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

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Making Good Progress

Now you can begin to see the structure at Nats' Park.  An additional 4 colors adds some more information.  It's hard to miss the large black shape in the middle of the composition.  This is where I'm departing from my usual "light to dark" strategy.
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

Big New Project Underway

I'm sure you're thinking, " I know exactly what that is."  I 'll give you some big hints and together the reveal will arrive soon enough.  This project has been on the back burner for a long time and now I'll be striving to finish this new image before my "Open Studio", December 7 & 8.  I'm sorry that the first 5 colors don't give you much information.  I will tell you that this is the most challenging print that I have attempted in many years.  It is, not only colorful, but complicated.  I will be experimenting by applying color out of sequence (not light to dark).  I hope you'll stay tuned to see this piece develop.  I can only promise you, that if you are a baseball fan, you'll really enjoy this piece.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The End is Here!

Well, here we are with a very nice finished piece.
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

The End is Near!

Here I am with a days' worth of stencil cutting; preparing to print the black and final stencil.
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

Another Great Day of Printing

Another great day of printing has moved this image toward a finish by Monday ( I hope). 
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

A Terrific Day of Printing

Spent the morning cutting these large stencils and then got into printing mode in the afternoon.
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

New Project Underway

I'm off at a full run, printing six colors on my newest project, a commemorative piece for the new Aquilino Cancer Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  This is a gorgeous building and I'm excited about this piece.  With weather perfect for printing, I'm working round the clock to make sure this commission is completed on time.  I have a full printing schedule today and if you come back tomorrow you'll see lots of progress.