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Open Studios Tour

Hull Artists Open Studios are happening this weekend Saturday and Sunday and

I am happy to announce that I will be showing at my studio on Sunday.

Please follow the link below for details and a map for the studio tour!

www.hullartists.com

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and a few more…

I have been trying to produce this kind of thing for a while and of course I always wait until the last possible minute to produce the final pieces but did these this morning kinda excited about the seal guy I carved today, super cute. Anyway enjoy and once again I will be selling these at Hyde Park Open Studios this Sunday September 18th 2011 from 11:00-5:00pm at 65 Sprauge street.

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.

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.

Second attempt at a color print…

I decided I wanted to have another go at a multiple plate print and I’m happy I did because I’ve learned a few good things. First and foremost if I ever attempt to have as many plates as I did during this project my head spins and well I can’t seem to focus on the image and instead I focus on the technique, which normally does not create an interesting image. Also, I learned that editing has become a great skill. After creating 4 plates that worked together¬† I always wanted to print them all, so a forewarning to you, some of these prints are busy. However, after a while I learned that in many cases less is more and hopefully this is the biggest accomplishment of this project. please let me know any thoughts or critique you have, another set of eyes is always helpful.

The color print…

Well lets just begin with saying that this project was very intimidating since I primarily feel comfort in black white and gray tones, but considering the facts I was pretty happy with the outcome. Bellow are the final print some variations and collaborations. Enjoy.

Collaboration with Chelsea and Nick

Variation with stamping

variation with stamping

variation flipped plate

color variation

color variation

final edition

The collection of prints for final review

Let me know what you think these are the prints Im using in my final review I love four of them and feel ok about the other two. I really would love some feed back so feel free to let me know what you think, which ones you like and which ones your all set with.

These are the two images I’m not so crazy about. the second print I really like how much it looks like a drawing but the image itself doesn’t feel complete.

The last print is my favorite from the semester it happened quite naturally and developed the same way my drawings would.

The renewed woodblock

This is not finished but today I pulled a woodblock for the first time in almost a year and well I was actually happy with it! Sadly enough I did not pull many first states so I will be doing a lot of varied images with this block as a key component.

The printed drawing…

I guess you could say that my work as a print maker has always been to mimic the drawing and well I’m almost NEVER successful but in my most recent print I’d have to say I may have figured it out!¬† I was using a soft ground which has been my recent addiction and well I finally got something right. The image contains different textures which were all the product of graphite sticks and pencils. You can feel the soft point of the pencil as if it were the drawing itself. I’m not sure where the print stands if you have any opinion please let me know but I am rather happy with the outcome thus far. Enjoy.