new" little etching press

It has taken a while, but we finally got around to making something together - these little dogs shaking on the beach.

We played with paper and pressure and printed around 30 things. 

We learned a lot about each other. Maybe enough to add some layers? 

Sounds scary, but fun. You'll see as soon as I have something for you.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

White-lines at Western Avenue Studios

When you come to the Open Studios on Saturday, you will see some white-line woodcut prints in their frames hung and some unframed ones in the little wooden bin in #334.

As the reflection in the glass of one of the prints reveals, you will also see giant windows and possibly a painting in progress on an easel.

I plan to print a white-line on Saturday, so if you would like to see a little demo, this week is a good time to come. You can ask questions and decide if you'd like to sign up for the white-line woodcut workshop coming up May 19-20.

Coast and Measure may or may not be there. I'll ask them that morning. They might want to watch the Derby instead. They've seen the art already, after all...

122 Western Avenue; Lowell, MA; third floor, #334 - near the freight elevator.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Painting in Progress

Step One and Step Two of a new Wet Dog Painting

Paintings start loose and simple. After an afternoon of working on new Wet Dog painting, we've got the dogs, rocks and water shapes blocked in. These two photos show close-ups the whole painting is 20"x16".

Some adjustments to be made of course, but the hard work of setting the composition is done. The next part should be fun - just painting.

You can see this painting a little farther along, some completed paintings and prints at the Open Studios in Lowell, MA this Saturday.

12-5pm, 122 Western Avenue, #334

Come on by!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Regular Friday Night

Something wonderful happens on Friday afternoons at the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell.

Navigation Brewing Company opens and invites Pheonix Rising Pizza to park a wood-fired oven-wielding truck close by.

That means beer and pizza for hardworking artists and their visitors. 

Just thought you'd like to know....

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gull Flying Away

This print is off to a new home. 

It is a white-line woodcut, printed with watercolor. I have one more printed currently - if you would like to see it, contact me.

I will be working on another very soon.

That is one of the lovely things about white-line woodcuts - you don't have to print the edition all at once. I have literally had this block for years and I haven't yet done ten impressions from it. 

If you are looking at this and thinking, "Hey! I'd like to make one of those!", then click here to sign up for the next white-line workshop coming up May 19-20!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tales from the Jigsaw Workshop

Student print in progress

The students from last weekend's workshop generously said that I could share some photos with you.

The picture above shows a layer one and a layer two. The first layer was the block all in one piece printed with a light green. We use sharpie pens on the block to remind us of our images and the sharpie prints in the first impressions - that is what the outline is.

Then the artist cut her block into a lot of pieces and carved a thin outline around some of the shapes. She rolled a bunch of different inks on and we now see some leaves and definition in the midst of a very strong, exciting composition.

These next photos show layer two of a lovely landscape. The top two prints pictured were printed with full strength ink. Then she printed "ghosts" - that is printing without re-inking the block. You get thinner layers of ink with a ghost. You can see that the textures are quite different. 

It is hard to pick a favorite from among these landscapes (and the others that aren't shown here.) Each one has delightful aspects.

Overall, the weekend was a lot of fun and all of us learned a lot (including me!)

The next workshop is next month. We'll be learning about white-line woodcuts. I hope you'll join us!

Friday, April 20, 2018

More Moving In

Or moving "out." 

This is the door outside of my studio in the Western Avenue Studios building. It is number 334, but I will admit that it doesn't say that anywhere yet. 

The numbers are only somewhat helpful for figuring out where a studio will be anyway. There are maps all over the place to guide you should you ever visit us here.

As the number suggests, this place IS on the third floor. It is also next door to the freight elevator - a pretty distinctive landmark. 

The view out the window is the roof of Navigation Brewing Company and the parking lot. Yes, sometimes it does smell like beer in there, but that is ok.

For now, the bright yellow color will help you find me and the goldens. It isn't staying, but who knows when I will get around to repainting. 

On the wall there are some photos of my work and some nice words folks have said about it. There is also a little information about my next white-line workshop coming up in May.

The next Open Studio is May 5th, but you can always make an appointment too!
(using this contact form)

See you soon!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ready for the Workshop

Supplies for this weekend's jigsaw workshop

We've got some soft-kut, carving tools, knives, rollers and ink - almost everything we need to make a print.

What's missing from this picture? 

Paper, ideas and time.

But we've got that too, so we are all set.

Maybe I'll remember to take some photos of the finished prints and show you next week.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sales at gallery blink

House on Ocean Point, 12"x12", jigsaw woodblock print

The reception for the gallery blink Impressions exhibit was Saturday night. There were several dots on some beautiful work and I was happy that people were buying prints.

At first, I didn't realize that one of my pieces was among those going to a new home. But this one is! 

If you are sad now because you wanted one, remember that these are hand-pulled prints - there are several of them still available - even one unframed one at gallery blink!

