Saturday, December 28, 2013

MAKING ART

"Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art."  ~Andy Warhol~

Joey's Boat
Pastel on Canson pastel paper

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SOUL

In The Park
Multi-Block woodcut
"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."
                                 ~Stella Adler~

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

HELPERS

Grandchildren helping with decorations. Tis' the season!

Friday, November 29, 2013

PERFECTION

"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."
                      ~Salvador Dali~


Snow Cat
Acrylic on Arches paper

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SNOW??

We were supposed to get a foot of snow over the last couple of days. Not even close!!


Friday, November 22, 2013

ART SPEAK

"If I could say it with words there would be no reason to paint"
~Edward Hopper~



Coolin'
Acrylic on Arches watercolor paper

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GRANDSONS

A day with Thomas The Train and my grandsons. Priceless!!



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NOT TERRIBLE

Most of my watercolor attempts turn out pretty ghastly, but now and again they end up looking like what I had envisioned.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WOLF PASTEL DEMO

Below is a link to a pastel demo I put on Youtube. Also a little drumming with a friend of mine for background noise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6hg7BvDRGY

Saturday, November 2, 2013

MAKING NOISE

Once and and a while I get together with a few of my teacher friends to fool around playing some blues. This is a link to us playing as a fill during a show at the high school (me on drums).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX8h-5qN_Hs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

JOEY BRISSON

"Try to be someone upon whom nothing is lost!"
~Henry James~




My nephew's fantastic photography




Wednesday, October 23, 2013

KID TIME

I have been off the mountain spending time with my grandsons, so I haven't been in the studio for a while. Time to get back to it!


Liam
Pastel Painting
Levi
Pastel Painting


Saturday, October 12, 2013

LAST A LIFETIME

"There are enough ideas, images, symbols and experiences in your head already to work with for a lifetime. It's a little like having a car with an unpredictable battery though. Sometime you get in and it starts right up. Other times, especially if it has been sitting idle for awhile, you turn the key and nothing happens."
   ~Bert Dodson,  Keys to Drawing~

Blooming Chair
Pastel Painting
John Brisson

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SOLARPLATE

I have been working on a Solarplate etching the last few days. Solarplates are so much easier and safer than traditional acid etching. For this printing I drew on a clear plastic sheet. The copper plate is first exposed to the sun using an aquatint screen, then exposed again using the drawing. The plate is rinsed with water and then ready to be printed.




Friday, October 4, 2013

KEIZABURO MATSUZAKI

Keizaburo Matsuzaki is a Master Print maker who has been making woodblock prints for over 36 years. Below is a link to a Youtube video showing how gracefully he handles the tools of woodblock printing. Also a link to a well written story about him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8uF3PZ3KGQ

http://woodblock.com/encyclopedia?entries/008_02/008_02html  (Visit to craftsman)

Monday, September 30, 2013

OLD PRESS

My brother found this old press at a yard sale. I just love it. I'm having a base and plate made for it.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

GROW YOUR SOUL

"Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Now I mean, I'm talking about singing in the shower, I'm talking about dancing to the radio, I'm talking about writing a poem to a friend--a lousy poem."   ~Kurt Vonnegut~

Piano Dreams
Reduction Linocut

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

ART

"Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without a thorn."
                                      ~Martin Amis~

Why Not Peace
Copper plate print

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

DANCE

"Those who danced were thought quite insane by those who could not hear the music."

Thursday, September 5, 2013

SET IT FREE

"Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~


Good Sax
Reduction Linocut

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

VISION

"I shut my eyes to see."   ~Paul Gauguin~










Diva
Linocut on Torinoko paper

Sunday, August 25, 2013

ANNE'S WATERCOLOR

Once upon a time (long, long ago) I had a girlfriend who had a talent that I was very unaware of. After a thirty year separation, we reconnected and I now get to enjoy her wonderful art.

Anne Whirledge Karp
Watercolor

Friday, August 23, 2013

OUT OF THE WAY

"When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, the artist listens."   ~Madeleine L'Engle~

Big Cat
Acrylic on Arches paper

Sunday, August 18, 2013

ALCOHOL HELPS

...but not the way you might think. I finished a test pastel I've been working on using a technique I saw Australian artist Leesa Padget do on Youtube. Alcohol is used on the pastels in the under painting. I sort of chickened out and didn't go as far as Leesa does, but a good learning experience.

Wind Swept

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

LINO

"Art and life are subjective. Not everybody's going to dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it."
                                              ~Whoopi Goldberg~

Central Park