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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Time For A Dip

Wet Dog Going In, oil on canvas, 16"x20"

If you are a Wet Dog, there is never enough swimming. Even though she's already jumped in and out of the surf a bunch of times, Hattie is going back for more.

You can bet the water is cold - it is Maine, after all - but she won't feel it. She's having too much fun to feel anything unpleasant. Plus, she has a built-in wet suit of golden insulation.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Philosophical Puppy

Wet Dog Alas, poor Yorick, oil on canvas, 20"x16"

Measure wasn't even a year old when she ran into a sign of her own mortality.

She was just running around on the shore, swimming and exploring and following her big brother over and under rocks and into surf, when her nose stopped her in her tracks.

The scent of a fish skeleton. Evidence of someone else's recreation - a day fishing out at sea.

For baby Measure, a puzzle, a strange, new concept for one so young.

Or maybe she was just thinking about eating it. With dogs, you never know.

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. 

Email subscribers are going to see them first and then I will post them here, on facebook and on my website

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