Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Cut the stencil for all the leaves and printed it in white.
Then, leaving the stencil in registration (alignment) I washed out the white ink and reprinted the same stencil with yellow. (The white served as an undercoating.)
Then I blocked out a portion of the yellow and printed the rest green. Tomorrow I'll print yellow ochre and orange leaves as well as a darker green. The color balance is coming together and the composition is singing.
After I've printed all the leaves, I'll cut the delicate railing stencil and print that in black to finish the piece.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
First, there are two totally separate black stencils. The one shown here is the base stencil over which I'll print the tree and fall foliage which will bring fantastic color to this piece.
The second black stencil is the railings and fencing that was too delicate to cut around and will be my final stencil.
Secondly, I'm going to undercoat all the multicolored leaves with white ink. I rarely print white, but this will give the leaves a three dimensional look that I think will give real depth to the composition. I have two more big days of printing to finish this image, so stay tuned.
Friday, December 14, 2012
I'm locking myself in the studio to have a "Print-a-thon".
This is a special commission with a deadline, so stay tuned to see the magic happen before your eyes.
I'm approaching this print a little different than I normally print. I'll be printing some of the dark colors before light ones; which I rarely do, but there is method to my madness and I'll explain as the image takes shape. The largest and most intricate stencil is the grey, which I am planning on cutting and printing tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
It began when I was approached by Peterson Company of Fairfax, Virginia to create murals for one of the properties they manage in the Fairfax Circle retail center.
The three murals on "Monument Wall Way",
(appropriately named, I thought), illustrate a cyclist, lacrosse players and a young woman in
an equestrian jumping competition.
I used real models, did extensive photography, and manipulated the final images in Photoshop. My final artwork was printed on high tech panels that replicate ceramic tile without the high cost of a ceramic tile installation. A lot of this process was experimental, (at least for me), and I credit Peterson Company for their support and patience. The final project took longer from start to finish than planned; with some trial and error involved, but the final product speaks for itself.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hope you'll come by either day, 2-6 PM and have a glass of fresh cider with me. Park right in my driveway.
For some reason nobody ever does; but now you know.
Working on a new commission of a vintage Georgetown rowhouse. I'm waiting on approval of my photos so I can create my rough sketch and then I'll post as I begin printing, hopefully next week.
Monday, November 26, 2012
I love working in this size format. The sheet is very easy to handle and registration is a piece of cake, even in an edition with so much color. Since I'm printing a half sheet there's also the economic issue; I'm using half as much paper and ink.
The wear and tear on me is also less. In a short period of time I can accomplish a lot of printing. I'll be sure and post tomorrow when the whole edition is completed and I've figured out a title . Stay tuned.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The first are the light colors. The usually represent about one half of all the colors I print. The medium grey is the turning point where I transcend from light to dark. This piece has a lot of light colors, so I still have a ways to go to "turn the corner".
All the stencils are relatively complex, so I'm working hard to get as many colors cut as possible so progress will be rapid.
Among others, I was fortunate to find a vendor selling fresh flowers, (how could I resist?) and I got some great pictures. Here we have the fist four colors of what will ultimately be a very colorful print. It should come together very quickly so please come back soon and watch my progress.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
I'm going to title the piece,
"Hot Sauce" for not only the Chalula in the background but for the energy that Chad Tracy always brings to the game when he comes in to bat. I could write a whole column about Tracy and the great contribution he and other "Goon Squad" members make in helping the Nats in the late innnings, but I'll let the art do the talking.
I'll be unveiling this piece this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Montgomery Co. Fairgrounds at this weekends' Sugarloaf Festival. The edition is only 50 prints, so I'm expecting some rapid sales. (four copies sold while in progress) Come see me this weekend.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Looking forward to finishing tomorrow but have lots of other projects that need my attention.
I'll be setting up Sugarloaf at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD.
This is the biggest Sugarloaf (and the best)
of the entire year. Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
upstairs in the main building, I'll be holding forth at my booth and hope you can come by.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
As you can see, the grey stencil was huge and used almost a full quart of ink during the printing. Except for the uniform, the grey is the undercoating for two dark blues, dark red, dark brown, dark purple and black. Now, when I print those colors they will appear especially rich because of the grey beneath them. Hope to finish this edition on Saturday, but I'll have to get busy cutting stencil to succeed.
Monday, November 5, 2012
I put this on my blog because it makes me smile.
Art has a way of generating emotion and I have always chosen to opt for the smile when given an opportunity. If your work can make people smile or cry, why not make them smile.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Former Washington Grove neighbor David and wife Maureen came by my booth to say hi and snapped this shot with their cell phone.
Thanks to all who came by to say hi and went home with a new piece of art for their homes.
This is the kind of show that keeps me enthusiastic about what I do!
A special shout out to the folks that run this show and make it so special. Thanks to Bob & Robin and "ground forces" Seth & Josh, you did a positively great job!!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I'm going to cut more stencils tonight, since the Nats aren't playing, but I doubt that I'll get more printing accomplished before next week.
I have a lot to do to get ready for the Bethesda Row Festival this weekend but I'll plan a heavy printing day for Monday.
These are the first four colors in my new Washington Nationals print.
This will eventually portray Chad Tracy, captain of the "Goon Squad", slamming a low fastball into the bleachers at Nats' Park. This piece will come together gradually as I add all the puzzle pieces.
Please stay tuned.
Friday, October 12, 2012
In the process I overlooked putting shoes on my people. Oops!
So, today I'll do the little touch ups to complete the piece and then I'll really be finished.
Click on the balcony to see it larger.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I'm now cutting the black stencil which is monumental in its delicacy and intricacy.
