Wednesday, November 10, 2021

A Sustainable Palette 2022 Calendar Art

 These are the images for the 2022 "A Sustainable Palette" wall calendar as they will appear in the actual 12" x 12" calendar. 
















Sunday, September 26, 2021

"Carrots"

 

"Carrots" 
2 versions of a Linocut with chine colle, 6”x 6” (block). 

Ah, the colorful vegetable that's in season all year round. Most of the carrots I get in my CSA end up in the juicer. Although sometimes I make cooked "honey carrots" for the kids.

This is the fourth print created for my 2022 art calendar illustrating select items from my CSA. 

The process for these is that I arrange, photograph, sketch first, then carve into a linoblock and print, adding chine collé of for color. I will eventually be doing a hand-colored version. 

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018. 




"Apples"

 

"Apples" 
2 versions of a Linocut with chine colle, 6”x 6” (block). 

We've been enjoying a lot of apples this autumn, and I just love how this print turned out! 

This is the fourth print created for my 2022 art calendar illustrating select items from my CSA. 

The process for these is that I arrange, photograph, sketch first, then carve into a linoblock and print, adding chine collé of for color. I will eventually be doing a hand-colored version. 

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018. 




Tuesday, September 21, 2021

"Watermelon"

 

"Watermelon" 
2 versions of a Linocut with chine colle, 6”x 6” (block). 

This is the fifth print created for my 2022 art calendar illustrating select items from my CSA. Our family enjoys watermelon all summer, and this was a drawing from the last watermelon of this summer season that I bought. 

The process for these is that I arrange, photograph, sketch first, then carve into a linoblock and print, adding chine collé of for color. I will eventually be doing a hand-colored version. 

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018. 

Monday, September 20, 2021

"Rainbow Chard"

 

"Rainbow Chard" 
2 versions of a Linocut with chine colle, 6”x 6” (block). 

This is the fourth print created for my 2022 art calendar illustrating select items from my CSA. 

The process for these is that I arrange, photograph, sketch first, then carve into a linoblock and print, adding chine collé of for color. I will eventually be doing a hand-colored version. 

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018. 



Saturday, September 18, 2021

"Sunflowers"

 

"Sunflowers" 
2 versions of a Linocut with chine colle, 6”x 6” (block). 

This is the third print created for my 2022 art calendar illustrating select items from my CSA. 

The process for these is that I arrange, photograph, sketch first, then carve into a linoblock and print, adding chine collé of for color. I will eventually be doing a hand-colored version. 

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018. 




"Mini Sweet Peppers"

 

"Mini Sweet Peppers" 
3 versions of a Linocut with chine colle, 6”x 6” (block). 

This is the second print created for my 2022 art calendar illustrating select items from my CSA. 

The process for these is that I arrange, photographe, sketch first, then carve into a linoblock and print, adding chine collé of for color. I'm also doing to do a hand-colored version after the ink dries on the others I printed. (Not there yet, but soon!)  

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018.  




Sunday, September 12, 2021

"Tomatoes (Slicers)"

 

"Tomatoes (Slicers)" 
Linocut with chine collé on white Stonehenge 
8" x 8" 

I've been working on some illustrations of items from my CSA toward creating a 2022 art calendar. 

Below are some different versions of this same image of some tomatoes I arranged, photographed, sketched and watercolor painted, carved into a linoblock and printed. I'm also doing to do a hand-colored version after the ink dries on the others I printed. 

This is supposed to be in connection with the Red Earth Farm CSA project I did in 2018. This was a time-based conceptual paper making project that lasted the duration of the CSA (22 weeks). In 2019 I added a couple illustrative woodcuts with 
chine collé of myself engaged in the project. 

At the time I had also considered illustrating many of the actual items (local fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers) I received every week, but never really landed on an approach. But the idea stuck in my brain, and this year combined with my desire to do a 2022 art calendar. Since I never could decide on an approach to how to illustrate these items, I've decided to just photograph and draw and paint and print and I'm even going to make some ceramic trivets with glazed illustrations, in the hopes that 12 cohesive images for a calendar will come out of it in time. Conceptually, that seems to align best with the original project which had to do with the process of domestic chores connected with acquiring and preparing food. During that project, there were time constraints and rules to the projects, and whatever paper came out of the process, that was the finished product. Here it will be the same. I'm going to produce these images in the time frame I have available, and when the deadline arrives, I'll make a decision about whether I have something publishable or not. 

Below are some of the other versions of this image I made so far. 







Wednesday, September 8, 2021

"Colette"

 

"Colette" Woodcut Gamblin ink on white Stonehenge 8" x 12" (block), 10" x 15" (paper) This is yet another print of a friend's dog. In this case a miniature poodle. I got a little obsessed with competing patterns in this one. The metal dog sculpture in the foreground is easier to see and has more personality than the living dog sitting on the chair. Even though I made this for a friend, I think how I feel about life right now seeped into how I put this image together. Chaos and competing interests reign supreme.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

101 Artists Video Contribution

 I have a woodcut in the exhibition 101 Artists, selections from the Fred Danziger Collection. This was recently exhibited at Gallery222 in Malvern and now from July 9-October 9 it will also be shown at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, PA. Incidentally, Fred Danziger's work can be seen on his website.

Participating artists were invited to make short video contributions about our work for the show, and this is mine: 




Sunday, February 28, 2021

"Musk Ox" (2021 Year of the Ox)

 

My Year of the Ox print for a card exchange with Baren Forum. This is a 2 layer reduction on Kraft card stock. It depicts an arctic musk ox.

Given that these are hard times (pandemic, global warming, worsening economic and other disparities) the musk ox seemed a good species to celebrate 2021. They are wild animals that live in the harshest conditions. They live in herds and the strongest among them protect the weakest. We could take some inspiration from these noble beasts. 

This is my 4th year participating in  New Year's Exchanges with the Baren Forum for Woodblock Printmaking. Here are my prints from previous years' trades: 

Year of the Rat, 2020

Year of the Pig, 2019 
Year of the Dog. 2018 

Sunday, February 14, 2021

"Faolan"

 

"Faolan" 
8" x 10" 
Woodcut with chine-collé
Unique print 


This a commemorative wood block print of a friend's dog that passed away within the last year. I only met this sweet dog once, but really enjoyed his company. He lived with Lucy, who also passed away a few months ago. I managed to snap a good photo of Faolan and used it as a reference for this print. I decided on chine-collé to capture the mottled colors in his fur. 

all his sweet and shaggy life,
always near me, never troubling me,
and asking nothing.
-Pablo Neruda 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Groundhog Day 2021


It's Groundhog Day, and that means my annual Groundhog Day card. This one is a woodcut pop-up card, the background printed on kraft brown cardstock and the groundhog printed on cream colored Stonehenge paper. 

This year's protagonist stands in an open field on a cloudy day, looking off into the distance. Rather than making a clear decision in this moment, they ponder the unknown. Indeed at this start of 2021, it feels very much as if the world is in a transitional phase, and it is less clear than usual what comes next. 


This is my 7th annual Groundhog Day card. If you'd like to see the previous years' designs, here are the links.

Groundhog Day 2014 
Groundhog Day 2015 (I skipped 2016)
Groundhog Day 2017
Groundhog Day 2018 
Groundhog Day 2019
Groundhog Day 2020