Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Litho can be a "tough love"...testing testing, 1..2

Great trip to Minnesota as a guest artist of "Bohemian Press".  Worked with two ultra fabulous printmakers at the University of Minnesota, Edie Overturf and Jenny Schmid!!! Great group of undergrad printmakers and two very special grad students (Brittany and Dillon).

Had a strange thing happen in the middle of pulling the "key" stone drawing.  Decided to change the image somewhat and ended up splitting the edition.  I brought home one half of the prints to finish up before the end of this semester.  The problem is that I can't decided how I want to finish up this print.  This past two years I have been loving "plaid".  So option one is plaid and option two is a solid tint base background.  I keep changing my mind but have decided that I will decide one way or another tomorrow!  Someone commented on Instagram that the plaid was too busy.  I think I agree with that.  Maybe there's a time and a place for place and perhaps I should hold off until the right opportunity comes to use it again.

Sunday, October 25, 2015


More watercolor/drawings in that large format sketchbook.  The paper is so thick, I need to adjust to the nice paper. I've been working on lightweight paper for years and am feeling spoiled by this new book.  I did order 2 more books to have when I finish with this one.  It's nice to have the same sized "perfect bound" sketchbooks for storage.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ghost Dance

Drawing for "Ghost".  Hopefully I will be able to translate this onto a stone and combine Smart Plates with Photo litho plates for color.  Processing...

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sometimes I wish I could go back...

Sometimes I make a decision to change a print edition or drawing and I wish that I could go back to the original state.  This is one of those times.  When "less" is "more"... keep it simple ... the vertical to horizontal lines work much better without the color.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Don't Play with Fire...

Having fun with this red to yellow color palette.  It's always about the hair.

Blue drawing...

Purchased a new batch of micron pens.  I love working with the .005 blue.  Accidentally bought a watercolor sketchbook (didn't check the paper).  Meant to purchase the 500 Mixed Media Strathmore book.  So playing around with washes.  I always think accidents happen for a reason.  So far I don't totally dislike the textured paper.

Not sure where she came from.  This floating girdle petticoat woman... those wadded up floating paper pieces are representing"mistakes".

Boo Day...

Having difficulty developing a "ghost" concept. So I started playing with the idea of masks.A side note... I'm going to print 45 prints today (my second color) so I'm conserving my energy until the print session begins... otherwise know as procrastinating.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Recent lithograph...

This print has been shipped.  It's headed to DeKalb first, then on to China.  Part of an international portfolio curated by Paul Croft from Wales.

Big tip, don't give anything a long long title unless you don't mind writing a lot.  The title of this piece is "The Eye Does Not See What the Mind Does Not Know".  I had to write it 35 times for this edition of 35.

Even though it is too subtle to see in my photograph, there are 3 colors in this print.  I started with the ball-grain key (black).  Next I printed a soft tint-based blue and then the big flat square cut to the background.

I made textures on the plate with gum arabic, tusche and rolled up cheesecloth and black ink. Wasn't sure what I would get because of all the layers in the original drawing.  So fingers crossed I forced myself to let go and embrace the unknown.  I think I might like the more tactile result.  However time will tell.

Taliesin West detour

Last week when we were in Phoenix we decided to take a quick tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West despite the heat (don't forget it's Arizona). 
Check out how the glass window is cut to accommodate the shape of this ceramic piece!  Wild.
One thing that became very clear to me was that the height of almost all of the rooms were designed for people under 5'8" height.  How tour guide said that Wright was very short.  The furniture was pretty cool to see, we saw most of the original chairs, tables, and furniture designed for the space. There were still people working in the classroom/studio...probably my favorite area.  We weren't able to stay long in there so I don't have a good photo to show you.
Pretty cool bathroom even though it was a bit cramped.  He seemed more into the gathering areas and less about the individual sleeping and bath accommodations.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Pinocchio watercolor...

It's fun to do quick stuff.  When my brain is tired and I can't think of any "incredibly-clever" (haha) concepts I just paint or draw anything that's nearby. 

It was nice to find this little sketchbook I had stashed away a while ago after a trip to Italy. I gave this little watercolor to Eliot.

Sketch for end of Summer...

Silly sketch with Ritz Cracker hair, a radial glow and a giant slice of watermelon.

I've decided that I really like pink.  I fought it for years.  The color that society determined is the color to indicate "girl".  Because there were two girls in our family, my parents often gave us different colored dresses or toys.  It seemed that my older sister would get the pink dress and I would get the blue. 
Anyway, I love how placid it makes me feel. 

