Thursday, July 21, 2016

Untitled Reclining Male Nude White Line Woodcut - first proof

The image is 11" x 8". It is a white line woodcut printed with watercolors on 140 lb watercolor paper.

This is a first proof. I love the drawing, but I think I still need to work out the colors. Right now it's very circus when I was going more for equatorial. Maybe neither is a good idea. I can't seem to find the landing pad. *sigh* 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Summer" by Thea Proctor

It is exquisitely hot.

One lounges in a hammock, luxuriously spread out, shaded by a parasol and gleaming in the moment. The other has escaped this place and moment in time through a picture window on a page. The dog is with them, always presence, steadfast and keen.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Monotypes by 3rd and 4th Graders

This week I had some of my summer camp students make monotypes. I had them hike up to a pond and creek with drawing boards and do some drawings from life outside.

For the monotype prints I had the kids put their drawings or photographs I took on our hike under a piece of thick transparency paper and paint in the drawing/photographs using Createx monotypes colors. The kids painted quickly and kept the paint wet so they could print on dry paper. They did the pressing with their hands.

This first image -by Dean whose other work I wrote about last week - is of one of the sheets of transparency paper after he printed it. It was so beautiful, we both considered it its own work of art.

The rest of the photos are monotype prints by other students in the class.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Four color reduction linocut, 4" x 6" (image). the tired sunsets and the tired people - it takes a lifetime to die and no time at all. -Charles Bukowski

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Four color reduction linocut, 4" x 6" (image).

A rock or stone is not a subject that, of itself, may interest a philosopher to study; but, when he comes to see the necessity of those hard bodies, in the constitution of this earth, or for the permanency of the land on which we dwell, and when he finds that there are means wisely provided for the renovation of this necessary decaying part, as well as that of every other, he then, with pleasure, contemplates this manifestation of design, and thus connects the mineral system of this earth with that by which the heavenly bodies are made to move perpetually in their orbits.

-James Hutton, the Father of Modern Geology

Monday, July 4, 2016

"Flowers of Edo" by Fumio Fukita

Three years ago I wrote about a Japanese woodcut of a single explosion of firework (by Kasamatsu Shiro) that resembled a great flower in the sky. That blossom looked like a sunflower. This one seems more like a chrysanthemum, which strikes me as unseasonable. Fireworks in real life are colorful, huge, and stunning, but also moving and a bit chaotic. In contrast, the composition here is like an altar. This blossom of concentric circles is like a Great Eye, stationary, balanced, and watching over its lowly subjects on the ground.

I cannot help but feel that this is an image of fireworks that is not so much about fireworks as it is an expression of awe and yearning for order in an unpredictable, ever-changing, and often frightening universe.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Inspired by Topographical Maps

This is my fourth year teaching 3rd-6th graders at the Community Art Center's Summer Spree camp. This year's theme is "Earth Forms", so this week after having my 4th graders complete a collograph printmaking series, we took their "mandala" collographs, some construction paper, and turned them into collages inspired by topographical maps.