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Monotype printmaking – Picnic Nap, and Five Printmakers to follow on Instagram, Vol. 2

Picnic Nap 8×6 Monotype Ghost with Watercolor & Colored Pencil (Available in my Etsy Shop) Using Other Media on Your Monotypes This monotype ghost print looked a little dubious all by itself (see below), but it had potential. The mark-making still visible in the thin veil of ink was interesting, but the tonal variations were too close together, and it needed more contrast to read as two embracing figures. Other Art Supplies to the rescue! This monotype ghost print, before I added color with wet and dry media. Do you paint your ghost prints too? If You’re New to Printmaking If you’re unfamiliar …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Morocco (making a collagraph with mat board and construction paper)

What Inspires Your Art? I’ve always felt riveted by and drawn to the art, architecture and cultural styles of Morocco. Their particular flavor of color, detail and design is stunning. I have books on Orientalist paintings (this one is a favorite) that make me swoon with their painterly renderings of embellished walls, tiled floors, colored glass lanterns, and hand-printed fabrics. On My Art Library Book Shelves There are several painters whose work in these regions projected my affinity to new heights, like this one by John Singer Sargent, and this one by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (I have his book Winters in Algeria), or this …[Continue reading]

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Mixed Media – Sur la Sorgue Sunday Market

Loss and Perspective Loss puts a magnifying glass on the concept of time. A sweet, kind, joyfully positive friend of mine died last month. Grief and good memories shared with a community of people who loved her has been a salve on my bereaved heart. Making art and planning new paintings helps enormously too. She would like that part; planning and being excited for all things related to Potential. What Do We Say? Knowing what to say to a family suffering a loss is challenging.  Feelings get tangled in social skill hiccups, bereavement diplomacy, and the delicate balance of expressing your grief in …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Scouting for Tulip Petals (& Art Groups on Facebook)

Making Art with Other People Make art more often by joining a group, taking a class or scheduling your creative time with fellow artists. A schedule makes you accountable, and anticipation from art-minded friends expecting you to show up can be the right kick in the pants to Get Things Done. So Many Artists tell me they don’t create often enough. Self-doubt, time management, life/work-conflicts, and health issues are mortar in the block walls. And then there is the subtly squirmy discomfort with working alone. We know that making art is a solo endeavor, so that can be part of the culprit.  If this …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Winter Geraniums (when art is inspired by family photos)

Do you Paint from Family Photos? The reference photo for the monotype above was snapped in the mid 1970’s, in my dad’s childhood home in rural Connecticut. My grandparents bought and renovated the house in 1944, after it had lived a full life as Old Meadowbrook Farm – a Country Inn and gladiola farm since the late 1800’s. If you’re unfamiliar with monotype printmaking, there are many posts on this blog featuring monotypes in process (click here to see a few posts).  You can also watch monotypes being made on my youtube channel. Gather your supplies and lets make something, shall we? This monotype, …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Keyhole to Springtime (& finishing what you started)

Staggered Beginnings I started this monotype in my previous studio about three years ago.  Yep, that’s a thousand days, people. I’m predictable in my art-making process; I get *so* excited to start! The early stages of making put me in a fevered flow state.  While happily playing with color and shape, I don’t feel hunger, fatigue, or distraction. I’m a comic book superhero art-making machine. And then, I stall. After all the excited beginnings, I eventually get to a place where I have to make big decisions that will either kill or strengthen the art. I’ve written about the trouble with Pride and Ego in art making, and I …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Purple Barn (& organizing your studio)

There’s a lot of Fall harvesting going on here in California. The farms near my house are full of cage-box trucks heavy with green and yellow citrus, and the scent of fresh-cut produce is strong on the roads I frequent; onions, peppers, cabbage and herbs are all abundant and fragrant. As we approach the end of the year, this is a good time to take stock of your art-making habits, the state of your promotional activities, and where and how you’re making your work available. Is your studio organized and ready for you to get to work? Did you make the volume and the …[Continue reading]

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Trace Monotype: Balladeer (& museum-goers are asked what they see in art)

My grandparents met in a Connecticut textile mill as teenagers. They were not yet 20 when they married. He was from Canada and spoke only French, and she was from England, so communication was challenging in their early years. Right up to the end of their lives, they held hands, patted the empty seat next to them beckoning the other to come sit close, and they made each other laugh, especially while reminiscing. I loved visiting them, typing frantically on my lap top, to harvest everything they giggled when I asked “Where were you when you first kissed?” (In the back of a horse-drawn sleigh on a snowy Thanksgiving …[Continue reading]

