With a deadline of May 1st, I was happy to finish the "View from Rattlesnake Mountain" block print this week. I printed the last layers on Friday and Saturday, and framed it on Monday. This print and two others are going to be included in the Castle in the Clouds Exhibit, May through October in Moultonborough, NH. The show is called "Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers of the Lakes Region and the White Mountains."
Here are a few recents steps in finishing this print.
The block and the print at this stage
The final stage (I went back in and carved out my leaves in the darker area and printed the rocks a bit lighter for the remainder of the edition)
I haven't been able to keep up with Illustration Friday lately--too many other projects! This drawing was for last week's topic "hot."
The last time I posted here on April 1st, we had just had a big snowstorm. Yesterday the high temperature was 87 degrees. Everyone was running around in shorts and flip flops celebrating the "summer" weather. A little more seasonable today, but still nice!
When we was little, our parents used to try and fool us on April 1st by telling us, "Wake up, it's snowing!" or "Look, there's a robin outside!" Today, there were both, and it was not an April Fool's Day joke!
March came in like a lamb, and definitely went out like a lion! Fortunately, I had plenty to do around the house. I printed another layer of ink on a new block print, matted and framed a piece for an upcoming art show, and organized my studio area. A bit of shoveling, laundry, and picking up, rounded out the day. Being stuck at home has its benefits! Now if we can get some sunshine, and warmer weather to melt the twelve inches of new snow before Easter.
This is layer #2 for a block print that will eventually be "The View From Rattlesnake Mt."
Hopefully this is the last big storm of the season! One more week to the official start of Spring, and we are getting a March blizzard. Enjoyed staying home and working on my latest block print. Not so excited to head outside to do some shoveling this evening. Looks like we will get about a foot of snow out this mess, but we are hardy New Englanders, and this kind of weather is nothing new!
I haven't posted to Illustration Friday in a while, but I have been working on a new block print. I took pictures last summer while visiting the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. It was a rainy morning, and I saw this crow hanging out on the rocks by the ocean. I did a few sketches to figure out the layout and colors for a reduction print, and chose a Gomuban plate for this piece. The advantage of this plate is that it can go through the press, but is softer than linoleum.
After six colors it is almost done. I have to finish carving away the gray layer, and then the final layer of ink will be black.
I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2017 National Art Education Association Convention, held this year in NYC. Fortunately, the dates of the convention fell on my February break from work, so my colleague, Lori, and I were able to stay Tuesday through Saturday, and really enjoy a little extra time in the city. We joined up with a group of other NH art teachers, as well as thousands of others from every state, and many other countries.
Keynote speaker Jeff Koons and his iconic balloon animal sculptures
We visited the 9/11 Museum, which was incredibly moving. I was especially drawn to the exhibition of artworks inspired by the tragedy.
Paintings above by Ejay Weiss
Next to the museum is the new entrance to the subway called the Oculus.
In addition to the workshops and speakers at the convention, we managed to visit seven art museums, took a field trip to an NBC prop studio, saw the Broadway show "Waitress", and had some truly delicious meals. It was a great break from the normal routine!
Inside and outside the Guggenheim
Finishing up at the Met after visiting El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of NY, the Cooper Hewitt, and the Guggenheim! All in one day!!
Making my own wallpaper pattern at an interactive exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt!
Last Friday night, I went to the "Prints of the Year Show" in Portsmouth, that's hanging in the NHAA Gallery. I was happy to see that my print "Goffstown Stream" was hung in a great spot near the entrance. My friend Lori and I had a good time visiting the two exhibit openings that our works are part off. Thanks to her husband, who drove us, and her brother and sister-in-law who came along for the fun. The evening was capped off with a yummy dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Portsmouth.
Last weekend, my friend Lori, and I brought our prints to Portsmouth to participate in the "Prints of the Year Show" at the NHAA Gallery. I had quickly finished the final layer of the "Goffstown Stream" print (see previous post), and framed it in time for the drop off.
At the Gallery
The funny part of the story is that we have art in two shows, and both galleries are having their openings on Friday night. One is in Concord from 5-7pm, and the other is in Portsmouth from 5-8pm. The plan right now is to go to Concord's McGowan Gallery right at 5, and then drive over to the seacoast in time of the second one!
I've been working on this print for a month or so, in between other projects, the holidays, and my day job. I had done a smaller image of this same stream in black and white last year, but I wanted to do a larger one with more layers. This is a reduction block print, using only one easy cut block.
Transferring the image from tracing paper onto the block by placing the pencil sketch face down and rubbing the back with a wooden spoon.
Wiley likes to hang out and watch me work
Carving out the white areas.
Cutting out more areas of the block
This is the the third color, after layers of blue gray and light gray. I plan on adding one more dark color to complete the print.
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.