Last Friday I posted about the artwork I have hanging in the Hendricks County 4-H Conference Center from now until mid-May. If you live in Indiana and have a chance to stop & view these in person that would be fantastic! As I mentioned in my last post I will also be posting images from that display on the blog so that my non-local blog readers have a chance to get some great deals on art too! Here is a selection of images for today:
All these images are photo/digital art, printed on canvas & gallery wrapped. They have traveled to a few shows and may have some wear on the corners or edges but they still look fantastic hanging on the wall. To take advantage of these great deals before they are gone be sure to e-mail me (my contact info is listed in the “Buy My Art” section at the top/right of the page!).
I wanted to pass along some info about a print exchange being held at Oxbow Press in Reno, Nevada. It’s called the “2.25 International Print Exchange” and here are the guidelines (copied from their blog):
An Open Call for Un-Juried Print Exchange Due June 20th, 2011
Exhibit Dates July 1 – August 27th, 2011
Welcome to 2.25; fun on a small scale! Oxbow Press encourages you to create and print an edition with a plate that is only 2.25”x2.25”. That’s pretty tiny! There is no image theme and there are no restrictions besides image size so please go crazy with your little creation. All entrants will be exhibited at the Oxbow Press Gallery. 2.25 will be on display in the during Artown 2011 www.renoisartown.com . Now, read the guidelines and get started!
By submitting ten of your prints your work will be displayed in the show (one piece) and distributed to other participating artists, in return you will receive nine prints selected from other participants. What a fun way to share your art while collecting others! I have this on my list of art projects and am excited to participate. One of the organizers, Candace Nicol, taught a printmaking class that I attended a few years ago. Her enthusiasm and lovely attitude made it a wonderful experience!
Visit the link to their site to read the details and fine print…I hope you’ll think about participating!
Recently I posted images of new digital “texture art” that I created using photos of rocks/nature combined with the texture/colors of some printmaking details. (You can see those HERE and HERE!) In those posts I mentioned that I had sent some of the images to be printed on aluminum. They turned out beautiful & shiny! I debated how best to show them and thought of combining them with a wall sculpture of some sort. When Mark & I were making art for the recycled art show I brought them out to the shop and played around with several ideas, none of which really excited me. Then Mark suggested we use some stamped scrap metal to create “frames” for a couple of the prints.
Perfect! It’s so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and work together creatively! We ended up framing two of them like this, I am considering do a “float” type of display on some of the others. I will have them on display at the upcoming Autumn Art Fair at the Garfield Park Art Center on November 20th & 21st. Be sure and mark your calendar and come see all the wonderful art that weekend. It would be a wonderful place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays and support the local art community!
Last week I posted the first seven of fifteen new photo/digital art pieces that I recently created. Today it’s time to publish the rest! All these images were created in Photoshop Elements combining photos of rock textures and printmaking details. If you are ever interested in help exploring some of the creative things that can be done with Elements I give lessons both for individuals and small groups (up to three people)! Contact me for available times and pricing, I’d love to share what I’ve learned thus far in my explorations.
Thought I’d share a few little prints I made the other day when I was playing around. I like to make prints on gelatin plates (flat, thick slabs of unflavored gelatin) and that’s how these were done as well. It usually results in a more painterly type print and I emphasized that even more by using loose layers of watercolor for the backgrounds. The black details on the piece above are done with black acrylic paint, some of which is painted onto the plate and printed and a few details painted directly on the print.
I didn’t set out to make anything particular, I had just made a couple plates to show someone how the process worked. I had a bit of technical difficulty making the plates and destroyed part of them when I was preparing them this time so instead of larger plates we ended up with smaller sections to work with. Sometimes little is fun! Especially when it’s your only choice. 🙂 The last piece started with a background that was basically a little leftover, watered down color on the plate from a prior project. Then I sprinkled blue dots on the plate & printed them in several layers. Sometimes I “see” things in a print that just need some accenting to bring them out – in this instance I saw a field of blue flowers. Using a very fine pointed marker I added the outlines and stems coming from different directions.
I like the kind of “retro” feel it has to it!
Speaking of retro, I will be displaying a mixture of older artwork along with some very new works in the Commons area at the Sugar Creek Art Center during the months of October & November. Be sure to visit and check out all the wonderful art, the artist’s studios, the gift shop and, of course, my display as well. They host “Culture at the Creek” the second Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. with many special events going on those evenings. If you’ve never been to Sugar Creek it is well worth the drive to Thorntown!
