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The beginings of the card selection…

So I decided to start printing cards as a way to bring in some elements to my work that are quite affordable. I actually really like the cards I’ve made so far and I hope you enjoy them too. I’ll be selling them at Hyde Park Open Studios this Sunday at EES. Below are a few selections from the group I’ve made. The cards are simple, cute and whimsical and sometimes even a bit cheesy, but who doesn’t love cheesy? I want to apologize for how yellow the images are the lighting was horrible and I was too excited to worry about it. Enjoy.

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The print exchange with AS220

So this summer I signed up to be part of a print exchange with AS220 as a way to give myself a deadline. Luckily it worked and although the exchange has officially happened I still feel like I want to work with some of the blocks I have carved. I did a few variations just because I would have it no other way, but I feel there is a lot more that could be done with this. Bellow are the prints that I came out with so far . The red and blue one is the print I did for the exchange, now I love red/orange color but the blue is to be discussed. Once again my struggle with color has become such a focus on this piece and still erks me. I hope you enjoy and suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

These are all 24 printed and tiled out because I wanted to take this picture. Oddly enough my feet are my favorite part of this picture. Oh well!

It’s a new day, with many changes

It’s one of those days that I just absolutely love. I woke up to a light rain and a cool temperatures and was able to take a bit of time to relax under the porch and just listen. A lot of things have changed recently and I still have not adjusted completely but I’m very excited for the opportunities I have been given. After I graduated from Mass Art I started working full-time as an assistant manager at Paper Source which has been a great place for me to develop and meet fantastic people. I was working at EES this summer as part of an artist residence and since then I have applied and become a full-time member. That was such a relief to know I am going to have a healthy and strong printing environment to work in. With that I was given the opportunity to participate in Hyde Park Open studios which is happening on September 18th from 11:00-5:00pm. I would love to have friends, family, and fans come and see my work, so if you can please stop by. This fall I was asked to TA for an Etching class at Mass Art taught by Nona Hershey and I am so looking forward to assisting in a class atmosphere. I’ve always loved the idea of teaching and working with people to help develop their vision, I know that it is because of certain peoples comments and support that I have done as much as I have. On top of that my husband and I made a big move back to my hometown, which has been wonderful. It’s the kind of place that you just enjoy being. The people are more relaxed and the scenery makes the commute worth it everyday. So as stressed out as I may seem its only until I adjust. I wanted to share what I have been up to and what it is that is going on in my life. I’ll touch back soon.

So it’s not much but it’s something!

As you know I gave myself an assignment of a small set of prints which would compiled into a book format. Well as you probably expected I have yet to complete that but I have done a few of the plates. Only the branch one is finished but there are many others in the works and I hope to have a finished version to show you soon. I do however think it is interesting to see how my intentions of drawing unrecognizable things completely changed into very common imagery, but once I arrived in New Hampshire I found everyday moments so interesting I just wanted to draw that. I’m trying to interpret them my own way and put my own eye into it, but it takes some time to truly develop something real into something you can call your own. The mood in the end will be important to me since that was such an essential part of the times when I would draw. Each morning I would wake up early to be alone and uninterrupted. You start to notice everything from the slight shift in the breeze and the way it affects the branch you were drawing to the repetitive sound of small waves crashing against the waves. It was wonderful…. wish I could go back.

The Newest Projects

This summer has been as most of my summers are a sad attempt at pursuing my art and a much better attempt at making the money I didn’t make during the year. On the up side, having the artist residence has kept me somewhat on track by forcing me to dedicate my day off to the studio. My studio time has really been a constant attempt at perfecting some test plates but I’m getting there. So, for my next personal project I have created a set of 8 copper plates which are all identical in size, small but convenient, 4″ x 4″. I leave for New Hampshire tomorrow and I’m hoping to create 8 images that represent my time there. As most people know I’m not a big fan of real life, I much more prefer the one in my head thus these images will most likely be far from your typical scenes of New Hampshire. In the end I hope to produce a book/Zine based on these images and my own words to coincide. I am pretty excited to have something set up for myself but I also currently have two Folios that I am working on. One for the folios is for the site Inkteraction and is a small image with an edition of 15. The other is a folio for AS220 in Rhode Island and is an edition size of 40. I think I might be doing a woodblock for this one! Wish me Luck I’ll keep you updated with any completed images.

It’s about time!

As some people may know, I’ve recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It has been such a long journey but totally worth every minute. I started my college experience at Mass Art and studied there for two years choosing Printmaking as my major in my second year, however as a new artist I just wasn’t ready to accept it as my career with everyone always asking me, “how are you gonna make any money? Where are you going to work?.” With my self-doubt leading my life I turned to my second love, figure skating, and began to study exercise and health sciences at Umass Boston. It was ok at first, but I didn’t love it. It was then that I discovered my love for skating came from the impromptu movements and choreography on the ice. After one year I switched majors yet again to liberal arts with a focus in art. This too was a learning point, I was able to work in another printmaking shop and well it honestly made me realize that if I wanted to be a printmaker why wasn’t I back at MassArt. The following year I went back at Mass Art and well it was strange going in not having had a freshman year with my fellow classmates. I always felt somewhat separate, but at least I knew I wanted to be there. The next three years there would prove to me why it was the right decision to return and between the teachers and my fellow classmates I learned more than I could have hoped for. It is definitely bittersweet leaving, since Mass Art has been such a huge part of who I have become  and who I currently am, but we are in the next chapter now. I was accepted for an artist residence opportunity at EES (Experimental Etching Studio) in Hyde Park and I’m hoping this will begin to define who I am and where I might be going! Bellow are a group of photos of my final pieces from my final semester. I loved making each and every one of these and hope you yourself enjoy them!

Watercolor 4.24.11

This is my most recent watercolor and well, I think this is the first one I actually love. It feels done to me and its strange but introducing the brighter orange/pink really made this image work for me. It’s funny how you stumble upon an answer, I was trying to figure out what the last layer and color were going to be when I was outside with the puppies. I noticed a new flower had just bloomed outside and well wasn’t it the most perfect color to introduce. Hope you enjoy this and please feedback would be great. Happy Easter.

watercolors in the works

Working on some larger watercolors, which for now work for me. None of these feel complete yet but they feel good to make. I’m still playing with color right now really just testing to see what happens with different combinations. More to come.

a complex web

Well, after attempting to try one type of image for my collaborative project I decided all the previous drawings sucked…. but these ones are pretty great. These watercolor washed webs really have inspired me and I’m trying to push them larger. Currently the biggest one is about 20 by 30. My colors have not really worked themselves out yet but I’m still experimenting.

studies for a collaborative project…

these are some rough sketches of a collaboration project I’m doing with Sarah Manson from Ireland, they are still only in their beginning states.