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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]


Drypoint: Gush

 In the early 90’s, I traveled to central California to gather with family for a wedding. We all stayed in an unfinished house my step dad was renovating in Los Osos, and the evenings were cushioned with childhood memories and reflections on love, passages and family. My brother Todd (1963-1993) was moved by our sister’s pending nuptials, and we reflected on our views of commitment – forward, as it related to marriage, and backwards, to keep paths to siblings & family intact and well-worn as adults. He wasn’t a writer, but over that weekend, he stopped several times to write his thoughts down. He said he wanted to record the important stuff so he wouldn’t …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Sunday Morning (video tutorial)

Let’s Make a Collagraph, Shall We? Here is one collagraph in an edition of seven, made from a mat board substrate, printed by hand with ink, and then treated with color using a variety of media; one with watercolor, another with charcoal, a bright and impressionistic version with oil pastel and the print above with colored pencil. One of the many things I love about printmaking is the endless variety of options to play with the art *after* the print is pulled. The art supply cupboard is your oyster! Fiddling with art supplies is on the same plane as eating a good meal, …[Continue reading]


Mat Board Collagraph: Harmony House (& a new process video)

 I’ve posted a new video tutorial (below) on the process to print this line-style mat board collagraph, Harmony House.  Since folks have described challenges finding small pieces of mat board for this method of printmaking, I’ve cut a dozen 5×7 pieces and I’ll mail them (domestic only, please), first come, first served to the fastest askers, with a piece of non-skid (see the video for usage) to get you started. Leave a comment on this post if you’re interested.  You can explore the More Info section beneath the video window to access resource links I’ve assembled for varnish, ink & paper. Want a pice of …[Continue reading]


Drypoint Mixed Media: Bird on her shoulder (& a drypoint technique video from Crown Press)

Bird on her shoulder 5 x 7 inch drypoint engraving with colored pencil (2nd AP) Sold I’ve fixed a little glitch in my rss feed, so you may have missed the last two posts, and news of a sale in my Etsy shop.  There are over 200 pieces of art to peruse, so click on over and have a look.   Use the code DECEMBERSALE during check-out in my shop for 20% off everything in the store till Christmas eve!    If you have any questions, leave them in the comments here, or email me directly.  And don’t forget to Subscribe via Email to this blog for fresh art delivered to your …[Continue reading]


Woodcut with mixed media; Sleep

Sleep 12×9 inch Woodcut with Watercolor & Colored Pencil Available in my Etsy Shop Happy December, everyone! Process photos for this woodcut with mixed media start at the bottom of this post. As we approach the end of the year, I’m having a little sale in my freshly stocked Etsy Shop. There are over 200 pieces of art to peruse, so click on over and have a look. If you’d like to add some watercolors or printmaking to your friends & family (or self) gift-giving list – use the code DECEMBERSALE during check-out in my shop for 20% off everything in the store …[Continue reading]


Drypoint: Bowman (new video: printing drypoint without a press)

Bowman  10.75 x 8 Drypoint with watercolor Available in my Etsy Shop Drypoint Printmaking I took my first printmaking class in 1983. I bought my first press in 2012. For the three decades in between, I borrowed time on friends’ presses, audited printmaking classes to get access to college presses, scoured ads for used presses, and tried every method suggested to make prints without a press. It’s no surprise then, that so many subscribers to this blog and my youtube channel have asked for tutorials on printmaking without a press. Drypoint without a Press I used this drypoint engraving (above) to demonstrate how …[Continue reading]


Trace Monotype – Hey, Wanna Split a Sandwich? – and Trace Monotype Methods

Trace Monotype Printmaking Methods In the last post, I demonstrated techniques for a trace monotype made with more tone, and less line. This trace monotype (above) was made with more line, and less tone, which leaves plenty of printmaking paper exposed for watercolor or other media. If you’re looking for a video tutorial on how to make a trace monotype without a press, here is a play list of several monotype techniques on my youtube channel. The good news is that there are a ton of approaches to making a monotype: dark field, light field, trace monotype, monoprints, etc. Watch a few of …[Continue reading]


Monotype: Shorty & Scooter (& watercolor artist Mary Whyte)

