Thursday, January 26, 2012

Amaryllis in the studio...

It's so nice to have a reminder of Spring in the middle of Winter.  This plant is blooming and it cheers up a day of same ol' same ol' printing...back to my stone.  That's A printing his edtion for an upcoming deadline.  I must etch my stone tonight because the plan is to print tomorrow afternoon.  I am still "sweetening" the drawing.  I am adding some blacks with the #4 Korns.  It helps a lot. The drawing was too flat before.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

late bloomers...

An Amaryllis on the verge of a giant bloom.  A gift from a good friend.
This stone drawing never ends. Just putting in some "punch" to the details and the blacks.  Needs a lot more contrast.  May skip to a #4 Korns crayon to dense things up a bit.

Tomorrow A and I return to the Tucson CSA (Community Supported Agriculture.  This is the list of produce for tomorrow's pick up: Braising Mix, Broccoli or Cauliflower, Cilantro or Dill, Collard Greens, Golden Beets, Lettuce Heads, Red LaSoda Potatoes, Red Russian Kale or Tendergreens, Shingiku (edible chrysanthemum).  Yum! This is forcing us to branch out in our recipe repertoire but keeps the menu from being boring.  We also start working on the UofA Community Garden Saturday. Hoping to learn some new farming skills, may subscribe to the Farmer's Almanac.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Year of the Dragon 2012, Chinese New Year

This is a kite that I actually carried back from my China trip.  I am trying to repair it in celebration of the Chinese New Year
Isn't this a wonderful puppet?  Love the colors.
I couldn't believe the paper cutting craft in China.  Some of them are quite a bit more elaborate than this.

I found this picture of my Chinese kite on a shopping site. Notice how much the colors have faded from hanging in the sun.

I picked up this paragraph and photo from CRI
Some returned migrant workers perform dragon dances to greet the Lantern Festival, a traditional Chinese festival falling on the fifteen day of the first month of the lunar calendar, in Yudu County of east China's Jiangxi Province, Feb. 6, 2009. Nine dragon dance teams formed by returned migrant workers from large cities gathered in Yudu County and took part in the Lantern Festival celebration. About 20 percent returned migrant workers have found new jobs or got employed by themselves in Yudu, a major source of migrant workers. [Photo: Xinhua]

By the way I am a person born in the year of the Dragon.  I am also married to a person who was born the year of the Tiger. We are supposed to be complete opposites and should not be in a relationship.  funny.

Still working on that big stone.  Plan to print soon.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chris Hipkiss

I am drawn to these fascinating surreal landscapes by Chris Hipkiss. He lives in England and seems to work primarily with graphite drawings and mixed media. His content shows plays on social and global politics. You can see more of his work at his website
I think he could make some amazing lithographs.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Slow going on the stone...

So much chaos in one composition.  The more clutter the better.
I sharpen 10 #5 Korns at a time...hope to finish today or tomorrow.
A is tearing his paper for one of his editions due this month.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Procrastination primo...think I'll blog a sec...

Just bought a lot of "Charlotte" doll parts.  Who knows why but I like them.

This is the status of my stone drawing.  Still procrastinating...the stone gets bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.  What was I thinking?   A and I chopped wood, fun.  hard work.  Finding any excuse to do stuff.  Had my music cranked.  Does anyone know the singer Nico (Niko?) Vega? Some ZZ Top, The Ventures, Ry Cooder and The Black Keys.
Still on the raw food plan.  feeling good.  Back to the stone... Everyone who is printing out there don't do as I do.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Incredible Match Box Prints

I always have affection for a print with an iron in it.

How many colors here, red, black, blue and gold?

I actually met an artist who was from Tongo.  He was exhibiting in New Zealand.

Red is still my favorite color, more precisely, Vermilion (one "l".

This all reminds me of my wonderful fireworks labels.  Bright primary colors (mostly red and yellow with black)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sketch tonight...

Need to get to work on my stone.  Procrastinating big time!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shelden Peck (1797-1868)

Shelden Peck was a self-taught artist born in Cornwall, Vermont.  He never signed his paintings.  

I love the disproportionate bodies...the size of the heads and the small feet.  I also love the rigidity of the poises.  An innocent flatness or stiffness of the figure, the flat horizon lines all of his work has a unique personal style that I like a lot.  My work has been and always will be under the influence of other artist's works.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Getting ready for "Moral Compass" portfolio...

I will use this to transfer with red oxide paper onto the stone.
We use our side porch for graining our stones at L VIS Press.
I grain up to #280 carborundum grit. Some stop at #220
I use stone to stone to grain, following a figure "8" pattern.
Check for levelness then moved with hydraulic into the studio.
Getting ready to transfer the image but until then I cover my stone with newsprint to avoid any loose debris or dust particles that may be floating around.
Just got a portfolio back for "Hatebreeders". Am really liking Doug Bosley's work.

H.C Westermann, scuptor, printmaker, acrobat

The original "Hairy Who" member, H. C. Westermann.  I used to see his work a lot int he 1970s.  Since then I will find a rare piece at some odd museum.  I just saw a lovely piece at Indiana Museum of Art.  We also have a great one at our own University of Arizona museum.  Look at that "six-pack".  Apparently he made a living for a while before he made art and studied at the Chicago Art Institute.  Hope you can enjoy the work as much as I do.