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How to make a Collagraph

What is a Collagraph? A collagraph is a type of printmaking, traditionally made from a collaged plate. If you’ve wondered how to make a collagraph – especially from mat board – I hope this is helpful. Shapes and textures are layered on a base plate (usually metal or plexiglass) and sealed with a gloss varnish.  After the assemblage dries, the surface is inked, and wiped, which leaves plenty of pigment embedded in the textural elements, and caught against the curbs of layered shapes on the collage. When pressed against paper – usually on a press, but also rubbed with a baren or spoon …[Continue reading]

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Linocut: Pippins & Braeburns (& Hilary Paynter’s wood engravings)

I’ve been framing small linocut prints to take to the San Diego Artwalk this weekend. I usually meet young people interested in art, but not yet fluent enough financially to be art collectors. Printmaking in small editions is a lower price-point than one of a kind paintings, so little prints are often the first original art a budding collector will buy, and I’m always thrilled to be part of another art-lover’s emergence into the exciting first chapter of lining the nest with beautiful, original art. I know the thrill of finding something you really just have to display in your home. Exhibiting small prints (and showing some of the plates and …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Between Friends – and a video tutorial on Trace Monotype

Trace Monotype In the last post, I mentionedI was working on a new printmaking demo video of a trace monotype.  It’s published now, and I hope you find the method inspiring enough to try. After the printmaking ink was dry – you’ll see a sequence where I added layers of watercolor and pastel to the print.  My hope is that by demonstrating added layers of color,  you’ll be inspired to make one too. Even if You Can’t Draw Trace monotype is a great printmaking process, because this particular flavor (it varies) doesn’t require a press, or lots of tools (there is no carving whatsoever), and you can …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Not Camera Shy (& monotype process videos)

  This little monotype was printed from a sheet of mylar (see process photo below). Water-soluble pencils were used to begin the portrait on mylar, and then watercolor was added just before printing. After the monotype print was dry, I added more watercolor to increase the contrast and color saturation.   If you’re not familiar with monotype printmaking you can watch videos of the process as a little primer. Grab a beverage and a note pad to jot down some inspiration…. Here’s a quick little dark field monotype demo by Jim Flowers, also known as the Snake Artist from his work with reptiles …[Continue reading]

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Collagraph: Morocco (& de-cluttering the art studio)

I spent a few days this week hanging art, and unpacking the last parts of my studio that have been in boxes since moving from the desert to the coast over the summer. As much as I loved seeing those previously inaccessible art supplies, I also realized I haven’t missed some of them, and I’ve been storing supplies for “just in case” scenarios. In an effort to de-clutter, focus, stand down and apply myself like Gorilla Glue to just printmaking and watercolor, I boxed and donated all supplies I haven’t used in the past year. Earlier this year, The Huffington Post published a slide show of 44 …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Early Retirement (& art supplies for the beginner)

I’m a bit timid to buy art supplies for my artist pals, unless I know for sure they’re missing something specific in their studio arsenal. But many of my friends and family are new at art, or they’ve *never* done art, but they’re interested in dipping-a-toe-in to check it out. With the popularity of group paint-along cocktail parties, adult coloring books, and youtube art tutorials demystifying the art process, I’m excited that so many people are discovering their art-making brains. Those folks are extremely fun to shop for, because they usually don’t have any art supplies, and a gift of something maker-ish could inspire their heretofore unrealized artist-self, which could spark …[Continue reading]

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Monotype with Watercolor: Persimmon & Vintage Whiskey Bottles (& a lecture on John Singer Sargent)

Here’s a video you can watch, or just listen to while you’re working on something else… Richard Ormond is the former Director of London’s National Maritime Museum and the former Deputy Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery. He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on John Singer Sargent, who was his great Uncle, and he’s published at least 9 volumes on his work. He spoke at The Art League in Virginia on November 5, 2015, and lucky for us, they posted the hour & twenty minute lecture on youtube, so you can listen & watch it too. Artist extraordinaire Robert Liberace introduces him:  If there are other …[Continue reading]

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Woodcut: Avocado Pit Still Life

This reduction woodcut goes wayyyy back, so I’m posting it as a nod to Throw Back Thursday. The first printmaking experience I had was at UMASS in the mid 1980’s. As soon as I walked into the print lab, and heard the clank of an old metal proofing press, inhaled a whiff of ink, and stepped on a cushion of wood and linoleum curled shavings underfoot, I was in love. In a blink, I had a bench hook in my apartment, and carving tools on my desk, with a slab of glass edged with masking tape to roll ink out.   The woodcut above was made during …[Continue reading]