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.