Sorting and cleaning my studio area yesterday and found two prints that I had done last year. The tree stand is a reduction linocut print that didn't work out very well but gave me some good lessons and experience for future attempts. The other print is one of my first solarplate etchings. I hand colored one of the prints from the edition, but I think I like this better. Has an old feeling to it.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If, like me, you love the art of printmaking, you will enjoy Stephen and Sabina Alcorn's website. The are husband and wife artists living and creating in upstate New York (Cambridge). Stephen makes fantastic block prints while Sabina paints beautiful botanical watercolors. Definitely worth a visit.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I am constantly watching Ebay and Craig's List for a larger etching press. I have even set up "etching press" as a Google alert. The finds so far have either been priced above what I felt they were worth or the expense to ship was insane. I found a website that looks very promising. It has plans that you can buy for three different press designs, and loads of information and help in the building process. Also lots of pictures of presses built by other people. Most were built for under $2,000.00. Considering the fact that everything I've seen comparable has been in the $8,000.00 range, this is a great idea. If you are serious about printmaking, you might want to take a look at this site.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I have mentioned in prior posts how I struggle when trying to use watercolors. I have read books, watched DVDs and taken online lessons with very little growth. I can paint with acylics and now pastels and end up with something I like, but watercolors frustrate me to no end. Here is the same subject, a floral, I did both with watercolors and then with pastels. For whatever reason I feel much more freedom with the pastels.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
My pastels are getting quite a workout over the past month. It's an instant gratification thing!!
I received a good printmaking information link from a nice person named Erin
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Making yet another attempt at painting with watercolors. I think I have become my own worst enemy in this area. I am thinking this thing to death. Kadinsky said "...lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and...stop thinking! Yeah...bite me!!