I'm trying a new arrangement with my printing press. Luckily it's on wheels. Space is a commodity in my studio and I'm still trying to find the most practical, ergonomic set up.
And well, I wanted to have some fun with my new Gear 360 camera!
Happy New Year everyone! Art Fair Season is getting closer and I am getting a head start, printing new work and applying for new shows. I have 18 shows on my "to apply" list, although I don't plan on getting into all of them. Then again, you never know...
The block you see in the video is just one of the pieces in a new 3-D assemblage I am currently working on. It's about 12 inches diameter and is a ring of 16 trees. 16 very, very detailed trees. From drawing on the linoleum to carving the final tree took me just short of 3 weeks. Every leaf has been carved. Every single leaf. It was very meditative, the repetion. Now I have one more lino to carve. After that, printing, coloring, and assembling. I am pretty sure it will be my largest piece to date, maybe 24 or 26 inches square.
Keep checking on my art fair schedule so you can come see it in person!
It is raining outside. I had planned on framing a handful on prints but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. The prints are in the van and I obviously don't want to get them wet. I'm sure I can find plenty to do in the studio.
Art fair season is coming to an end. I only have one more show this year, Winter Art Fair Off the Square, here in Madison. I am looking forward to being there and looking forward to it being over. And then what? Well, getting ready for next year!
I have a stack of lino blocks that I have yet to print, prints that I need to mat and frame, and ideas in my head for more prints. I will not be lacking in tasks, only maybe the impetus to keep going. My first art fair for 2018 will probably be in May or June. I have plenty of time. I did six shows this year (even though DubuqueFest hardly counts) and hope to do at least 10-12 in 2018.
I will keep you all posted. I am going to endeavor to blog on a regular basis. We'll see how that works out.
I have been busy although it is probably hard to tell. I have been carving lino like mad the last couple months without much printing.
The block pictured above is my current work in progress. I have been working on it for four days straight now and am barely half way through. And yes, I am carving out every single scale. I am, however, hoping to finish it today or tomorrow so I can print it.
I have a scheme in my mind that I want to try. I am going to try to alternate between larger, more complex pieces and small, simple ones. I realize that almost sounds too planned out but I think I can do this solely because I have a backlog, a list if you will, of ideas for linos.
Art fair season is looming on the horizon, too. I want to get as many new linos printed, matted and framed as possible. I have already applied for 4 shows, with another 4 or 5 on the list. Wish me luck. Keep checking the Calendar page for art fair updates
I took the exhibit down at the Goodman Center yesterday with a sense of immense accomplishment. I have more artwork out in the world thanks to this show, more fans of my work. Now is no time to rest, though. Art fair season is coming! The first show I want to do is in May. Then there are more in June, July, August and September. Although I am not expecting to get into all the fairs I apply for, I have seven shows so far on my list.
And already there is so much to do. I have blocks I have not printed, prints I have not colored, matting and framing to do. And the ideas for new works never really stop. I have at least 3 or 4 in my head all the time.
I'm not complaining...
I know it's a holiday, but I have to get to work.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2017 is all you expect it to be.
With a week until the end of 2016, I decided to start a blog again. There has been much happening the last month or so that indicates 2017 may very well be a banner year for my Life in Art. It started a few months ago when I was approached by Goodman Community Center to have a show of my work in their gallery. I, of course, accepted. Between October and the end of November there was a flurry of printing, matting, and framing to get ready for the opening reception.
Despite a tenacious respiratory bug the opening reception went off without a hitch on Dec 2nd.
Thanks to this gallery show, I have had more sales in the month of December than all the previous months combined. It's been a good December and generally a pretty good year.
And now here comes 2017, showing much promise. I have decided once again to try out the art fair scene once again. I will be adding an art fair schedule on the website at a later date, once I know in which shows I will be participating.
So here's to an end to the year and the beginning of a hopefully awesome 2017.
I'll keep you posted.