I hadn't done a stone lithograph for quite a while. This was fun, frustrating and exciting. It felt good to draw with the greasy crayon the porous stone's surface. Coot birds are really weird looking so I had to draw it a couple of times on a separate piece of paper to get the proportions correct. The printing process was a kick in the pants but I got the just of it.
I am honored to be part of the Al Mutanabbi Project that includes many national and international artists. To read about the project click here. I struggled with this piece because of the monumental importance of the project. This is what I came up with, two hamsa hands, open like a book with a rising phoenix emerging. I used the lithographic process because it was used by Daumier in the 1800's. His works illustrated social and political commetary of his time.
These coins were fun to make. My good friend Heather gave me some wax and advice on carving. After great hesistation, I carved up these two pieces and had them cast in silver. These were part of my recent thesis project and were completely out of my comfort zone. Along with these coins, I created a map of an invented place called Bird Island. This is the islands money, let me know if you're going to visit. You'll need some cash.
Please excuse my disappearance, again. This academic year is wrapping up and there has been one too many things to keep track of. Last summer I taught a great group of students printmaking at the University of Nebraska. Shortly after wrapping up the summer session, some of the students wanted to start a print/book club. This year has been a lot of work but the club is moving a long. Their first exhibit will open this Friday, May 8th, 6 pm at the Bancroft Market. Swing by if you're available, there will be some amazing prints and books on display!
A little portrait etching. The dress and figure are from a portrait Rembrandt made of his wife, Saskia. I added the cockatoo head because, well, I wanted to. I'm gearing up for my exhibit at the UNO gallery in May and this image is on the postcard. Swing by and pay me a visit, mark your calendar for May 15, 5pm.
I was so happy to have figured out how to print Japanese style mokuhanga. I have taken a handful of workshops with Karen Kunc and was able to produce this at my studio following the last lesson with her. I'm ready to try this some more!
Last summer while in Ireland, I stumbled upon this poem by Yeats. Tucking this memory into the back of my mind, I remembered it when it came time to explore letterpress. I was very lucky to have the help of Denise Brady of Gibraltar Editions help me assemble text and print this image. Never making a letterpress print before I was a little nervous and uncertain about how things would unfold. It was easier than expected for me and I love the way this turned out.
This is a little etching about 2"x 3". I designed this for my Yeats letterpress poem (will be posted soon) as a backup if the wood engraving I made didn't work out. Surprisingly, I didn't need to combine this with the poem. Still a handsome print, I titled it "It's a Hawk" because when most people are looking at my prints they typically assume that my birds are eagles. Well, it's a hawk.
I took a moku hanga workshop with Karen Kunc a while back. It was my first true experience with traditional Japanese printing. I was so excited and had this perfectly planned image in my head, always a bad idea in my opinion. This was the 'best' print that appeared. I didn't know exactly what I was doing and created this awesomely awkward crappy print. BUT, I took what I learned and made a better print on my own. So, in the long run it all worked out :)
Reduction woodcut I completed over the summer. It's in a faculty exhibit at UNO which is coming down tomorrow and will be hanging in the Wings Over the Platte exhibit in Grande Island for the next couple of months. This print has gotten a lot of compliments. I enjoyed working on it, lots of carving and color layering.
Poor little collagraphs, one of the typically forgotten print processes. This piece was from a demonstraton I did in class. A very basic example, I think only one or two people actually tried to make one on their own. We used a leaf, a latex glove, wood shavings, soda top and matte board glued to cardboard. Rich with texture!!
It's hard to buy art for people that make art, at least in my opinion. This however, was a great gift from a super friend for Christmas. Heather did good. I have a couple of books full of Haeckel's illustrations and they are amazing. I think I let out a little squeal when I opened this.
Another holiday to throw me off my regular schedule. Sorry for my disappearance. This sketch was a study of the drive and walkway at a cottage we stayed at outside of Galway over the summer. This sweet little house was tucked away on a side road, the view of the hills off in the distance and mumbles of two beautiful connemara geldings outside our door. If I could run away once a year, this is where I would go.