As I told you last week, this exhibit is truly worth a trip, so do yourself a favor and visit before May 6th!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fun Exhibit

There is a great exhibit in Lexington, MA right now. It focuses on printmaking and showcases just about every type of printmaking you could name.

Gallery blink, is a beautiful house and the artwork is combined with furnishings and collections of ephemera that enhance the art. 

If you are anywhere nearby, you should really make a trip to this exhibit - no explanation can do it justice.

Yes, there are a few jigsaw reduction woodblock prints you may have seen here - their mini-display within the show is fun and the blocks are there too, so you can put the puzzle back together if you wish.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

White-line Woodcuts and Happiness

After last year's white-line woodcut workshop, one of my students sent me a thank you note. You can see a quote from it above. 

It made my day to get the card and to know that she had a good time. White-line woodcuts are special and it was a delight to spend time with other enthusiasts. 

If you would like to become one yourself, there is another white-line woodcut workshop scheduled for May 19-20, 2018 in Lowell, MA. Click here for more details and to sign up.

Also, there is still time to sign up for the jigsaw workshop in Concord, NH on April 21-22 - just about 10 days away. There is always room for one more!

For either workshop, you only need to bring your ideas - all the materials are provided. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Wet Dogs Ogon

Wet Dogs - Ogon, oil on canvas, 20" x 16"

The newest Wet Dog painting is now available. 

"Ogon" is a apparently what gold koi are called and these two wet goldens are channeling some koi "toodling" energy.

More Wet Dogs are in the works, but you'll have to wait a bit to see them....

Friday, April 6, 2018

Mostly Moved in to Western Avenue

Art on the walls of #334 of the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA


We did it - Coast and Measure and I have hung art on the walls before the weekend.

If you want to see more, you can come to the next open studio on May 5.

If you want to make an appointment outside of these times, contact me and we can set something up!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Another White-line Workshop Scheduled

Printing a tide pool scene with the white-line woodcut method.

What better way to celebrate a new art space than by hosting a workshop?

Let's pretend that's the best way...

Cause I scheduled one for May 19-20 from 10-4 each day. Right in the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA.

Last year, I wrote a lot about why you would want to learn how to make a white-line woodcut. Start with this - the earliest of the white-line woodcut posts last year.

If you like what you see, you can sign up here.

And stay tuned for the next few Wednesdays while I print this little tide pool scene.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Wet Dogs at Western Avenue Studios

Three of us moving into the new studio.

Over the weekend, the dogs and I moved some supplies, tools, equipment and furniture into the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA.

WAS is the largest community of artists around - 300 studios! You can read more about it on their website.

When I saw that this particular space was available - two giant north facing windows, nice little "L" to separate exhibit space from work space/dog hangout, wall colors that don't need updating immediately - I decided to try it.

We have more artwork to hang, but 5 whole days to get the place ready for our first Open Studios on April 7 from 12-5. We can make it. As you can see from the photo above, Measure has a discerning eye and Coast is resting up.

The woodblock prints are all up already and there are racks for the note cards too.

The dog paintings will go on the pale wall. Saturday would be a great time to see these in person, so come on by #334 and say "Hi"!

Friday, March 30, 2018

More Paintings on the Way

Close-up from two paintings

Next week, there will be another reveal of new paintings. I am not sure how many will be finished, but there are quite a few in progress.

The newsletter subscribers will see them first - not a subscriber? Click here!

Monday, I'll tell you where you can see some of these paintings in person.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Weedy Colors

white-line woodcut print in progress

The printing has started!

You may or may not be able to tell what this is from the previous posts about the block. If not, this tiny bit of color might not help yet. 

Next week, more will be added and you can see a greater portion of the image. If not the whole thing...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Wet Dogs Decorating a Room

Usually, when Wet Dogs  enter your domicile, they shake their wet on your walls, furniture, clothes, shoes - whatever is in their way.

Wet Dogs in paint form or digital print form or (soon) ink form, however, go exactly where you put them and stay there with their representative wet fun.

Just keep that in mind when you've got some blank walls to fill.

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Paintbrush Marches On

Golden in Progress

I am out of new completed paintings to show you, but I have a few in progress. 

One of them includes this handsome guy. He isn't mine, but he is a good friend and a wonderful host whenever Coast, Measure and I visit him.

The whole painting has Coast in it as well and is very nearly done now. This photo is from a week or so ago.

I try to capture the "gesture" of the dogs when I paint them and keep that feeling and energy throughout the whole process. As in all worthwhile tasks, sometimes I succeed and others I don't. 

You will have to judge this one yourself when it is unveiled soon. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Carving... Nearly There

White-line block before printing

Inking and printing hasn't happened for the block you saw in its infancy last week.

I was feeling bad about that until I realized that rarely do you get to see the blocks without any color on them. 

So here. You are welcome.
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