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!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Starry Night

A linoleum block print that I am using for some of my Christmas cards. The hills in the background are the mountains that are part of the landscape in my town. Van Gogh's Starry Night was my inspiration, but I've tried to include the elements of a New England town. 

A week and a half to go before the big day--hope everyone is enjoying some peace amidst the hustle and bustle of the season!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

                           HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!