We are having a lovely stretch of summer weather that's in synch with my first week of school vacation! Enjoyed a pleasant day working on a project in my "summer studio." The yard is looking great, thanks to my husband's hard work maintaining the perennial gardens!
My sister had a young fawn resting in her yard last week, and I will include its picture just because it is so cute. The mother was nearby, and watching out for her baby. They even got to see the fawn nursing before the pair headed off again!
Enjoy the longest days of sunlight as we approach the Solstice! It makes up for those short, dark days of Winter!
I had the opportunity to go to a printmaking workshop at Maine College of Art in Portland on Friday.
One of my colleagues at work won the event in a raffle, and she brought me along. We had a good trip up to Portland Thursday night, and after finding our dorm, went out for dinner in the Old Port area.
The next morning we found a little diner, had breakfast and took another walk around town before heading over to the college for the day. We created a series of monoprints using oil-based litho inks.
Liam is demonstrating a reduction technique.
Working with the three primary colors of ink to make multi-layered prints
A view of the studio space and presses
In the photo below, everyone is holding up their favorite print of the day.
Just a quick sketch for this week's Illustration Friday prompt,"tattoo." I'm not a fan of tattoos as my students will tell you. I'm always trying to talk them out of getting one when they turn 18. My argument is to wait until at least 25, when they might be a little more in touch with the image they want to carry on their bodies for life. I've seen a few that I can appreciate, but many that are not going to stand the test of time! One girl had the "Four horses of the Apocalypse" from the etching by Albrect Durer tattooed across her whole back. The work was pretty incredible, and I guess if you are going to get one, go for it!
Last week's Illustration Friday theme was "Prince" and this is my interpretation. I looked up the lyrics of the song, and realized that there was a storyline that I didn't remember.
Back to work after a week off for April vacation. I filled my week with hiking, visiting art museums, catching up with my daughters, and lunch with my parents, as well as working on various art projects.
Hiking Mt. Cardigan and
trying not to get blown off
Visiting Boston and Cambridge
The Fogg Museum at Harvard
I am an art teacher who loves to draw and paint, as well as illustrate for children. I also enjoy printmaking---especially block prints. Whatever I do as an artist, I have to remind myself---no pressure---it all starts by just putting pencil to paper.