Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

December News

As usual, December is a busy month! I've found myself with artworks in four different exhibits, including our annual sale at one of the artists' home. I've been busy preparing my work for the show--getting works matted, priced, and packaged. It's always a fun event, taking over the house and turning it into a "pop up" gallery!

Meanwhile, I'm trying to finish the linoleum block print of the boats, that I started earlier in the fall. 


Hopefully, I'll have the completed print in my next post! I just printed a dark layer for some of the shadows, but will be using a light gray for the next layer as I want to create the illusion of fog. I forgot how hard it is to carve into linoleum, even with sharp blades. The linoleum is sturdy, and holds up well through multiple times through the printing press, but is a bit tiring on the wrist.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Reduction Print progress

I'm working on a new reduction block print. The subject is boats in a harbor in Maine. I'm trying to create the illusion of fog in the background, rather than the actual background of the photo.

It's a linoleum block this time.

This is the first layer of ink.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hello Fall!

It was wonderful to spend the last full day of summer at the beach! I didn't think I'd be swimming in the ocean so late into September!

Tonight was the opening reception for the Hopkinton Historical Society's annual art show and sale. I am showing a couple of my newest prints, "Cape May" and "Pinkham Notch Stream".

They always have a nice reception, and a good turnout for opening!

I was pleased with way this print came out. I think it captures the essence of the place!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Catching up With Summer!

It has been a busy and eventful summer! I've been enjoying the beautiful weather, visiting friends, working on an assortment of printmaking projects, and recovering from a hectic school year. Well now it is almost time to say goodbye to summer vacation, and get my brain back into teacher mode again.
Lori and I had a good day on August 3rd at the "Uncommon Art on the Common" Art Fest. After a few drops of rain at the beginning, the day turned out to be a pleasant one for an outdoor event. We set up the tent and tables with the assistance of our ever helpful husbands, and were pleased to see a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.

Last week, I attended the award ceremony at City Hall in Manchester for the "National Arts Program" sponsored art show for City and School Department employees. It's always a well-received show for artists of all ages and levels. I was happy to receive a 3rd Place Award for the "Pinkham Notch" reduction block print that I recently finished.

It's hard to say goodbye to the less scheduled days of summer, but the rhythm of the seasons makes them even more sweet!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Uncommon Art on the Common 2019

It's almost Uncommon Art on the Common time again in Goffstown, and Lori and I are going to give it another try this year. Pray for sunshine! Last year the rain kept us from setting up our tent, as our prints do not like to be exposed to damp conditions. I'll be working on getting my new prints matted and packaged to be ready for August 3rd. Now if only the weather will cooperate!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Back in the Studio

I signed up for a summer Open Studio Printmaking class, and am happy to be back in the studio again. It's especially appreciated that the building is air conditioned, and there is plenty of space to spread out one's stuff. I'm finishing up the "Winter Stream" edition that I've been working on for a while. It's been hard to decide if I'm done, or if I should carve more, and add another layer. I want to keep the illusion of a snowy day, in which every detail does not need to be defined.

The paper is much whiter than my photo depicts.

It seems funny to be working on a snowy scene while the weather has been so warm. Last week I enjoyed a day at Lake Winnipesaukee, and a couple of days at the ocean. Summer is short here, so you have to take advantage of the beautiful weather when you can!