Shorty & Scooter 6×4 Monotype Ghost print with Watercolor (sold) Would you like an instructional book on painting illustrative watercolor? See this post for give-away details. Watercolor artist Mary Whyte published a beautiful book about painting portraits and the figure in watercolor four years ago, titled Working South, and just before the show associated with the book opened, CBS did an inspiring 7 minute story about her. She talks about the theme of her series; a generation of skills and jobs that are disappearing because things have changed, and they’re no longer needed, or they’ve been replaced with technological advancements. A drive-in theater …[Continue reading]


Mixed Media: Ginger Hair (gelli plate #printmaking)

Ginger Hair 6 x 6 Mixed Media Getting together with art friends for an afternoon of making can be just the right kick-start for your creative mojo if it’s gone missing. I love gathering with other artists, with a tote bag of art supplies for a few hours of creative time and catching up, with chips and salsa and some art-making background music. All the better if everyone is working in different media. The hostess of my last foray into Art Day supplied gelli plates for some fast no-press printmaking (thanks, JMC!). I came home with a stack of fun backgrounds to adorn …[Continue reading]


Monotype: Agua Dulce Wine

Agua Dulce Wine – Monotype & Watercolor (sold) It’s been a monotype marathon in my studio this week, and I’m almost finished with a new video for my channel – demonstrating the process to make a dark field portrait monotype, with colored pencil. I’ll post it early next week, as it was a commission, to be presented as a gift this weekend. Fingers crossed the recipient likes it. 🙂 In other news, Akua ink creator Susan Rostow demonstrates this groovy printmaking paper – Arnum 1618 – on a video.  Have you tried it yet? Please let us know how it worked for you …[Continue reading]


Monotype: Back Yard Vacation (& a video tutorial on monotype printmaking without a press from Akua)

Back Yard Vacation 4×6 dark field Monotype with colored pencil Back Yard Vacation was created using the same process as the last post (see images below). The reference photo was taken at a friend’s house in San Diego. They have a lovely pool surrounded by palms, geraniums and a privacy hedge. It’s the perfect just-off-the-kitchen place to meander in your pajamas, with morning coffee, to find a comfy chair to plan the day ahead. You go ahead and take that chair by the peachy umbrella. I’ll sit by the pool and dip my feet in while we chat. 🙂 Back Yard Vacation is …[Continue reading]


Intaglio Etching: Sure Temptation (and a great video tutorial for a cloth & hardboard portfolio)

Sure Temptation, 6 x 9 Etching & Watercolor Available in my Etsy Shop.  This intaglio etching & watercolor was the result of a print-exchange with 12 fellow printmakers. We clipped the alphabetical headers from the upper corners of the Los Angeles Yellow Pages, and tossed them into a box. Each artist pulled a slip from the box, and created a print inspired by their selection; I pulled Sure Temptation – the boundary page between the S & T listings. The word temptation conjures Eve in the Garden of Eden.  I hadn’t pondered Eve’s story too deeply before that print exchange, but after researching the details, …[Continue reading]


Collagraph: Artist’s Model

Collagraphs are Fun The plate for this collagraph (see process shots below) was made from mat board and construction paper – and it was printed in a small edition of 5, intaglio style. If you’d like to see a tutorial video on making one of these collagraphs, visit my youtube channel. Lots of Options This is print #1 and #2. (above)  You can see how altering the treatment of the window view and the art on the wall changes the overall look of the final collagraph.  The first print is Urban and the second is a seaside location. She’s on vacation. 🙂 This …[Continue reading]


Linocut #printmaking: Dozing

Dozing 5.5 x 7.5 Linocut with Watercolor on paper Available in my Etsy Shop.This linocut was an experiment with pattern on pattern. The reference photo had the same tone and values in about 80% of the image, except for the extreme lights (the sun light) and the darks (the cats). I carved a variety of marks in stripes (wall paper), dots (the floor) and serpentine line (the bedspread) that weren’t in the original scene, knowing I would paint over it after the ink dried to adjust the values. The print without the watercolor (see below) isn’t as atmospheric to my eyes, but knocking …[Continue reading]