I've been working on a new block print, and finished it up yesterday. The image of the island and its lighthouse is from a photo I took while we were camping in Maine, on Penobscot Bay. I think it is the Indian Island Lighthouse, Rockport Harbor.
Step One/Two---Cutting out the white areas and printing two layers of blue
Step Three---Printing the brown layer over the blues
Step Four---There was also a layer of green
Step Five---The final black layer
The finished print ready to be signed and numbered. There are twelve prints in this edition.
Wow! The summer is flying by! I'm going back to work in two weeks, and I'm just starting the process of mentally preparing myself for the transition back to the classroom. This will be my 30th year teaching art at the same high school. I still really enjoy my job, but it seems hard to believe that I've spent more than half of my life in Room 701!
My booth at the Art Fest in Goffstown on August 2nd
I had an enjoyable day at the "Uncommon Art on the Common" Art Fest last Saturday. It ended up being decent, weather wise---just cloudy---no rain. I got the chance to explain the process of reduction printmaking to a lot of folks who had little knowledge of the technique. Although many remembered making linoleum block prints in school.
Yesterday I went to the League of NH Craftsmen Show in Sunapee with two of my art teacher friends. We had a great time looking through all the booths and hunting for this year's perfect mug. It was a beautiful day and not too crowded!
The new mug on the right joins last year's pick! Both are made by potter Lloyd Hamovit.
Finishing up this week's IF post as well was getting ready for the "Uncommon Art on the Common" Art Fair on Saturday. I've spent the week measuring, cutting mats, bagging, framing, and organizing all my printmaking pieces for the show. Hopefully the weather will cooperate! My booth will be near Sawyer's Restaurant on Main Street in Goffstown.
This week's theme, "repeat," seemed a little challenging. I wanted to do something that wasn't the most obvious solution, so I went with the idea that little kids always want their favorite story read over and over "again…again…again."
(Plus my friend's dog gets to make her debut in one of my drawings)
Otherwise my summer is flying by! During the last couple of weeks, I flew to Maryland for a visit with several friends, and a trip to the Delmarva Peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) for some beach time. After driving back to New England, the rest of my college friends and I spent time in Connecticut for our annual summer reunion.
Laughing gulls on Rehoboth Beach
Now that my big trips are over, I'm focusing on getting artwork together for "Uncommon Art on the Common" which takes place on Saturday August 2nd in Goffstown NH. This annual show has a large assortment of different types of art from a variety of local artists. I've ordered more mat board and other supplies, so next week will be a busy one. I just hope the weather will cooperate!
Last summer, a group of my college friends met in California to celebrate 35 years of friendship. We started our trip in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. I wanted to create a block print to commemorate our time there.
The sketch on tracing paper to be transferred onto the block.
Inking up the block with a blend of brown and blue.
Cutting around the tree tops was tricky.
The final stage of the block and the finished design.
This print ended up with 6 layers. Hope this makes the process of reductive block printing a little easier to visualize.
The other night I started sketching a man with a beard for Illustration Friday, but I didn't have a good idea of where or what I was going to end up with. Somehow he became a rather benevolent biker dude.
Trying to beat the heat today by sitting in front of the fan, and working on a few projects. I have 2 new prints in works which I will share in another post. It's really too hot and humid to move around too much. I did get out for a 4 mile walk earlier this morning, but even then it was pretty oppressive! I'm keeping an eye on my vegetable garden, and an hoping to pick my first summer squash soon. A lot of the day lilies have opened, so it is pretty colorful right now. Stay cool!
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.