Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Sharing some pretty pictures about the block printing process.
Currently my private sessions are full. I'll update the classes page as they become available in the fall.
The big reveal!
Positioning the paper carefully.
Ink, Ink, Ink!!!!
Monday, April 10, 2023
This student is 11 years old. The finished piece is 17"x15." The background is an original desgn block print by the student. We drafted quick sketches of a few designs, carved a sample and did a printers proof before printing on the finished piece.
Work in progress. We did not complete the printing in one session, so I decided to keep the staggered edges to help match the ink color when we finish printing. The drawing is very delicate, the pale blue background compliments the drawing nicely.
A few of my small test carvings to demonstrate how the designs grow when printing a block with radial symmetry.
A design does not have to be complicated to be effective. Think about having a 50/50 ratio of positive to negative space. Pay attention to the corners, carve away some and leave others behind. Experiment with borders.
Friday, December 30, 2022
Happy New Year! Wishing you all time for creative pursuits in 2023!
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
My 2 year sabbatical is coming to end. For the upcoming year I'll be offering limited private sessions only. The fall session is full and I do not keep a waiting list. Please just email me later in the fall if you are interested in sessions for winter 2023.
This summer I offered limited 1-1 sessions, an intensive short summer session in August. Here's a look at one of our projects.
Acrylic on 12x16 canvas. This project covers so much!!!
Step 5. Mix tints to paint the openings of the vases. Always add a small amount of your color to the white paint to create a tint. This will give you much more control over the color as well as the amount of paint you mix. For this project just a small amount of each tint is needed. Notice that the overlapping areas have also changed their tint color to correspond with overlapping complimentary color. The outlines were painted with red mixed with just a bit of black. The background colors are complimentary colors, yellow and violet. We ran out of time but the next step would be shadows.
Pay attention to the negative space on the top, bottom and sides of the canvas. The space are similar, giving the objects some room on the canvas but at the same time filling the canvas. We drew with colored pencils so that any lines would become a part of the painting and not show up as pencil lines and distract from the colors.
There is lot of planning and time we required for this project. Allow 5 hours, we did it over the course of 2 days and ran out of time for shadows. I would recommend this project for ages 10 and up.
Monday, May 2, 2022
One of my favorite still life subjects with students is this little red Bialetti Moka Pot. Not just because it makes the most delicious coffee but it is just so darn cute. This beautiful linocut is by a 5th grade artist!