It's so hard to find time to get into my studio this time of the year. Besides the holiday preparations, we've had a number of storms that have given us quite a bit of snow and the shoveling that follows. I was able to complete the under-painting on a new pastel though.
I found another artist that is so multi-talented. Catherine Kernan. She is from Massachusetts and works in some of my favorite areas. Watercolor, monoprints and most recently, large woodblock prints.
We have had contractors doing remodel projects on our house so it has been hard to get down to my studio. I love pastels because of how quickly I can get something on paper and how easy it is to change things I don't like. I did this beach scene in the times I could fine between contractors.
The link below is to a site that lists printmaking artists from many parts of the world and includes links to their web pages and blogs. So many great prints to see from these talented people.
Mixed Media Print
Above is the first proof from a new etching that I'm currently working on.
I finished the pastel I had started a few weeks ago. It was not meant to be a Halloween scene, just a drawing of an old barn. Now, to me, it looks a bit spooky. I kind of expect to see the headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane!
Diane Cutter is an artist living in Puerto Rico that works with all of my favorite mediums. Her blog http://theitinerantartist.blogspot.com/ shows her versatility in printmaking, scratchboard drawings, pastels and watercolor works.
I spent a wonderful weekend in Palm Springs. My son was in a big softball tournament so we had a boys only weekend (grandson too). It has been turning cold here in Big Bear, so it was great spending time in the warm desert air.
My Lopez Island friend (Pacific Northwest) sent me a scan of her latest pastel work. She does great watercolors, pastels, lino and woodblock prints. The landscapes and nature around her make wonderful subject matter!
Below is a pastel I keep thinking is finished and then find myself foolin' with it again!!
I discovered another great site with fantastic prints and information on printmaking. Ian Phillips is one of Wales foremost Linocut artists. He uses traditional Japanese techniques and creates beautiful and colorful prints. His webpage has a 'how to' section that will show you how to get started with lino printmaking. http://www.reliefprint.co.uk/
Below is a recent reduction print that I did.
I am trying to get back to my printmaking and found an artist that gives me some inspiration to do just that. Sherrie York, an artist who lives in Colorado, creates some of the beautiful reduction linocut prints I've ever seen. Her blog is a treasure of information on techniques and ideas. brushandbaren.blogspot.com
She also has a website where she displays many of her prints.
Even though I promised myself that this time I wouldn't get caught up in the conventions, I couldn't let it go. I did finally get into the studio and started a new linocut. My first thought was to do just a single cut in black ink. Thinking now I'll do a reduction print again. I get to use more planning and thinking on those.
A friend sent me a link to a wonderful site belonging to an artist from British Columbia. Amie Roman creates beautiful prints using all of the traditional techniques. Her section on printmaking information explains many of the ways prints are made, and is well worth a visit.
My downstairs studio area is being carpeted so I have not been able to work on anything except a small scratchboard piece. Moving my drums was a real chore, but will give me a chance to clean the cymbals.
Ryan Hall from my little town of Big Bear will be running in his second Olympics August 12th. I've watched him run since he was very little and it will be exciting to see the marathon even though it will be in the middle of the night Big Bear time. This is a picture of the banner we have on my office.
The concert was a good one and the proceeds go to a good cause. Big Bear's animal park has been taking care of wildlife that has either been injured or some body's exotic pet, then abandoned since 1956. These are animals that can't be released back into nature. Pretty neat people!
I studied art many, many years ago, then drifted away from it pursuing a living. Ten years ago, through a love for photography, I revisited my art and creative side.
In this new adventure, I discovered printmaking. Linocuts and woodblock work hold so many surprises for me.
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