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"!

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