Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Tiny Butterfly

This is the smallest reductive block print that I have ever made! It's for the "2015 Minumental Show" at the NH Institute of Art. Every artwork must be no larger than 4" x 4" in size for this show, and be priced for $55.95 or less. The show opens on January 28th.

They used to be no larger than 2" x 2" for previous shows. I guess I should have read the fine print before I carved the block. It's so cute though!

Monday, January 19, 2015


Illustration Friday "toy"

Sometimes the boxes are more fun than the original contents!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Illustration Friday "nefarious"


I admit I had to look up the definition of this week's topic---I knew it was something negative, but I wasn't sure exactly. With all the horrific news of terrorism around the world this week, I had a hard time coming up with an idea that would fit my style of drawing, and not be too depressing. So it's back to the Wild West for this illustration!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Illustration Friday---"invention"

I'm not sure what this invention does!
I hand-colored a black and white version of "Ball Jar" print using watercolor pencils. My intention while planning and carving the block, was to leave enough material to be able to print the final state beyond the original edition of 12.
The reduction version 

We are starting the first week of the new year with a bit of snow overnight. Then a day of steadily warming temperatures tomorrow, and the prediction of increasingly frigid cold for next week. It makes me wish for a little vacation to a tropical island!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Ball Jar Print

Now that Christmas is over, and I have a vacation from work this week, I can get organized with some of the projects that were put on the back burner! Over the last several days I've been working on a print that I started earlier in the fall. I finished the last layer today and am happy to be able to show it off.

The Ball Jar

This is the final state of the plate. I used an Soft-Cut block with layers of gray, light green, light blue, dark blue, and black. The paper is Rives Lightweight White, and the inks are Akua intaglio inks. I like those because they do not dry out while printing, and they clean easily with Dawn dishwashing detergent. The prints do take a few days to dry especially with multiple layers. These materials work well for me because I do not need to use a printing press, and I can print at home. The image size  of this design is 51/2" x 71/4". I'd like to do a series of prints using glass jars as themes. It was very challenging to try and create the illusion of transparency, but I'm pleased with the way the edition came out.

The state of the print before the dark blue and black layers were printed.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Sea Tree"

        This little drawing was inspired by last week's IF theme "sea". I just finished it up today amidst the baking and wrapping and recipe-seeking. A couple more days of work, and then a nice Christmas break! Looking forward to being together with family and friends, and after the holiday, finding some time to get my art work ready for a couple upcoming shows.

Best Wishes to all!