Well, you can’t say I haven’t been busy. But you might think I’m easily distracted or suffer from attention deficit disorder! I have been jumping from one form of art to another and then back again. Some things are finished, some close to finished and some just beginning. I am taking advantage of my time to create and exploring a lot…some experiments have been successful and some haven’t but that’s the way I learn. 🙂 Here are a few samples of finished work and work in progress as of this morning.
By this afternoon there will be more changes and new projects. I’ve even got plans of going to play with clay. 🙂
Or, have a big class – I’d be happy either way! If you haven’t checked out the recent updates on my website lately be sure to visit it soon. If you haven’t noticed, I always recap what’s been updated on the front page to help you navigate. One of the biggest changes is in the “Classes” section of the site. I really do enjoy sharing my love of art with others but have difficulty figuring out when and what to share. SO, for the fall sessions I am going with a “build it yourself” style of classes. The topics available are: Gelatin Prints, Intuitive Collage, Mandala Art, Mixed Media on Illustration Board and Mixed Media Wall Sculptures. (You can find details, costs & links to examples of each of these topics on the Classes page of the website.) Also listed on that page are dates that I am currently available to present those topics. Pick a topic, choose your date, grab a friend or two and we are set for a few hours to an entire day’s worth of fun! Sign up soon to be sure you get the date you want…I’m ready for you!
The last time I pulled images from the “vault” I featured a series of digital art from several years ago. Since I’ve been showing some recent printmaking projects the last two weeks I thought it would be fun to pull out some older printmaking images to share today. As I showed you last week, I primarily print using a gelatin plate as my printmaking surface. It’s fun and easy way to print without the use of a press. Although the recent pieces were created by applying the color directly to the plate you can also use other methods for printing gelatin. One of those methods is called a collagraph (from the word collage). Collagraphs can be constructed from different types of material or can also be made by cutting designs into mat board. Once the collagraph is assembled or designed then they are sealed with several layers of poly-acrylic spray to keep the ink or paint from absorbing into them. This is an example of a constructed collagraph:
It was constructed from old manilla file folders and had some details added using glue which, once dry, is hard enough to leave an impression on the printing plate. Although it was wiped cleaned between prints some of the ink remained each time and built up the colors that you see here. Most of the collagraphs that I’ve designed have been of the carved mat board variety. Using an exact-o knife to cut through the top layer of the mat board you then peel that layer off leaving an indentation where it was removed. Once it is finished and well sealed you can print in one of two different methods. The first, called a relief print, is done by rolling your ink on the top surface with a brayer, leaving the actual carved design un-inked. The opposite process is call intaglio and you apply ink to the entire plate, being sure to get it down into the carved areas and then wipe the surface clean so that only the design portion prints. Here is a collagraph show before & after printing:
Sometimes I find that the collagraphs end up more appealing than the actual prints! “Tumble” is one of my favorites. Here is another used collagraph:
These are fun, easy projects to create “on the go” since they only require a piece of mat board and an exact-o knife. I normally have some blank pieces & my knife in my backpack when I travel, in case I am inspired to create one. A few years ago I had taken my supplies to an outdoor art fair that featured live music & entertainment along with art. The group that happened to have the booth next to mine was the Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana. As the day progressed and I saw several of their performances I found myself creating these dancing figures.
I never got the chance to print these because, at the end of the day, I decided to donate them to the group. They were so excited and were kind enough to give me tickets to their next performance! It was fun to have inspiration present itself and I so enjoyed the dancers and capturing their movements.
Wonder what I’ll pull out of “the vault” to share with you next time? Me too!
After completing the last group of gelatin prints I posted I did one more set, this set using a few brighter colors. I finished with two landscape images that I was very please with. I hope to have time in the studio soon to work on more prints but my schedule seems overwhelmed with demands lately. I hate when that happens! In the meantime, enjoy these two prints until I can get back to making more.
In my last post I showed some new images I’d made using a gelatin plate to make monoprints with. Today I’m going to show you the other half of the process, these are called “ghost” prints. After each layer of the original prints were made there was still a nice amount of color left on the plate so I lined up two additional prints and used the excess paint for their color. The result is always a lighter print that the original but sometimes that ends up being more pleasing than the darker first print!
These are the prints that I added charcoal to during the process – some of which stuck to the plate and was transfered to the original prints.
As you can see, the image on the left was printed backwards during one of the blue layers, a disadvantage of manually placing them vs. the originals that are taped in place. But, not to fear, with a mat added to the image (top of the page) all is not lost! This last print ended up being my favorite:
One thing I really like about it is the “happy accident” with the run of blue at the bottom of the image. That’s the joy of this technique – going where the flow takes you! More prints to share next week, until then…