Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tropic Dreams

Ahhh. Just finished this piece for the Kona Brewers Festival this March over in Hawaii.
This piece was created with reduction prints scanned, then applied PMS colors to each layer, so the image has that digital, light as air, quality. The challenge was keeping it simple... among other things.
I've been dreaming and scheming to go. Hope to see you there!

Oh Ya. It's the last day of 08. Happy New Year!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Creativity 38

Yep, I'm all a tizzy! It's nice to get some kudos now and then. I'm proud to say that the packaging for Full of Life’s Flatbread Pizza featuring my illustrations just won a silver medal in Creativity 38, Creativity Awards Annual. A global showcase of graphic design and illustration. I worked with Mark Oliver Inc. on this project and I think they did a fabulous job designing them. You can see them at your local in Whole Foods Markets. Thanks to all!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Methow Paintings

The summer has finally arrived here in the Northwest, so I took advantage of it and did a little camping and painting in Eastern Washington.

The cabin and Methow River Valley....

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Eight Blocks Later

My first proof of the Lucy Reflected image. There's one slight value change I'll make, but this is very close. Eight blocks. I'm relieved the corrugated cardboard worked, as I was concerned I'd crush it, but it was surprisingly strong stuff. Lucy's a great little subject with her calico colors and voluptuous body and soft curves.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A Cat Reflextion

I cut one more plate and proofed the Headlands piece shown below. I could see various adjustments to make but before taking those steps wanted to experiment with simplified plates using a thin linoleum-like product with a sticky backing and Poly Print. I thought this cat image would be a good subject for the experiment since what I have in mind has very little detail. It was planned for a local auction for WAIF, an animal welfare organization here on Whidbey Island. Maybe I could apply this process to the Headlands. I had purchased these products many years ago and decided it was time to play with it. It sped up my process significantly. These were cut Friday night. Yes, I had a date with my drawing table. I know these products are cheap and inferior to a lino, but there are some small areas in the Headlands piece that only require a flat color so I'm looking for a fast way to get it down. I also wanted to try using some corrugated cardboard for contrast. This abbreviated process may also be helpful in my illustration work. I've got numerous projects on my board and haven't had time to proof this cat image. I'm chomping on the bit. I have a few more plates to create yet. I'm guesstimating 8-10 plates total. It's an image I'd like to keep rough. I like the happy accidents that occur with mis-registration. Above is an image of the key and color blocks created thus far. Later tonight I hope to run a proof... if I don't have a date. I'd much rather date my work.

I had created prints to appear on packaging for an organic pizza company called American Flatbread. These are two of six. Now stocked at your local Whole Food Markets.

Happy printing!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Back in the saddle

These are proofs of an unfinished print I had set down quite some time ago. A hot potato that's gotten cold. But I'm reheating it. It's experimental, so we'll see how it goes. The image is of the tide flats at Indian Point just below the bluff in the headlands, a protected wildlife habitat area next to my house. I'm always struck by the interesting patterns the tides create down there. They change quickly, especially after a storm.
I figure I'll be cutting more blocks for this print. I had gotten stuck and didn't know quite what to do next with it. One reason I set it down. And now I know exactly what I need to do. A friend had said he liked it at this point and didn't think I needed to do anything more with it. I have this image in my head and this isn't it. So when does one stop?
Well here are some of the plates and proofs using three blocks. I'll probably end up using 6-7. I can see that I'll be re-cutting a couple already. It's a fairly large image for a block print.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


All comments welcome!


First Blog

Blogging. A new experience for me. As web savvy as I've considered myself, I've learned that I'm just not on top of it!

This blog is about making pictures of all kinds every day. A place for myself and others to share information and thoughts. I'll be posting sketches along with progress on projects both in illustration and art.
I'll also be posting general information, learning sites, artists, events and gallery openings. Also making announcements in regards to workshops given by me and other artist friends.

To start, I've got the bug to do Moku Hanga, traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Linoleum has been a mainstay in printmaking for me, so tackling wood will be new. I've done it before, but I'm lousy at sharpening tools, so have not tackled it for quite some time.
I joined the Baren, Have learned allot so far. There's a wealth of information on this site. All the people I've met on the forum have been great and helped me navigate through that system. I guess reading the "How to's" would help.

Today I'm working on setting this up and also on a group of interpretive panels for
Freund Marsh at Oak Harbor here on Whidbey Island. Dan Pedersen of the Marine Resources Committee (MRC) has written the copy. A great guy to work with. And a talented writer. I've worked with Sue Van Etten, his wife, along with Shelley Hartle and Betty Azar at Azar Associates on their website doing some spot paintings most recently. for those of you studying English. And others like myself who struggle with grammar!

Time to glue my rear to the chair at my drawing table.



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