What's not to love? The European nutcrackers mate for life; build their nexts in Conifers i.e. - Christmas trees. They hide caches of pine nuts with natural foliage; which they eat in winter. Some seeds are left behind which grow into new trees. They’re crafty corvids - their food caches are carefully disguised with natural camo, like bark or moss. This species is responsible for re-establishing the Swiss Pine.
Tired of looking at yourself on Zoom? Or FaceTime? Or Teams? ME TOO!!! So tired! Tired of relating to friends like I live on the set of Hollywood Squares. Do what I did. Make a Self portrait. Here's mine - a woodblock print. And here are some artist self-portraits to get you started.
I make lots of trips to Oklahoma City. Most of my extended family lives there! My mom is there, and I'm going soon. Sometimes I capture a photo as I wind my way up Interstate 35. (Only if there is no traffic pressing down on me.) On this day, it was raining. Raindrops hit the car window and were dragged backwards by the forward motion of the car. It was misty and the rain made everything soft and smudgy. I couldn't wait to put it down on paper. See more drawings from the Road to Okie City.
This is the companion piece to Evidence of Life: Baby Keys, which I posted November 7, 2019 At the time I was kind of infatuated with the warm earthiness of Raw Umber. The size is 12 X 12". Relief Prints.
After making a bunch of masks for friends and family members, I finished out my spring printmaking class at home - without a printing press. These 3 artist proofs are collographs, and untitled. See more Collographs.
Engraving. 2 color, 1 pass. Printed in March on the American Tool Press at the print shop at Brookhaven. (I miss that press!) See more engravings.
Since I moved to Texas I have made the trip to my family home in Oklahoma City hundreds of times. There is often an eye-popping cloud/sky/light display to blow my mind while driving. Sometimes it's a breathtaking sunset.
This is an engraving using aquatint with soap ground on a copper plate.
The size is 4 ½"H X 12"W. See more engravings
Aquatint with Soap Ground resist - an experiment. Sometimes the calculated and planned ideas are disappointing. This image started as an experiment. I was trying out a new resist made of ivory soap. I had no expectations for a good result, and was pleasantly surprised.
My take away? At least at this point printmaking is a crap shoot; and a mystery.
I pick up stuff when I take walks in my neighborhood. I like to think of these Items as indicators of civilization. For obvious reasons, the city is teeming with such artifacts - discarded house numbers, party favors, and recently, a large colorful set of Baby Keys, like one you may have given as a gift to a couple with a new baby.
This 12 X 12" woodblock print was cut by the laser printer at Brookhaven College. (Such a great tool, the Zing Laser engraver!)
It's #1 in a set of 2 woodblock prints. I'll post the 2nd one soon.