Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Now I must get ready for the Open Studio, my annual show and sale and celebration of a terrific year of creative progress.
It's December 7 & 8 and I hope you'll be able to attend.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
If you are burning wood, check that old steel chimney pipe.
Friday, November 22, 2013
I can't wait to cut the dark red stencil because it contains all the signage on the building. This will really add to the personality. All the colors to come are dark which will give the night time aura I am seeking. Stay tuned.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
This was, in retrospect, a heck of a lot of work, but well worth the effort. I'm already designing my next image and will begin printing ASAP. In the meantime, I'm inspecting each of these prints and will plan on signing them, as soon as I come up with a title. Hope you enjoyed seeing this piece from start to finish. Don't forget to plan a visit to my studio December 7 or 8 and see this in person.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Stay tuned, I'll post the finished image tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
I'm really looking forward to this one because it adds so much definition to the image that it will look finished when I'm done. Alas, it won't be,
but there isn't another stencil this complicated
to worry about. I'll post as soon as the black stencil is finished and printed.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
I'm going to slowly begin populating that area with hundreds of little tiny people until we have a crowd.
The black is the base upon which I'll be printing brighter, lighter colors. This will diffuse the intensity of the lighter colors to create the effect for which I'm hoping. Still, a very long way to go and lots of little stencils to come. Should be a very interesting progression. I can't wait.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The sign on the face of the building provided me with a real cutting challenge as the letters, rendered in vanishing perspective got smaller and harder to cut as they got farther from me. I ended up with a magnifying lamp straining to cut the last "er" in Center and fortunately, I succeeded.
We'll be involved in a "round the clock frame-a-thon" for the next few days in addition to preparing for the Lake Anne Festival this Saturday and Sunday in Reston, Virginia. This is shaping up to be a terrific show that I think you'll enjoy. If you're available, please plan to come by and say "Hello". For those of you that came out to McLean this past Sunday, many thanks for making my show a terrific one. This little show just gets better and better each year. I've got an exciting new project to share with you if I can just get through the next two weeks of art festivals.
Monday, October 7, 2013
I can tell you reliably that this stencil came out beautifully in spite of the awful printing conditions experienced today at my studio in Washington Grove. In fact, when I opened the window the wind blew rain right into the print room, forcing me to quickly close the window and turn on the air conditioner. The air conditioner, confused by the fact that the room was already seventy degrees, labored valiantly to remove the humidity from the air and create a perfect printing climate all day long. Please click on this photo to get a detailed look at how much hand work I accomplished on this stencil. I promise to photograph and post the finished print first thing tomorrow( Wednesday) morning so you can see the fruit of my labors.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I'm loading the van today for the McLean ARTfest which is all day Sunday. Hope you can come out and see me.
Stay tuned for the final chapter of this printing marathon.
Friday, October 4, 2013
What a difference a day makes.
As the day got hotter, the ink began to dry in the screen so I turned on the air conditioner. As the room got cooler the dryness in the room allowed the squeege to create static electricity on the screen, which caused the ink to jump (you had to be there). So I opened the window to allow in some humidity, which eliminated the static electricity. Oh, the trials of a printmaker.
Still, all in all, a very productive day as you can see. Stay tuned.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
I'll post tomorrow and next week too as this piece will develop very quickly. Hope you'll plan to check back and see this print take form.
I'll be in Old Town Alexandria this Saturday, participating in the King Street Festival (so named because it stretches from Washington Street to the Potomac River on both sides of King Street. Come early and park in one of the public lots. I'll look for you on Saturday or Sunday.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I have a new project on the drawing board right now so I'll begin posting as soon as I began cutting the first stencil. Hope you enjoyed watching this project develop and will stay tuned for my next one.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Please stay tuned.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I'll be cutting several stencils next, but not printing for a few days so I'll thank you in advance for your patience until I can get back to the press.
Monday, July 1, 2013
With only four colors down you can already see the tall chimney. The pink dots are highlights on a beautiful red maple. I'll be cutting more stencils today and if the humidity's not too high, I'll get some printing accomplished.
Friday, March 29, 2013
I was so enthused about finishing that I just worked right through. I can only tell
you that if you like this image, you'll like it twice as much when you see it in person.