Began by cutting the ornate wrought iron railing on the second floor balcony and realized I would be cutting this stencil for a long time.
This stencil includes all the ornate wrought iron, as well as the lettering on the awning and the sign (not to mention the railings and some deep shadow areas. I'll keep you up to date.
Monday, October 8, 2012
to talk to so many of you and a real treat to know that you are continuing to enjoy my work in your home.
This Saturday, October 13th, I'll be in Sykesville, Maryland at the annual Fall Festival.
This festival is so well attended that they don't even advertise! Come 9AM til 5 PM to buy art, apples, pumpkins and home bake goodies.
Sunday, October 14th I'll be in McLean, Virgina for the MPAArtFest. www.mpaart.org/artfest.php
Great food, live music and some terrific regional arts. If you're in Northern Virginia, don't miss this festival.
Come out and see me this weekend.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Yesterday was even worse, so rather than take a chance printing a color out of registration I spent the day cutting the stencils for today.
Was really hoping to finish today but I have to set up the Sugarloaf Arts & Crafts Fair in Timmonium, MD for the weekend.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
There's still alot of color to come.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
I've printed 5 colors and am cutting stencils to print more this evening. This print will be quite colorful and pretty complex too.
I hope you'll follow my progress as it comes together.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I'll be cutting stencils tonight and tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
(less hot), and will try to make a productive stab at getting a lot of printing accomplished.
Friday, July 6, 2012
With the air conditioner going full blast and the ventilation system removing the cool air with the fumes my print room is about 80 degrees.
Cut stencils early this morning and have been printing all day. Rather than print light to dark, as I normally do, I'm printing background to foreground. By tomorrow, it will begin to look much more exciting.
Monday, July 2, 2012
This project began with photos that I took from the top of a forty foot lift parked on top of the fourth floor of the West parking deck at the airport. After approval of my preliminary sketch, I am now printing, (silkscreening), the many colored stencils that will be necessary to bring this piece to life. At left are the first three colors. Stay tuned for more.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Cutting stencils today for a new project out at Dulles Airport. I've created new artwork commemorating the 50th Anniversary and will be printing this week and all next week too.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Will get the air conditioner going early and cut stencils enough to finish printing this edition by end of day tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Because the edition is so small, I can work quickly and get a lot accomplished. Weather turned hot and sticky today with hotter and stickier predicted for tommorrow.
I'll run the air conditioner full blast with the windows open so the fumes are forced out by the cool air.
Temperature in the print room should stay about 75,
if I'm lucky.
Cut four stencils tonight while listening to the Nats' game so I'll be ready to go in the morning.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I was very focused on getting the edition finished so I could bring it to Reston this weekend for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.
Thanks to all of you who came to Bethesda this past weekend. What a beautiful weekend with terrific sales! At 3:30 PM on Sunday the show management team came by our booths and gave us ice cream. It doesn't take much to make me happy, but this was especially appreciated.
This edition is only 50 original prints so please, if you'd like to have one, don't wait to call me after I've sold them all. This piece is 16 X 21 inches, matted 24 X 30 and is priced at only $325.
Trust me, this picture doesn't do it justice.
Hope to see you this weekend at Reston. I'll be previewing Friday 5-8, open Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-4, (this is just about the view from where my booth will be on Market Street.) See you there.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Come see me at Bethesda this weekend and Reston next weekend. Stay tuned
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
At that point it will start singing.
Had a very successful show at "Arts in the Park" in Richmond this past weekend. My new "Italian Garden" received lots of attention and several sales.
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend in Bethesda.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Was in Baltimore last weekend. Will be in Richmond, Virginia this weekend, Bethesda, Maryland next weekend and Reston the weekend after. Making me crazy.
Have to suspend the printing today to get ready for the weekend in Richmond but I'm well pleased with the progress thus far. As you can see the image is taking shape and will be beautiful when finished.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
with four colors. I will be trying some new techniques on this piece because of the after dark color palette. There are many colors and lots of detail which will pose some challenges that I am looking forward to tackling. I am approaching the color application with more of an intuitive order than my usual light to dark, so I think you will enjoy seeing this piece take shape over the next couple of weeks.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Now here's the finished print with the addition of more colored blooms.
I'll be unveiling this at the Arts in the Park show at Richmond's Byrd Park, Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6.
The edition is only 50 original serigraphs, so if you'd like to be assured of having one for your collection, call me at the studio to reserve yours.
Three big commissions in the studio concurrently plus I'm going to design a night time street scene of beautiful downtown Reston, Virginia which I'll begin printing and posting soon.
Your comments are invited.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Cut my big white reduction stencil which will print all the flowers and really bring this composition alive.
With a little bit of luck, I'll finish this edition tomorrow.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Printed six colors today on a day that started out cold and clammy.
After my first two colors, decided to print a reduction stencil.
This is the stencil in the lower right side of the image.
The first printing is white ink. I then "reduce" the stencil by
brushing on lacquer based blockout to fill the area of the stencil
I would like to remain white. Then, without changing register
(alignment), I reprint the same stencil using pink ink. Now I
have the pink printed in perfect alignment over the white and
I've only cut one stencil. A little later I'll print another reduction
stencil and print 4 colors (quite a feat) and everything should
align perfectly. Got so psyched with how nice this came out that
I cut two fairly complex stencils (purple and dark green) and
printed both of them too! Course, I'm posting this at almost 10 PM,
so it was a very full day of work.
I won't print tomorrow ( my skills as a babysitter are in high demand),
but I'll try to print a couple colors on Sunday. Stay tuned.
By Monday or Tuesday this is really going to get exciting.
Wait until I start printing the rest of the flowers.
Wait until I start printing the rest of the flowers.