Friday, December 30, 2011
blue, pink, grey and red printed and looking good.
The red is a mix of scarlet with a touch of carmine to deepen the tone.
I decided to double print the red which also doubled my time but quadrupled my satisfaction when the results were terrific. Now I have some relatively easy stencils to print to finish the house before the printing turns labor intensive again. I'll start cutting the next stencils first thing Saturday morning and will post as I print. Stay tuned.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
This is my preliminary sketch which I am using as a cutting pattern for my lacquer stencils.
It photographs poorly because I have used a 4H pencil which makes an extremely fine line.
I'm going to be approaching this piece differently than I usually do by completely printing
the house before any branches and leaves are printed. I've always loved this house, but
because of the trees surrounding it, it is very difficult to photograph. In the summer it is hidden
and in the winter it is barren. I caught it on one of the three days when there were enough
colorful leaves remaining on the branches to enhance my composition, but not too many that
would obscure my view. I think the printing of this piece will be magical as it comes into
being. Several of the stencils are mammoth in scope and will take me days to cut. Still,
I am excited because the color and final print will be very powerful. I'll try to post every day
that I print and hope you'll enjoy the process.
The roof on this house is made of metal tiles. They are a rich red that is pink (this color) when the sun hits them. This is the highlight color as well as the undercoat for the red which I'll cut and print soon.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I'll post more images after the installation.
And come back soon to see my next project take form.
Friday, October 7, 2011
The black stencil makes all the difference in the finished product. Usually it's a lot of cutting, and this time was no difference.
A new project will be on the screen next week. Stay tuned.
Join me this Saturday, the 8th at Sykesville, Maryland for the Fall Festival.
Then on Sunday the 9th I'll be participating in the Oktoberfest in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Often I will post views of ongoing prints after several printings. If you're logging onto the blog, you don't get the complete picture. This time I'm going to post every printing so you can see the complete process.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Printed the last two colors and now the edition is finished.
It took me hours to cut out the ten commandments in Hebrew.
I'm beginning a project today which will be
the new Safeway at the corner of Bradley Boulevard and
Arlington Road in Bethesda. When we moved to Chevy
Chase in 1970 we lived two blocks from the Safeway.
Look for the new posts soon.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I'm cutting the black stencil which contains a lot of detail and will print both today to finish the edition.
I'll be cutting the ten commandments in Hebrew onto the tablets which somehow seems a little symbolic today.
Stay tuned; I'll post the finished print this evening.
I'll be in Baltimore this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timmonium, participating in the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. The first thing I always do after I set up my booth on Thursday, is to go by Glauber's Candies and purchase a pound of dark chocolate nonpareils.
That's usually enough to get me through the weekend at the show.
Friday, September 23, 2011
I'm hoping to finish the print on Monday or Tuesday, at the latest.
Amazingly, with all this rain and dampness, I've been able to maintain a perfect temperature and humidity in the print room. The paper continues to be crisp and registration almost perfect.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Stay tuned for more.
I'll be attending the "Hyattsville Arts Festival" this Saturday from 11 - 5 PM on Route 1 and Jefferson Street in Hyattsville. Come by and say "Hello".
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A very productive day on a brand new commission. The subject is the beautiful Historic Synagogue at the corner of 6th and I Street, NW in Washington, DC. This piece will include an outside view as well as an interior view.
The interior will portray the Star of David stained glass window. As I'm cutting the stencils, I feel like a glass artist cutting and fitting each piece into my composition.
After only six colors, the window is already taking shape. This will be quite an amazing piece when finished, so stay tuned.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I'll be debuting the print in Richmond, on Saturday at the 43rd Street Festival.
The image size is 22 X 16 inches and I think the edition will be 70, though I'll have to inspect the edition tonight to determine the exact number.
Issue price will be $325, but I will sell for $275 at Richmond this Saturday to anyone who mentions this blog or calls the studio by Tuesday the 20th.
I'll be starting a new commission piece immediately,
so stay tuned to the blog.
Well, after a good day of printing, I'm ready to print the black stencil and finish this edition.
Took several hours last night to cut the black and thought you might enjoy seeing it before it's mounted to the screen and printed.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Hope you'll come to Richmond on Saturday for the 43rd Street Festival and see all my new work in person.
Monday, September 12, 2011
in Richmond this Saturday the 17th and preparing for the Alexandria Fine Arts Fest this past weekend has got me a little crazy. I'm printing around the clock to finish this one and start a new one, with another right behind in the production lineup.
I'm gonna cheat on this one and show you my preliminary sketch and you can see what you think.
To all of you who came out to the Alexandria Festival this weekend, it was great seeing and talking to you. What a fabulous weekend and show.
Amidst all the hard work, I enjoyed myself immensely!!!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
All the stencils fit beautifully, (I'm finally getting pretty good at this after 40 years) and the weather and humidity contributed to a hassle free finish.
I feel very satisfied with the finished product and must immediately begin my next commission which is going to be a little different. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
Stay tuned for more.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I've had the pleasure of knowing this neighborhood family since the girls were little, so having the opportunity to paint them was a special treat.
This oil on canvas measures 36 X 30, which is a small size for a double portrait, but I feel like it worked out very well. If you weren't aware that I'm a portrait artist, you should know that this is one of the seldom publicized aspect of my capabilities that
is especially fun for me.
New serigraph starting now... I'm cutting stencil today and will soon be posting daily printing results.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
(deep maroon and radiant ultra blue). The deep maroon is incredibly transparent and requires a base coat of soft grey and a double pull to look its best.
Additionally it's the nastiest color to clean out of the screen, requiring lots of scrubbing and almost always staining the fabric pink. I'm cutting more stencils tonight, the dark brown is especially involved and will be the major stencil on this piece.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011