Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We're going to have a visiting Artist at LVIS!

This November we are hosting our first official visiting artist to L VIS Press, Ryan O'Malley.

If you would like to support this event please visit our kickstarted site at the following link

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"She's Been Plaid All of Her Life"...

Plaid Woman
Sketch and photoshop mock-up for "Plaid Women" lithograph series.


Sketch about smoking. Someone I care a lot about took up smoking again after 30+ years of being a non-smoker.  So strange.   

Strange sketch came from nowhere...

Not sure why I drew this. My grandfather used to make these hats for me out of our newspaper. The face looks a bit like a monkey.

"Learning to Listen with My Heart"

Hand-tinted lithograph, with tri-color (black, cream, and red) bumped "key" from the stone.

Sketching a lot...

A tired swimmer takes a dive...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hand tinted lithograph

Playing with watercolor on my black key lithograph.  Debating whether or not to add color.  Time is the main issue here.

Monday, September 1, 2014


More sketching, not sure if this one is important at all.  Drawn from a siting at Walmart.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Can't sleep...

Playing with the idea of how much pain we would inflict on ourselves for the sake of personal vanity.  What were we thinking?  Where were our priorities in the 60s and 70s.  Seems so bizarre today.

The Sky is Falling...

Playing with gravity.  The iron is a reference to my past.  Funny to think that most clothing is "no-iron" today.


This is a rework of an old lithograph called , "She Can't not See".  I'm enjoying using the Tucson red prismacolor.

Spilling mik...

Sketching a lot for upcoming editions... inspired by these brief portraits of women.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sketching, women's portraits...

I've rediscovered drawing with prismacolor pencils.  My most favorite is tuscan red.    I like the Col-erase pencils because they do erase but leave a ghosted dyed color cast to the paper after you erase your lines. 


Playing with the notion that sometimes I'm not out in the open with what my art is about.  Many years ago when I got my tattoo I asked for it to be the size of a band-aid.  Knowing full well that I would want to hide it on some occasions. This is the conservative side of me always hiding a little.  So the fictitious notion of a head tattooed and shaved and a hat that conveniently when lowered conceals the fact that I make a certain type of art, art that is not always palatable to everyone (my family and my conservative friends). Bottom line I like making art that isn't always sweet and pretty.

Winsor Newton Series 7

Playing with exaggerated portraiture of women.  Fascinated with hairstyles lately. Also realizing I am still relying on my Winsor Newton Series 7 brush from the 1970s.  There brushes have changed and the new Series 7 are not the same quality brushes as before.

The Petticoat...

It's a wonder women were motivated at all to change the world in the 1950s and 60s, when feminine undergarments were some of the most elaborate things in their lives.  I remember the importance of the petticoat in the 1960s.  Some of you don't remember those times because it was so long ago.  But in my household women were not encouraged to be good at Math or Science.  There was on emphasis on majoring in home economics (sewing, cooking and other domestic activities).  I remember sleeping in tight rollers with plastic spikes and wanting the most generous half slips I could find. I never knew that this would factor into my art but more and more I look back on that time.  What was my brain thinking!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Experimenting with Smart Plates...

I ordered some "Sharpie" brand pencils.  They seem to work okay on smart plates if I fuse them in the oven for a few minutes at 250 degrees.  Still need to try to do a larger edition (20-30 prints) before I would call them "tried and true".


I'm having fun sketching these bizarre women.  I think hair has always been a way for humans to express their individuality.

Jim Nutt! Marisol Escobar!!!!!!

One of many amazing contemporary works showing from the permanent collection at Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis.  Along with an amazing show of Marisol Escobar's sculpture, drawings and lithographs.
This piece called "The Family" was commissioned by Brooks in the 1970s!
A large sculpture of John Wayne.  Much better in person!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Sketching for upcoming portfolios...

I'm trying to prepare for 7 upcoming portfolios....gonna' be a busy year for me. Printing today and plan to do more sketching tonight. Have to calendar my paper. 

