Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Snake 8 Banner

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Spilt Milk

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Broken Scissors

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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.

Strange woman sketch...

Plan to make a polyester plate of this line drawing today.  May hand-tint some of these before SGC.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sketching for new portfolios...

The theme of this portfolio is dealing with "Trash" as a theme.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It's been so long since I've posted.  February was a hectic month for me.  This is a print I recently finished for a portfolio curated by Sylvia Taylor and the Cork printmakers. "Deception & Sacrifice: The Lion, Bear & the Fox".  Working on a new one title "Body of Christ", a portfolio curated by Ricardo Duiz from Corpus Christi.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Mommy and Daddy Wear the Same Size" lithograph

Sorry about the bad photo but in a hurry.  Packed up 26 pieces for a show in Dallas and shipped this afternoon, hurah!!!!
This is the last print I did.  It's based on a stylized painting by Joe Coleman called "Mommy and Daddy".  I wanted to "switch it up" by indicating Mommy and Daddy cross-dressing.  It's six colors using Hanco #1075 tint base and Daniel Smith litho inks.  The color on my pic looks a bit dull here.  The theme of the portfolio is called "Gender Biased".  I'm really trying to point out that society and the media have been brainwashing people into stereotypical roles for hundreds of years.  How strange it is that men and women's clothing in the white collar work place has evolved to limit gender to very specific types of "acceptable" appearance.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Our dog Sydney an Aussie/Coyote mix died yesterday.  She would hang out in the studio as we printed.  This is a photo of a litho I did a while ago.  The title was "Bow Now", she was the alpha and had a personality bigger than anyone in the room.  She will be missed.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Visiting Artist edition at OU (Athens, Ohio)

"Rising from the Ashes", stone and plate lithography
Just returned from Athens, Ohio where I was invited to be a visiting artist at OU for the last week in October.  Incredible place, the students, faculty and the facilities were excellent.  Plus, it was Halloween season and there were lots of parties. Apparently Athens is the capitol of Halloween celebrations. Work hard play hard, my kinda place.
In addition to the talented students I got to hang out with two of the country's best master printers, Karla Hackenmiller and Art Werger.  Felt like I needed to step up my game around such great ones.  Their students were so talented in their own right as well as amazing to help print this 6 color edition in 4 days.  Two of those days we printed 2 colors.  We stripped the prints between runs and did a "dry wet" sponge on our last rolls.  Big kudos to Ohio University printmakers, had a blast and feel great about the work we did together.

"Crossing Paths", portfolio Exchange

This is a print that I finished about a month ago.  It was for a portfolio "Crossing Paths" curated by Melanie Yazzie.  The title of my print is "Double Cross".  I did a double bump of the "key" stone drawing.  The first printing was black and the second was a dark tan tint base.  Michael Barnes does this a lot with his lithos (very successfully I might add but he is a genius).  I love the effect but probably should use Pin registration next time to insure accuracy in registration.  The T-Bar isn't quite "spot on".

New Stone Drawing

Sorry I haven't posted for a while but I misplaced my quick camera (just found it near the printer under a pile of stuff).  Starting a new stone drawing for a small edition of 25 prints.  The theme of the portfolio exchange is about "Sex and Gender".  Hope to finish my drawing and etch it tonight then print Thursday.  Busy, busy, busy.  Need to order grit and Korn's crayons today.

Even though my subject is about cross-dressing genders, I must say after I was well into this drawing I saw a BIG influence from Joe Coleman's painting, "Mommy Daddy" (see above).  Think it was lurking in my head all along.  Well, here's homage to Joe Coleman, I've always loved Outsider Art.

Still shipping out portfolios on top of everything.  Will be great to get my studio back. The retrofitting of old boxes takes a long time and the boxes don't look very safe to ship. So I finally broke down and ordered better boxes to ship "The Hidden Room" portfolios along with bubble pack.  This should make the remaining shipping go faster.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mary Jones!!!!!!!

I've loved Mary Jones work since I first met her at Indiana University in 1973.  She was in grad school.  The innocent spirit of her drawings has always touched my heart.

Here is a statement from her website. Mary Jones Art

It starts with a figure, cartooned and malleable. This body is mired in the landscape of the mind. I live in a body but believe in the mind.The mind's eye might not be the most immanent of truths, yet it is free to associate and unbound by time.Magic happens there. A set of personal symbols, with meanings free-floating, has evolved over time.

I am a schooled artist drawn to the work of outsiders for the immediacy, and for the lyrical quality found in the lines. Many of my pieces are done ex-voto.

Paul Klee is an inspiration. So are sequential narratives of all sorts- illuminated manuscripts and comics.

It started with drawing, but I didn't learn to see until I started taking pictures long ago with a very manual camera. I still see in black and white. As with most printmakers, I don't mind process, old (letterpress) and new (photoshop!) and all mixed up. Drawing still comes first.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Robert Rivers

Robert Rivers (American, born 1946), "The Promised Land", 2010-2012 Mixed media on paper
I love this piece.  Haven't really heard of Robert Rivers before.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Matthew Pratt (1734-1805)

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Matthew Pratt, Love these images.  I love "stiff" people paintings.

Friday, August 23, 2013

"The Tornado Handler"

I finished the print I had started at Frogman's this summer. It ended up being 6 colors.  In a twitter photo Heather Bryant referred to this key drawing on the stone as "The Tornado Handler" and I have chosen to title the edition that.  Thanks Heather, she's pretty amazing with her own work, too.  It was so great to get to really hang out with her at Frogman's.
"The Laugh", Heather Bryant

"Secrets of a Cactus Wren"

This is the final print for the Women of the West portfolio organized by Lisette Chavez and Nyla Hurley.  I decided not to do a lot of color.  Just the black key and a tint base flat.
This is my artist's statement for the edition

“Secrets of a Cactus Wren”

I brought my hopes and dreams to the desert. Today, I rest my soul in a nest of visual
metaphors from the past to the present. The cactus wren mentors me with her innate tenacity to thrive in any environment. 
                —Kathryn Polk

Thursday, July 25, 2013

"Beside Myself", sketch revision...

Changed my mind about the jump roping women.  This is my new idea but the pose is an older one from my big sketchbook.  The figure is in a submissive pose. Thanks to Photoshop I duplicated my drawing.  Planning on doing it in three colors.  This will save me a lot of time, this is a busy month for me.  

In the process of organizing my flat files again.  I've accumulated a lot of amazing prints from other artists but am lacking storage.  We added a new shelf on top of some old flat files to accommodate some more stuff. Need to get back to work...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hothead sketch

Another Sketch study

I did this sketch when I was at Frogman's.  Ended up going with another image for my edition am saving this for later.

Interesting Chromolithograph

Strange to see them use children to promote this product.  It wasn't until 1906 that the Pure Food and Drugs Act was passed in the United States.  So my guess is that this ad predates that. 

1901 Antique German Chromolithograph on the Chromolithographic Process

This litho shows the process of chromolithography -- the printing process used for producing many of the 19th-century prints featured in Bananastrudel.

Strong Women

Post War Indoctrination...

During my youth it was fashionable for little girls to embroider these kitchen towels.  Makes me want to do a modern version. TBD

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stephen Black

"Vice Versa", Solarplate Intaglio
"Isolated Development",  Solarplate Intaglio

I found this bio of Stephen Black on the Frogman's website.  Stephen traded these last two prints during the second session of Frogman's.

Stephen Black is a Professor of Art & Design at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Indiana, where he teaches drawing and computer art and design. He earned his BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. His current work incorporates graphic imaging, type, and figurative forms which draw heavily from interests in antique dolls, toys, paper ephemera and antique home restoration.