Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sketchbook Sunday: Barred Owl on Neon Green

I sketched this taxidermy Barred Owl at the Wagner this week in preparation for some prints of owls I'm working on and the A Wise Old Owl book project (limited edition, order yours here!) I will embark on soon.

The reason it's on neon green paper is because I went there in between classes and I forgot my sketchbook! The only paper up in the museum was a stack of flyers printed on neon green paper, so I just used the back of one.

There were a bunch of adorable little kids from a local grade school doing a scavenger hunt in the museum at the time, and they kept coming up to watch me draw and ask if I was an artist. It was a fun hour.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Who?" by Anne van Oppen

I am volunteer coordinating Baren Forum's Exchange #71. It's my first time coordinating a print exchange, and the editions from participants have begun rolling in.

In today's package I was delighted to receive an unexpected gift. In addition to her amazing edition of prints, Anne van Oppen included this little purple owl printed on a card. I am very grateful, and she now lives right on my desk.

What a happy coincidence as I have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a handmade book featuring an owl.

I cannot wait to receive the rest of the participants' prints. These exchanges with this community of relief printmakers have added so much joy, professional fulfillment, and camaraderie to my life.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sketchbook Sunday: Spotted Owl for Make 100 Kickstarter Campaign

A wise old owl sat in an oak, 
The more he heard, the less he spoke; 
The less he spoke, the more he heard; 
Why aren't we all like that wise old bird.
Kickstarter is encouraging people to create Make 100 campaigns to usher in the new year. So I'm beginning 2017 with a new Kickstarter campaign (click here and please share!) - if I reach my goal I'll be creating an original, hand-made book illustrating the above Mother Goose rhyme A Wise Old Owl.

I've decided to use the Northern Spotted Owl as my main reference for the book. It has such beautiful markings. Today's post features two preparatory sketches.
Contributors can choose either the black and white version ($25) or hand-colored version ($40.) The campaign runs through February 13th.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Eagle Nest"

White line woodcut
Watercolors on 120 lb. watercolor paper
8" x 11" (paper) 5" x 7" (block) 

The imagery for this woodcut was inspired by my daughter playing in an Eagle nest installation at Drexel's Academy of Natural Science's Outside In, an section of the museum designed for children's play and discovery. I love watching kids play in the eagle next because the mismatched and out of proportion scale of structures, toys, and participants feels dreamlike. I go back and forth between seeing the children dressed in eagle costumes are noble predators themselves, or shifty impostors. A third possibility - perhaps they are in a state of transformation. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Big Brown Bear"

White line woodcut
Watercolors on 120 lb. watercolor paper
8" x 11" (paper) 5" x 7" (block)

I took a photo of my husband and daughters on our front porch nearly 5 years ago, and had been meaning to create a white line woodcut from it ever since. Maybe I did it now because the cold winter weather is ramping up and I needed a little memory of summer. Pretty happy with the results.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sketchbook Sunday: A Weary Squirrel

Despite holiday business I managed to get one more quick sketch in before the New Year holiday, and here it is - a taxidermy squirrel from the Wagner.