Started playing with ball-grain plates.  I really liked what we did when we did the College of the Sequoia's Workshop this summer.  I never really appreciated ball-grain plates until then.Going to try to do a second color with a counter etch.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lithography in Mexico (Oaxaca at the Taller Tamayo)

We had so much fun teaching lithography in Mexico at the Taller Tamayo. I drew on marble for the  first time.  The etches were really tricky but we chased after it with gum arabic.  You had to be there to understand why marble is so different from  the Bavarian limestone. The good news is we learned a whole lot about new processes in lithography.  Maestro Abraham showed us many things that we had never seen done in lithography.  Apparently because supplies for printmaking are more difficult to acquire in Mexico, they have neen forced to be more resourceful. So there were several substitutions for processes.

We had a lot of fun working with the students and they produced some great work. The food was incredible and the historical culture was amazing. We're hoping to teach there again next year.

Thought my clay hand-painted skull from Oaxaca matched this small chest from India perfectly.

Woman in Grocery Store

I saw a woman with no eyebrows and this gigantic pompadour hairstyle.  Her hair was blue black.
She was with her boy friend.

Grumpy Woman

More sketching...

I've been thinking about a series of small prints of women's head along with all my symbols. They would be the perfect size for our new little 9"x12" gray litho stone.


Sketching a lot lately.  I have 7 portfolios due before next year.

Have started using ball grain plates.  Not quite sure about my etches but so far they have printed well for me.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"The Fireman's Daughters"

lithograph, Kathryn Polk
Small (21 prints, 6 colors) edition I printed during my stay in Visalia, California at College of the Sequoias with P and the Stoners.

New Gray Litho Stone...

Just bought this sweet stone during my trip to COS, Visalia, California. SCORE!!!!

Back Home and Going Through Oaxaca Treasures...

Obviously, I fell in love with the color in Mexico.  Just got back from California trip and these goodies were waiting for me on the table.  Only had a couple of days to unpack from the Mexico trip before leaving for College of the Sequoias. rest a day and then back to printing!!!  6 portfolios to get to work on.

New/Old Litho Stones purchased by College of the Sequoias

jesus, Richard, Kevin and Anna taking stone inventory at the COS print studio.

General Grant Giant Sequoia

Short Day trip to the Sequoia National Forest (mid-week COS Workshop)

The Havana Club

Hanging out in front of Hotel Isabel in Mexico City.  Lithography in Mexico 2014.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Snake 8 Banner

Icon: litho detail

Spilt Milk

Icon: litho detail

Broken Scissors

Icon, litho detail

Rough sketch for new portfolio...

Need to grain my stone and get this print going.  May print the twice, once with GC Shop mix #2244 and later with a light warm gray tintbase ink.  Maybe some spot color to follow.

Friday, March 21, 2014

NIU Visitng Artist...

This is the final print made during my visit to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Walking around campus in below freezing weather was hard on my Southwestern blood.

More master printers, Michael Barnes and Ashley Nason (wow, wow, wow!!!!).  They both make fascinating narrative prints that I have admired for years.

Michael's prints are quite humorous and dark (just my cup of tea).  He's so prolific, too.  Someone to admire for his insatiable drive to make work. Great litho techniques (the European roll, etc). 

Ashley's work is so luminous and eerie.  It glows with mystery all the things I'm attracted to in art.
She comes up with such fascinating compositions and landscapes.
I could see firsthand how the students really benefit from these two mentors.  Great student work (both grad and undergrad level).

Print Matrix at University of Dallas...

My litho that the students printed at University of Dallas.
This is Juergen Strunck in action as a visiting artist at the University of North Texas
I had the privilege of working with Juergen Strunck (a world-renowned master printer) and his team of grad and a few undergrad students at The University of Dallas.  This is an annual event called Print Matrix and I was honored to be invited by artist Coco Rico who recently had her MFA thesis exhibit. A great lithographer in her own right. Check out her work.

New Print


This is the lithograph I made during my visiting artist trip to TAMUCC in Corpus Christi.  So much fun. Plus, a one-person show at the Weil Gallery, thanks to Dr. Petican curator and Ryan O'Malley for inviting me.  

Ryan O'Malley is a printmaker/guru extraordinaire. He makes beautiful mezzotints, etchings, relief prints and lithographs all equally well.

High high energy. Both grad and undergrads were so talented.  Work examples were hanging up everywhere, a very high energy shop overall, great vibes.

One of Ryan's wonderful wild protraits.