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I’m going to do a reductive relief woodcut workshop at Windsor Printmaker’s Forum in May. This is a reductive lino cut on blue hand made paper. It is a second edition of 12. The first edition was a single cut in black on off-white hand made paper.
In this print the first two colours were white then yellow. The white was used as a base below the yellow to help it pop. The second cut was in a deep orange to contrast with the blue paper.
The print was hand rubbed in a registration block, and has small pin holes along one edge, which are part of the process.
Yesterday we cleaned up the front garden. My hydrangea bush had some incredible blooms on it this year. It was a joy to bring these inside. I found a lovely spot for them in my office. The background is a section of my abstract watercolour/rice paper collage which measures 40 3/4″ x 49 3/4″.
When I was a child we had two very large lilac bushes in our backyard. Every spring I would cut lilacs from these bushes and bring them in for my mother. She would go to the china cabinet and pull out this vase to hold them. Little did I know that this piece of American pottery was anything special. It is Red Wing RumRill art deco pottery with the number 629 on the base. The crochet table runner was made by my mother.
This was one of my final BFA pieces. My classmates, I’m sure, didn’t appreciate having to hop over this painting every day in order to get to their studio’s. I had to lay it on the floor with fans drying the large pools of watercolour. This process would take hours.
I love it because it was one of those pieces that I pushed beyond the breaking point and brought back. I thought it was trash, but my professor Adele Duck made me work it to death, or should I say back to life. I think I learned more on this one failed painting than in all my other works combined. Thank you Adele!
I photographed this in natural light. It’s a bit grainy because it is a cloudy day.
It’s not the Rolling Stone’s magazine cover, but if my work did grace the cover of a magazine I’d definitely buy at least 5 copies. Day 15’s assignment was to design a magazine cover. So, this is what I came up with, with the help of an application called fd’s Flickr Toys. It was fun.
Donna posed a question for us for day 5 of the 21 day journal challenge. What would be my perfect Saturday? Well that’s a no brainer for me. Don my hat, grab my paints and head out to commune with nature and capture the country side.
I really wanted to depict my plein air painting, I was just trying to think of how to manage it. Then it hit me! My hat has become part of me, so much so that it’s almost a joke. Like I can’t paint without my lucky hat. I got the hat at the San Diego Zoo when I was out visiting my Aunt Janet, and my Cousin Julie. I keep adding things to it. First it was the feathers from my first trip to the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I love my feathers! Then people started giving me pins, so I keep adding them to the hat as well. I just wish the pins had longer shanks most of them won’t stay on. :(
So, my favorite thing to do on a Saturday would be to go Plein Air painting. But, not alone I have to have all the gang, or at least one friend along with me.
Every week three of us get together for a visit at my friends studio. This was my sketch from January 20, 2011. Margret’s dog decided my lap was where she belonged. You can see Angel’s and my reflection in the middle of the teapot.
Artspeak Holiday Show & Sale 2011, a set on Flickr.
Our local arts council opened their doors to their annual member’s Christmas Show and Sale. Each artist was allowed to hang 5 pieces that had not been shown in previous members show. Seeing that I’ve been a very busy beaver this summer it was no problem at all to find 5 pieces. These works were all created at special events from the summer. The trip we made up north to Wilberforce, Ontario. Our group was invited to two events at the John R. Park Homestead, and two of these pieces are from that event.
Read more about this event here.