Pink Geometry, detail.
Paper, thread and plane geometry.
Pink Geometry is my latest experiment with woodblock printing. It combines woodblock printing with hand stitches as the blocks are pieced together with needle and thread. The paper used is from Thailand. Its delicacy belies its strength. As sheer and delicate as it is, it's strong enough to be stitched together as a kind of paper quilt.
I had no idea what I'd get when I ran it through the press. The paper has very large fibers running though it, which asserted themselves during the printing process. What is showing is the back side of the print. The large dense fibers in the paper blocked the ink from seeping through to the back. This effect was an unknown but delightful outcome, which drove the experiment forward.
My fascination with the geometric shapes origami presents is visible in these 2 series of engravings.
I experimented with a new technique - printing 2 colors at once. As usual some surprises resulted. Some good; all worth sharing. These are small; Each is 7" X 5.75". They are presented in the order I printed them. The plate was not cleaned between passes. I actually printed these in the fall of 2019. And put them away, feeling they were not so successful. Recently I looked at them again and decided they were worth sharing.
After altering the plate to reveal more folded paper shapes, I printed the second group I call Morning Coffee.
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.