Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Wrapping up June With Work From a Week Long Class

 June is almost done- will be after tomorrow.   The 30th Ron and I celebrate 45 years together- that is mind blowing to me. Looking forward to a nice dinner out with friends.

All last week I was in a workshop with Ron Prokasso. Ron is an amazing mixed media printmaker and a terrific teacher-  This was way out of my comfort zone.  I was a prints major in undergrad a million years ago. This class was a monotype class with many different techniques. There were 6 students in the class and we were the first class in Remarque Print Workshop's new classroom space- it was terrific- plenty of room the spread out.  I enjoyed everyone in the class and the diversity of work made was amazing. The first couple of days were hard for me as there was so much information and technique demos- so I needed to pick just a couple of techniques to focus on. Printmaking is all about process and this class was all about layers.  I printed on 9" x 12" plates. These photos of the work are not the best- I don't have time right now to fix these up- some friends were asking to see what I made so I quickly shot these photos.

This is the first print. I think this went through the press 3 times. I love that they use nontoxic Akua inks. Clean up is with water and dish soap and sometimes alcohol. 

This is the ghost print from the first print- meaning there was ink left on the plate after printing so you can run it through the press on another piece of paper.

This print has collaged elements and those were printed over with transparent ink.

This print has several layers and I used chine colle- a printmaking technique for adding elements to a print.

Another print where I used Chine Colle.

This print has some layers of ink and chine colle and regular collage.

More chine colle and layering.

Layered print with regular collage.

Layered printing with collage.

Of course I had to have one with a chair. This is layered printing,
chine colle and collage.

This print has a layer of ink and then I chine colled a piece of handmade paper to it.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Here Comes Summer!

 Well it is June and with that comes the warm to hot temps.  We may hit 100 tomorrow and Sunday.

I had surgery to repair hernias on Wednesday and I am in recovery mode- this knocked me on my butt- it ended up to be more extensive than I thought. But it is done and I will heal.

Last post I showed 2 in progress photos of the new messenger series. I have finished the 9.  Three are now in frames and will frame the rest a couple at a time.  They are in nine inch square shadowbox frames.  What doesn't show very well in the photos is the different levels of the elements in the dioramas.  I am feeling good about these and now it is time to move onto some other things.  I have several online classes I want to work on- It is amazing to have the chance to take classes with artists that I find motivating.  I will always be a life long learner.

Here are the nine messengers photographed before they go into frames to avoid the glass reflections. The backgrounds for these are monotypes I made- I scanned them and altered them a bit and printed them out.