Thursday, February 13, 2014

Roses - Not just for Valentines Day!

Who doesn't love roses?  These are transfer monotypes, a process I always forget about then "rediscover" when the right subject presents itself.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Signs of Spring?

So after several months of bird watching, gardening, and general goofing off, I went back into the studio last week and finished carving and printing this block that I started about six months ago.  

Treetop Serenade, Original linocut

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Difference Between Looking and Seeing

Though I have been interested in birds for several years, only recently have I gone birding with a group of people.  Now there are benefits to birding with a group if your goal is to make a list of species, but because of this, there is more emphasis on "spotting" birds rather than really observing behavior.  It sort of reminded me of how people look at paintings; they go to the museum and say "Oh, there is a Van Gogh, and there is a Rembrandt" but nobody is really, really looking at the actual painting.

A former instructor of mine stated that "To see a painting, you need a chair". 

Not long ago, I did a series of mixed media works called "Dirty Birds".  The works were made after spending several months observing birds, as well as visiting the ornithological collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences where I was able to hold prepared specimens.

This summer, I have had several wonderful birding experiences, but the most rewarding ones have been the sessions where I concentrated on observing the habits of one or two species. Sometimes, it takes several days and sightings to put information together; like solving a puzzle. 

Over the next few weeks, I will be going back to two wonderful places - the Academy of Natural Science to study some more of the collection, and back to the Barnes Foundation (through the DeMazia Foundation) to further study "the art of seeing".  


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Not the Laundry Blues

Another Day, Etching
Recently, I noticed that a friend of mine kept purchasing images I had made with hanging laundry.  When I asked him about that, he responded that it reminded him of simpler times.  Perhaps that is why, to this day, I still hang up my clothes to dry.  And, since my mother didn't have a clothes dryer for a very long time, it doesn't seem that odd to me.  Forutnately,  I live in an old city rowhouse where many people still hang laundry so nobody gets bent out of shape about hanging laundry.   My facination with laundry has spilled over into taking photographs of laundromats on road trips.  I still use laundomats for those "too-large to fit in a regular washer" items.  In fact, I used one yesterday to launder a feather bed topper which is what prompted me to write this post.  It was a great laundromat that gave free detergent, free drying, and free assistance!  I hope you enjoy some of my laundry images and laundromat photos below. 

Island Life, Etching
Happy Campers, Color Lincut

Laundomat in Port Allegheny, PA
Laundomat sign along Route 6, PA

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back to the Drawing Board

I decided to give my inks a rest and broke out the good ol' crayons.  I love the oily/waxy feel of these and the way they glide onto the soft cotton paper.  I like working small, especially when experimenting. The drawings are small squares (5 x 5 and 6 x 6 inches)  Here are some results:

Cabbages by the Stream
House in the Woods

By the Light of Lamp and Moon


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Love Affair with Native Plants

Several years ago, I became obsessed with watching song birds. So in order to attract as many birds as possible to my postage stamp size city back yard, I started to plant only native species.  The image of the young lady hanging bird drawings on a wash line is a promotional card for an installation I created that was shown at the University of the Arts' Window on Broad.  A photo of the actual installation is below.  The purpose of the project was to bring awareness to the importance of planting native species to preserve wildlife and to demonstrate that, no matter where you live or how small your outdoor space, you can do this.  Aside from the clothesline and basket lined with bird drawings, names of species native to where I live were written on the walls and floor of the installation space.

Now installation art does not exist until, well, it is actually installed so for my promotional postcard I had to stage something that went along with the exhbition, and also provided information.  The back of the card, besides having the pertinent details of when, where, etc. has a message about planting native species and provides the names of some plants native to Southeaster PA.

The lovely model is my daughter, then a college student who, like all college students tried to capatalize on anything asked of them.  So after begging her all summer to dress like me and pose for this photo, she agreed to do so if I paid her twenty bucks! 


Monday, May 13, 2013

Art Futures Project - Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush High School

These banners were made as part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Futures Program.  The photo to the left is the final project as it was installed at the very fabulous Philadlephia Museum of Art. 

The students did a fantastic job creating multicolor reduction linocut prints using objects from natural history as inspiration.

This is a very technical process and I am delighted and amazed at  how quickly the fine students at the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush High School (in Philadelphia) caught on to, and mastered this process.  When the banners come down from the museum, they will be displayed for a brief period at the Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, whose foundation provides support for this project. Then the banners will be permanently installed at the school for all to enjoy. Below are some of the individual prints that are part of the banner.  They are by: Jackie,  Mike, Patricia, Jesus, Eric, Inez, Shane, Tom, and Lebron. 


Saturday, March 9, 2013

More Marvelous Miniatures

I love the small format, and being barely five feet tall, "small" has become a natural way of life for me. When you have a very small space, you have to make use of it...every mark, shape, line matters. Here are more of my miniature works, each one on paper that is 5 x 7 inches, which means the image itself is slightly smaller. They are mainly original linocuts with handcoloring with watercolor pencil, though there are a few that are linocut with chine colle or multicolor linocuts.  (Pictured - Rooftop Garden, The Herd, Old Faithful, Life Lessons, Dream Big)




Friday, March 8, 2013

Fabulous Felines

Cozy, Original Linocut with Colle, 9 x 12 in.
One look at my display at a craft fair will tell you that I am a cat owner.  It seems that cats show up in many of my linocuts.  No images of dogs?  Well, I like dogs too, though I currently am not a dog owner.  But why so many cats and only one dog image can easily be answered by reading a post I wrote a few years ago  How a Dog is like a Wine Glass   In the mean time, have fun viewing these fuzzy felines....

(Note- Click on image to see larger view. All works are original, handmade works of art.)


Astronomy Lesson, Original Linocut, 8 x 10 in.


Dinner Date, Original Linocut, 8 x 10 in.

Neighborhood Watch, Original Linocut, 5 x 7 in.

On Top of the World, Original Multicolor Linocut, 12 x 12 in.

Dream Big, Original Linocut, 5 x 7 in.
Unlikely Friendship, Original Multicolor Linocut, 11 x 14 in.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Create a Variety of Prints with a few Linoblocks

Inspired by a technique demonstrated by Mariann Johansen-Ellis, I made this linocut.  It is an overlay technique where numerous unique prints can be created using just a few interchangable pattern and key blocks.  Below are some images of the process for the above artwork. 

After drawing and cutting the linoblocks, a pattern block of clouds (light blue) and a pattern block of trees (grey) were inked (see image to the right). The image to the left below shows how the cloud block looks printed alone, followed by an image of the clouds being overprinted with the grey tree block.

The final block shows the birds (the key block) printed in black ink on top.

Below is an example where the trees are used as the key block:

Currently I am in the process of making additional pattern blocks and will post as they are completed.