Friday, June 29, 2018

Inspired Pumpkin

Sea Pumpkin, oil on canvas, 10"x11", available

You know that there are two brand new white-line woodcuts this summer. Pumpkins modeled on the edge of the sea for both of these prints.

The first block has already yielded a print - you'll see that very soon. 

Above, you can see the reference for the next white-line woodcut - a plein air painting from York, ME a few years ago. It is coming along quite nicely. Here is a progress photo for you:

The embossed lines in the paper are showing off a bit in this picture. As is the wood grain from the block.

Lots more to print, but I think it will be done in a week or two.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Another Last Close-up....

...of a different print. It turns out that I finished two prints last week. 

This is the pumpkin print you have been following here on White-line Wednesdays.  

The big reveal of this first print off the new block will be in the newsletter in the next couple of days. It will join the official portraits of the latest Wet Dog painting and Intemperate. Of course, you know by now that if you would like to be on that list (and get a code for free domestic shipping), all you have to do is sign up here.

As I told you last week, four jigsaw prints will be participating in the Living With Craft exhibit at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Annual Fair. 

There will also be a printmaking only exhibit entitled The Newest Work in the upper lodge (conveniently where beer and wine are usually available for purchase).

Which means there is ANOTHER white-line block of a different pumpkin all carved and ready to print so the two prints can hang together in that little show. 

So I better get printing...

Monday, June 25, 2018

Last Close-up

Close-up of the now finished Intemperate

This is just a little peek at the newly completed Intemperate. The whole thing will debut in the newsletter later this week.

Then, you can see it here and on the website. But you can also see it in person in August at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Annual Fair. It will be hanging there with three more of my print in the Living with Craft exhibit. 

But you already know all this because you read last Friday's post right?

Before it is ready for the exhibit (or shipping, should you want your very own), it needs to dry. Then it will need a frame. 

It isn't the only new print around here, either. I'll reveal some new news on Wednesday!


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.

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