Archive for May, 2012
When driving to-and-from town, I go along Catching Slough and at one point there is a very ‘used’, rusty & crusty barn across the way. I am always attracted to the rich, earthy colors existing quietly with the pastures and water. I decided to paint over an earlier ‘abstract’ piece that was based on the colors of that particular barn and make it into a landscape.
More done to the previous “On Going” blog post. Almost let it get too ‘tight’ (realistic) but felt I kept the feeling of the visual moment. I’ll add a few touches (some cooler blues to fields) and leave it alone.
On to the next.
We have many Chickadees that flock our bird feeder and I am always attracted to their small size and b&w design around the head. So, I thought “small,” “fine” and Wood Engraving popped up as an answer because of its advantages of dense end-grain of a very hardwood (Maple, in this case). After engraving and gouging, the small wood block was rolled with a black oil-based engraving
ink and printed on Arches 88 paper. I enjoyed the test print and decided to keep it instead of ‘deep sixing’. Then, I thought – let’s frame it and enter the 2nd Street Gallery’s Miniature Show in Bandon, OR. Soon afterwards I find that it was purchased right after being displayed and before judging – a wonderful, and warming surprise! After the judging, I find that it was a ribbon winner. A couple of days later, I gouged some more to get some more ‘white’ around the Chickadee’s cheeks and printed an Edition of ten (10).
Attached are a couple of things I am working on. A landscape from down the road where I want to experiment with the overall rhythmic and spontaneity of nature. The small square landscape is more to capture the “usual” mood and color of our environment and I get to sit and work