A Glimpse Into the Daily Workings of an Artist's Studio.

Friday, December 30, 2011

It's All About the Red

When I finished cutting the stencil for the grey, yesterday after lunch, my mind turned red.  Literally, all I could think about was the large red stencil that was next on my drawing board.  It took me six hours of cutting to prepare it for the screen, and I was so totally psyched for printing it that I totally forgot about photographing the grey stencil and posting it.  The grey stencil went on perfectly, no fuss, no muss.  The red stencil also adhered and printed with no problems whatsoever.

So, here we have the first four colors,
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

New Serigraph Underway!

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 first color is the hardest because it represents a commitment to print and the decision to make this project priority #1.  Now I'm ready to roll!

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.