Thursday, December 29, 2011

Claudio Romo

I have been watching this artist for quite some time but have only learned a little bit about him.  He teaches intaglio, lithography and drawing in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Concepcion, Chile. 
Jose Luis Cuevas, etching & aquatint. Anyone know the title (?)

Sometimes I see a spark of similarity from Jose Luis Cuevas but for the most part Claudio springs off into his own modified world of morbid humanity studies.  I am often lured in by something that is so atrocious to look at yet so beautifully combined with botanical reference and color.

If you are interested in knowing a bit more there is an excellent interview with Claudio Romo on this website link:

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sketching for upcoming prints...

Knitted and stitched sign "smile" on pole in Chicago...
Great sign on an outside wall in Chicago...
Meanwhile my sketchbook is allover the place...arghhhhh
Silly paper head..

Winter in Tucson...

Hopped out of my car and snapped a few pix of the sky.  Love the old adobe fence.

Some of the higher Catalina peaks were covered in snow.

This road is at the beginning of the "green belt", protected landscape.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Not As I Do", lithograph

This edition is signed and shipped, yeah. 

Well, I am now letting myself breathe just long enough to regroup and prep for 2 editions due Feb 1, 2012 and one more due Feb 15th.  There are two more after those due in April. 

Several people ask me why I do so many portfolios and I guess my answer is it's good for me.  It motivates me to make work and it forces me to think harder to make the portfolio theme my own. I also get to share my work with some amazing printmakers.  I never tire of getting the portfolio and seeing how others interpret the same theme.  Very interesting perspectives as well as incredible skills. Plus, I get to meet so many other people who do what I do.  It's been a great way for me to get my work circulated outside of my small area, too.  Often the portfolios include international artists, some of them have become good friends. 

I still plan to get back into the studio and paint.  I have over 45 framed works that have gone here and there to various shows that are just stacked up in my studio taking up floor space.  You can hardly walk in there. For one of those gifts that make you cry with joy, Andy has agreed to help me clean my painting studio and solve my storage problem as my Christmas present. 

We're both still juice fasting. Sounds shocking for those of you who know me well.  I'm on day 9 and so far feeling great, granted the first 3 days were tough.  I think this is a good thing, we are reading daily and educating ourselves on nutrition.  Andy has always taken a scientific approach to everything he does and is good to have around for verifying facts from several sources and therefore making the best conclusions.  It hasn't kept me from working and I like that.

 Goal for next week is to finalize my concepts for the upcoming editions and to grain 3 stones.  We ordered paper from Daniel Smith for printing but need to get more glassine for storage.

Our neighbors are putting up lights and we're one of the only houses who isn't.  Ah well.

Passed buy my Dennis McNett print and embedded a Mark Ryden postcard someone sent me into the frame.  Forgive me Dennis but I love the contrast.

Well time to get started on today's project, cleanup, prep and sketch!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

5th color (Photo Litho Plate)

I watercolor a black proof to determine colors to use for final print.
Reverse Duralar "positive drawing" for the blue color.

After the Duralar was exposed I developed a photo-litho plate (blue image).

Overlay of  key image on mylar to help make registration marks.

Printing went well, one last color to do today.

Organic vegetables, vegetables, vegetables...

Apples, too. and lots of 'em.
Started buying organically grown
(old bag of non-organic were pealed)
Pineapple treat with APPLES and more APPLES!
Who would have ever thought I would have a refrigerator
full of good-for-you produce?

Trying to decide on the best market values in town.
Tried 17th Street Market.  The owner was quite helpful and the prices were good.

Well it's true, A and I are trying to change our bad diet habits.  Thanksgiving was wonderful but over the top. We've been researching a variety of healthier regimens and eventually we both agreed to try a juice fast.  The following day after our juicer arrived we loaded up the refrigerator and started "juicing" our meals.  I am on day 5 and I feel pretty good.  
We have some books that are guiding us though making sure that we don't sacrifice our nutrition.  So far I have found that garlic-based veggie drinks relax and that parsley gives energy.  So when I need to print I make sure that parsley is in the mix.
I think the first 3 days were the hardest and I purposely planned to take it easy those days.  The vegetable I like the least are beets and cabbage but they are very important to include in your diet according to all of the books.  We camouflage the taste with an apple or two. We also add celery or lemon to substitute our cravings for a saltier taste (but not to much celery because of the sodium.
Day four my energy was picking up well. Ive done two print runs since we started this on Dec 3rd.
Please know that I am not advising anyone to do this without consulting with their doctor first.  My husband went to the doctor yesterday and said that he is having less allergy symptoms than usual. He is so much less congested, he is quite excited about the result so far.
Plan to print this afternoon, that should wrap up this print to ship to Murray State in the next 2 days.