Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday Kids' Class in West Philly

Me doing a monotype demo for campers this summer at the
Community Arts Center in Wallingford. This is one of the art
making methods I'll have kids explore at the UCAL this fall.
This fall is going to be a fabulous semester for teaching! I'm teaching printmaking classes for adults, and I'm continuing my work at the Wagner Free Institute for Science's SNAP program.

And, now I've been hired to teach Mixed Media 2D Art to 3rd-6th graders on Wednesdays, 4-5:30pm at the University City Arts League. We'll be doing some printmaking, learn techniques in drawing, painting, collage, and some paper mache, too! To register, check out the class listing on the UCAL website.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cats A-Z Is Now For Sale!

Announcing the official launch of Words On Woodcuts Press with the release of Cats A-Z!

Right now customers can buy the book either through my Etsy Shop (cheaper US shipping) or my Amazon Store. Or, if you live in the Philadelphia area and want to buy a copy directly from my studio, email me at marfknox (at) gmail (dot) com.

Five months ago I launched the fundraising campaign to start this small press, and now, with several hundred printed copies of Cats A-Z stacked in my studio, ready to sell and ship to art and cat lovers, it is a reality.

The book is a 8" x 8" hardcover, cloth with embossing, Smyth sewn bound, 56 pages plus printed end sheets. First edition of 500.

As followers of this blog know, I've already completed artwork for the next book slated to be published: Owl and Cat In Love. Every sale of Cats A-Z or original artwork from my studio brings me closer to raising the necessary funds to print that book next. So spread the word to anyone you know who might enjoy this work. Thanks!

This is the woodcut created for the end pages as it appears
in the front of the book. In the back is its mirror image.

Friday, August 21, 2015

"August Afternoon" by Gordon Hartshorne

Clouds float by, waves swell 
Sea or sky, it matters not 
Wind blows, determined. 

What a treat to discover the colorful woodcuts of Gordon Hartshorne just as I've been printmaking more with watercolors and introducing a painterly quality into many of my own woodcuts. Hartshorne was a printmaker who truly managed to make painterly woodcuts. He used the Japanese technique of wood block printmaking (moku-hanga) so he applied water-based pigments with brushes and hand-printed with a baren.

The artist died in 2004, but the website devoted to his artistic career is a wonderful resource for viewing many more of his wonderful woodcuts and learning about his life and work.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Woman's Head Against the Shore" by Edvard Munch

The sounds of waves sloshing against rocks mingle with a pervasive howling wind. There is a noisy hum here that imitates quiet.

The past is only the world we think we know. The ground where we formally crawled, then toddled, stepped, and raced dissolved as quickly as we moved beyond it. This is why we cannot help but fix our gaze forward on the traquil-yet-terrifying and seemingly infinite unknown.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Woman Standing At the Sea's Edge by Gustav Vigeland

More of Gustav Vigeland's dramatic, black and white woodcuts inspired by the Norwegian landscape can be viewed on the Vigeland Museum website, here. If anyone knows an actual title for this piece, let me know.

I am on a rock hurling through space. Solidity is mere illusion. All is forces, attracting and repelling, catapulting across countless, great divides. There is equal truth in the statements: We are shattered. We are one. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The City of Rhodes by Hartmann Schedel

Look to the sturdily-built structures. Contemplate the brilliant design and sweat that went into their erection. Think us safe as well as inventive.

Pay the sea no mind. Ignore its chaotic churns lapping at the rocky shore. Do not wonder about its composition or seek to unravel what mysteries hide in the deep.

Focus on the civilized city, the straight lines, the neat rows of windows.

Forget that we are all sailors standing on the edge of abyss.

Monday, August 17, 2015

I'm Teaching Printmaking For Adults This Fall

Here I am demoing white line woodcuts for an
Allens Lane Art Center fundraiser
I'm teaching printmaking classes for adults at Allens Lane Art Center in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia this fall.

First is a White Line Woodcut Workshop which will take place on two Saturdays, October 3 and 10, from 9:30-12:30. Learn more and register for this class through the Mount Airy Learning Tree.

I'm also overseeing a Relief Printmaking Open Studio, six Thursday evenings, Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 12, and 19, from 7-9pm. Beginners are welcome as I will be there to provide guidance and project ideas as needed. Register for the open studio directly through the Allens Lane Art Center.