These are the two pieces that I am entering in the 2014 "Prints of the Year" exhibit, curated by Parker Potter, at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth NH. The show runs from January 2--January 31.
Both prints are reduction block prints made from soft-cut blocks, hand-printed using Akua inks.
The sunflower print has 6 layers and the birch trees print has 4 but is printed on black paper.
Here are the beginning stages of the sunflower print. Fortunately I was able to take pictures of gorgeous sunflowers on my walks around town last summer.
The birches print was made last spring for a "print exchange" that I participated in through "The Sketchbook Project".
The Opening Reception is on Friday January 3 from 5--8 pm. If the weather cooperates, I'll be there!
I'm a little behind schedule with this week's IF post! This was last week's theme, but it was an incredibly busy week at work due to deadlines for the Scholastic Art Awards Program, overall pre-Christmas craziness (thankfully high school students are not quite as excited as elementary school kids), the college daughter home for winter break with all her stuff, and cruddy weather that made for some hazardous driving and nasty commuting.
I'm so happy to be on Holiday break until the second of January. After a really lovely Christmas Sunday service, and some Christmas brunch grocery shopping, I plunked down on the couch, and read the Sunday papers from cover to cover. What a treat!
This week's IF theme, "pattern" inspired me to do a somewhat accurate rendering of my Grant family tartan design. We're expecting a snowstorm here Saturday night, so hoping for a White Christmas this year!
Last night I joined up with a group of local art teachers for a fun evening of "sip and paint". The concept of everyone painting the same picture is sort of against the philosophy of what we encourage in our classes, but we had a great time interpreting the theme in our own styles.
(I'm the one in the back row, third from the left)
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.