Some images, because of the color combinations, are very difficult to photograph
accurately. This is one of those. I look at this photo and then at the finished print
and I'm amazed how good it looks in person. Well, enough of that. I'm going to take
a few days off and have some fun with the grandkids. I've already got a couple of
exciting new commissions to design and a new print in my head, so I'm excited about
a very busy spring.
I'll be in Richmond, Virginia on April 13th for the "Fool for Art" Festival at John Tyler
Community College in Midlothian. Hope you'll come by and see my new work in person.
Additionally, you're invited to the Chasen Galleries in Richmond on Thursday evening,
April 18th for the opening reception of my one man exhibition at the gallery. Mark your
Monday, March 25, 2013
to accomplish a lot of printing today. One large, intricate black stencil
remains, one deep blue and and one dark brown and this piece is finished.
What fun this piece has been from the very beginning. I love cutting the
stencils for reflections in water because the shapes are so fluid, (no pun intended).
Each little shape is so nice in and of itself. When all the little shapes get
together the harmony is wonderful.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
home at Deale, Maryland adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay.
On a beautiful December day we motored around the area,
on his boat, taking lots of pictures in the early morning light.
This grey stencil took me several hours to cut and will serve
as the underprinting for several of the darker colors to come.
I'll be printing more details today and posting tomorrow.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
This is a tricky technique that I use only periodically
when I want to show light gradating, usually in water,
clouds or a rounded surface such as car fender.
It involves applying two different colors onto my screen
and then allowing them to "blend" during the printing
process. In this case I'm dealing with water. The next
color, blue, will also be a blend but it will probably still
be to early too tell what's happening. This print, unlike
many of mine, will develop very quickly so please stay
tuned. On my next post I'll give you some
background about how this image came to be.
Friday, March 15, 2013
I already have my next project designed and ready to print. I hope you'll come back and follow along as I begin printing on Monday.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The dark blue will define all the windows and little balconies and the dark green will print the posts that hold up the blue awning.
Below, I printed the black stencil on a clean white sheet of paper so you could see what was involved in the cutting. This image, though a lot of work, has really been a joy to print. The colors have aligned almost to perfection and I am well pleased with the way the image is coming together.
I'll finish this image today and post the final view tomorrow, so stay tuned.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The resulting four colors continue to add "pop" and some depth but the remaining colors, all dark, will really add definition and perspective to this image.
The piece is already beginning to sing, but just wait for the next colors to be printed.
Please stay tuned.
Friday, March 8, 2013
As you can see it's starting to take shape, but every new color will make a significant contribution. Hope you'll stay tuned.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Come back tomorrow and check my progress.
Chinatown. This building has a fascinating history as the Marie Surratt Boarding House. Take a few minutes and Google "Marie Surratt", famed as a spy for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
She was arrested, tried and convicted of plotting the kidnapping and death of Abraham Lincoln.
Aside from all the history, this building is exciting in its color and visual impact. Facing north, it never sees the direct light of day. The east side of the building, (the white shape), catches the morning light while the rest stays in the shade. To capture this feel, I printed my huge grey stencil first and will print every other color on top of it. You are viewing the first three colors. Because this print is very large I may move a little slower than usual, but stay tuned and watch this piece develop.
Friday, February 22, 2013
As you can see, the black stencil was pivotal in making this image come alive. Now I will inspect each piece and sign the edition. The edition is only 50 pieces and is sized to be matted in an 18 X 24 format. No editorial comment here, a straightforward title, "Buddy's Place". Hope you'll call the studio to reserve yours at only $200.
While you're here, let me share my Richmond, Virginia schedule for the spring. On Saturday,
April 13, I'll be showing my work at John Tyler Community College's annual "Fool For Art Festival".
As a first time participant, I'll be excited to meet lots of new folks and will have a huge display, heavy on Richmond subjects. On Thursday evening, April 18
I'll be having a one man show at the Chasen Galleries in Richmond. Come to the reception that evening and enjoy a great time. I'll look for you.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I'm beginning my 2013 show season in Richmond on April 13th at John Tyler Community College's
"Fool for Art Festival". Less than one week later I'll be having a one man show at the Chasen Galleries
in downtown Richmond. Richmonders will get first crack at my new work, so please mark your calendars now to come out and see me.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Other than freezing today in the print room, this was a good day for printing and I am well pleased with the results.
This edition of only 50 prints will be available immediately, (as soon as I inspect and sign each piece), for $200.
Haven't decided what my next project will be, but I have several irons in the fire and you'll be the first to know .