I also love watermelon...it reminds me of summer... my parents would get watermelons that were HUGE. Now they are purposely grown smaller.  I first noticed this when I visited China about 10 years ago.  There would be cartloads of small watermelons everywhere.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Sorry about the dark photo.  I've been organizing my sketches recently.  Hard to do because I get so distracted and want to stop and draw into old stuff,  for example above pix.  I did a graphite drawing a while back...later put on some walnut ink washes and played around with a wet #9 sable brush.  I love how that ink breaks down again and again when you add water. Today I dropped in the spot red colors.  These are two details of a bigger drawing.

Jim Nutt, "Coming Into Character", book

I also purchased this books of Jim Nutt.  It's mostly the portraiture of women but it did have some of his painted-plexi-glass paintings.  I found this book and the Hairy Who DVD to be highly inspiring.  I am really enjoying sketching in the studio again after a long 3 month hiatus.

I got my Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists DVD!!!

The DVD came in a small pack.  It included a small poster, 2 flip books, a brief descriptive sheet and of course the DVD.  It was so informative.  It helped to clarify all of the groups of Chicago Imagists for me. 
I loved seeing Karl Wirsum, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, H.C. Westermann, Ed Pasche and many other artists that I wasn't aware of (but will be from now on!).

I recommend this DVD 100%.  I purchased it on Amazon.  It is put together by Pentamenti Productions.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Drawings for AWST Chap books,

Amy Gentry, a guest curator for Awst Press invited me to submit some of my sketchbook drawings for possible use on the covers of 4 different author's chap books.  I'm excited to get to hang out with writers (at least in print) and am looking forward to seeing the final printed books.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

New Litho...

Color sketch for the litho I'm drawing right now.  I decided to use a "fine" ball-grain plate.   I prefer the stone but it just seemed more convenient to use a plate for this one.  Hope I don't regret it.  Will try to do 5-7 colors before the 10th of Sept.  Today felt pretty good...haven't printed all summer but am looking forward to it.

Sketch for new litho

After I finish the lithograph I'm working on now, I plan to print this for an upcoming portfolio called Dog Head Stew #2.

More Sketches

...but there are no rules when it comes to the sketchbook.  Maybe frizz from the humidity of the South...


It's been a very severe summer for me.  Not much time in the studio to make lithographs.  But I did find time to keep sketching.  Always helps to be able to take your drawing with you.  I keep a small Koi watercolor set with me when I go out of town. I have really enjoy the large format Strathmore sketchpads I started using about a year ago.  The heavy weight paper works very well with drawing and watercolor.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pen and Ink Drawing

How therapeutic to doodle on this all day.  Used the #005 blue micron pen on tint-washed sketchbook paper.  I find that the tint washed paper gives a nice surface to draw onto and it makes the drawing have a better aesthetic for me.

Hand-tinted lithograph

This is a hand-tinted litho that I printed while I was at Brookhaven College in Dallas.  The key drawing was done on a ball-grain plate.

Graphite sketch

Pen and Ink sketches

Still enjoying the pen and ink work.  Tried using limited palette on this series.

Sketch in Red, Black and White

Thinking that this image would translate well to a litho made with Smartplates.

Pen and Ink sketches...

Enjoying working with the Micron #005 color pens.  They work well on the cover weight paper combined with watercolor washes.

Sketching everyday...

 Prismacolor drawing. I seem to be going between 2 sketchbooks these days.  I am gravitating to my most recent purchase of the Strathmore 11"x14" mixed media sketchbook.  The paper is heavier and supports washes much better.  However the smaller sketchbook is good for looser ideas and I seem to be less precious with it because the paper is not a great quality paper (less intimidating).

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pie Chasing Woman...

Just a reminder that I'm not a very good cook and that cooking for people is my worst nightmare.

I love women's hairstyles...

I'm always fascinated by the variety of hairstyles women have had through the ages.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Idea for new color litho.  Playing with "curtains" instead of hair with layers of curtains.  This is how the process worked out.  The top sketch will be the one I use.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"Mondo Tondo", My first round portfolio!!!!!

John Driesbach curated this portfolio for the "Sphere" themes that will be displayed at this year's SGC. I'm getting ready to print this image onto a special round die-cut BFK sheet.  Wish me luck, nervous about the registration for color.  I drew the key onto a ball-grain plate.  It was a medium grain ball-grain.  After drawing on this plate I ordered 18 "FINE" ball-grained plates.  yes, not a fan of coarse textures with my #5 Kopal crayons.
Meanwhile back to work.  Need to calendar my paper and print this afternoon...

Law and Order portfolio


This is the 6 color lithograph I did for the "Law and Order" portfolio curated by Richard Peterson from College of the Sequoias.



Sketching for upcoming edition...


Sunday, October 26, 2014

"In Her Place"

1 of 47 varied edition monoprints printed at Hartford Art School.